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Best Business Backpacks Android Central 2019

Though I work remotely, there are times when I need to pack up my computer and other technology to meet with clients - or potential clients - to discuss business or do a presentation. As professionals, we don't necessarily want to show up to an appointment looking like we're going on a hike! We look for a balance of style and business savvy, and that is why Nomatic is our best choice for a business backpack. This pack's big focus is design and functionality, and that is why it's the best business backpack out there. Of course, there are plenty of bags to suit your business needs, and we have them right here.

Best Overall: Nomatic Backpack

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Nomatic's backpack was a huge hit on Kickstarter, and for a good reason. Tons of great features are built into this backpack for easy access, and if you need more room, the pack expands from 20L to 24L. Security isn't an issue, because Nomatic's backpack has lockable perimeter zippers to help keep your things safe from thieves. There is also a hidden RFID blocking pocket built into the back of the bag, along with reflective printed ink to help make you visible during the evening.

It's an incredibly stylish backpack and very comfortable to wear for long periods. If your shoulders start to get tired, the Nomatic can be carried like a briefcase by merely unsnapping the back panel and tucking in the shoulder straps. It's the little extras that make the Nomatic backpack perfect for business and the top choice for business backpacks.

With a retractable key leash (my favorite feature), hidden pockets, a roller bag sleeve, it's fantastic for travel. It's TSA friendly which makes getting through airport check-ins a lot easier and less stressful. Everything about this backpack makes it the perfect business backpack out there. It's incredibly stylish, very durable, lots of awesome compartments and ways to access your bag. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Able to expand from 20L to 24L
  • Looks incredibly stylish
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • It's pricey
  • Comes in one color

Best Overall

Nomatic Backpack

Business meets functionality meets fashion.

Nomatic's backpack is lightweight, RFID protected, and incredibly durable, which makes it the best bag out there for business.

Best Value: KOPACK Deluxe

The Kopack's Deluxe is a great all-around backpack that will let you bring everything you need for work. It's a tad bulky, but you'll still look professional, and it comes at an excellent price.

The backpack has a lot of excellent storage space and neat little pockets to keep things like your wallet, passport, or cell phone secure from thieves. Due to its design, the backpack sits more flush to your back, which means less added stress making it pretty comfortable. The Kopack Deluxe can carry any laptops up to 17", is full of great internal compartments, and comes at a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • Plenty of pockets
  • Well padded
  • Anti-theft compartments

Cons:

  • It's bulky
  • Not very stylish
  • Heavy

Best Value

KOPACK Deluxe

A great backpack at a great price

Where the KOPACK Deluxe lacks in style, it makes up with pockets and security.

Best Looking: Timbuk2's Parker Commuter Backpack

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Timbuk2 steps up to the plate and hits a game-winning grand slam out of the ballpark with their Parker Commuter Backpack. This pack is the perfect balance between fully functional, weather-proof protection, and business chic for any industry. Plus, it's incredibly professional and stylish.

What is great is the Parker is a 30-liter pack, weighs 3.8 lbs, and able to hold a 15" laptop computer. You shouldn't have any problems bringing all of your work essentials, and if you need a little extra space, the Parker is expandable. The air mesh back will keep you nice and cool. If you get caught in a downpour, the Parker comes with a completely waterproof cover to keep all of your things nice and dry. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Comes with a water-proof cover
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Front compartment not theft-proof
  • Not TSA friendly

Best Looking

Parker Commuter Backpack

Look professional and hit the gym afterward.

The Timbuk2 Parker Commuter Backpack will let you bring all of the tools necessary to conduct business without making you look like a slouch.

Best Lightweight: Douchebags Scholar Backpack

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Don't let the name of this company throw you off; they make great products. The Scholar backpack is a simple and very professional looking bag that weighs only 1.65lbs. To keep it lightweight, there are only three separate compartments total: two small pockets on the outside and one main compartment internally. The little pockets are great for things such as sunglasses, pens, or snacks.

The internal compartment is big enough for your computer and other devices, but to make the backpack lightweight, it means some sacrifices. It's not well-padded, and it doesn't have any organizers inside. Everything is just floating around in the bag. It probably isn't the best bag for traveling, but it is perfect for a quick afternoon business meeting.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Lots of style

Cons:

  • Lack of compartments
  • Not padded
  • Not great for travel

Best Lightweight

Douchebags Scholar Backpack

Very lightweight backpack with a lot of style

A great looking business backpack that is simple and stylish, and is half the weight of most bags.

Best Charger: The North Face Resistor

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This is the backpack I've been using for work for the past year. It's not the backpack I use for client meetings (though I have), but I do use it for other parts of my job. It's perfect when I'm on the road covering events such as NY Comic Con, the Tribeca Film Festival, CES, or any other technology conference.

The North Face Resistor comes with a built-in Joey charger that I use to keep my cellphone, tablet, and any other electronic charged for the entire day. You'll get about six hours of charging out of your Joey battery, and if you need to recharge, just pop it out of the backpack and plug it in. The Joey will stay charged for a couple of weeks if you don't use it.

The backpack itself has plenty of pockets for snacks, keys, headphones, a change of clothes, and two water bottles. It has a pretty slick look, though it's not the most professional backpack out of the ones listed here. However, it's a great backpack for anyone in any industry.

Pros:

  • Backpack is TSA approved
  • Joey T55 battery can hold a charge for months
  • Lots of pockets

Cons:

  • The charging port falls out of its hanging loop
  • Shoulder straps become uncomfortable over time
  • Only comes in two colors

Best Charger

The North Face Resistor

Built-in battery stays charged for months.

A bag with lots of pockets for all of your stuff and a built-in T55 Joey power bank to keep your electronics charged all day long.

Best Camera: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

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Manfrotto's Manhattan Mover-50 is a well laid out camera bag that doesn't look techy. Instead, it's very stylish with big compartments for your camera and multiple lenses. Plus, they've managed to squeeze pockets into every inch of this backpack without making it feel bulky.

The shoulder straps look a little flimsy, but they hold up, and the bag feels balanced when you're wearing it. The computer compartment sits in the front of the backpack, which seems odd to me, but it works. So, your camera gear rests on your back. And thanks to a very cool padded hatch located on the back part of the backpack between the shoulder straps, you're able to have fast and easy access to all of your camera gear simply by slipping one of your arms out of the bag.

Pros:

  • Able to hold two cameras
  • Lots of great pockets
  • Backpack can hold a lot of weight
  • Weather-proof cover

Cons:

  • Computer compartment at the front
  • A full bag can put pressure on zippers
  • Shoulder straps not super comfortable

Best Camera

Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50

Heavy-duty camera bag.

Carry everything you need to shoot, work, and edit on the go in any situation with a weatherproof cover to keep your gear safe.

Best Remote Worker: Ucon Acrobatics Hajo Backpack

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More and more people are working remotely these days, and that means you need to have the right backpack to bring all of your work essentials. The Ucon Acrobatics Hajo Backpack is the best choice for this job with its easy access roll-top system. A simple internal compartment will let you bring a 15" computer, a water bottle, and any files you'll need to perform your job at your local coffee shop or workspace.

Three pockets on the outside of the backpack allow for quick access items such as your wallet, mobile devices, business cards, your bike lock or umbrella. This isn't a tech backpack or a long weekend backpack. This is a backpack made for remote workers who need to get out of the house for the day.

Pros:

  • Very stylish and simple
  • Big deep outer pockets
  • Comes in a lot of colors
  • Water repellent

Cons:

  • Velcro strap wears out over time
  • Shoulder straps are thin
  • Not a lot of internal padding

Best Remote Worker

Ucon Acrobatics Hajo Backpack

The perfect backpack for the remote worker.

The Hajo Backpack is incredibly stylish that can fit all of your work essentials and still have enough room to pack last night's leftovers.

Best Commuter: Boundary's Errant Pack

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Boundary's Errant Pack is the ultimate backpack for the folks who commute to work five days a week. Wonderfully thought out design brings organization, modular components, and easy access to everything you'll need for work, and a quick after-work-meet-up with your co-workers.

The Errant Pack has plenty of internal and external pocket space, and modular components let you customize your backpack based on the industry you work in. The base of the pack has a wet/dry compartment for your shoes, and there's enough room inside of the pack for 15' laptop and a 13" tablet.

Pros:

  • Modular components
  • Great design
  • Locking zippers
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Shoulder straps feel stiff
  • Modular components are extra
  • Magnetic clips take some time getting used to

Best Commuter

Boundary's Errant Pack

The perfect backpack for the remote worker.

Innovative design and the modular components help make it a great commuter backpack for whatever industry you work in.

Bottom line

There are a lot of backpacks out there. The one we recommend for any on-the-go business person is the Nomatic Backpack . Its unique professional design, robust functionality, and style makes it the best business pack. Plus, with plenty of storage, a retractable key ring, and it's adaptability, it's the extras that put this bag in a league of its own. The key factors here are safety, durability, and functionality - and this backpack is the perfect fit for any business venture.

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Bobby Carlton has been working in technology for over 10 years and has been on a lifelong quest to find the holy grail of backpacks. At any given point, you'll find at least five different backpacks in his closet that he uses for different situations. Follow him on Twitter.

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