View Full Version : Cute computer bags?

07-20-2005, 09:13 PM
I just got a new notebook computer (YIPPEE!!!) and am in the market for a computer bag to house it in the few moments per day that I am not using it. :D

I am looking for something other than the basic black ones. I'd prefer a color or pattern, but if it has to be black then it at least needs to be a more interesting design than the office-drone standard.

I'm not sure yet what my budget for this will be, so feel free to post anything cute under, say, $100?

Also, the computer has a 17" screen, which may affect the selection of available bags.

ETA: I think I'd like a messenger style best, but am open to suggestions.

07-21-2005, 05:47 AM
Target had some pretty cute ones when i bought mine a few months ago but there wasn't much space in it. Circuit city and best buy have some really cute and stylish ones but they were way out of my price range at 100 some odd bucks a piece. i found a cute samsonite tote style bag on ebay for like 40. check ebay.. they ahve some good deals!

07-21-2005, 10:01 AM
ebags.com (http://www.ebags.com/) has a huge selection

You could also design your own messenger bag from 1154 LILL (http://www.1154lill.com/home/)

07-21-2005, 10:16 AM
Try ebay!

07-22-2005, 01:20 PM
I like simplistic for my laptop, though my current bag is not simple at all. =/

ebags has these sleeves that I like, though, which would be light & cheap:


They seem to come in an assortment of colors/patterns:



For messenger bags, I personally prefer Timbuk2, which come in a variety of colors, or you can custom order the colors of your choice:


I personally like more of a "bag", so I am loving this right now:


My bag is great and it is by www.sfbags.com but if I had to do it again, I would get either the bag shown above or one of these:


04-25-2006, 07:54 AM
Bumping up this thread to see if there are any more suggestions - like the OP, I need a bag that will hold a 17" laptop, so a lot of the "cute" bags are out.

Ultimately, I'd like something I can carry whether or not I have my laptop in it, so it shouldn't scream "computer bag!" It would be great if it had an organizer, and space for my tape measure, scale, drawings, pad holder, calculator, PDA, bottle of water ... oy! I need to look stylin' for my clients and still be taken seriously on job sites by tradespeople.

I'm not asking too much, am I? ;)

eta: sorry, that's a scale ruler - not a bathroom scale - 'doh! I usually tote around a roll of trace, too. And lots of markers.

04-25-2006, 08:35 AM
I bought my bag at Franklin Covey. It's more formal, but I think it's stylish :)
They actually have a big selection of decent quality bags at good prices.

This is the one I have, but they have lots of choices and colors:

Franklin Bags (http://shopping.franklincovey.com/shopping/catalog/categorylrg.jsp?navAction=push&navCount=1&id=cat1040007)

04-25-2006, 08:59 AM
Suzubeane Try Timbuk2 (http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/retail/catalog.htm) for oversized items.

I love the Acme Made (http://www.acmemade.com) line but they're kind of pricey (although I've found a beatitful, simple bag never goes out of style so it's often worth the investment).

FYI: If you're regularly going to be carrying a larger laptop (or particularly heavy one) make sure the straps are super reinforced and sturdy. I just snapped one of the straps on my favorite Kenneth Cole bag because of the extra weight.

04-25-2006, 10:21 AM
This looks like it only fits a 15" laptop, but it's so cute!


PS - On ebags, you can search for bags which fit your particular laptop, so that might help.

04-25-2006, 02:22 PM
My laptop bag, which I travel with all the time, is actually a Kate Spade diaper bag that I got on sale for around $100 a few months ago. I get tons of compliments on it and I can actually organize myself better than with a traditional laptop bag.

Of course, I never admit it's actually a diaper bag. It's a "messenger bag" ;)

04-26-2006, 08:44 AM
Thanks for the responses, everyone. As it turns out, I won't be purchasing a bag for a 17" laptop - I returned it and ordered a smaller one with more power. Oddly enough, the bag searching I did after following some of the links you guys posted here helped drive that decision - there's very little out there to carry that size unit that's not the size and shape of an overnight bag. Between the size and weight of the laptop and the size and weight of the bag, I started to wonder if I'd even *want* to carry it around! From there I realized I'd paid more for a large screen when I could have put that money into a faster processor and more RAM. (The drafting software I use is a beast.)

I have to wait a few weeks for it to arrive, so I have some time to pick out a nice bag for it - now I won't rule out diaper bags, either! (BTW, Laura, shopping by size on ebags really simplifies things - thanks for the tip.)

04-26-2006, 09:47 AM
Good call on getting a smaller laptop. I have a 17" and it absolutely sucks to lug it around. I'm regularly wishing ill will upon it so that it will die and I can get something smaller. ;)

04-26-2006, 10:28 AM
THANK YOU for posting that Laura! I mean ... I'm sorry you wish death on your computer, but the research around this laptop purchase has just eaten my brain. It gets hard to follow your gut after a while, kwim?

04-29-2006, 05:18 PM
I used eBags for a super cute pink laptop bag and I've been very happy with it. Someone posted some pics of ones that were similar to what I have.

02-06-2007, 06:48 AM
Does anyone have a bag that can hold their laptop and some file folders?
I'd probably throw in a wristlet or something too.

02-06-2007, 06:52 AM
I was in Target the other day and was shocked to see that they now carry computer bags in the section where they have the office organizer stuff (i.e. Real Simple line).

ETA: Hula, these bags would definitely fit what you described and they don't look like computer bags at all.

02-21-2007, 09:12 AM
I do not hae a laptop (yet) but I like to carry a tote to work for my mags, papers, lunch etc. I am looking into getting this (which will still work once I get a laptop):


02-21-2007, 09:24 AM
Not sure if you're into Vera Bradley, but they have a new laptop case (http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?dept=8&sku=251%3a39&). Since something colorful with patterns was mentioned, I figured I would post about it:




Vera's Metro (http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?dept=7&sku=126%3a50&) bag could work as well. The description suggests carrying your laptop/files/etc.



And of course, all Vera Bradley styles are available in any of their patterns/colors.

02-21-2007, 09:45 AM
i previously had the new laptop bag from Vera Bradley in peacock which i oh so love but there is no strap and after you add a book or 2 becomes very heavy. So i got this from ebags and its the best bag i own!

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