Rolling laptop bags take the load off your shoulders, literally, and are very travel-friendly (some can even take the place of an overnight bag). Many rolling laptop bags also have a simple elegance and make a great professional impression. The ones below have been selected for their laptop accommodations, room for accessories and documents, and their overall reputations. As a reminder -- be sure to compare the manufacturer's stated laptop sleeve/pocket dimensions with your laptop to make sure it will fit and check for other features that make a quality rolling bag in any bag you buy. ~ October 17, 2010
Travelpro's executivefirst line is designed specifically for the frequent business traveler, and the Deluxe Expandable Rolling Computer Brief is a fine example of that purpose. It features very generous (and, as the name suggests, expandable) storage capacity in the main compartment with pockets and holders for files and accessories, a separate dual access sleeve that fits laptops up to 17", and a business organizer section that folds out in the front. Fine details like a hidden water bottle pocket, the blue lining in the interior, and comfort grip on the locking telescoping handle showcase Travelpro's eye for detail. Dimensions: 18"L x 9"W x 13"H; weight: 9.4 lbs.
McKlein's patented 2-in-1 wheeled briefases are really clever and convenient for mobile professionals -- you can detatch the bag from the rolling frame to convert it into a shoulder bag to suit your needs or environment. The Glen Ellyn, which is available in 7 contemporary colors, features a removable high-density laptop sleeve that fits most 15.4" laptops (for 17" laptops, see the McKlein Willowbrook
version) and an interior organizer and double zipped compartment for important documents. This rolling briefcase also has laptop protection in mind, with an ABS honeycomb frame, laptop sleeve designed to absorb shock, and a bonus protective waterproof cover included as well. Dimensions: 16.75"L x 13.75"W x 7"H; weight: 8.8lbs. (with frame), 4.4 lbs. (without frame).
The 2-in-1 detachable case is also available in several gender-neutral (or, less feminine) styles, including this travel-oriented version that features a detachable checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve for laptops up to 17". The adjustable shoulder strap is also shock absorbing, and the front of the bag offers an organizer and file divider for documents. Available in black leather, brown leather, and a slightly lighter black nylon. Dimensions: 17"L x 13"W x 7"H; weight: 9.4lbs. (with frame), 4.8 lbs. (without frame).
SOLO has been in business for nearly a century and the company's focus is on designing business and laptop cases for the mobile professional. Part of their Classic Collection, the 15.6" rolling laptop case has a removable padded CheckFast sleeve (for gliding through airport security), cushioned carry handles, a front organizer compartment and section large enough for file folders, and an ingenious back compartment that holds the hidden telescoping handle system as well as pockets that can fit a rolled up newspaper, an umbrella, and electronic accessories. Available in tan, black, and expresso. Dimensions: 17"L x 13.5"W x 8"H; weight: 9lbs.
One of the most well-known luggage brands, Samsonite has a staggering array of different bags for travelers. The Spinner series is one of the company's most popular because of its 4 multi-directional wheels that allow 360-degree rolling. The xSpace Spinner laptop tote is partitulcarly good for short trips because of its large main opening and removable organizer for small items. The shock absorbing padded laptop compartment fits computers up to 15.4" and is built into the front of the bag. Note: though the other bags shown here have a limited lifetime warranty, the warranty for the Samsonite xSpace Spinner is 10 years. Dimensions: 17" x 14" x 8"; weight: 8.6lbs.
Tumi is known for their premium and luxury cases, and even though this wheeled laptop briefcase is more compact than many others, they didn't skimp on the details here. The T-Tech Presidio fits laptops up to 15" in a removable compartment and features Tumi's super durable fabric, aircraft grade aluminum handles, and unique individual product identifier attached on a metal plate to the bag. Also in the sleek case are an organizer panel and numerous interior pockets. As a compact briefcase, this may be best for day-to-day use rather than as an overnight travel bag. Dimensions: 15" x 16" x 8".
Another popular travelware company, Briggs & Riley offers several business briefcases, including the expandable rolling brief shown here. This compact laptop case is very lightweight for a rolling case and can fit laptops up to 15.4" in a dedicated computer section. The Span Expandable Rolling Brief also offers an expandable file/packing section, an organizer section, and a quick access pocket for speeding through security checks. Available in Moss and black, the interior of the brief is a bright orange, giving the case a little more of a modern edge. Dimensions: 15.5" x 12.5" x 7"; 7 lbs.