Our picks for ... laptop bags

Kiss your dreary briefcase goodbye. Business 2.0 picks three laptop bags that match style to substance -- and tell the world you've truly arrived.

Timbuk2 Small Custom Laptop Messenger
4 Stars

Weight: 1.8 lb.

Dimensions: 15 by 10 by 5 in.

$120; www.timbuk2.com

PROS Talk about individuality. Timbuk2 lets you custom-build your bag: Small, medium, or large? In subtle gray or deep gold? Want an external smartphone holster or an iPod case for an extra $20? The shoulder strap and pad are easily adjustable, making the lightweight bag that much more comfortable to carry. Along with three zippered pockets comes a thickly padded laptop sleeve.

CONS A generous multipouch pocket lacks partitions for keeping files separate. The single-flap design forces you to open the lid to access almost anything.

BUY THIS ONE IF ... You're a cost-conscious hipster who doesn't mind a little disorder beneath the sharp exterior.



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