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.

Matias Aluminum Laptop Armor
3 Stars

Weight: 5 lb.

Dimensions: 17 by 12 by 4 in.

$150; www.matias.ca

PROS James Bond would love the Matias. The aluminum skin gleams like an Aston Martin and can protect your laptop as well as anything devised by Q. Customizable padding offers a snug fit for slim notebooks. Three deep bellows pockets house basic peripherals, and three separate pockets support file folders. Locking latches, which open and close with one hand, work with a satisfying click.

CONS Not even 007 would want to lug this baby around for too long at a stretch. Another reason to pack light: Since the aluminum doesn't give, the Matias can be hard to close when stuffed full.

BUY THIS ONE IF ... You're an agent provocateur whose bag is apt to take a beating.



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