Laptop Sleeves vs Bags: Which is Right For You?

Laptop Sleeves vs Bags: Which is Right For You?

If a backpack isn’t your style or you need something smaller, how do you choose what’s best for protecting your devices? What shall it be – a durable crossbody laptop bag or a slim, black laptop sleeve? Each carrying case has its pros and cons. You need to think about your lifestyle, how you travel from home to school or to work, and what’s more convenient for you. We’ve tried to make it easier for you to choose by compiling a list of advantages of messenger bags and laptop sleeves.

The Streamlined Approach

One aspect that crossbody laptop bags and sleeves have in common is a streamlined design. They take up less space than a backpack and can slide easily into a storage compartment on the bus or train. That goes for your seat in the lecture hall or your office at work, as well. If you have a tendency to fill a bag with items even if you don’t need them, a slim crossbody or laptop sleeve can keep you from juggling too much.

Storage Space

If storage space is essential, then a crossbody bag may suit you better than a sleeve. A black laptop sleeve appears clean and tidy, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of extra space. A traditional sleeve can fit most laptops, but that’s about it. Bear in mind that a sleeve is a bit like a modern portfolio. It’s a more sophisticated type of pouch, and it’s important to ensure that the sleeve you pick will fit your laptop with room to snap or zip shut. In many cases, you may be able to fit a folder or notebook in your sleeve, as well. Conversely, a laptop bag will have one compartment, if not two, to hold your computer, your mobile devices, and any books, notebooks, or files you need to carry.

Overall Protection

To keep your laptop safe, you want it to be well padded during transportation. Most backpacks and crossbody laptop bags have ample cushioning inside the compartments. Often, a flexible insert covered with both padding and fabric will protect your laptop from being bumped around or jostled. Laptop sleeves provide a bit of protection, as well, due to how closely they’re designed to fit around a laptop.

Carrying Convenience

laptop in a laptop sleeve

Whilst a black laptop sleeve is slim and easy to carry, it doesn’t have any handles or straps. That can be somewhat inconvenient unless you’re simply going from one classroom or cubicle to another. Crossbody bags, on the other hand, can slip over your shoulder or, of course, across your body, leaving your hands free. Insofar as protection goes, it’s not a bad idea to double up. Consider sliding your laptop into a snug sleeve, then placing the computer into a messenger bag.

What approach do you think you’ll take? Whether you pick out a crossbody laptop bag or a sleeve, you can find what you need in the selection of Targus laptop bags collection.

About Targus

Thirty-five years and a history of firsts, Targus has been revolutionizing mobile computing accessories for large enterprises and end-users alike — connecting people and technology in meaningful ways. From laptop bags to tablet cases to peripherals and universal docking stations, we persistently conceive, design, and produce innovative, productivity-boosting solutions that make the complex, simple; and help people pursue their passions and live their purpose – at work and in life. We cross categories, regions, industries, and lifestyles with a breadth and depth of products that seamlessly provide you with everything you need to live, dream, and do.

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