Feeds

Laptop bags: 13- and 14-inchers

Mid-size machine holders

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Xmas Gift Guide Fed up of lugging your laptop around in a tatty old backpack? Fancy something a little more stylish? Feel your other half ought to carry a pack that's more chic? Here are five of the best bags for 13in and 14in laptops that Reg Hardware saw during 2011.

We'd recommend any of the following bags, but our favourite is listed on the next page as Editor's Choice. In reverse order of rating we have...

Ports Design Manhattan II Toploader

RH Numbers

Designed with the business traveller in mind, Ports' Manhattan II isn't half bad for the rest of us, especially if you'd rather go for a more conservative look. There's a velco-latched passport pocket on the front and even a recessed address label on the side. Inside a second, zippered pocket on the front are icon-labelled holders for your IT goodies, and there are further pockets - for documents, this time - inside the main, zippered compartment.

Port Design Manhattan II Toploader

There are both handles and a strap - with metal clips that I suspect may not wear too well and which will work the strap into the corner. And if the Manhattan II is no looker, it's nonetheless compact for a 13in bag.

Port Design Manhattan II Toploader
Reg Rating 70%
Price €45 (£39)
More Info VIP Computers

Cool Bananas Old School Class 1

RH Numbers

For a more retro look, here's Cool Bananas' leather-look shoulder bag ready for a laptop and accessories. There's an inner flap to keep your computer covered when you open the main cover, and the whole inner space can sealed with a zip.

Cool Bananas Old School Class 1

There's a zipped pocket on the back for items you want to get quickly, and and interior pocket, but they'll only take small, thin items and documents. But the Old School has a certain academic charm, and since it's not real leather, it's inexpensive.

Cool Bananas Old School Class 1
Reg Rating 75%
Price £50
More Info Cool Bananas

Boost IT visibility and business value

Next page: STM Alley Small

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.