Just like when buying a cellphone, the first thing you should do when buying a new laptop is purchase a protective case. Sure, your backpack may have a laptop sleeve, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution and double up your protection. Here are five inexpensive options that the internet is raving about.
Booq Mamba ($40)
The exterior of this thin sleeve is made from jute, a sustainably produced material that’s totally waterproof, so you can rest easy when your commute turns soggy.
Thule Gauntlet 3.0 ($50)
Thule’s case has a clamshell design with a hard exterior and padded interior for bombproof protection.
Burton Hyperlink ($28)
Handles and an exterior zippered pocket for storage almost put this sleeve into the briefcase category, but it’s still slim enough to slide into your backpack for the daily commute.
Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Sleeve ($35)
The retro Boy Scout-inspired design of this case hides a fully padded fleece-lined interior and reinforced base.
Timbuk2 Stealth Folio ($50)
It looks like your standard laptop sleeve, but unfold this kit and you’ll find well-designed storage for your phone, cords, headphones, office supplies, and snacks.