The 12 Best Gaming Backpacks
The 12 Best Gaming Backpacks
You have your set up perfectly calibrated in your home for the absolute best gaming experience, but what if you get the chance to be part of a tournament or to go and hang out in a cool multi-gamer room?
Moving all that expensive equipment is something you are going to want to take a lot of care with, and having a backpack designed in such a way that it takes into account the vulnerable parts of each piece of gaming equipment is vital.
There is a lot to look for in a gaming backpack, just as there is when you are considering what kind of machine you want to buy to do your gaming on. If you are regularly moving your gaming equipment around you want to be able to transport all of your equipment as easily as possible, and in a way where it is not going to get damaged.
It is also important that the backpack looks good – you don’t want to be transporting a top of the line gaming machine in a bag that doesn’t cut it. It is worth spending a bit of money for a high quality backpack when you consider the cost of replacing any equipment that gets damaged.
Thankfully, there are a lot of choices to satisfy every criteria.
Here are the 12 best gaming backpacks, assessed for both their strength and durability, and also their aesthetics.
Dell 50KD6 Gaming Backpack 15
Dell is a pretty tried and trusted name for computers, so it makes sense that they would have developed backpacks which you can easily and safely transport those laptops in.
There is a padded interior with an EVA molded front so that you can protect your machine from any possible knocks.
So that you can set up easily whenever you get to where you’re going, you have a dedicated laptop sleeve, and there are multiple accessory pockets for your gaming hardware.
You obviously don’t want to get any of your equipment wet, so Dell have thoughtfully provided you with an easily deployable rain cover.
Lugging all that equipment around, even if you aren’t in a warm climate, is going to get you hot, so this backpack has a v-shaped air channel design and breathable air mesh back padding.
This backpack is functional and also robust, with water resistant 900D heavy duty body fabrics and 1680D coated base material.
Acer Predator Utility Backpack, Notebook Gaming, Black & Teal
Acer, like Dell, have a great reputation for producing high quality and affordable laptops, so it again makes sense that they would have a well thought-out range of gaming back packs.
Carrying around a lot of equipment makes ventilation in the backpack important, so Acer have included a cushioned mesh back panel that is ventilated for air flow.
There is an interior headset strap, a bottom pocket for power adapter Brick and other personal belongings, so that all your gaming equipment is kept safe and easily accessible.
One great feature of this backpack is that it also has a luggage handle pass through design.
The material is covered with a water repellent coating, as are the zippers, making it very functional and well protected from the elements.
PDP Nintendo Switch System Backpack Elite Edition, 500-118 – Nintendo Switch
Nintendo, like other manufacturers of gaming machines, listen to their customers and what they need from a backpack. That i why this backpack is officially licensed by Nintendo – because they have made sure it does what its users need it do.
The backpack not only needs to look cool – its functionality is paramount. Starting with the fact you need something to carry not only your Nintendo Switch Console, but all the accessories, Nintendo make sure to accommodate you.
You get a spacious design that fits the console, your pro controller, AC adapter, Switch game cards, a 15” laptop, and other accessories.
The padded straps and the carry handle are designed to make it easy to use and easy to transport.
Everki Titan Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack Fits Up to 18.4-Inch Laptops (EKP120)
Everki have not only thought about how you are going to use this backpack, but also with some of the non-gaming situations that you are going to find yourself in where you want to make sure that your equipment is well protected and easily accessible.
When you get to a checkpoint, this bag has been designed to open 180 degrees to provide easy access for the person looking at your equipment, so that it can be easily seen, but it also decreases the likelihood of it being damaged.
The laptop compartment can accommodate laptops as large as 18.4”. With this and all the equipment you may be carrying, the unique 5-point balance strap system distributes weight for comfortable carrying.
It has a dedicated iPad/Kindle/Tablet pocket, and a top access pocket for gadgets. Add to that a separate accessories pouch, and all your needs should be covered.
Again, weatherproofing is super important, so it has a water-resistant weather cover to protect against dust, rain, or snow.
Lenovo Legion Armored 17 inch Gaming Backpack
This great backpack is, as the name suggests, designed to be very durable. Lenovo make some great machines, so they have a lot reality on what is required from a good gaming backpack.
It has a weatherproof vinyl exoskeleton that makes the backpack able to withstand pretty much any kind of weather you can imagine. This also includes a compression molded back panel to allow airflow ventilation so you don’t overheat when you are carrying everything around.
It has 3 compartments and 16 well-placed pockets so that you can easily transport your gaming laptop and all of the peripherals that you need. With this kind of weight, having well designed adjustable shoulder straps with a supporting chest buckles is an essential thing to make it all a comfortable experience.
Titanfall 2 Officially Licensed OGIO Backpack
If you loved Titanfall 2, then you will have to get this great backpack. OGIO put out this officially licensed backpack, and it includes some cool Titanfall Velcro badges, that make this a great buy for any enthusiasts of the game.
It has a separate sleeve for iPad/tablet/e-reader. It also has a zippered fleece lined top pocket and a large main compartment which is able to fit most 17” laptops.
It has a padded back panel with air mesh so that you don’t overheat when you are carrying your gaming equipment around.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Shuttle Backpack for 17″ G-Series Notebooks
ASUS back up their great line of gaming machines with a great line of backpacks.
If you love Republic Of Gamers then this is the backpack for you, with its streamlined rog look and feel. It is designed to fit all G-series laptops including 17+ and the padded interior protects said laptop from any possible accidents.
It has a dedicated smartphone rear compartment, and is great for moving all your gaming equipment.
It is made of a strong polyester construction that means it has that vital component of all gaming backpacks – that it is waterproof and will protect your equipment.
Razer Rogue 15.6″ Backpack
The Razer Rogue, with its tear and water resistant exterior is built to withstand the elements. With its matte black coloring it looks tough and durable, and it is.
You can get your gaming equipment from point A to point B without having to worry about it getting water damaged, and its internal padding prevents any other knocks or accidents from causing damage.
The mesh and padding allows you to carry it in comfort by making sure that there is plenty of airflow between you and the backpack
The Razer has a 15.6” main pocket and can fit most 15” and under laptops and notebooks.
Acer Predator Rolltop Backpack – for All 15.6″ Gaming Laptops
Acer have some great machines, and depending on which one you get this backpack is going to be the perfect fit. This great rolltop backpack is great for gaming and also for travelling, due to its organized pockets for all your gaming gear.
It also rolls up so that it can be easily stored, and it has water resistant fabric to keep all your equipment safe. The interior is padded to protect your laptop, and there is a comfortable shoulder harness to make transporting all your equipment as easy as possible.
Razer Utility Backpack
Razer make some very tough and durable backpacks that are very rooted in the functionality that you as a user are going to need. This backpack has military-grade durability and is made from the same material as military flak jackets – a thick tightly woven robust ballistic nylon that is going to be able to definitely withstand anything you can throw at it.
It opts for a flexible minimalist design that has utility in mind, while also looking very sleek. It has easily accessible compartments which are smartly concealed using stitch lines.
Targus Strike Gaming Backpack for 17.3-Inch Laptops, Black/Red (TSB900US)
This 26 L backpack has an oversized padded laptop compartment which can contain 17.3″ laptops or gaming consoles.
It has dedicated pockets and loops for gaming equipment such as your mouse, external hard drive, keyboard, power brick, sunglasses, large headphones, and USB flash drives.
It has sturdy sternum straps and ventilated back padding and padded shoulder straps which help to distribute weight.
There is also a nice touch with a hidden pocket in the back panel for your keys and wallet.
Targus Steelseries Gaming Backpack for 17-Inch Laptops, Black (TSB941BT)
This backpack, a close relative of the one above, has some great features.
It was designed by gamers for gamers, and has added protection for your laptop with a sling that suspends it and means it is even safer against drops.
It has all the dedicated pockets and pouches you would expect, so you can easily carry your gaming mat, keyboard, mouse, controllers, headphones, and more.
It also has sternum straps, ventilated back padding and shoulder straps that are all designed to give you an easy carrying experience
The unique design allows for it to be unzipped laid flat for easy storage.
Like it’s relative it has a hidden pocket in the back panel which provides the perfect way to keep your valuables safe.
It is weatherproof and also comes with a tethered rain cover to keep your equipment safe.
How To Make Your Decision
A lot of great gaming backpacks are made by companies that make great gaming machines. It makes sense that understanding what someone wants from a gaming machine can give you an insight into what equipment they are going to need, and therefore what they are going to need from a backpack.
If you know what you need for your perfect gaming set up you are going to know the criteria for the bag you want. The perfect bag is going to be both functional and aesthetic. This means it has to take into account your equipment as much as your machine.
When you get to your destination you want to be able to easily find everything, and when you leave, being able to easily pack it all back in an assigned slot, making the whole process that much easier. This also can help avoid any damage happening to loose items rattling around in your backpack.
For some people it is as easy as being brand loyal across equipment, so they buy backpacks that are made by the same people as those who make their laptops. This makes some sense, as the backpack can be built around the laptop.
Collectors are obviously going to love collector’s edition backpacks like the Titan 2 backpack, but it is not that the practical aspects can be sacrificed for the aesthetic aspects.
Having a backpack that doesn’t only think about the equipment, but also how carrying that much equipment effects you is going to make it a much more pleasant experience for you. A backpack with none of the mesh and padding for ventilation is not going to be much fun to lug around after a while.
If a gamer has had input on the design of the backpack you are definitely going to be able to tell. It’s not that anyone is going to produce a backpack with no gamer feedback, but when a gamer is integral to the whole process it is going to perhaps push it that extra mile. They are going to pick up on problems with the way the bag is organized that a non-gamer might never see. The fact that a whole evolution in backpacks especially for gamers has come about is obviously in response to demand for a specialized version of what was already available.
As games evolve, and machines evolve, all the peripherals are likely to evolve as well, and this is going to prompt an evolution in gaming backpacks. The great thing is that this evolution is definitely going to be spurred by the games manufacturers and the game players, and there are already game playing stars who are likely to develop and put out more bespoke items themselves.