Thule EnRoute Strut Daypack
Thule rucksacks have a special place in the heart of many Engadget staffers, as they hold up through countless trade shows and accommodate an onslaught of gadgets without buckling under the weight. This guy is no different, offering a padded laptop sleeve for up to a 15-inch machine along with a pocket for a 10.1-inch tablet. There's also a crush-proof SafeZone compartment for fragile gear, an organization panel for smaller gadgets and gizmos, an external stash pocket and a side pouch for a water bottle.
Key specs: 19-liter capacity, crush-proof SafeZone compartment, top-load laptop sleeve, organization panel.
Price: $80 from Thule
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Crumpler Nhill Heist
There are only so many possible variations on the backpack, but Crumpler's take is one of the more striking -- and, yes, costly -- options we've seen. The main zippered compartment includes a padded sleeve with room for a 17-inch laptop, and four internal side pockets stow other essentials.
Price: $175 from Crumpler
Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-inch Laptop Backpack
Camera-toting types will appreciate this pack's roomy design, which fits an SLR body with an attached zoom lens, along with up to a 16-inch laptop. Removable shelves provide additional lens storage, and waterproof EVA means the bag is ready for all-weather shoots.
Price: $74 on Amazon
Timbuk2 Control laptop case
The Control is part messenger, part briefcase, with handles and a removable shoulder strap that let you switch between business and casual modes. The external laptop compartment unzips to lie flat for going through airport security, and internal organization includes a dedicated slot for a tablet or e-reader and a pocket for power bricks and cords. The textured oxford nylon exterior -- available in black, blue, gunmetal or gray-- is quite tasteful, to boot.
Key specs: TSA-compliant external laptop compartment, separate pockets for laptop and iPad, waterproof TPU flap, removable shoulder strap.
Price: $69 from Timbuk2
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Belkin 15-inch messenger
If the techie on your list travels light, Belkin's tastefully understated messenger is a great option. It fits a 15-inch notebook (with plenty of padding to keep it safe) and includes a split compartment along with three external pockets.
Price: $33 on Amazon
Booq Boa nerve bag
The design is simple enough to work for executives and students alike, and there's enough room inside for a 17-inch laptop, a tablet, a phone and then some.
Price: $143 on Amazon
Otterbox Commuter series
The Commuter line bridges the iOS / Android divide, with cases for the iPhone as well as the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III, among other devices. The silicone mid-layer and polycarbonate shell protect handsets from scratches and bumps without adding too much bulk.
Key specs: Two-layer protection to shield against drops, bumps and shock, self-adhesive screen protector, port covers.
Price: $14 to $30 on Amazon
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Samsung Flip Cover
Owners of the Note (I and II) and the Galaxy S III get access to one of the sweetest case designs out there. The Flip Cover replaces a phone's backing and provides protection for the device's display when it's not in use.
Price: $11 to $25 on Amazon
Marware EcoVue cover
E-readers and commuting are a match made in heaven, so why not gift a case that can stow some cash, a MetroCard and other on-the-go essentials? We especially dig the strap for one-handed reading.
Price: $35 on Amazon
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