10 Laptop Bags You'll Love: From "Green" to Gucci

Searching for the perfect laptop computer bag? You've come to the right place. We've collected 10 intriguing, functional and fashionable laptop carrying cases for even the pickiest of laptop enthusiasts. But bring your checkbook: most of our choices don't come cheap.

In the third quarter of 2008, U.S. laptop shipments surpassed desktop PCs for the first time, according to IDC. More Americans use laptops than ever before, and each and every one of those new notebook PC owners needs to shop for a bag that not only protects the precious cargo but also looks good.

Computer accessory manufacturers are preparing their 2008/2009 product lineups accordingly. That's good and bad news, because while you'll ultimately be presented with more buying options, the ever-increasing selection means you'll see more and more garbage, making it more difficult to locate the best case.

Personal needs, preferences, tastes and monetary resources all come into play when selecting a laptop bag. We can't help you decide if you want to look more uptown than downtown. However, we've done the heavy lifting on the research side and come up with great options at both ends of the style spectrum. From "green" to Gucci, psychedelic to secure here are our picks for the best laptop cases. For the budget-minded, we even found a deluxe bag from a very practical Midwestern company for under $100.

Go "Green" With Ecolution's Hemp Courier Bag

Animal lovers and tree huggers need laptop bags, too. That's where Ecolution's organic-hemp Courier bag comes in. The Courier is made entirely of hemp, with no leather trim. The vendor says since no animals were used to make this bag, it's completely vegan. It features a central compartment for your laptop, separate pockets for your BlackBerry, documents and other items, and an outer flap with buckle closure and another zippered compartment. The $129-bag has both handles and a shoulder strap, and it comes in two color combinations: Natural with obsidian trim; or gray with obsidian trim. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Specs: 14" L x 6" W x 11.5" H
Image credit: Ecolution.com