With so many laptop cases and bags to choose from, picking the right one can be a little overwhelming. There are your standard laptop cases, which have just enough space for your laptop, some accessories like the mouse, software and even some important documents or software. There are also bags that combine a laptop case with a small sized suitcase, in case you are going on some kind of business trip. There are hard sided as well as soft sided cases, ones with wheels and telescoping handles, as well as just about everything in between.

Laptop cases and bags should not be confused with liner laptop cases. These usually thin protective sleeves slip over the laptop itself, and are used as added protection inside a regular case. Some of them are reduce the amount of static discharge that accumulates, and all of them are good at keeping an extra barrier between your precious portable computer and debris that seems to always find its way inside your bag.

When considering cases and bags, you should remember a few things. One of them is that you should always buy laptop cases that have extra pockets in them. It always seems that you are not carrying just the laptop, what if you need some software, a few DVD’s to watch, or important papers. While all laptop computers have their own built in mouse pad device, and internal speakers, some people prefer to use the standard mouse and want some extra sound, whether it is with external speakers, or with a set of headphones.

Another thing to think about is how much you will be using your cases and bags. If you do a lot of traveling, you know what it’s like to have to carry laptop cases around with you all the time. Even the lightest notebook, eBook reader, or other computing device can get heavy while standing in long lines, so many have turned to styles with a telescoping handle and a set of wheels on the bottom. If you are one of these, make sure that the handle extends far enough that you aren’t stooping when you are using it, and that the wheels are on casters that can spin in almost any direction.

Perhaps one of the biggest factors on buying these laptop cases and bags is cost. Some laptop cases can run you more that two hundred dollars, even many basic styles can run up to a hundred. You have to think about the materials, such as leather, which can drive these costs up. You may have to also pay extra for the wheels and handles. It is a good idea to really shop around for a good, high quality product that isn’t going to break the bank. The better the materials, the more features and extras it has, the longer it will last. You don’t want to buy a product that is too cheap, because you will have to replace it more often, which will cost you more in the long run.