The 10 Best Rugged Laptop Cases

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Laptops are expensive investments, so it is understandable that you'd want to keep yours safe from harm. These rugged cases come in a variety of designs offering varying degrees of protection to meet all needs. We included both hard- and soft-sided options, along with a few slim, sleeve-style models. Many of these are also waterproof to ensure bad weather and spills won't damage your computer. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Pelican 1495

2. Nacuwa Shockproof

3. Thule Gauntlet 3.0

Editor's Notes

September 14, 2020:

We made quite a few changes to this list during our latest update to ensure we had some of the most reliable, current selections out there. We wanted to maintain the balance we had previously between cases that offer adequate protection to the everyday user as well as intense options suitable for taking to a construction site, boating, hunting, or other harsh environments. To that end, you'll find everything from sturdy laptop sleeves to crush and waterproof cases that can withstand intense abuse.

We said goodbye to the NiceEbag Armor due to complaints of durability regarding the strap, stitching, and zippers. We removed the iBenzer Bumptect Pro because of availability issues and the Urban Armor Gear UAG. We love the minimalist design of the UAG, however, it's so strong that many users end up with damaged screens thanks to the way it clips in. It can also be difficult to remove.

To fill these gaps we brought on the Lenovo Legion Armored, a tough backpack perfect for gamers with plenty of accessories, the UZBL Work-In, which is ideal for students who use small Chromebooks, and the Smatree Hard Shell, which is best suited to MacBook Air and Pro computers and Apple accessories.

We also decided to add the Pelican 1495 in place of the Pelican 1095 in order to provide an option with the utmost protection. The 1495 model is more aggressive in its design and offers additional features, like a carrying strap, molded handle, integrated locking system, strong easy-open latches, a larger capacity, and more.

December 13, 2018:

Not everybody needs the same level of protection from a laptop case, which is why we included some models that can probably stand up to falling off a cliff, and others that are better suited to handle small drops and everyday bumps.

Special Honors

Tumi Deluxe 4 Wheeled Laptop Case Those who travel often who need peace of mind might want to consider this sleek carrier from Tumi. Notably expensive, it's crafted using ultra-durable FXT ballistic nylon that can handle a ton of abuse. It features an expandable main compartment with removable file dividers and a removable laptop sleeve that fits screens up to 17 inches and has a detachable strap and handles that make it functional on its own.

Allcases Custom If your primary concern is safety, Allcases manufactures custom computer shipping and hard laptop cases that provide industry-leading protection. They are watertight, crush and dustproof, and come with a lifetime guarantee of excellence. Choose from an array of selections that can accommodate one or multiple laptops, including attaché style options, rolling units with custom foam inserts, and simple foam-filled cases. Each sports a rugged shell that can withstand extremely harsh conditions.

4. Lenovo Legion Armored

5. Casematix RMR21

6. UZBL Work-In

7. Smatree Hard Shell

8. Solo Fifth Avenue

9. Domiso Shock Resistant

10. Tomantek Sleeve

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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