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[41 Tested] The Best Affordable Briefcases

Sneak  Peek

  • We compared 41 briefcases and we finally recommended ten models of these eight brands. They feature unique designs, solid fabrics, and large capacity.
  • It is impossible to find one briefcase that matches everyone’s style, function requirement, and budget, so we divided the briefcases into five categories.
  • Briefcases must go with suits? We compared the design and style of each briefcase and we found some briefcases can also match with casual wears.
  • Some briefcases are hard to carry while they are full-load. We’ll tell you what briefcases have three carrying ways including handbag, shoulder bag, and backpack to help with your arm strain.
  • Cheap briefcases are not always with low quality. We compared the built quality and texture of each briefcase and found some wallet-friendly ones can also be excellent.

Sneak  Peek

  • We compared 41 briefcases andfinally we recommended ten models of these eight brands. They feature unique designs, solid fabrics and large capacity.
  • It is impossible to find one briefcase that matches everyone’s style, function requirement and budget, so we divided the briefcases into five categories.
  • Briefcases must go with suits? We compared the design and style of each briefcase and we found some briefcases can also match with casual wears.
  • Some briefcases are hard to carry while they are full-load. We’lltell you what briefcases have three carrying ways including handbag, shoulder bag and backpack to help with your arm strain.
  • Cheap briefcases are not always with low quality. We compared the built quality and texture of each briefcase and found some wallet-friendly ones can also be excellent.

Last updated: May 6, 2019

At first, we didn’t choose a Budget pick in Our favorite leather briefcase, because we thought cheap leather bags are of poor quality. Until we found ThinkPad T300 15” Slim Leather Briefcase. It is the most beautiful PU leather briefcase we have ever seen. It has a traditional design, and its PU leather is smooth and soft. Most importantly, it is very budget-friendly.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who should get a briefcase

A great briefcase should be both functional and stylish that allows a gentleman to express his sense of style. And it should also keep a laptop, papers, and personal items securely and in order. When suits were required for most jobs, briefcases are survivors. They are even the symptoms that you are a professional in a serious field. When you’re carrying a briefcase, you will look more formal and reliable. People will buy a briefcase as a gift for their daughter or son who graduates from law school or finishes an MBA.

For most people nowadays, a briefcase is more of a stylish choice than just a daily necessity. Click to Tweet

A briefcase has many practical functions. For a lawyer, it is a useful tool to organize and carry case files when away from the office. For a commuter, it’s a large bag to bring with paperwork and laptop, as well as snacks, water, and even a few clothes to change for the gym. For the student with a stylish sense, it’s a good option to the traditional backpack. But if you want to buy a briefcase, you have to remember that the general briefcase is designed for short trips between cars, homes, and offices, or designed for users who travel light which means they cannot hold too many things. If you want to pack a set of clothes and a bunch of extras, you need to consider our picks for travel and for bigger loads.

You can tell that a briefcase is different from a crossbody bag or a messenger bag because of its handle design. Since you’re not relying on the shoulder strap, your bag won’t do damage to the shoulder of your coat. You shouldn’t put too many heavy things in it because this will only cause you hand pain. Although most of the modern briefcases are designed with a shoulder strap, which is for temporary use when you are catching a train instead of using it on a daily basis.

However, unless you’re in an industry where suits are required (or at least a jacket or a coat) for meeting your clients, a backpack would be a better choice for distributing the contents’ weight to protect your shoulder from pain. You could check out Our Favorite Backpacks.

How we picked and tested

Pick out the best products

We have learned more than 30 designs of briefcases from famous brands in the world. The designs of these bags meet most people’s requirements such as aesthetic and function. Then we began looking for briefcases with strong editorial and customer reviews and in the right price range on major e-commerce platforms such as Taobao, Jingdong, Amazon, Aliexpress, and Souq.com. Compared to backpacks and messenger bags, briefcases signify your status. They are popular among high-income career and they carry price tags to match. Considering this, we raised our price up to 300 AED. We want to find some briefcases that meet our expectations in the allowable price range. Of course, we also have a lot of briefcases to choose from under 300 AED. However, we believe that spending more money is to get a more stylish briefcase that makes you look more like a professional. Finally, we selected 41 models and bought them to test and compare.

Test and Compare

We began to carefully study the briefcases we bought and compared their specifications, appearance, materials, and workmanship. In addition, we want some bags that are large enough to carry a 15-inch laptop, tablet, power bank, related chargers, cables, notebooks, pens, and other devices. We don’t want the bags too thick and look bulbous. So, it would be practical if it’s expandable so that you can pack more stuff. When you don’t need it, just zip up and make it slim.

Experience in actual use

To test the practicality of each briefcase, we loaded the bag with the stuff we mentioned above and carried it to work every day to see how it works. It’s important to know if carrying it too long would cause arm pain. We would exchange the briefcases to each other so that everyone in our team could use every bag as possible for a period of time. After that, we had a brainstorming, and each of us put forward the advantages and disadvantages of the bags when in use. We discussed and selected the best briefcases.

We put our daily items into the bag.

Our favorite briefcase for most people

Our plck: Dpark Jing Vintage Laptop Briefcase

Our Pick

Dpark Jing Vintage Laptop Briefcase

The best briefcase for most people

It is a reasonably priced briefcase and it matches your formal or casual style for any occasion.
US$ 38.99 from DIGSHOPAED 149.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Water resistant+Soft handle+Multiple pockets
Cons:
-No pocket for a tablet
Who it’s for

If your job requires you to wear a suit, but when it comes to the weekend, you will wear a comfortable, casual outfit. At this moment, you might find that the briefcase you use at work is not suitable to use on weekends. This Dpark Jing Vintage Laptop Briefcase we recommend can well solve this problem. Dpark Jing is a comfortable briefcase with large capacity, quality materials, and beautiful style. It is suitable to go with both a suit or casual outfit. More importantly, its design is not mediocre and it has its own unique design language making you look different.

The briefcase can act as an umbrella?

Dpark is a brand that focuses on simple life design of the young generation. The high-density water-resistant composite fiber and top-grain leather are like the best partners when combining together. They give you a sense of coordination especially the texture and the colors.

Even if you splash water to it, the bag keeps your books and documents dry inside. When there comes a sudden shower, you can even use it as an emergency umbrella. However, you need to clean the water on the leather handle as soon as possible, and you can’t expose the bag to a downpour.

It’s comfortable to hold even when heavily loaded, and it offers organization and storage for a wide variety of gear to meet most needs.

Comfortable shoulder straps and soft leather handheld

Dpark Jing weighs 955g (33.7oz) and it comes with a shoulder strap filling with soft cotton to ensure its carrying comfortability. The shoulder strap can free your hands and doesn’t add burden to your shoulders. We measured the exterior size of the bag and it is 15.3 x 3.7 x 11inch (39 x 9.5 x 28cm). Whether its size or weight is within our briefcase selection criteria. If the bag is fully loaded, you carry it for an hour and you will definitely feel it heavy. But that’s true for any briefcase, you don’t expect that they can load heavily for a long period. Most importantly, the handheld straps are made of soft leather. They naturally sit flat in your hands without hurting your fingers.

Pockets and structure

Dpark Jing offers an individual compartment for your laptop and it can hold up a 15-inch laptop. It’s surrounded by a soft cotton layer to protect your device. There is an unfilled area at the bottom. Even if the bag is placed on an uneven surface, it will not damage a laptop. One less thing you have to worry about is that your laptop will lie completely flat to be TSA-friendly when going through a security line. The bottom of the main compartment has a removable pad for keeping the shape of the briefcase, so that it won’t be flat when there are just a few items in the bag. There are four sealed pockets inside for pens, USB cables, earphone, power bank, etc. and one zipper pocket inside for your important documents or items. In the front of the briefcase, there are two magnetic closure pockets and one vertical zipper pocket. They have suitable sizes. You can put your MacBook charger and keys in it, or some other stuff that you want to get out without opening the bag. The two magnetic buttons are strong enough to prevent from being loose, but you can open them easily. Also, you can put your keys in the vertical zipper pocket because it comes with a key lock to keep them from dropping.

Also Great: Dpark Yingwu Laptop Briefcase and Dpark Wuya Laptop Briefcase

Also Great

Also great

Dpark Yingwu Laptop Briefcase

A different style you will have

This is a briefcase of different design languages. Everyone has his taste, but this bag is designed to meet your needs for different occasions.
US$ 33.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Minimalist design+Water resistant+Multiple pockets
Cons:
-There is only one big pocket on the external side

Also great

Dpark Wuya Laptop Briefcase

A different style you will have

This is a briefcase of different design languages. Everyone has his taste, but this bag is designed to meet your needs for different occasions.
US$ 33.99 from DIGSHOPAED 99.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Minimalist design+Water resistant+Multiple pockets
Cons:
-No protective material for the external side pocket
Who it’s for

If you want a simpler, younger briefcase, then these two briefcases – Dpark Yingwu and Wuya are just suitable for you. They belong to the same series. Young as you, no matter you wear a casual outfit, or a suit to a formal occasion, they will give you a confident and stylish look. Compared to Dpark Jing Vintage Laptop Briefcase, they have a more minimalist design. We offer two briefcases of different design languages for you to choose from. It depends on everyone’s aesthetic and taste, but actually the two briefcases feature the same functionality.

A youthful briefcase

Whether in an office or informal occasion, the Yingwu and Wuya briefcases don’t give people the impression of weirdness. Instead, they can match more clothing styles. The entire designs of the bags meet most people’s needs of aesthetic. They provide carrying capacity for your everyday stuff. Whether a laptop, tablet or some documents, they can give you the space you need. With such a heavy load, it is still comfortable to carry. They also use high-density composite fiber which is well splash proof.

Pockets and structure

The Dpark Yingwu and Wuya briefcase each offers an individual compartment for your laptop, and it’s surrounded by a soft cotton layer to protect your device. It comes with a Velcro closure on top to prevent your laptop from sliding out when lying down. There is an unfilled area at the bottom. Even if the bag is placed on an uneven surface, it will not damage the laptop. They have a series of interior sealed pockets for pens, USB cables, earphone, power bank, etc. and a zipper pocket for your important small items. Dpark Wuya has a large external side pocket for you to put a 10.5-inch iPad in it easily. However, we suggest that you’d better put your digital device inside if you want to well protect them because it lacks a protective layer. If you are going to carry a heavy bag, the handle is comfortable to grab without adding burden to your fingers.

Consider for travel

Our plck: TRANPATH Versatile Ballistic Nylon Expandable Briefcase

Our Pick

TRANPATH Versatile Ballistic Nylon Expandable Briefcase

Upgrade for travelers

TRANPATH Briefcase is designed for travel use. It provides many functional features for businessmen who go to business trips a lot.
US$ 68.99 from DIGSHOPAED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Three carrying ways+Expandable+Large loading capacity+Included insulated pocket
Cons:
-Heavy
Who it’ s for

When you need to travel for business, you will find that the briefcase you usually use is not enough to hold your daily necessities and changing clothes. Carrying a briefcase will add great burdens to your arms and a backpack is not formal enough, so this TRANPATH Versatile Ballistic Nylon Expandable Briefcase is your best choice at this moment. It is the most functional briefcase we’ve ever seen. It has three carrying modes including messenger bag, briefcase, and backpack. You can choose different modes based on your different needs. Meanwhile, if you plan to pack more for a short business trip, it can be expandable to meet your needs.

It’s not only a briefcase but also a messenger bag and a backpack

It is made of solid ballistic nylon featuring durability and water resistance. It has three carrying modes, you can choose different modes based on your different needs. The three modes are messenger bag, briefcase, and backpack. When you need to load a lot of heavy things, you can choose to carry it by one single shoulder or both to help take some of the weight from your hands.

Three carrying ways. 

The removable shoulder strap is arc-shape designed to help you effectively release the shoulder strain. 

You can take the backpack straps out from the vertical zipper pocket in the back when you need it.

There is a chest buckle attached to the center of the shoulder straps. Clip it when you use it as a backpack and it can effectively relieve the strain on your shoulders.

Pockets and structure

The briefcase is 12.6 x 7.1 x 15.7inch (32 x 18 x 40cm) in size. There are two main compartments of the bag. In the first compartment, it has a laptop pocket that can hold a laptop up to 15-inch. In the second compartment, you can put your changing clothes in it and it comes with two individual zipper pockets for small items such as pens, credentials, notebooks. In the front of the bag, there are four well-organized small pockets. One of them is for a water bottle and it’s like an insulation box to keep your drinks cool or warm . 

One of them is CB waterproof coated and even there is a rainy day, you’ll not worry about the stuff getting wet. It can hold a tablet and comes with four sealed pockets for pens, cards, power bank, USB cables, etc.

Can’t hold all your stuff? TRANPATH can be expandable.

In the middle of the bag, there is a long zipper around the entire bag, and it’s for expanding the capacity. It can extend to 6cm width for more things. (Or you can zip up when not in use, it will not affect the look of the bag) This is a very useful feature, especially for you if you go on business trips a lot. You do not need to worry about it cannot fit the clothes you want to bring. 

It has rich pockets in organization, enough to hold what you want to pack. In the back of the bag, there is a strap to fix on a trolley case, reducing the burdens when you carry the luggage. There is also a vertical zipper pocket to store the backpack straps. On the bottom, there are four anti-slip legs to avoid wear.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As we mentioned above, it is a functional briefcase with large capacity. That means it will be heavier than other normal bags and it is not easy to carry. With that in mind, it provides backpack straps and shoulder strap for you (two carrying ways) to relieve the strain on your hands.

Consider for bigger loads

Our plck: ThinkPad TL410 15.6 Versatile Expandable Leather Briefcase

Our Pick

ThinkPad TL410 15.6″ Versatile Expandable Leather Briefcase

A bigger-load choice

If you need to pack a lot in your bag every day, and you don’t want it to have a fat, round look, ThinkPad TL410 will meet your needs.
US$ 47.99 from DIGSHOPAED 129.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Budget friendly+Large loading capacity+Multiple pockets
Cons:
-Heavy
Who it’s for

ThinkPad TL410 impressed me the most in all the bags we’ve ever seen. It can hold many things in your daily life, and it doesn’t look as fat and round as other bags. Most importantly, it is very cheap. ThinkPad TL410 has excellent structure and it already prepares reasonable space to well organize the things you need. If you are still looking for a briefcase that is large enough for many documents, and looks formal, then this ThinkPad TL410 is just right for you.

Prepare for your business trip

Most people know ThinkPad is because of its laptops. ThinkPad produces practical briefcases as well, maybe you’re just aware of it. ThinkPad TL410 is mainly made of PU leather so it is less expensive. However, it still gives you the look and feel of real leather. Although it can accommodate many things, it doesn’t make it look fat and round. The size of ThinkPad TL410 is 16.3 x 4.9 x 12.4inch (41.5 x 12.5 x 31.5cm). Its big size is one of the reasons we picked it and it meets one of our briefcase selection criteria. It is not only suitable for everyday loads for work but also hold your necessities for a short business trip.

Pockets and structure

ThinkPad TL410 has rich sections in organization. It is just like a butler and gets everything prepared for you. You don’t need to waste time thinking what things go where. In the front, there is a large magnetic closure compartment and a zipper compartment. This zipper compartment can fit a magazine, and it comes with a net pocket and two sealed pockets that can fit two 20,000 (and above) power banks. In the middle of the bag, it has two main compartments. The first main compartment is mainly for a laptop and it has soft padding that offers protection for your device. There is a Velcro closure for quick access. Also, it comes with multi-pockets for power bank, USB cables, earphone, batteries, credentials, even eyeglasses case. The second main compartment has two separated large pockets for folders, documents, books, making things inside well organized. I have to say this is a thoughtful design. In the back of the bag, there is also a magnetic closure compartment, but it has a zipper on the bottom. Open the zipper, you can also use it as a trolley strap to fix on a suitcase. When I’m using ThinkPad TL410, I know it is the briefcase I have been looking for.

Our favorite canvas briefcase

Our plck: Akarmy Original briefcase

Our Pick

Akarmy Original briefcase

Not as formal, but rugged style

If you don’t need as much structure and want something tough, Akarmy is your best choice. It looks more tough.
US$ 64.99 from DIGSHOPAED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Casual style+Water resistant+Durable material
Cons:
-Does not match with a suit
Who it’s for

If you don’t often wear a suit, and you want a briefcase that makes you look more casual, this Akarmy Original briefcase is suitable for you. It is a tough-styled canvas briefcase. It matches not only casual wear but also a formal suit, and it won’t make you look funny. A good canvas bag will get a much better looking over time. The older it is, the more you will love.  Because of its large strap and thick leather, I believe you will need to take some time to break in the handles to make them comfortable.

Wild style

Products of Akarmy are always of high-quality, and this briefcase is one of them. It might not look formal but it’s still a good-looking bag. It doesn’t seem that it is not suitable to go with a tweed coat or a blazer. Instead, it can take you to most places. It is water resistant, so it offers protection for your laptop from being splashed.

The strap uses bridle leather which is the result of a post-dyeing process. The process treats the leather with oils and then wax on both sides, and it creates a harder leather that takes a longer time to break in. However, it is smooth, wear resistant, and traditionally has a deeper color.

The size is 16.1 x 12.6 x 3.9inch (41 x 32 x 10cm). It weighs 1.2kg (42.3oz), which makes it a sturdy, medium-weight bag. We wouldn’t recommend a briefcase heavier than this though.

Pockets and structure

In the main compartment, it has two large sealed pockets and you can put your laptop or folders in it. There are six individual small pockets for separated small items. In the front and the back of the bag, there is a large pocket on each side for tucking in minor flat extras like newspapers.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Because of its huge metal accessories and thick canvas look, Akarmy may be a little too casual for formal occasions, but you can make your judgement based on the occasions or places.

When you pick up the briefcase for the first time, you will feel its high quality of the leather strap and handles. At the same time, however, they are very tough on your hands. Or even worse, when it’s heavily loaded, you’ll have discomfort feeling on your shoulders or palms. But these leathers will get soft and more comfortable over time.

Consider for a minimalist look

Our Pick: LEXON Stylish Laptop Briefcase

Our Pick

LEXON Stylish Laptop Briefcase

A slim, structured choice

If you value clean lines design, choose this bag – remember, don’t carry too much.
US$ 38.99 from DIGSHOPAED 129.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Minimalist design+Water resistant+Durable material+Comfortable handle
Cons:
-Small loading capacity
Who it’s for

If you are just taking the basic gear with you, going a short distance, and you’re looking for a compact briefcase that has clean lines and a sleek aesthetic, this LEXON briefcase is just right for you. It is the most minimalist and refined in all the briefcases we’ve seen. We believe it is perfect for you if you want as little visual clutter as possible. Although this briefcase does not hold much, its rigid structure means it won’t be bulbous when fully loaded.

French minimalist design

LEXON is a French brand devoted to designing minimalist and fashionable products. This briefcase has clean lines and not easy to deform. In some details, it has better designs than other bags.

This minimalist, casual briefcase has no requirements for dressing styles and can be used both at work and in everyday life. The whole bag is made of polyester and it is durable, water resistant and splash proof.

The handle is made of lightweight metal, and it has no discomfort feeling even carrying it for a long time.The removable shoulder strap has interior padding to ensure the stability and comfortability. At the bottom, there are two plastic legs to protect the bag from dirt or damage.

Pockets and structure

The briefcase is 15.4 x 11.4 x 3inch (39 x 29 x 7.5cm) in size. It has a zipper compartment in the front for magazines, and comes with four sealed independent pockets for pens, cell phone or power bank. In the back, there is also a compartment with Velcro closure. It has a zipper on the bottom and you can also use it as a trolley strap to fix on a suitcase. When you’re on a business trip, it is very useful. Inside the bag, it is filled with cushioning materials that protect the contents. In the main compartment, there is a section with Velcro closure for a laptop up to 14 inches and one zipper pocket and two sealed pockets for your small items.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

It is a light briefcase meaning you don’t carry too much with it, only a few necessary items for work such as documents, a laptop, pens. The laptop compartment is just made of a thin layer, so you should be careful with the scratches from keys or other hard and sharp things.

Budget Pick: KINSONS Duffel Expandable Laptop Briefcase

Budget Pick

KINSONS Duffel Expandable Laptop Briefcase

A very cost-effective choice

It is a quality bag you can get without costing too much money. The quality is not affected by its low price.
US$ 18.99 from DIGSHOP AED 49.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Budget friendly+Minimalist design+Water resistant
Cons:
-Small loading capacity
Who it’s for

If you want to buy a minimalist briefcase at a lower price, this Kingsons briefcase is suitable for you. 

Cheap, but with high quality

Although it looks ordinary and has a more normal design than LEXON in our pick, its price is only one-third of LEXON. Most importantly, it continues Kingsons’ pursuit of high-quality and cost-effective products, which is one of the reasons it sells well.

It is made of water-resistant polyester, so no more worries about getting your valuables wet on a rainy day.

The removable shoulder strap comes with ventilated padding to ensure its stability and comfortability.

Expandable design

The size of the briefcase is 14.1 x 2.6 x 10.8inch (37.5 x 6.5 x 27.5cm). In the front, there is a zipper compartment that comes with multiple pockets for your small items such as cell phone, power bank, pens, cards, etc. In the back, there is a compartment with Velcro closure. The briefcase is expandable. There is a zipper under the bag. Just open the zipper and it can extend to 1inch (2.5cm) width. You can pack more stuff when you need it.

The main compartment has a simple structure, just a shockproof laptop compartment that holds up a 14-inch laptop. Besides, there is empty space for your other stuff, but small items may bump each other since there is no individual pocket for them. The entire bag and the laptop compartment are filled with shockproof materials, protecting the contents inside from outer bumps and scratches between a laptop and hard things inside.

Our favorite leather briefcase

Our Pick: UN INSUAL Modern Genuine Cowhide Leather Briefcase

Our Pick

UN INSUAL Modern Genuine Cowhide Leather Briefcase

A minimalist leather bag for most people

If you need a leather briefcase for different occasions, this minimalist UN INUSUAL leather briefcase would be a great choice.
US$ 85.99 from DIGSHOPAED 279.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Minimalist design+Soft and smooth leather+Unique metal parts
Cons:
-Small loading capacity
Who it’s for

UN INUSUAL leather briefcase is different from a traditional briefcase. It is more suitable to match casual styles. It won’t give you a too-formal look. Instead, it highlights your uniqueness. It can match more clothing styles and occasions. No matter you take it to a formal business occasion, or just for daily use, it is suitable. So, if you’re looking for a leather briefcase that doesn’t look like a traditional one, you can choose this UN INUSUAL briefcase.

Minimalist & stylish

This UN INUSUAL briefcase is made of smooth and soft top-grain leather, so it feels soft and great. The entire bag looks minimalist and stylish without having any unnecessary designs. The metal accessories are not silver or gold like other normal leather briefcases. Instead, they are Titanium Silver which is special. The dual zipper heads are smooth and easy to pull. You can even pull it to the bottom, making it easy for you to take things out. It is a pity that we can’t use it as a shoulder bag because it doesn’t have metal accessories to connect the shoulder strap. 

If you want a less-heavy leather briefcase, UN INUSUAL is the lightest we could find. It weighs only 850g (30oz) and it will not add extra burdens to your arm. The size is 15.4 x 11 x 2.2inch (39 x 28 x 5.5cm). This bag is made of high-quality soft leather. Even you carry it for long periods, it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. Thanks to its sturdy and soft handle.

Pockets and structure

The minimalism of the UN INUSUAL soft briefcase means that it does not have quite a lot of organizational arrays we see in other bags, so you have to give up some storage spaces. There is no pocket in the front or the back for quick access. In the main section, there is a laptop compartment for a 14-inch laptop, and one zipper pocket for your important documents or valuables, two sealed pockets for small items such as cell phone, power bank, or credentials. You’ll be toting a light load with this briefcase, if only by necessity.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

As we mentioned above, it is a briefcase that is more suitable for work and it cannot hold everything you need in a day (clothes and heavy stuff). Besides a laptop, some office documents, or some other small items, putting anything in it will slightly overload.

Plus, you have to face it, leather briefcases neither durable nor water resistant. If you accidently cause damage to a briefcase, the damage it receives will be obvious and it may be permanent.

Also Great: Volition Leather Briefcase

Also Great

Volition Leather Briefcase

A traditional leather briefcase

If you’re willing to invest in a beautiful leather briefcase, and you don’t need to carry much, Volition offers a sophisticated design that will get a much better looking over time.
US$ 85.99 from DIGSHOPAED 279.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Traditional design+Soft and smooth leather+Fine built quality
Cons:
-Small loading capacity
Who it’s for

The bag has a different style from UN INUSUAL in our pick. If you’re on a formal occasion, you’re wearing a suit and not carrying too much, Volition is just right for you. It’s more like a traditional leather briefcase, but its smart detail designs and the fine workmanship make it stand out in many other similar leather briefcases.

Traditional design and premium leather

Volition is a well-known brand with a good reputation in China, specializing in high-quality leather products. The entire bag including the shoulder strap is made of thick and high-quality top grain leather, and it feels smooth. The shoulder strap will get softer over time, making it more comfortable to wear. The stitches are tight, even, and tidy. The metal zippers are also very smooth and the overall workmanship is very refined.

Besides the traditional design of this briefcase, the overall color, well stitches and golden metal accessories, altogether making it a more good-looking bag. This is important because we have seen so many mismatches affecting the aesthetics of the entire bag. This bag is suitable for everyday office needs. After careful researching and comparing, it is the best leather briefcase we could find in many other similar models. It is reasonably priced and can provide high-quality leather and fine workmanship.

Pockets and structure

It can meet the loading needs of businessmen. It is 16.1 x 11.4 x 3.1inch (41 x 29 x 8cm) in size. In the front and back, each side has a compartment with magnetic closure. You can put cards or receipts in it and you can reach for them easily at any time. The main section is pretty much the same as the UN INUSUAL leather briefcase. There is a laptop compartment for a 14-inch laptop, and one zipper pocket, two sealed pockets for small items. 

Budget Pick: ThinkPad T300 15” Slim Leather Briefcase

Budget Pick

ThinkPad T300 15” Slim Leather Briefcase

An artificial-leather choice

You can get this top-notch and beautiful leather briefcase at an ultra-low price.
US$ 28.99 from DIGSHOPAED 59.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Who it’s for

If you’re a mature businessman but you don’t have enough budget for a fancy leather briefcase, or you prefer an artificial-leather briefcase, ThinkPad T300 15” Slim Leather Briefcase is your ideal choice. It is a low-priced artificial leather briefcase, which packs a traditional-look design, so it’s definitely suitable for businessmen who are required to wear a suit every day.

Artificial leather doesn’t mean low quality.

Although ThinkPad T300 is made of PU leather, “poor quality” is absolutely not the word that would pop into your head when you see it. In fact, it outweighs other briefcases we tested and compared. From the appearance, the entire bag shines, and when you touch it, you can feel its soft and smooth leather which is nothing like some rough and lousy artificial-leather on the market. Also, the metal zippers feel fantastic to use. They’re smooth and won’t stuck at all. Thus, you have no need to worry about its quality due to the affordable price tag.

One good thing about using PU leather is that, the material is waterproof to some extent. Even the briefcase gets wet from rain, you don’t need to worry it will be damaged like real-leather bags, nor the items in it get damp. The only thing you need to do is to wipe the drops with a tissue. Easy and quick.

Pockets and structure

The size of ThinkPad T300 is 16.1 x 12.2 x 2.6 inches (41 x 31 x 6.5 cm),which can satisfy your needs for work. It has three large zipper compartments, including one main internal compartment, one front compartment, and one back compartment.

In the main compartment, it has one tablet pocket, one laptop pocket which can fit a laptop at maximum 15 inches, and two different-sized net pockets which can hold a laptop charger, charging cables, a mouse, or a power bank, etc.

In addition, the front and back compartments are spacious. They can accommodate receipts, paper works, and even magazines. In the front compartment, it has two pockets at various sizes to fit small items, such as pens or keys. In the back compartment, it has a zipper at the bottom. You can open the zipper to fit this briefcase on a trolley case, which is convenient for business trips.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

However, we found one minor flaw of ThinkPad T300. It has some loose threads in a few parts of the bag, which affects the entire look to some degree. Considering this does no harm to your normal usage, and you can cut them off easily, we still think ThinkPad T300 is the best briefcase you can get in the price range.

Updated Log

Update: May 6, 2019

At first, we didn’t choose a Budget pick in Our favorite leather briefcase, because we thought cheap leather bags are of poor quality. Until we found ThinkPad T300 15” Slim Leather Briefcase. It is the most beautiful PU leather briefcase we have ever seen. It has a traditional design, and its PU leather is smooth and soft. Most importantly, it is very budget-friendly.

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  • Dildar says:

    Akarmy Original briefcase is solid built! I like its touch and it feels rough and seems i can use it for a very very very long time.
    Looks handsome on me.

  • Loukoumane says:

    i want to buy travel bag but my budget is only $150 USD and here there are lots of option but still confuse to buy a full-feature bag. can you suggest best one from this list.

  • Ebenezer says:

    The Tranpath has a huge volume, perfect for a business trip. I put my laptop, a few clothes in it, there are still some empty spaces. And it’s durable enough for public transit.

  • Nour says:

    The volition leather briefcase is actually a really good deal for the price.

  • marcus says:

    Good. what you see is what you’ll get.
    thanks for the hard working.

  • ankit j. says:

    The post is just in time. My bag is broken and i’m going to get a new one.

  • lalagirl says:

    Gotta choose a gift for my husband, which one will a man prefer? Anyone could give me some advice?

    • Faviënne says:

      I prefer the leather one, but I think you should ask your husband’s opinion. Everyone has a different preference.

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  • Andy Smith says:

    Wow, these wonderful tips are really good & can be useful for all travellers. Well, before buying any briefcases we should adopt some guidance for this that how we can choose the best one so that we can get the proper quality product. I bought a leather briefcase from “A1 FASHION GOODS” which is so good in quality with cost-friendly also.

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