Characteristics of good notebook cases include protection for the computer, pockets for organization, and a sturdy handle or shoulder strap for easier carrying, notes Sears. Because the case increases the weight of the computer, look for a case that is lightweight or has wheels that make transporting the notebook easier.
Laptops are fragile pieces of electronic equipment and require protection. Most manufacturers provide protection by including a thick foam pad that surrounds the computer while it is in transit. Some cases include a strap that connects using hook-and-loop fasteners so the computer remains in place during the trip.
Most of the time, users carry more than just a computer in the case. Pockets for important files or papers help keep you organized. Like a good briefcase, the computer case should have a pocket for everyday essentials when working away from the home or office.
The handle should attach firmly to the case. It should be wide enough that you can carry the bag without it digging into your hand. If you plan to use the shoulder strap, it should be wide and offer a pad to protect your shoulder when carrying the case. If you find carrying the case, notebook and other materials your job requires is too much, consider a rolling case. The extending handle and wheels allow you to pull everything you need for an appointment without having to lift a heavy case.