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10 Best Laptop Backpacks for Everyday Carry

10 Best Laptop Backpacks for Everyday Carry

Living in the digital age, it’s no surprise that most of us need our laptops with us at all times.We go to business meetings with them. We go to lectures with them. And we even bring our laptop with us when we travel or go hiking. Given this, it’s important to have a backpack that you can use to keep your laptop safe at all times. (As well as helping to carry the essentials such as a mouse, power supply, etc.)

There are lots of backpacks available – so which one to choose?

Fortunately, the editorial team at Lifehack has hand-picked 10 of the very best laptop backpacks for you. Let’s take a look at them right now.

1. TYLT Powerbag Travel Battery Charging Backpack

    This hi-tech backpack features a USB charging hub for phones, laptops, tablets and portable electronics, and can charge up to three devices using a powerful built in rechargeable 10,400 mAh battery. The backpacks work with all USB charging cables for fast convenient recharging of virtually any cell phone or electronic device (two 1 Amp ports and one 2.1 Amp port). The backpack also offers cord routing anchors to organize cables.

    TYLT Powerbag Travel Battery Charging Backpack, $99.43

    2. Incase Icon Pack

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      The Incase Icon Pack features a huge number of individual pockets and organizational sections, designed to hold everything from pens to keys to tablets to headphones to smartphones. Handily, the backpack also stands up on its own, making access very easy. (This may not work if the backpack is overloaded and top heavy.) The laptop space is well padded with a plush lining, and once you’ve inserted your laptop – the bag still has plenty of space left. A nice touch is the different compartments the backpack offers for tablets, laptops and accessories.

      Incase Icon Pack, $153.15

      3. OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack 50L

        A spacious backpack brimming with pockets and features. It’s great for hiking, travel, camping, and as carry-on luggage. This good-looking backpack includes a waterproof rain cover, a padded laptop compartment (15.6″) and plenty of room for all your equipment and accessories.

        OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack 50L, $36.99

        4. ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad v2 Backpack

          If you’re a keen gamer, then this backpack is designed especially for you. An internal suspension and padding system is designed to keep up to 17″ notebooks safe during travel. The backpack also includes tailored compartments for all other gaming hardware.

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          ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad v2 Backpack, $169

          5. ProTactic 350 AW Camera Backpack From Lowepro

            This high-end backpack is aimed at amateur and professional photographers. As well as a section to house a laptop, there are also specially designed compartments to protect lens and cameras. (Fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached, 6 lenses/speed lights, 13″ laptop, tripod and accessories.)

            ProTactic 350 AW Camera Backpack From Lowepro, $149

            6. Booq Boa Squeeze

              As the image shows, this backpack has a unique turtle shell design, which helps to distribute the weight of the bag load better than most other backpacks. It also features ergonomic shoulder straps, which contour to all body types, and removable key fob and high-performance YKK® zippers.

              Booq Boa Squeeze, $129.95

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              7. Targus Drifter II Backpack for 17-Inch Laptop

                One of the main selling points of this backpack is its jumbo storage capacity. The largest compartment features a well-padded laptop sleeve that can hold a laptop up to 17″ in size. The backpack also offers shock-absorbing shoulder straps and thick padding on the back to help ease the burden of a full (and heavy) load.

                Targus Drifter II Backpack for 17-Inch Laptop, $61.07

                8. Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with laptop storage

                  If you’re looking for a unique backpack – then look no further than this one! Firstly, the Lifepack offers a 3-in-1 powerbank, bluetooth speakers and a solar charger. In other words, you can charge your laptop, cell phone or tablet exclusively with solar power. In addition, the backpack also has an integrated retractable lock and built-in rain cover. We think this would be a great bag for city people or riders.

                  Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with laptop storage, $199.99

                  9. NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack

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                    This ultra-stylish backpack has tons of storage space, which includes a smart organizing system with in-built USB charging port. The backpack is suitable for laptops up to 15.6″ in size. The exterior is made from durable eco-polyester with water repellent coating. Inside the bag, you’ll find three different types of interior panels specially designed for cameras, sports and art. The bag is ideal for city and nature walkers.

                    NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack, $79.99

                    10. AmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops Up To 17″

                      If your budget is the most important thing, then you should definitely consider this Amazon backpack. It has a huge storage space, and meets all the basic needs without being pricey. We think it’s great for people who just want a standard laptop backpack.

                      AmazonBasics Backpack for Laptops Up To 17″, $29.99

                      Hopefully, from the list above, you’ll be able to pick the perfect laptop backpack for your needs.

                      And please remember to check back with us regularly, as we’ll be providing other hardware recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

                      Featured photo credit: OutdoorMaster via amazon.com

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                      6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                      6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                      Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

                      Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

                      What to have for dinner tonight?

                      Which route to take to work?

                      How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

                      How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

                      Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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                      No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

                      Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

                      Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

                      Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

                      Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

                      How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

                      Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

                      You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

                      When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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                      1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

                      Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

                      I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

                      2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

                      5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

                      By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

                      For example:

                      If the problem is “always late to work”…

                      • Why am I late to work?
                        I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
                      • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
                        I feel so tired in the morning.
                      • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
                        I slept late the night before, that’s why.
                      • Why did I sleep late?
                        I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
                      • Why did I drink coffee?
                        Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

                      So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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                      3. Simplify Things

                      As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

                      Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

                      4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

                      Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

                      Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

                      Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

                      5. Think Laterally

                      Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

                      ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

                      Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

                      Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

                      6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

                      Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

                      Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

                      The Bottom Line

                      There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

                      Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

                      Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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                      So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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