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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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                      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

                      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

                      One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

                      The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

                      You need more than time management. You need energy management

                      1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

                      How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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                      I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

                      I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

                      2. Determine your “peak hours”

                      Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

                      Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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                      My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

                      In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

                      Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

                      3. Block those high-energy hours

                      Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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                      Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

                      If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

                      That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

                      There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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                      Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

                      Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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