My coworkers all carry an ungodly amount of gear around in backpacks that cost an ungodly amount of money. Me? I don’t really need all that hassle. Most days that I go to Walt Disney World — because that’s the reason I live in Orlando — I just need a bag that’s big enough for my Chromebook, an umbrella or hoodie, a charger, a water bottle, and some snacks.
In that regard, the Himawari is the perfect size for me, which is why I picked up mine on a Lightning deal during Prime Day back in the summer, and have been pretty much in love with it ever since. Through Black Friday weekend, I’ve been peeking in on the backpack deals looking for Himawari to pop up again. Lo and behold, the Himawari Travel Backpack is within a few dollars of its lowest price ever, and if your’re wanting a cute but sensible backpack for your laptop and a few accessories, this is the deal to jump on.
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This bag is surprisingly adaptable for a compact carry-all, featuring side pockets on both the inside and outside of the bag that I use for water bottles, umbrellas, and folding fans. Because those side pockets are essentially sharing the same space, don’t expect to use the interior ones for much if you stick a bottle in the outer pocket, but I’ve stuck a bottle in the outer pocket and a folding fan in the inner pocket on the same side before.
The sleeve for laptops isn’t super-duper padded, but it’s enough for my durable little Lenovo C340, which is also on sale today. 11.6-inch Chromebooks fit this bag easily, but I wouldn’t expect laptops bigger than 13 inches to fit in here, especially if you add a laptop sleeve.
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The straps of this backpack are lightly padded, and if I’m wearing the straps short or only wearing one side — it’s slowly killing my back, but it just feels more natural sometimes — I can snap the excess in so it doesn’t dangle while I’m carrying my bag on and off rides, trams, and monorails. I also rather like the front pouch: it looks like you have to undo the leather straps, but there’s a snap at the top you can pull for easier access.
There’s a wide, wide, wide variety of colors available for this pack, but I highly recommend checking them out on Amazon’s mobile site or mobile app on your phone. On desktop, it just shows a drop-down menu that isn’t very descriptive for most color combos, but on mobile you can see thumbnails of every color and price in a carousel. I have the straight Navy Blue, but the Beige and Navy Blue is giving me some Han Solo vibes that would lookkillerat Galaxy’s Edge.
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Ara Wagoner is a Writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes Google Play Music with a stick. When she’s not writing help and how-to’s, she’s off dreaming about Disney and singing show tunes. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.