Best Tech Organizer Bags for Any Budget — 2019 | BuzzFeed Reviews
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The Best Tech Organizer Bags

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Bagsmart Electronic Organizer Case

  • Folio-style organizer
  • Internal mesh for visibility
  • Simple and plain aesthetic
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Bellroy Classic Pouch

  • Classic clamshell design
  • Four-pocket internal organization
  • Durable fabric exterior
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Native Union Stow Accessory Organizer

  • Compact but spacious
  • Offers the best protection
  • Stylish as all get out
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No matter where you go, it follows: the bleeps and bloops, and the clutter of cables, dongles, and adapters that power those bleeps and bloops. Whether it’s the daily commute or an extended vacation, we humans travel with a lot of electronic junk. Yet, somehow, your techy accessories are usually out of reach when you need them most, lodged somewhere between the bottom of your bag and oblivion.

 

Bag organizers do one thing: save you from your own mess. And when it comes to organizers made specifically for tech, a well-thought-out pouch can divide and conquer cords and other little daily necessities before they conquer you. Mostly, they keep your main bag tidy while ensuring your precious tech is safe and has its own place, so you never have to worry about untangling cords again.

 

To find the best tech organizer bag, we looked at size, durability, overall protection, and organizational effectiveness. Since everyone carries different gear, we made sure our winners could accommodate the bare minimum: three to five cables, one or two chargers, a USB flash drive, a backup battery pack, a pair of earbuds, and a multiport adapter. Below you’ll find our favorite tech organizer bags at three different price points.

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Bagsmart Electronic Organizer Case

Starting from $18

The Details

Durable nylon material

Water-repellent exterior

Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches

Two-way zipper

Available in three colors

Two zippered mesh pockets

Six mesh pockets with elastic loops

Three SD-card slots

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who want access to all their cables at once
  • Vacationers who need a dependable travel buddy
  • Those who like to see what they’re carrying

Why We Love It

What even is a tech organizer bag? Is it the same as a “tech pouch”? How about a “cable organizer” or “tech dopp kit”? Yes to all of the above. The tech industry might not agree on what to call these mini organizational tools, but you know one when you see one, and when it’s time to get one: when you find yourself shaking down your bag for a cable you’re positive you packed.

If you’re looking for a better way to manage the snake pit, our budget-friendly pick is the Bagsmart Electronic Organizer. At under $20, this folio-style bag has organizational options for days. It’s also thin and doesn’t take up too much space, even though it can hold everything your connected heart desires and then some.  

Bagsmart Tech Organizer Bag held by hand

When it comes down to it, there are plenty of low-cost options for lugging around your tech accessories. For the thriftiest among us, even a Ziploc bag could do. But we narrowed the field down to models that offer some sort of organizational system, figuring that if you’re going to buy a bag dedicated to organizing and protecting your tech, you might as well go all in.

Let’s start with looks. Modest? Yes. Most tech organizer bags are, no matter the price range. Aside from the kinda-dated rubber logo, the semi-glossy ripstop nylon exterior won’t stir too much controversy. But what Bagsmart may lack in looks, it makes up for in functionality.

In our testing, Bagsmart received better marks than other bags in its price range overall, but its straightforward construction is what really separated it from the pack. Most low-cost tech organizer bags have designs that don’t prioritize functionality, like the awkward middle divider of AmazonBasic’s hardshell travel case that, when filled, makes it hard to use a large area of the case. There’s also Bubm’s electronics carry case, which has superfluous exterior straps and a finicky zipper that one day might decide to snap off (as it did for us).

Bagsmart case laying flat

The Bagsmart’s two-way zipper allows the bag to lay flat. On the inside you’ll find a collection of flexible storage options to satisfy a range of needs. The two zippered mesh pockets accommodate larger items but also serve as general pockets when you want to quickly dump the last item you used.

On the left side, four elastic loops run horizontally across the bag and work great for cables, dongles, and other similarly slender items. One unfortunate note is that the second-generation Apple Pencil, which is 6.53 inches long, is just millimeters off from comfortably fitting in any of these narrow slots (we stored it vertically on the right side with no problem). Shorter pens and pencils, however, do fit well in those locations.

Rounding out the organization are two elastic straps above a pair of elastic pockets on the right side. We recommend these spots for your most frequently used items, like a portable backup battery or a lengthy charger cord. For the shutterbugs among us, the bag also offers a trio of dedicated memory-card slots.

Bagsmart Tech Organizer Bag zippers

When it’s full, the Bagsmart is flexible enough to expand along with your needs. Compared with our other top picks, you’ll certainly feel the pouch’s contents as it expands, but the exterior padding feels capable of protecting the items inside. Either way, this thing never got too big to fit in our backpacks and tote bags.

If you’re looking to upgrade from a simple pouch, Bagsmart offers a solid quality option that has more storage options than you’ll probably know what to do with. It carries a bunch of electronics accessories in a relatively compact space and does so for a reasonable price.

User Reviews

“I finally have a great organizer for all my cables and drives! No longer are they all tangled up in a bag. Really great for when I travel. I have an iPad, iPhone, two thumb drives, a small external drive, a small Jackery charger, Apple earphones, and a wall plug. It has two zippered pockets and everything fits perfectly.”
— Bernice H From Amazon
“I've tried a few different travel cable organizers, including very similar pouch styles to this one, along with the grid with a bunch of elastic bands that let you arrange how you want. This one, while minimal and perhaps smaller than I would've liked, seems to be the best fit for me. My cables feel secure and even with almost every pouch filled, it remains incredibly slim compared to others, which ended up feeling bulky and cumbersome.”
— Evan G. From Amazon
“A traveler must-have if you carry multiple electronics. All cords, plugs, earbuds, and cards stored in one spot.”
— Kindle Customer From Amazon

Bagsmart

Slim, mighty, and tidy

Where to buy

$18 on Amazon
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Bellroy Classic Pouch

Starting from $49

The Details

Sustainable woven fabric

Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 2.3 inches

Available in four colors

Wide-access opening

One side pocket with magnetic closure

Two mesh wall pockets

What / Who It's Best For

  • Folks who want more freedom with how they pack things
  • Anyone looking for something that won’t go out of style
  • Neat freaks who cable-wrap their cords

Why We Love It

We don’t know what’s more impressive, the surprising effectiveness of Bellroy’s Classic Pouch or the fact that it outran a very impressive lineup of competitors to win our $$ spot. Don’t let the bag’s plain appearance fool you. Good design is driven by a problem that needs to be solved, and Bellroy has done just that creating a perfectly sized catchall that organizes its contents well, with an attention to detail that comes alive only when you start hauling it around.

Bellroy

This classic pouch can comfortably fit a healthy number of tools while remaining small. The bag’s spacious interior comes from its clamshell design, which also gives the bag extra structure and a base to stand on its own — a useful feature if you’ve got a mobile office. The wide-access opening works as well as any elastic loop, making it easy to search for items. Our testers also found the zipper smooth and easier to operate than most.

On the inside, you’re working with a main compartment and three mesh pockets along the interior walls (two on one side, one on the other with a magnetic closure). The mesh stretches and contorts mind-blowingly well, then returns to form when not in use. While some of our testers used cord organizers for extra cable management, most housed their cords in the smaller mesh pockets while using the other side pocket for portable batteries and the like.

Bellroy tech organizer bag top view

When it’s all said and done, Bellroy is our top pick because it combines size and utility while remaining versatile and stylish. Our message to tech organizer makers: Not everyone lives in Silicon Valley, where it’s mandatory for your accessory cables to have their own accessory cables. Tech pouches don’t need to be massive to be ultra-useful.

We say this because, prior to testing, it was anyone’s game. Incase’s Nylon Accessory Organizer came highly recommended, with internal organization that mostly succeeds. Its downfall is its large overall footprint. The same can be said about the Gear Pouch from San Francisco’s Waterfield. Bellroy hits everything we’re looking for in a tech organizer bag, minus perhaps substantial padding, but we’re willing to overlook that thanks to the bag’s ability to make the task of organizing feel simple and easy to do, even with just four compartments. Add the fact that it’s not overly tech-forward (in function and appearance), and you have an organizer bag that pleases non-techie folks as well.

Bellroy classic pouch zipper

If you’re accident-prone, or if you’re looking for a more compartment-driven solution, we recommend our runner-up in this price range, the Cable Kit from Aer (who you may remember from our favorite laptop backpacks). While our testers enjoyed the Cable Kit’s sleek look, fun storage options, and extra padded protection, it was simply just too big.

It’s worth noting that for $20 more, you can get Bellroy’s Classic Pouch in leather. We recommend the fabric version, though: we noticed no wear even after extensive use, and the fabric version is more flexible than the leather version.

Bellroy’s Classic Pouch is, in a word, classic. Bellroy rides the fine line between purposeful design and versatility. And you don’t have to stop at tech: feel free to go beyond electronics and use this beauty for beauty/grooming supplies and other everyday-carry items.

User Reviews

Software Maniac
— “Soooooo, it is well built, slim (very important!), and even stands upright. What I like are the inside side compartments. I was able to easily fit three small bags of stuff into the Bellroy Classic Pouch. Couldn't be happier.” From Amazon
“Great bag for my small electronics. I travel a lot, and this is super helpful to keep my cables and such organized.”
— Todd Allen From Amazon
“I absolutely love the pouch. It holds everything that I need. I store my charging cables, pens, pencils, USB drives, and external hard disk. I would also like to try and fit a mouse inside, but am still searching for a good and portable one. Other than that, bellroy has once again shown that their products have great quality.”
— Amazon Customer From Amazon

Bellroy

The timeless bag

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Native Union Stow Accessory Organizer

Starting from $59

The Details

Durable coated fabric and leather

Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.8 x 2.1 inches

Quick-access exterior pocket

Five elastic loops

Two padded pockets

One zippered compartment

What / Who It's Best For

  • Anyone rocking a fruit-based laptop
  • People who need to tuck everything into its place
  • Those whose carrying needs are largely static

Why We Love It

Right off the bat, this price range isn’t for everyone. It’s for the person who is constantly on the move, switching between devices, charging, and running a digital empire from their backpack or tote. If you’re going to spend more than $50 on a tech organizer bag, you’re going to want that bag to be nearly perfect.

Native Union tech organizer bag top view

If that sounds like you, then allow us to introduce you to our $$$ pick, Native Union’s Stow Accessory Organizer. As a rigid rectangle pouch with carefully considered loops and pockets, Native Union’s footprint is well sized for most carrying conditions. Yes, we’re aware that only $10 comes between our $$ and $$$ picks, but our $$$ price range tops out at This Is Ground’s $230 Tech Dopp Kit 2. Needless to say, you don’t have to spend that much to get a high-quality tech organizer.

Despite its rigid and defined shape, the Native Union bag accommodates plenty of accessories and does so smartly, with organized elastic and leather holders. We were initially concerned about the Stow’s capacity, but even when it was completely filled, we were able to cram more cables inside, no problem. The quick-access exterior pocket is also great for packing and retrieving items on the go.

Native Union tech accessory bag interior

The Stow is sold exclusively at the Apple Store (at least for now), and it’s designed with an eye toward anyone who packs Apple accessories. One of the elastic straps is sized for the MacBook Pro power brick, and there is a loop perfect for an Apple Pencil. This pouch, however, is by no means an Apple-only or even an Apple-centric product. In addition to the elastic straps — which will securely hold bulky USB chargers, backup batteries, or other charging cases — the two medium-sized pockets are great for bulkier items.

If you’re looking for protection, this is your bag. Another winning feature is Native Union’s quilted padded interior that’s easy on the eyes and easier on your tech. Native Union is one of the few tech organizer bags that offers protection and style at a size that’s not comically excessive.

Native Union tech organizer bag zipper

As for other tech organizer bags at the $50+ price point? While brands like Peak Design and This Is Ground have created double-take-inducing options, they’re a bit too niche for us to recommend as a solid choice for most people. Peak Design’s accordion-style pouch is clever and useful, but ultimately too large for most bags. We think a smaller version of Peak Design’s Tech Pouch could be a stunner, though. On the highest end of the spectrum, our testers found that This Is Ground’s aforementioned offering is beautiful, but a bit frustrating to use. For starters, it’s enormous, and cords and devices easily slip through the internal leather straps. We also tested This Is Ground’s Plug Pack, but it was too small for any of our testers’ liking.

If you’re looking for the best tech organizer bag, Native Union’s Stow Accessory Organizer has it all: great utility, a useful size, and impeccable style. The touches of genuine leather, the padded material, and the elegant folio look really help to cement this tech pouch as a must-have for those willing to spend a little more.

Native Union

The “It’s Business Time” bag

Where to buy

$59 at Apple
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