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.
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).
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.
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.