MAINGEAR is a relatively young gaming brand starting to make serious headway in the busy gaming laptop market. The firm has launched a range of updated laptops, but also some accessories to go along with it. The first one we’ve been able to take a look at is this rather sexy laptop bag, which frankly, checks all the right boxes while also containing a few surprises of its own.
First, though, let’s go over the basics. This laptop bag is designed firmly with gamers in mind, complete with pockets catered explicitly to up to 15.7-inch laptops, complete with additional pockets for tablets, and even a dedicated Nintendo Switch pocket, complete with iconography to keep you informed of what goes where.
Speaking of the RFID-resistant pockets, MAINGEAR teamed up with Tile to include a tracking chip directly inside the bag, complete with its own pouch. The Tile fob can pair with a smartphone app on Android and iOS, ringing out when you lose or leave your backpack behind. It can also link up to a community of other Tile users in case you forget it completely, to help you track it down. Take a look at the video below for more information on how that works.
What you’ll dislike about the MAINGEAR Classic Backpack
The side pocket, which, typically might be used for things like a water bottle, is simply too small for anything beyond the slimmest drinks bottles. It’s also a little bit shallow, which makes me wonder if a bottle wouldn’t just fall out or slip out easily when moving the bag around. They could have easily solved this by including a net-style wrap with elasticated material instead, particularly since I the amount of stuff you pack into the main compartment pushes out against the exterior pockets, limiting their own room.
This is probably solved easily by using a specifically-sized water bottle, but for any old plastic bottle you’ll buy from a store, it might not be suitable on the fly. It’s a nitpick, admittedly, but hey, we needed at least something negative to write here.
Should you buy the MAINGEAR Classic Backpack?
Quite honestly? Yes. It’s a great product, through and through. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear, with tons of padding for those of us with lower back problems (me, me, me), and has enough storage for all but the most over-packed techies out there, complete with great attention to detail.
I wish the water bottle compartment were a bit bigger, but that’s ultimately a minor gripe and far from being a true deal-breaker. If you’re in the market for a new laptop bag, you have to consider this one.
Reinventing a classic for modern times.