Mobile Edge Core Gaming Backpack Review
I am a big fan of accessories. Sometimes the most fun of getting into a new hobby is getting all the paraphernalia associated with it. For card games, I love getting new deck boxes, card sleeves, and playmats and for fighting games, I love getting new fightsticks, designing them, etc. One of my favorite parts of this is how all these different gaming accessories get carried around so I have always been a fan of gaming backpacks. So when the fine folks at Mobile Edge contacted us to try out one of their new gaming backpacks I jumped at the chance. Now I have never owned a gaming backpack myself so this was a brand new experience for me. Which is great because the Mobile Edge Core Gaming Backpack is the best backpack I have ever owned in my life, and will most likely the last backpack I will buy for years to come.
The model I received has a velcro front that is perfect for putting on all your favorite patches to help your bag stand out from the crowd, but that is purely cosmetic and where the Mobile Edge truly shines is in its functionality. Big enough to fit most gaming laptops up to an 18-inch screen, the main compartment of the bag is big enough to hold a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One in a soft, separate compartment within the main section that will keep your console or laptop snug and secure. It also has a separate slip compartment behind the main one perfect for putting in any smaller accessories you may have like headphones.
The bag has four separate zipped pouches on the top and bottom of each side, the smaller pouches on the top and the bigger pouches on the bottom. The bottom two pouches are secured by netting and are perfect for carrying things like laptop charger cords, HDMI cords, power cords, etc. The smaller compartments are great for things like phone charger cables or travel essentials you want quick access to like hand sanitizer.
The front compartment has a business card holder, great in case your bag is lost in an airport where you can have your contact info in case the bag goes missing, three separate cushioned slots to slip in USB memory sticks and 3 more cushioned slots for micro SD cards, or even Switch games, that slip right into the perfectly made slit. You can stick these memory devices in without fear of them falling or dropping out, even if your bag turns completely upside down. Right behind the front compartment facing the other side of the memory storage area is a sturdy cloth section that can hold pens, pencils, a note pad, or more business cards, which is very helpful when meeting multiple people at a large event and you want to keep those cards secure and not cram them in your pocket.
The most important aspect of the section though is the pre-wired universal power bank pocket. A separate, velcro sealed pouch is on the side of the front section that directly connects to a USB power bank that leads to the outside of the bag. So you can take your portable charging device and plug it into the main power bank which you can then connect the cord for the device you want to charge into the side of your bag. If you travel frequently a portable power charger is invaluable, but useless if you, ironically, have no place to charge it. Simply plug your portable power device into the power bank and let it set in the velcro pouch, then plug your phone’s mini USB cord into the slot on the side of the back and you are free to walk about with your phone in hand, charging on the go and allowing you to still use it. This is an invaluable feature and extremely convenient when on the go or at a big event like a convention.
The backmost section is a TSA checkpoint friendly pouch where you can stick your laptop, e-reader, or tablet for easy access to allow quick passage through security checkpoints. While I haven’t traveled recently and can’t speak directly to its effectiveness, there is no reason why the checkpoint friendly section shouldn’t work exactly as advertised.
Now what you might be wondering is how comfortable the bag is, and the answer is VERY. The very back of the bag that will be resting against your back has a ventilated back panel to help with sweating and the straps are cushioned and shock absorbing to ease tension on your shoulders when carrying lots of stuff. The bag also features a trolley strap for easy connection when traveling through airports and hotels.
But this all comes with one big caveat, the price. The model bag I have retails at $129.99. That is, admittedly, a steep price tag for a backpack. But if you travel frequently, attend lots of events or conventions, or bring your gaming equipment to multiple different places a lot as a tournament player or even a tournament organizer (as I am myself) the price is more than justified when you consider how helpful this bag is. I brought this bag to Megacon 2019 in Orlando, Florida, one of the biggest conventions in the state and the amount I was able to carry in the bag while still being comfortable was astounding. I was even able to fit additional items that I purchased at the event in the bag as well. I purchased a signed Friday the 13th poster from Jason actor Kane Hodder and obviously was wary of transporting it around the convention but putting it in the main compartment of the bag normally reserved for laptops or consoles fit perfectly and my poster was completely unharmed an intact by the end of the day.
The price tag for the Mobile Edge Core Gaming Backpack is hefty, but when you consider all the amenities it provides and the fact that you will probably never need another backpack for at least a decade after making the purchase, you will find that it is well worth the money.
This review is based on a retail version of the product provided by the manufacturer.