Sunday, 01 December 2019 15:38

Best Bag Ever? Everki Onyx Premium Backpack Review

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We’ve been huge fans of Everki bags in the past and were keen to see how the company’s current offerings compared. What innovations can be brought to the world of laptop bag?

Well it transpires there’s a lot. You can tell this bag has been designed by people who not only use it but have the design and build skills to implement every minor improvement they might think of. The bag even arrives with multiple, stylish labels to help you instantly locate and identify special pockets that you may otherwise overlook.

A very Aussie-friendly example is the hard-shell sunglasses case holder in the top that also has a pocket for earbuds and a phone – very accessible and very well protected. Another is the side-mounted RFID-proof pocket which lets you store credit cards and passports without fear of illegal scans.

We’re also huge fans of the ‘double’ main compartment – you can use the main space for your travelling bits while a separate section at the back cleverly houses and protects a laptop up to 15.6-inches in size (with robust corner guards) plus a tablet (up to 13-inches) opposite it. The section features zips which allow it to instantly be opened up like a suitcase (180 degrees) on an airport scanner. A strap at the back lets you easily-affix it onto a wheeled-suitcase’s handle.

While it excels at executive airport travel, we found it incredibly convenient for general day-to-day work use. The materials are very sturdy, the zips are substantial, it’s stylish but low-key enough not to attract attention. The high-contrast interior is all bright orange to make finding things easier and it's padded in the right places to protect whatever is in them.

everki onyx interior
Click to see a video of the bag's many features

We keep finding special slots for pens and keys in pockets which aren’t so much hidden but exactly where they’d be if you thought, ‘They should have a slot for pen ther… oh there is.’ Add to this a secure keyring, water bottle holder and even a quick-stow, magnetically-fastened, magazine/newspaper slot on the outside and it feels they’ve thought of everything.

On top of this it’s waterproof, very ergonomically designed, has a 25-litre capacity and yet only weighs 1.63KG. Did we mention the lifetime warranty?

At $359 it represents exceptional value – it’s the only bag you’ll ever need. Quite simply all bags should be like this and even with some great rivals on the market, this approaches perfection for a day-to-day laptop rucksack that also thrives in bustling airports. 5/5

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Nick Ross

Nick Ross is a veteran technology journalist who has contributed to many of Australia's top technology titles and edited several of them. He was the launch editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation online Technology section.

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