Review: Ogio Newt 15 is durable, well-organized
At a Glance
While some people don't need to carry much gear with them, some people need to carry everything including the proverbial the kitchen sink—maybe even a second MacBook on their daily adventures (although you know there are more efficient ways to get more Mac battery for your buck). The Ogio Newt 15 is not built for such people, which is a good thing.
Ogio's 15-inch Newt backpack weighs 2.2 pounds, and measures 18.75 inches by 12.75 inches by 6 inches; the company also makes a 13-inch version with a slightly different design. Both versions are constructed from 1680 denier ballistic polyethylene, though weather-conscious commuters should not that Ogio makes no claims of weather or water resistance.
The bag has four major sections: A dedicated side-access sleeve for laptops up to 15 inches; a large chamber for books and a generic tablet sleeve; a small gadget area at the top; and a front accessory pocket. There is also a small, felt-lined media pouch at the top and rather large stash pocket on the back for things like plane tickets, which is tall and wide enough to fit an iPad mini in either portrait or landscape.
The bag feels sturdy yet deceptively light; the kind of light that makes you wonder which corners they cut. But after using this bag for a week, I'm happy to say Ogio didn't deviate from designing a solid bag. The side access notebook pocket makes it easy to get to your laptop quickly, while the main storage compartment offers a fair amount of room. Ogio was smart to add a couple of smaller mesh pockets to the inner wall opposite of the typical iPad sleeve, which many bag makers leave as wasted space.
If you like to keep everything in its place and easy to find, you'll find the dedicated gadget pocket at the top of the bag really useful. It can help separate gadgety things like cables, adapters, or a point-and-shoot camera from the larger accessory section on the front. That's a good place for keys, pens, and other general items.
Now, I might be nitpicking here, but one thing I found strange about the bag was Ogio's rather generous branding. There's a large Ogio logo on the gadget pocket, three smaller versions of it aligned vertically on the general accessory pocket below, a large stencil of Ogio's name on the left side of the bag, the Newt name and bag size stenciled on the right, another large Ogio stencil on one should strap, and the company's name in a small tab on the right strap.
Overall, the Ogio Newt 15 is a really good mid-sized backpack. As long as you're not concerned about getting caught in the elements without an umbrella or shell, this bag is a comfortable way to haul a day's essentials and keep them properly organized.