I love handbags, purses, briefcases, weekender bags, pretty much anything that I can stuff in a neat package and carry it around while still looking pretty I’m a sucker for. As such I’m constantly looking for new bags to add to my collection especially in the work tote/briefcase department as I tend to wear them into the ground. I’ve previously written a post on work (and fashion) appropriate bags (which can be found here) to take to the office, which can be found here. I’m always open to seeing what else is out there so when I had the change to review the Onyx Geneva from Mobile Edge I was quite excited. Keep reading for the review!
The Mobile Edge (ME) Onyx Geneva retails for $99.99 and is all black with a mixture of a fabric-like material and faux-leather accents on the trim, flap, and handles. It has three exterior pockets on the front of the bag with an overhanging flap secured by a hidden magnet. There is a small Mobile Edge logo plate between the handles and a cell phone pocket on one side. The Onyx Geneva is pretty bland in terms of styling, it was clearly designed with more function then fashion in mind. The fabric feels tough in that it could take a lot of wear and tear but the faux leather looks somewhat like plastic.
I often joke that packing my work bag is like a game of tetris, if everything is put together a certain way it all fits. The ME Onyx Geneva is considered a “laptop case” and that is true. The bag is 5.3″ wide so there is a lot of space to carry your laptop, iPad, and all other electronic devices. I took this bag to work a few days and I could easily fit my 13″ MacBook Air, wallet, keys, makeup bag, charger and kindle. I could even fit my Toms shoes (I walk to work) if I packed it just right. The bag has a lot of room inside without looking bulky but don’t expect it to fit anything bulky or awkwardly shaped.
Pockets are one of the simple joys in life. I once discovered a French Connection dress had pockets a few months after I bought it and life was never the same. The ME Onyx Geneva has four outer pockets and a plethora of pockets, flaps, and penholders on the inside of the case. Anything that helps keep my bag from being a black hole when I’m trying to find something is fabulous and the Geneva’s interior does just that. There are also two slightly padded dividers that keep your computer protected from anything else you put in the bag. It also comes with Mobile Edge’s Wireless Security Shield which is supposed to block outside connections (I did not experiment with this).
One thing commonly overlooked in bags is the straps and how wearable they are. The straps on the ME Onyx Geneva are rounded on the bottom and flat on the top so they don’t slip off your shoulder. This may seem silly but this is genius and my favorite part of the bag. The bag stayed comfortably on my shoulder during my treks through DC. The bag itself is not light but not heavy either, Mobile Edge has it listed as 4.5lbs. The bag is very comfortable to wear and does not feel bulky hanging on your shoulder.
The Onyx Geneva is a great option for someone looking for a basic, functional, and understated work bag. Considering many tote and laptop bags are well over $100 the ME Onyx Geneva is also affordable at $99. I would prefer the fabric look less industrial and opt for real leather instead of faux. The straps are a big win for comfort so if your main concern is a bag that stays on your shoulder then this is definitely a good option. However, if you want fashion AND function and your tastes run more Balenciaga than Banana Republic then I would keep searching.