Astro’s newest merchandise are a bit off the overwhelmed monitor. As an alternative of launching a brand new gaming headset or controller, through the pandemic it labored with famend bag and accent model Timbuk2 to print a backpack and shoulder bag with Astro’s identify on it.
Astro’s concentrate on gaming implies that every bag is designed to hold your gaming necessities. As such, they arrive with sections devoted to storing – and most significantly, defending – issues like headphones, controllers, and laptops.
The smaller shoulder bag, referred to as the CS03, prices $ 79.99 and appears made for Swap homeowners searching for the safety and usefulness of a bag. Lifting the magnetically sealed entrance flap of the bag reveals a pocket for storing keys or different small gadgets corresponding to a telephone. The principle zip releases a bigger space with small sleeves that may maintain as much as 14 Swap sport cartridges. There’s sufficient area within the stretchy mesh sleeves for issues like cables and earphones.
The Nintendo Swap suits completely in the primary compartment of the bag and is meant to supply sufficient padding to guard your console from bending or a deadly blow. The console space will match for Swap or Swap Lite (it’s going to additionally match for the marginally bigger Swap OLED, which might be launched later this 12 months, Astro advised The Verge). It is also water-resistant.
The CS03 has full assist for shielding your Nintendo Swap. Picture: Astro
For players who need to carry much more gear with them, the BP35 backpack prices $ 199.99 and has a complete of 35 liters of cupboard space. Just like the CS03, it’s water-repellent and outfitted with zippers and pockets. When opening the outermost layers, one in all its highlights involves gentle: a headphone holder. Headphones with swivel earcups could be hooked up with a heavy-duty material hook that clicks into place on a button. There’s sufficient room in the identical bag to carry (and defend) a telephone or transportable battery, controller, some cables, and different small gadgets like pens.
The BP35 is a good-looking backpack, however it’s nonetheless not sufficiently big to simply match trendy consoles (you mainly want a small suitcase to pack a PS5 or Xbox Sequence X). However there’s greater than sufficient cupboard space in its foremost compartment to stow one thing like an Xbox Sequence S and a few further controllers. Should you’re not a console gamer, as much as two 16-inch laptops could be carried. So, in the event you’re extra into PC gaming than console gaming, this can be all of the area it’s essential pack the necessities.
The outermost zipper reveals a sensible headphone hook and a few pockets. Picture: Astro
After seeing and dealing with each luggage for the previous few days, I feel this might be an excellent choice for players who do not need to fear about how they pack gaming equipment. The CS03 and BP35 do it for you, with sufficient cushioning to really feel like your funding is protected.
Each luggage can be found now on the Astro web site and on-line through Timbuk2. If you would like to see them in individual, Timbuk2 has them in its flagship shops throughout america.