Smart gear case corrals cords and small accessories [Review]

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The Developer's Gear Case from WaterField Designs
The Developer's Gear Case gives you one place for cords and accessories small and bulky.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

The Developer’s Gear Case from WaterField Designs looks like a bespoke Bible case your pastor had custom made after he sent around an extra collection plate at Sunday service.

But have faith, for the inside of the case will deliver you from the hell of tangled cords. And it will end the searches for the smaller tech accessories that are constantly lost in your backpack or shoulder bag.

The MacBook Pro or juggernaut mobile devices like the iPhone or iPad Pro get all the glory. But a host of accessories — from external batteries and portable drives to charging cords and dongles — often go unheralded.

Now, though, the peripherals are getting their respect as bag companies create special pouches and organizers. These cases add a much-needed edit and efficiency to our daily carry.

Developer’s Gear Case review

Phone chargers, camera batteries, USB hubs and other accessories have a home in WaterField Designs' Developer's Gear Case
Phone chargers, camera batteries, USB hubs and other accessories find a home in this case.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

WaterField Designs gear case is made for packing

WaterField Designs produced three smart, elegant cord pouches. But a segment of the company’s customers asked for something more. They wanted a case that would handle some of the bulkier bits while still corralling charging cords.

WaterField answered the call with the Developer’s Gear Case. With its “Good Book” thickness and depth (9.75 inches by 6.75 inches by 3.25 inches), and a series of pocketed dividers, the case can be configured to hold a mouse, power bricks, adapters, camera lenses, cables long and short, and headphones.

The case is bounded with ballistic nylon and is fronted with a good-smelling, full-grain leather panel. It comes in four colors: black, blue, crimson and chocolate (and comes with a matching mousepad). With zippers on three sides, the case opens like a book.

One the inside, you will find two larger pockets. One of them is designed to hold an external battery.

Next comes a divider with four smaller pockets on one side and some elastic straps on the other. For my review, I secured a collapsible Bluetooth keyboard in the straps. In the four pockets, I stashed two charging cables, a set of earbuds and a small notebook and pen.

Stow all your cords and cables

main compartment of WaterField Designs Developer's Gear Case
The main compartment can tame an unruly MacBook Pro charging cord and still have a place for a mouse and, in this picture, a DSLR battery charger.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

On the other side of the divider is a main compartment that will hold the bulkier items. For me, that was my MacBook Pro charger and cord. I also included a battery charger for a DSLR camera. I left one strap open.

Once packed, the gear case takes up considerable room in your bag. This may not work for you if you carry a bag with a slim profile. I go back and forth between a sleek shoulder bag and a backpack, and the Developer’s Gear Pouch is definitely best in the backpack.

charging iPhone on WaterField Designs Developer's Gear Case
One internal pocket is designed to hold an external battery. A cord opening is connected to the inside of the front pocket.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

If you are packing for a longer trip, the case is great for larger bags and cases. It is a complimentary case for packing modules.

WaterField Designs is a small-batch San Francisco bag-maker. With an uncompromising commitment to quality materials, the company constructs its products by hand.

Price: $129

Buy from: WaterField Designs

WaterField Designs provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy.