May 18, 2022

An Expensive Portable Desk Organizer You’ll Almost Love – Review Geek

Rating:
6/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $109

Cory Gunther

For some, staying organized is easier said than done. But when it comes to staying productive at your desk or office, being organized and knowing where your tools are are key. The Orbitkey Nest Portable Desktop Organizer is a solution to this problem for me, but it’s an expensive organizational tool with a few shortcomings.

Here’s what we like

• High-end construction materials
• Customizable separators
• Built-in wireless charging
• Durable hard shell design

And what we don’t do

• Not enough space
• Top storage is usually unnecessary
• Slow wireless charging

While desktop organizers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, the Orbitkey Nest is something of a novelty. This is not a metal shelving system or a soft carrying case. Instead, it’s a premium, customizable organizer perfect for your everyday items. It is made of soft fabric, has a zinc alloy hinge and the top is wrapped in genuine leather. It has a hard-shell design to keep things safe, it’s super portable, and its built-in wireless charger sets it above other options.

The Nest is a great EDC and desk organizer, but the overall size could be a little bigger. Unfortunately, the size constraints mean it doesn’t fit a few essentials, the top storage isn’t as usable as expected, and I’d like faster wireless charging right now.

High quality design

Orbitkey Nest size in hand
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The Orbitkey Nest Organizer isn’t your average carrying case. Every aspect of the design has a specific purpose, like the metal hinge mechanism, the six movable divider clips, and the way the top is easily removable for easy use. You can tell Orbitkey has thought through every design element – the build quality is top notch and it feels like a premium product. The soft fabric finish is easy to hold, and the genuine leather charger and cover won’t scratch your phone or AirPods while they charge.

Its hard case design instantly makes it better than most other organizers when it comes to durability for fragile items, but it still has several pros and cons. Although you don’t have to worry about broken or beaten things, it only contains a certain amount of cables and gadgets before running. out of the bedroom.

For example, only one of my wall charger outlets was small enough to fit, and the dual charger I use daily was too big for the Nest, and the lid wouldn’t close. Its dimensions are 9.5 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches and you only have a height of 1.1 inches inside, so it can’t store that much. Then, if you put a few things in the pockets under the lid, the space becomes even more limited. If it wasn’t a tough case, you could fit more inside, but it wouldn’t be as durable or have charging capabilities.

As for the top, Orbitkey has added a neat hinge that lets you open the lid for easy access to cables and gadgets; alternatively, you can lift the hinge and remove it completely. The company calls this the “valet tray,” and it’s a great idea to let owners remove it and take advantage of the built-in wireless charging. I place the lid on one side of my laptop and the rest of the Nest on the other side, giving me quick access to everything I need.

The interior is the best part. It’s padded with foam with a soft fabric finish, and it comes with a bunch of plastic dividers and a few cable ties you can use to organize everything however you see fit. Things like keys, cables, USB dongle adapters, AirPods, a stylus, or even a portable SSD. Once you’ve decided what you want to carry, use the dividers to secure your gadgets in place.

What it’s like to use the Nest

Orbitkey Nest charging headphones
Cory Gunther

I’ve been using Orbitkey Nest for almost two weeks, and it’s definitely helped with getting organized and forgotten. I no longer walk around to find everything I need before running out of the house. Instead, I grab the Nest and go.

Thanks to the Velcro strips on the bottom, the dividers work very well and can be placed anywhere. And although you have to wiggle them around a bit to get them in place, I had no problem with them coming loose once in place. Even my heavy 10,000mAh portable charger stayed where I wanted it. However, over time I could see the fabric wearing out and not holding the dividers in place. I found it easier to put everything inside first and attach the dividers between the spaces.

Orbitkey Nest lid with ID and gift cards inside
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Dividers are great and can even remind you if something is missing before you get home from the office or while traveling. For example, I can open it and see an empty place where my AirPods go and know that I’m missing something.

Unfortunately, I have two complaints about the cover. For starters, the top of the Nest is almost entirely unusable – the fabric and design are way too tight. While I managed to get a gift card and passport on top, I had to force the passport into the slot, so much that I thought it was going to rip.

Then there are other small cutouts for a key or thumb drive, but again these are too tight and not deep enough to hold anything securely. My thumb drive was completely too big and my house key kept falling out. Even putting an ID card and a debit card in their two respective slots is nearly impossible.

Luckily, the second-gen Nest has stretchy fabric like the top-left pocket, where I ended up putting a smaller USB drive and a pocket knife. Also, when the Nest is open, the lid comes off the hinge far too easily. While reaching for objects inside the nest or struggling against the top pocket, it often broke on its own, making a loud noise from the elastic strap that held it in place. It fell every day, a small detail, but it’s still frustrating. The hinge is very secure when the Nest is closed, and the extra elastic strap on top ensures it will never open by accident.

Built-in wireless charging

Orbitkey Nest charges a phone
Cory Gunther

While the design and portability factors are excellent, the built-in wireless charging pad on the top is what sets the Nest apart from its competitors. Inside the lid is a 10W wireless charging coil, and you can throw your phone, AirPods, or smartwatch in the top left and recharge their battery. As we said earlier, the build quality is as good as it gets. Orbitkey could have opted for a cheap plastic top, but instead you can enjoy a premium genuine leather finish.

The company has added a USB-C port to the rear, and the Nest comes with the included cable, giving you everything you need to charge up your everyday gadgets. Also, I appreciate that the cable is angled, allowing the top to open without unplugging the charging cable first.

Orbitkey Nest USB-C port for charging
Cory Gunther

The USB-C port is slightly recessed, so some cables may not fit. But once plugged in, any Qi-enabled device works.

It’s great that wireless charging is included, but I wish it had a faster 15W coil inside. Of course, 10W is enough for headphones or a watch, but it will take some time before your smartphone charges. That said, the fact that it offers wireless charging is super convenient.

Is it worth it?

Orbitkey Nest leather top
Cory Gunther

Alright, is the Orbitkey Nest worth it? It’s definitely not cheap, costing $110, so you’ll have to decide for yourself. For most people, however, that might be a bit too expensive. On the other hand, if you want a hard-shell desk organizer that’s portable and offers wireless charging, by all means grab one. You’ll love almost everything it has to offer, just like me.

Yes, I said almost, because I almost to like. While it manages to fit most of my everyday accessories and essentials, I definitely want something a little bigger or more room (and you probably will too). Not being able to carry even some of the most compact charging bricks is a major disappointment. It would be perfect if the Nest had a slightly deeper design and top pockets that were actually useful.

Ultimately, if the dongles and cables you carry around every day are similar (or smaller) than mine, you’ll appreciate everything Nest has to offer. It looks great, keeps me organized, and is great for throwing in a bag before heading to the airport. It will remain part of my daily workflow, but I’m hoping for a Nest 2 at some point.

Here’s what we like

• High-end construction materials
• Customizable separators
• Built-in wireless charging
• Durable hard shell design

And what we don’t do

• Not enough space
• Top storage is usually unnecessary
• Slow wireless charging