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Kabuto Smart Carry-On Review: Unlock It With Your Fingerprint

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Kabuto Smart Carry-On Review: Unlock It With Your Fingerprint

Source: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

The Kabuto Smart Carry-On is a suitcase that is also a laptop bag. Instead of a combination lock, the Kabuto Smart Carry-On has a biometric fingerprint sensor that you can use with up to nine fingerprints. It is approved by the TSA because there is a master lock that the TSA can use.

This suitcase is 22 by 14 by 9 inches airline approved and weighs 7.94 pounds. However, you can open and expand it to increase its volume by 50%. Note that once you do that, it will no longer be small enough to continue. So, you would have to register it if you are going to fly.

It comes with a removable 10,000 mAh FAA approved battery. The battery has USB-C, USB-A and micro-USB ports. The battery connects to the outer compartment of the zippered laptop and to three ports in the same configuration under the handle, but in practice, it did not work as expected. Kabuto claims that the suitcase can give you up to half a charge on your MacBook Pro or charge your best iPhone up to four times, but my experience was a bit different.

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Kabuto Smart Carry On Render Cropped

Kabuto smart carry-on

Bottom line: Your flight companion protects your MacBook and more.

The good

  • Included 10,000 mAh lithium-ion battery charges some devices on the go
  • Many compartments to organize your things.
  • Biometric fingerprint sensor controls TSA approved lock

The bathroom

  • Low power battery doesn’t live up to promises
  • The outer pocket of the laptop is too small

Kabuto smart carry-on: Price and availability

Kabuto Smart Carry On Suitcase Lifestyle Laptop Pocket Ipad

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The Kabuto Smart Carry-On is available on the Kabuto site in a variety of color combinations. The expandable four-wheel version you see in my photos costs $ 771. The non-expandable four-wheel version costs $ 414. The two-wheel version starts at $ 350 but varies depending on the color you choose.

Kabuto smart carry-on: What is good

Kabuto Smart Carry On Suitcase Lifestyle Fingerprint Sensor

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The Kabuto Smart Carry-On has a lot of cool features. Under the handle is the biometric fingerprint sensor. You can add up to nine fingerprints, so there is no need for a combination lock or key. This lock is TSA approved because there is a master lock that authorities can access.

Carry two laptops in separate compartments.

There are many compartments in this carry-on. In addition to the exterior laptop compartment designed for computers up to 13 inches, there is a laptop section in the main compartment that accommodates a laptop up to 15 inches. There are two small zippered pockets and four slip pockets in the main compartment. An adjustable strap keeps your items securely inside the main compartment. You will find a large compartment at the bottom that is perfect for shoes or clothes.

The telescopic handle adjusts to different heights and the 360-degree wheels are smooth and quiet. On the expandable model, there is a zipper just above the shoe compartment. Unzip it completely, open the telescopic handle and pull. You will get 50% more space inside the suitcase. However, at that size, it is no longer the right size to take on a plane, so keep that in mind.

Kabuto smart carry-on: What is not good

Kabuto Smart Carry On Suitcase Lifestyle Charging Ports

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The battery, which connects to the charging cable in the laptop compartment, would not charge my MacBook Pro or even my iPad Pro as promised. I looked at the package the battery came in and noticed that it only lists smartphones and iPad mini on its compatibility list. So I’m not sure what’s the point in plugging this low-power battery into the laptop compartment as it won’t even charge a full-size laptop or tablet. It also doesn’t “communicate” with the charging port under the handle constantly, although when used independently it does charge my iPhone 12 mini. I tried swapping the battery that came with the case for a more powerful one and got better results – my iPhone charged through the port on the top of the case and my iPad Pro charged inside the outer compartment of the laptop. My MacBook Pro was still not charging at all.

My 13-inch MacBook Pro barely fits in the outer compartment of the laptop. If I plug in the charging cable, the plug sticks in enough that I can no longer close the compartment completely. So even if the battery charged my MacBook, it’s still not ideal as I wouldn’t want to travel with my laptop compartment partially open. That outer compartment is a better fit for an iPad Pro, although it’s not advertised that way. Another odd design choice is that the outer compartment doesn’t lock like the main compartment does, so I don’t think I’d put my most expensive tech in there anyway. The inner laptop sleeve in the main compartment fits comfortably on my MacBook Pro and makes the most sense since you can lock it.

Kabuto smart carry-on: Competence

Samsonite Carry On Suitcase Lifestyle

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Topping our list of the best carry-on luggage is the Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Extendable Luggage. This 20-inch roulette wheel is durable and inexpensive. However, it lacks a laptop compartment or smart features.

Waterfield Air Duffel Handbag

Source: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

If you’re looking for something smaller that you would actually and would not carry on a plane, consider the Waterfield Air Duffel Carry-On. This bag is small enough to qualify as your “personal item” so you don’t even have to pay for a carry-on. It’s stylish and well-made, plus it has a laptop sleeve that holds up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, it does not have smart features.

Kabuto smart carry-on: Should you buy it?

Kabuto Smart Carry-On, Lifestyle Main Compartment

Source: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

You should buy this if …

  • You want to lock your hand luggage with a biometric fingerprint sensor
  • You want a carry-on bag that can be expanded in size
  • You want to charge your iPhone while traveling

You shouldn’t buy this if …

  • You want to charge a MacBook or an iPad / iPad Air / iPad Pro
  • You want an outer pocket that holds something larger than 13 inches
  • Are you looking for a bargain

If you want an expandable carry-on with a biometric fingerprint sensor lock, this is a good bet. If charging is important to you and you’re hoping to charge your MacBook or iPad, or if you want to fit something larger than a 13-inch MacBook in your outer pocket, look elsewhere. This is also not a bargain shopper suitcase.

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As a suitcase, it is sturdy and well designed. It has nice multi-directional wheels and lots of compartments for all your things. It even expands into a larger bag, with up to 50% more stuff than in its handheld form. However, like a smart suitcase, it is a mixed bag. The biometric fingerprint sensor lock is pretty good and works fine (and it wouldn’t let me in when I tried to “fool” it with the wrong finger). The charging port on the outside of my suitcase just doesn’t work at all with the provided battery. The battery is also not strong enough to charge anything other than a smartphone or iPad mini. When I replaced the battery with a more powerful one, the charging port and plug in the laptop compartment worked, at least for the iPhone and iPad Pro.


Kabuto Smart Carry On Render Cropped

Kabuto smart carry-on

Bottom line: Store your valuables inside this portable carry-on with your fingerprint.

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