Horizn Overview — Which suitcase?
Smart luggage never looked so good
Horizn-Studios are the poster boy of modern smart luggage. Started in 2015, they’ve achieved a remarkably diverse set of products and collaborations in their 5 years — working with everyone from BMW to NASA.
All their products involve sleek and understated modern design, with a focus on quality materials and precision machining.
Their core range of luggage revolves around two bags in carry-on and hand baggage sizes:
- H5 carry-on / H5 check-in
- M5 carry-on / M5 check-in
All bags are available to purchase without the smart charger, but the pick of the bunch for smart tech travel would have to be their M5 Smart Luggage.
Yes, you trade approximately 2L of storage space over the same size H5 — but it’s worth it for the ease of use alone.
M5 Smart luggage features
This bag in the range combines the solid feel of the polycarbonate hard case with a range of storage features and smart charging for your gadgets.
A removable battery pack comes with the M5 smart case. It’s 10,000 mha which will provide around 2-4 full charges for a laptop, or several full phone charges. The lithium polymer battery has been pre cleared by all airlines, so you won’t have any trouble taking it onboard in hand luggage.
It’s actually a premium product in itself, and unlike many cheap battery packs on the internet — which can take an age to trickle-charge your devices — this has a built-in charging controller that supports a wide variety of devices including most android and Apple smartphones. It supports Qualcomm quick charging 3.0, so it will charge your devices at the maximum rate they can accept charge — a 35-minute wait at the gate should get you to 80% charge on a smartphone.
There are USB-C and older style USB-A sockets built-in, alongside a USB to lightning charging cable included. Replacement smart chargers are available on the Horizn Website.
Unlike first generation smart luggage — which suffered bad press without being able to easily remove the battery packs — removing and replacing the Horizn M5s rechargeable battery couldn’t be simpler. Stored discretely under the handle, the case is spring-loaded and clicks into place. With one touch, it springs up and can be quickly stored in your pocket or hand luggage, in the event you need to check the bag in.
The Horizn Studios M5 differs from the H5 suitcase by adding a front pocket for storing gadgets and their assorted leads. There is space for anything up to and including a 15-inch laptop.
Within this front compartment there are several pockets and dividers for your tech gear. On the front there are a couple of pockets great for leads and usb sticks. There is also a larger pocket where you can fit smaller devices such as smartphones or tablets, alongside the main divider for a laptop.
The pocket itself was once made from real Italian leather, but as of 2020, Horizn Studios have decided to move to an entirely vegan leather. Actually, the high-end polyurethane leather goes just as well as before but with the added bonus of removing any possible animal cruelty.
This leather is combined with a premium nylon material — and both are water resistant. It’s well-thought-out, and not only are your devices very accessible, but they are protected from shocks and from the weather too.
4 Reasons to choose the Horizn Studios M5
- A suitcase with it all — It comes fully equipped
- The Horizn Studios M5 is built to last
- The M5 is packed with storage pockets
- This suitcase has style
If you’re after something unmistakable on the luggage carousel you should check out the NASA special edition — it’s definitely a head turner.
M5 Smart luggage review — Summary
While this cabin bag from Horizn Studios doesn’t have every smart feature under the sun, what it does do, it does very well.
It’s the little extras where you notice the step up in quality from many brands. Little things like making the USB charging cables 1 m in length and with a 2 in 1 lightning connector instead of a cheaper alternative. The inbuilt compression system for storing extra luggage, waterproofing the front of the laptop storage pocket. They all add up to making this a well-thought-out and high-quality piece of luggage.
There’s a 100-day money-back guarantee on any purchases, which goes to show the level of trust Horizn Studios have in their smart luggage!
The only thing we really want more of from this bag is smart features. Once sold with GPS tracking as an extra, Horizn Studios now no longer offer that option. That leaves it being slightly limited in terms of smart features — like location tracking or inbuilt scales — without purchasing additional smart accessories. Having said that, it is a great quality bag, and for many people the smart charger and dedicated device storage will be enough.
If you are after high-quality, exceptionally designed smart luggage — with premium touches and bags of space for all your tech — Horizn Studio’s M5 is for you.