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What Chromebook Case Option is Right For Me?

Congratulations- you’re the proud owner of a new Chromebook! You’re all set up too- you’ve got your reliable WiFi connection, your chromebook headphones with microphone, and the charging cord just in case you need to plug it in after a few hours of use. Looks like you’re all set to bring your Chromebook everywhere you want to go!

But…what are you going to put your Chromebook in? If you haven’t already noticed, there are a multitude of cases specially designed to accommodate Chromebooks on the market, and it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which of these options best fit your needs. Fortunately for you, we did the research, so you can just sit back, relax, and read on about the advantages and potential drawbacks of each of the most popular types of Chromebook case available.

Briefcases and Carrying Cases

NUTKASE BALLISTIC NYLON FOLIO

Need a little more room for your peripherals, charging cord, Chromebook headphones with microphone, and other accessories? You may be in need of an upgrade to a carrying case! These soft-sided, briefcase-style bags are equipped with a handle, carrying strap, or both for easy transportability, not to mention a number of pockets for your other school or office supplies. We like the NutKase Ballistic Nylon Folio Big Pocket for Chromebook shoulder bag carrying case.

Pros:

– Slim, compact profile allows for ease and convenience.

– Solid outer clamshell design and quilted padding interior for maximum durability and protection.

– Accessory storage pockets eliminate the need for a second backpack or bag. Students can transport everything in one case!

– Padded shoulder strap provides comfort and ease when on the go.

Cons:

  • May not be practical for those who rarely have to carry their Chromebook long distances.

Who Should Buy One: Any student or office worker who needs to transport their Chromebook back and forth every day should look into this convenient, all-in-one carrying solution. It is especially ideal for kids on hybrid learning programs.

Gumdrop Cases*

Gumdrop DropTech Case

Before you ask, no- these cases are sadly not made of gumdrops. However, if you are looking for a case that is so durable and rugged that it renders your Chromebook virtually unbreakable, this may be a case worth looking into! Gumdrop cases combine the impact-resistant outer shell of a standard hard case with the practicality of rubberized sides, backs, and edges to help build air pockets inside, cushioning just about any blow. We like the Gumdrop DropTech Case for Chromebook.

Pros: 

  • Made with durable thermoplastic polyurethane for extreme drop protection.
  • Rubberized sides and back offer maximum shock absorbency.
  • Slim profile makes your Chromebook a breeze to pack in a backpack, briefcase, or suitcase!

Cons:

  • No variety of color or style options are available.

 

Who Should Buy One: Do you or your kids drop stuff, like, constantly? Do you work in a field that involves you bringing your laptop to construction sites, geological digs, or other dangerous surroundings? Do you just want to be certain that nothing’s going to break your Chromebook? This might be the best investment you ever made.

Hard Cases (Shells)

Max Case* Extreme Shell

As its name implies, a hard case is, well, hard. That is to say, it is built for durability and can protect your Chromebook in a number of otherwise problematic situations. We like the Max Case* Extreme Shell for Chromebook.

Pros: 

  • Rugged hard outer shell provides shock resistance from drops, collisions, and other types of impact or force. 
  • Dust-proof, waterproof case protects against other types of damage.
  • Shell fits right over your Chromebook, protecting it in the same way that a phone case protects your smartphone- no excess baggage when you travel!

Cons:

  • Most hard shell Chromebook case models don’t have a handle or carrying strap, meaning you’ll have to carry it separately in your hands or put it into a backpack or messenger bag.

 

Who Should Buy One: Anyone who is prone to dropping their laptop at regular intervals (read: your kids) or who has to commute on foot, by bicycle or scooter, or take public transportation regularly, as these activities increase the chances of dropping your Chromebook.

No matter which style of case you choose for your Chromebook, it’s important to always make sure the case you choose is designed to fit the size, make, and model of your laptop. These cases are rarely a one-size-fits-all option and it’s imperative to read all the fine print either online or at the electronics store to ensure it will fit your Chromebook.

It’s also fun to choose a case that suits your personality as well as your Chromebook protection needs. No matter what kind of commute you have or how often you have to take your laptop out of the house, the most important thing is to select a case that fits your lifestyle.

Additionally, keep in mind that a case for your Chromebook is always a great investment, no matter how infrequently you plan to take it out of the house. By purchasing a case for your Chromebook now, you can have the ability to safely transport it wherever you want to go in the future.

By taking good care of your Chromebook and keeping it protected against drops, collisions, shattering, dust, and water when you’re on the go, you can look forward to many years of enjoying your computer and learning new things!

 

*Though not listed on our website, Gumdrop and Maxcase Chromebook cases are available in classroom-sized quantities from Encore Data Products. Contact Customer Service to tell them what you need and they’ll provide options and a quote.

The Gumdrop Drop Tech Case for iPad – 10 Pack

A school that offers iPads for student use has many challenges to overcome and at the top of the list is securing that expensive technology. As we’ve covered in our 1-1 iPad program guide, it’s important to make sure that your iPads have a sturdy, durable case. For students who will be using their iPads within and outside of the classroom, a rugged case can help ensure care of their iPads, as well as reduce instances of repairs and replacements, saving your technology department time and money. For a great case, the Gumdrop Drop Tech Case for iPad is a great option to consider.

Gumdrop is an American company that provides quality cases for smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Their Drop Tech line was made for rugged environments, and is commonly used in schools, worksites, hospitals, and more.

The cases in this 10-pack come with an integrated screen cover, protecting screens from cracks and scratches. This is an important part to the case, as cracked screens are some of the most common damages to iPads, and can be a costly repair. Paired with a snug, polycarbonate frame, the cover and frame also help prevent liquids from entering the case, keeping it safe from spills or accidental drops in water. This seal also helps make it easy for teachers to disinfect the iPads with a disinfectant spray or wipe.

The black silicone outer case that protects the entire iPad on all sides is made from a dual rubber material construction, which gives the case multiple layers for shock absorption. These added layers help protect the iPad by distributing the shock more evenly, which leads to the iPad itself untouched by the drop. In addition, the corners of the iPad have extra padding with reinforced rubber bumpers. Since the corners are the weakest spot for iPads and iPhones, they are the most vulnerable to cracks when dropped. The reinforced corners again redistributes the shock to keep the iPad from cracking. The silicone skin is also hand-rubbed with TUV oil for dust protection, yet retains its grip to stay on table tops. Overall, the rubber case also facilitates better grip, especially for children with smaller hands. Though the cases have a thick construction, their snug fit and relatively slim design will allow your iPads to fit most charging carts with the case on.

The case also has protective features for ports, buttons, and camera components. The port covers for charging and listening help keep dirt, water, and other types of debris from damaging these sensitive areas. In addition, the button covers help protect these parts from rough handling and touching, which can be important for younger kids. There is also a flash ring, to help protect the camera and flash.

Though the cases in this 10-pack do not come in different colors, you can easily add labels to the case of differentiation or to assign specific iPads to students. For color-coded cases, we recommend our Hamilton offerings.

Overall, these cases are a great investment for all K-12 classrooms, and can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The Gumpdrop Drop Tech line is built to last, so assigning them to your iPads can mean a significant drop in repairs or maintenance. In addition, they will help lengthen the return on your iPad investment. To learn more about rugged cases for your technology, contact us. We can help you find the best cases for your school district or business today.