So your school or district has made the amazing, forward-thinking, paper-eradicating move to Chromebooks… Pretty exciting stuff! Well what about the not so exciting side of a Chromebook rollout? What about the ongoing battle to protect these expensive devices in the relentless battlefield that is a school?
Here we have compiled some of the highest rated and most popular Chromebook cases to help your school choose the right way to protect your devices (Samsung, HP, Acer and more). From carry-all bags to clip on covers, this list should help you choose a case for every school, grade, device and student.
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Case Logic Molded Chromebook/iPad Sleeve
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Case Logic Chromebook/Netbook Sleeve
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A wonderfully creative project for kids, Caseable is a super cool site that lets students design their own Chromebook case. From color, to printed text, to images and designs, every aspect of the case is completely customizable. Whether students want to select a design from the huge caseable collection or upload your own artwork or photos they can visualize and preview the whole process right there on the site. With options for all Chromebook sizes as well as phones, iPads, and pretty much every device under the sun, you can spend hours messing with ideas for your very own personalized iPad case. – more info
Suits: All Chromebook models. For students who want to stand out from the crowd and show their oen style.
This case would be my all-rounder top pick. With a solid outer clamshell design and quilted padding interior, the Case Logic Molded Sleeve offers both protection against scratches as well as more heavy duty protection from knocks and drops. The case has padded carry handles, allowing students to transport their Chromebook easily without the need for a backpack or any other bag. – more info
Suits: Chromebooks that need solid protection while remaining portable and easy to access. For students of all ages.
Gumdrop Cases is well known for innovation and quality, and their Droptech line continues the tradition. These rugged, rigid case are fit for specific brands and models but they make products to fit most Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP Models. They have rubberized sides, backs and edges and build small air pockets into the case to help absorb and deflect damaging impact. While not the most colorful products on the market, these products WILL protect your precious laptop from dings and falls. – more info
Suits: Younger kids or older ones that tend to drop other electronics. It’s cheaper than buying a new Chromebook!
Clean, simple and effective, the Case Logic Sleeve is probably the most popular option for most middle and high school students. The Chromebook case offers a fitted sleeve with Impact Foam padding to prevent damage from incidental knocks and bumps. The benefit of a slimline sleeve such as the Case Logic is that it can still be easily slotted into backpacks, satchels, lockers and handbags, adding very little weight or additional clutter. With no extra pockets or zips, the sleeve does one job and does it very well, all for a very reasonable price. – more info
Suits: Chromebooks that will predominantly travel in backpacks. Older students that need a sleeve that is simple and effective.
The amCase Chromebook Case is a neat combination of lightweight sleeve with a solid handle to give all the portability of a case. A great option for students on the move, the case is slim enough that it won’t bulk out a backpack or schoolbag, but robust enough that it can be used on its own. With a seamless wrap of impact foam padding the case provides top to bottom protection and an additional storage space in front makes for easy access to cables, adapter and other accessories. – more info
Suits: Chromebooks that will need to be carried in both bags and standalone. Best for older students who require a little flexibility.
A little more fully featured than the basic ‘Case Logic’ sleeve, the rooCASE Bubble Sleeve includes a separate pocket for charger/mouse storage, as well as a larger slot for the Chromebook device itself. The case provides the standard protection from scratches and bumps, and also protects from those accidental spills with a water-resistant neoprene exterior. Also available in a number of colors, the case allows students to have a little individuality in how they protect their device. – more info
Suits: Chromebooks that require peripherals or chargers. Students that need a sleeve with a little more space and individuality.
A more heavy duty option, the rooCASE Netbook Carry Bag offers more of a traditional laptop case or school bag replacement. With a padded Chromebook/Netbook compartment and multiple storage areas, the bag is ideal for machines that will travel regularly and require peripherals or other school material to be stored within the bag. The padded shoulder strap and handles also work to ensure that the Chromebook case is easy to manage while travelling from class to class. – more info
Suits: Chromebooks that will travel regularly. Students that want to use the case as a school bag replacement.
Etsy has some of the most wonderful and crafty options when it comes to fun and imaginative ways to store devices. Perhaps not the most practical for a large school/district rollout, this ‘City Cat‘ themed Chromebook case certainly is the cutest of our list. Handmade from canvas, cotton, foam and string, this unique and individual case would most certainly go down well as a gift or present for any student.
Suits: Chromebooks that are looking for some individual flare. Students who have a little extra money to spend on something very unique.
Chromebook Cases FAQ
Why use a case or a cover?
Dust accumulates on the screen and the keyboard and between the keyboard keys. All Chromebook cases minimize the amount of dust and debris that collects onto your device. You’ll need to clean the screen and keyboard less often because dust won’t accumulate as much as without a protective casing.
Water-resistant Chromebook covers will protect your investment against water damage if any fluid is spilled or it gets wet in the rain.
Some covers are padded with foam or made of a hard shell. These covers are designed to minimize damage when dropping, knocking or accidentally banging the Chromebook against a hard object.
What types of Chromebook cases are there?
The nylon or plastic sleeves fit the Chromebook snugly and take less space in a school bag. Its primary purpose is to protect the electronics from dust or debris when toting around or stored. The sleeve, however, isn’t strong enough to prevent damage from banging, heavy knocks, dropping or other accidents. Some sleeves are water-repellent which means it protects against getting wet in the rain or fluid spillage.
Chromebook covers made from polycarbonate material are hard shell casings made to be shatterproof. These covers fit with clips directly onto the computer like a lid.
Chromebook cases that serve as a case or carry bag usually have foam padding for protection. These plastic or leather bags have handles or shoulder straps for easy transport. Inside the case, there’s space for the Chromebook and extra space or a separate compartment for the power cable, adapter, and other accessories.
Vinyl Chromebook skins stick onto the Google device, and its object is to protect the mini-pc from dust and debris. Silicon keyboard skins protect the keyboard from wear, dust, and spillage during usage. The keyboard skins are washable.
How do you clean a Google notebook case?
When using disinfectant wipes, take care not to use the scrubber wipes. You don’t want to scratch the case or the device inside.
- Remove the Chromebook, adapters, accessories, and anything else in the case.
- Wipe the outside of the Chromebook case with a disinfectant wipe. Make sure you wipe the top and bottom of the case too.
- Cases with pouches and zips may collect dirt, crusts, and dust at the seams and folds. Wipe the cover clean or shake it first over a dustbin.
- Wipe the inside of the case. Make sure you remove all the dirt and dust that gathered at the seams and folds.
- Wipe the case inside and outside with a damp microfiber cloth to ensure that no disinfectant sticks to the Chromebook when replaced into the Chromebook case.
- If the case feels damp, wipe it with a dry fiber cloth.
How to figure out what case fits my needs?
Chromebooks currently come in four different screen sizes: 11.6”, 13.3”, 14”, and 15.6”. The diagonal size of the screen determines the size of the Chromebook itself. If you know the screen size, it’s easier to find the case that is big or small enough for your device.
Many of the hard cover cases are model specific. When purchasing a case, make sure the port openings are the same as your Chromebook, at the back or to the side.
How do you install a Chromebook case?
- Open the device and slip the screen under the elastic band in the middle of the case.
- Make sure the bottom of the computer fits snugly on top of the bottom padding.
- Next, slip the four elastic rubber straps at each corner over the corners.
- Zip up the case.
- Connect the shoulder strap.
- Slip the identity card into the plastic holder on the outside of the Chromebook case.
How do you install a skin?
- Lay the skin on top of the closed device.
- Use the edges as a guideline to line it up correctly.
- Remove air bubbles by smoothing out the skin with the palm of your hands. Start at one edge and with a sweep motion move to the opposite side.
- Press down the edges to avoid curling.
How to install a hard-shell cover?
- Place the Chromebook on top of the bottom part of the hard-shell case. Make sure it’s facing the right side.
- Now place the top part of the case on top of the Chromebook.
- Note the clips on the sides of the cover. Push on the case where the clips are. You’ll hear a click when the clips slip into place.
- Open the Chromebook and check if the corners of the hard-shell case are on the Chromebook.
- Unclip the feet at the back of the bottom cover.
How much should I expect to spend on a Chromebook case?
Chromebook cases vary from as low as $9.99 to top of the line quality for $60.00 to $100.00. It all depends on what type of cover you need for optimal protection.
What is your school using to protect students’ expensive devices? What Chromebook cases have you seen that work well in a school setting? Let us know in the comments below.