For many of you, your electronics are some of the most important things you own. It makes sense that you’d want to protect your device(s) from harm. If you drop your phone, laptop or gadget on the ground and it breaks, all of the precious data and information contained within is lost forever.
The best way to protect your gadgets is to slap on a case. There are thousands – if not millions – of different cases out there for every gadget imaginable. It can get pretty daunting sorting through the seemingly endless horde of options to find the best. In light of that, we’ve crammed together a list of the fifteen coolest gadget cases you need to own.
1. Handmade Gadget Cozies From Life Geekery
Want to turn your kindle into an adorable narwhale? How does turning your iPhone into an Ewok or Harry Potter look-alike sound? You can do all of these things and more by picking up a handmade gadget cozy from Life Geekery on Etsy. Even better, you can order a cozy for any model smartphone, tablet or e-reader.
2. Cute Laptop Sleeves From Zazzle
Check out these cute laptop sleeves from Zazzle. The sleeves fit over your device when closed and they zip shut. Theses sleeves will keep your laptop from getting scuffed up in a backpack, purse or even while you’re holding it. There are hundreds of designs to choose from, such as panda bar prints, cat and dog outlines, various patterns and more. They all cost about $30, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
3. Handcrafted Tablet and Smartphone Sleeves From Mujjo
These unique handmade iPhone and iPad sleeves from Mujjo might be exactly what you’re looking for. Even though they have been designed for Apple devices, they should fit most comparable sized handsets and tablets. They do offer custom sleeves for Samsung Galaxy branded handsets. They will protect your device from daily wear and tear pretty well. Prices range from about €30-50 ($50-60).
4. Montague Laptop Backpack From Knomo
The Montague Laptop Backpack from Knomo is remarkably thin, lightweight and stylish. It can hold most laptops up to 15″ offering padded protection for anything stored within. You could also store an iPad or tablet inside if you don’t use a laptop. It’s quilted and comfortable, and sits nicely on your shoulders as any backpack should. It comes in a couple of different colors, both priced at $159.
5. Lifeproof Cases for iPhone, iPad, iPods and Galaxy
If you’re looking for a more affordable waterproof case for your handset or tablet, Lifeproof is the way to go. There are cases available for multiple generations of the iPhone, iPad and iPod as well as the Samsung Galaxy handsets (S3-S5). Even though these cases are watertight, you can still access the touchscreen, camera, buttons, microphone, speakers and headphone jack. Depending on the case model, they run from about $70 to $90.
6. Adopted Leather Wrap Case for iPhone
Want something a little more chic that matches the style of your iPhone? The Adopted Leather Wrap cases are perfect, and they come in several different colors and styles. The best part is that they cost about $40.
7. Waterproof Pouches
For those times when you’re going to the beach or hanging by the pool you can opt for a waterproof pouch. The pouches listed here come from Bed Bath and Beyond, but you can also get similar pouches on [easyazon-link asin=”B00FRUMZ5G” locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] and through major retailers like Wal-Mart. These will set you back about $10.
Do you loathe cases altogether? You can pick up a SlipStopper which is more like a slipper, or plastic protective screen that covers the entirety of the device. Currently, they are only available for different generations of the iPhone and iPad Mini. They’re incredibly easy to apply and only cost $20.
9. Nuvango Gel Skins (Formerly GelaSkins)
If you want to spruce up your gadget with a custom skin, you can’t go wrong with a Nuvango Gel Skins. They don’t offer heavy duty protection obviously, but you can easily find an additional carrying case if your laptop is on the go a lot. Nuvango’s skins are priced well and there are tons of custom designs to choose from.
10. Arkon Smartphone Cases
The Arkon Smartphone cases are essentially protective mounts for your device while you’re driving. There are plenty of options available for devices from Apple (iPhone and iPad), Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony and more. The price depends on the model of the case you want, and of course what the mount is for (car, bike, etc.).
11. Built NY Smartphone and Gadget Cases
[easyazon-link asin=”B00C27RL5G” locale=”us”]Built NY[/easyazon-link] makes some great neoprene sleeves, which serve as carrying cases for a whole slew of smartphones. As with most anything else on this list, they come in a wide variety of styles and designs.
12. Fortte Smartphone Cases
Fortte offers a variety of leather style cases with the professional in mind. If you don’t want flashy designs or skins plastered on your device you can go with a more conservative case like this. Fortte supports devices from Apple, to HTC and Motorola. There are also laptop and tablet cases for those who need something larger.
13. Case-Mate Cases
If you want a much larger selection of cases and designs, you can check out Case-Mate. They offer cases for smartphones, tablets, and media players such as the iPod touch.
14. Incipio Cases
Incipio offers a large selection of cases for iPhones, Android smartphones, tablets and MacBooks. Most of them are designed with solid, hard-plastic to protect the device they cover. There are options for almost every budget too, whether you want cheap or more expensive the option is there.
15. Vyper M3 MacBook and Laptop Case
The Vyper M3 is a compact and extremely durable sleeve with a rugged design. While it may be designed for MacBooks, it will fit any 13-17″ sized laptops or netbooks (depending on the sleeve size you purchase). It will definitely protect your laptop or netbook from scratches and excessive wear and tear.
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