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Bags and cases

It’s likely that the first thing you’ll need is a decent case. Most laptop cases come in standard sizes, but often don’t differentiate between standard and widescreen, which can leave you with a bit of an odd fit. Here’s a rough guide – use the approximate bag size to search for what you need, and check the internal dimensions of the bag against your model to be sure that your lovely Chromebook will fit.

Approximate laptop bag size Format Chromebook dimensions (mm) Chromebook dimensions (inches)
Chromebook Pixel 12.1″ 3:2 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm 11.72 x 8.84 x 0.64 inches
Samsung Series 3 11.6″ Widescreen 289.6 x 208.5 x 16.8 – 17.5 mm 11.40 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches
Acer C7 11.6″ Widescreen 285.0 x 202.0 x 27.35 mm 11.22 x 7.95 x 1.08 inches
Samsung Series 5 12.1″ 4:3 292.1 x 215.9 x 21.08 mm 11.50 x 8.50 x 0.83 inches
HP Pavilion 14 14.1″ Widescreen 347.0 x 238.0 x 21.1 mm 13.66 x 9.37 x 0.83 inches

It’s relatively easy to pick up bags for the Samsung Series 3 and Acer C7 – they are very standard sizes, and pretty much any 11.6″ widescreen case should work. Here’s a few choice options.

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Case Logic LAPS-111 10.1 – 11.6 -Inch Netbook Sleeve-Black Laptop Sleeve, Summer, Purple, 11.6″ Black Hard Nylon Carrying Case for Samsung Chromebook Netbook + NextDia™ Velcro Cable Wrap rooCASE Super Bubble Neoprene Sleeve Case for Acer AC700 Chromebook 11.6-Inch Laptop (Black / Neon Green)

Similarly, the HP Pavilion 14 is a very standard size, using exactly the same shell as the Pavilion Sleekbook 14.

GOLLA USA, INC. G1117R Laptop Bag Grape 14″ Deep Turquoise Black Diamond Quilted Pattern with Red Accent Trim Bubble Foam 14.1-Inch Padded Laptop Notebook Office Tote Briefcase Messenger Shoulder Bag

The Series 5 screen uses a 4:3 ratio, which is a little more unusual these days, so you’ll need to look out for cases that are a little less long. Chromebook Pixel users will have a tough time finding a snug fit given the unusual screen aspect ratio, but you can get close with the same cases.

Case Logic 10-12.1-Inch Neoprene Netbook Sleeve (Black) 12 Inch Netbook Blue Carrying Case with Pockets for Samsung 12.1″ Chromebook XE500C21-H04US Includes EnvyDeal Velcro Cable Tie

Headphones & Headsets

You can use any regular headphones on any Chromebook – the Samsung Series 3 in particular has bizarrely great audio quality. In addition, every current Chromebook uses a combo headphone / mic jack, so you can plug in headphones with built in mics for better sound during your Hangouts. Alternatively, you can plug in USB headsets which should work pretty much the same.

SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black/Gunmetal) Skullcandy S2IKDY-010 Ink’d 2.0 Earbud Headphones with Mic (Black/Red) Logitech USB Headset H540 for PC Calls and Music – Black (981-000510) Logitech ClearChat Comfort/USB Headset H390 (Black)

More local storage

With the exception of the Acer C7, Chromebooks are light on local storage – you can store whatever you need to in Google Drive instead. However, for those times when you’re offline, you can cheaply supplement local storage with a decent USB stick or drive. Since all current Chromebooks also have memory card slots, you can also buy a flash card, slot it in and leave it there (some phones have SD card slots for the same reason). Bear in mind that not all memory cards go flush into the machine – for example, cards in the Series 3 end up sticking a few millimeters out.

Patriot Memory Supersonic Rage XT 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (PEF32GSRUSB) WD My Passport 2TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black SanDisk Ultra 64 GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card 30MB/s SDSDU-064G-AFFP

Mice

Unlike an iPad, you can plug a regular USB mouse into a Chromebook. It’s likely that you won’t be able to use any special mouse buttons (like “browser back”) but the standard buttons and scrolling should work great.

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 – Black Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Display cables

Chrome OS can output to an external monitor, but the connector is different depending on which device you have.

  • Chromebook Pixel: Mini displayport
  • Samsung Series 3: HDMI
  • Acer C7: HDMI and VGA
  • Samsung Series 5: Displayport++
  • HP Pavilion 14: HDMI
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet/2.0 Meters) – Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return [Newest Standard] Cable Matters Gold Plated Premium DisplayPort to HDMI Male to Male Cable in Black 6 ft

Power supplies

If you want to keep a second power supply at work, or just replace one you left in a coffee shop, you can pick up replacements. Be very careful to choose the right one for your model.

Pwr+ Ac Adapter Charger for Samsung Chromebook Series 5 500c Xe500c21 500c21 ; Samsung 7 Slate ; Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook ; Ad-4019p Ad-4019w Pa-1400-14 Power Supply Cord Notebook Laptop Battery Charger Netbook Plug New AC Adapter Power Charger&US Cord for Acer ChromeBook AC700

8 thoughts on “Buy Accessories”

    1. Totally legit question. I’ve never seen one – the chromebook central folks might know more, but my guess is no.

      The good news is that the Series 3 is a pretty hardy device (and not super expensive), so you may not need one.

  1. Does anyone make a mouse for the chromebook that has:page back and forward buttons in addition to the left and right ones, and a scrollwheel? If not, who can we lobby to make one FAST?

    1. Not that I’m aware of, but the Beta version allows you to do this by swiping left and right with two fingers on the touchpad.

    1. Most PSUs are switchable voltage, so you should be able to buy a US power brick and just use a plug adaptor when you’re back in the UK. However, please check the spec carefully before you do this.

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