Protect Your Assets Back-to-School Checklist for Your Electronic Gear


While school may be out for summer, it’s never too early to begin prepping for the new school year. August and September will be here sooner than you think, so as you’re shopping for new clothes, new footwear, and updated electronics, gear, and school supplies for your student, add a new backpack, messenger bag, or protective Chromebook/tablet tote to your shopping list.

If you’re having trouble choosing a style that’s right for your student, use our handy guide below. Mobile Edge offers the industry’s largest selection of messenger bags, backpacks, and totes for students on the go.

Choose the Right Size

  • Laptops—Laptops come in a variety of sizes, ranging from Chromebook, Ultrabooks, and smaller laptops around 10 to 13 inches, to larger laptops measuring 16 to 18 inches. You’ll want to know the size of the laptop your student is or will be transporting.
  • Smartphones & Tablets—Similarly, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets come in a wide range of sizes, ranging from the small, which typically measure 8 to 10 inches to the large, which measure 11 to more than 14 inches. Most of our protective cases feature dedicated storage for laptops and mobile devices.
  • Gaming Consoles—Even the most devoted student needs time to unwind, and for many that means playing video/computer games. When choosing the size of a protective carry case that’s right for your student, don’t forget to factor in the size of his or her gaming console or large laptop, many of which measure between 16 and 18 inches.
  • Mobile Edge Top Picks for You:

  • Our Award-winning Core Gaming Backpacks are ideal for holding both gaming laptops and consoles.
  • Our no-nonsense SmartPack Backpack is ergonomically designed and super lightweight.
  • Our Special Edition Urban Tote offers the convenience of a travel bag, briefcase, and book bag all-in-one.
  • Storage & Organization

  • Accessories—In addition to the devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone, gaming console) a student will be carrying, he or she also needs ample room for accessories such as cords, chargers, a mouse, memory media, controllers, portable chargers, a wireless keyboard, etc. All Mobile Edge protective cases offer zippered pockets and dedicated compartments to both store and organize accessories.
  • Files/Books—In addition to electronics, you’ll want to be sure whichever protective case you choose offers storage and organization for hardcopy files, notebooks, and textbooks.
  • Personal Items—Some students will want to carry water bottles, snacks, car keys, and other personal items with them. If that’s important to your buying decision, factor it into your selection criteria.
  • Mobile Edge Top Picks for You:

  • Our full-featured Professional Rolling Laptop Case and matching Backpack are the perfect combination for students on the go.
  • The versatile Charcoal Metro Duffel is perfectly sized for the gym, an overnight trip, or a weekend getaway.
  • The Graphite Corporate Briefcase is a carry-all solution designed to hold a wide range of gear, accessories, and personal items.
  • Choose the Right Style

    When deciding between a messenger bag, backpack, briefcase-style bag, or tote, you’ll not only want to factor into the decision the functional aspects (discussed above), but also user comfort and fashion preferences.

  • User Comfort—All that gear plus books, files, and personal items adds up fast. Mobile Edge bags offer comfort features such as padded, shock-absorbing shoulder strap systems and ergonomic handles. For heavy loads, a backpack worn over both shoulders can provide the most user comfort and convenience, while a messenger bag, tote, or briefcase may be preferred for lighter loads carried by one hand (briefcase-style), slung over one shoulder, or tucked under the arm.
  • Fashion Preference—With Mobile Edge, you don’t need to sacrifice fashion for functionality. Rest assured, with any of our bags, even the most hard-to-please fashionistas will give a big thumbs up. We offer a wide assortment of styles, ranging from edgy, contemporary designs to retro styles and hipster flair, to lots of stuff in-between.
  • Environmentally-Friendly—Students can display their eco-consciousness proudly with our of environmentally-friendly collection, which packs style and function into a minimal carbon footprint.
  • Mobile Edge Top Picks for You:

  • Mobile Edge’s Graphite Line Special Collection represents a fresh, edgy take on seven of our most popular bags.
  • Our Herringbone Element Briefcase uses rich materials and classic styling for an eye-catching look that comes in a large and small size, plus a pink suede version.
  • For the eco-conscious, our Eco Laptop Messenger Bag and Eco Chromebook/Ultrabook Messenger Bags are made of all-natural cotton canvas for a minimal carbon footprint.
  • Power-on-the Go
    Students can ill afford to get to school only to find their smartphone, tablet, or laptop running low on power with no charging outlet in sight. Our mobile power accessories make that fear a thing of the past.

    Mobile Edge Top Picks for You:

  • For Tablets/Smartphones—Designed to work with smartphones, tablets, cameras, speakers, and numerous other USB devices, the Core Power (26,800mAh Portable USB Battery/Charger)easily slips into a backpack, briefcase, handbag, or carry-on.
  • Laptop Charger—With an incredible 85 watts of power, a universal AC outlet, and 3 high-speed USB ports, Mobile Edge’s Core Power AC USB (27,000mAh Portable Laptop Charger) provides extreme power and performance for even the most power-hungry devices.
  • Mobility Needs

  • Commuting Students—Whether travelling by bus, car, train, or foot, students will appreciate features that make it easier for them to move their gear conveniently. Mobile Edge protective cases and backpacks can be carried over the shoulder, by hand, under an arm, and our full-featured Rolling Laptop Case can be wheeled from place to place.
  • Check-point friendly—Some students will need to travel by air to get to college or schools away from home. They’ll enjoy our numerous checkpoint-friendly protective cases which will help speed them through airport security without having to remove their laptop, tablet, or gaming console from their backpack, tote, or messenger bag.
  • Mobile Edge Top Picks for You:

  • Roll through airports, across parking lots, or across campus with our full-featured and versatile Professional Rolling Laptop Case and matching Backpack combination.
  • Our ScanFast Checkpoint Friendly Backpack 2.0 is ergonomically designed, durable, and stylish. Perfect for students who travel by air.
  • For students who prefer a classic briefcase look, our ScanFast Checkpoint Friendly Briefcase 2.0 is the perfect travel companion.
  • Choose Mobile Edge with Confidence
    All Mobile Edge protective cases are backed by a lifetime warranty and customer satisfaction guarantee. So, whatever your student needs to protect his or her gear and make transporting it safely and conveniently to and from home, work, or between classes, we have a solution that’s right for them.

    SPECIAL OFFER—Now, through August 10, use promotional code ME4STUDENTS when you check out of the Mobile Edge online store and receive 20% off your purchase price.

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