As the economy has imploded, the market for tiny and cheap laptops has exploded during the past year. If you’re like millions of consumers, you couldn’t resist the appeal of an adorable light-weight machine. Maybe your kids have now given it a nickname, adding to your affection for device. So what if it is flimsy, has cheap keys, and no disc drive of storage space. All the more reason why you need a bag, sleeve, keyboard, or external drive to pick up the slack—or so you’ve convinced yourself. We’ve gathered up the best the Netbook accessory market has to offer and put it all in one place.
Wireless Mouse, $24.99; Power Adapter, $49.99; Security Lock, $24.99; Sleeve, $14.99
If you’re looking a one-stop shop for basic protection, you might want to consider Kensington’s suite of netbook gear, which for $115 will outfit you with the teensiest usable two-button mouse you’ve ever encountered, a pint-size power cable with included charging tips and USB port, a security lock designed to fit a tiny lock slot already built into your netbook, and a no-fuss black neoprene sleeve for 7-inch to 9-inch netbooks—as slim as they come. These items are also sold separately.
Targus offers a lower-budget bundle of netbook goodies. The three-piece set includes the “Slipskin Peel” notebook case in blue and black for 10-inch netbooks, a retractable wired mini mouse, and a very small 4-port USB 2.0 hub
Beef up your wimpy netbook with a sleeve decked out with sumo wrestlers. These fat guys are designed in a camouflage pattern in black and gray or red and pink, available for 8.9-inch or 10-inch netbooks.
From Finland comes this sweet little yellow-green sack, which looks like a lunch box with its retractable handle. It is well-padded, with a moveable Velcro strap on the inside to customize a snug fit for any netbook size. It closes with two zippers and has a pocket in the back.
Kroo designs and sells laptop accessories in bulk, so they don’t list pricing (and you’ve got to contact the company for buying information), but this manufacturer makes more netbook case designs than any other. Here, clockwise, we have the Cube, Soxx, Sleeve and Envelope cases. Cubed is a hard-shelled case with a handle, Soxx is stretchy and quite like a sock, Sleeve is a rather traditional two-toned sleeve, and Envelope is made from artificial leather that closes with a snap. The best part about Kroo’s cases is the fact that nearly every design comes in generic inch sizes as well as custom brand designs (for Asus, Acer, HP, etc.), so that your case is very likely to fit your netbook perfectly.
You can find all manner of custom netbook case designs on Etsy.com, the site for crafty people who sell their designs. User Lollington created this sleeve design for netbooks, and will customize it exactly to your specifications. The sleeve is made from cotton duck cloth and foam. This Etsy user also makes netbook cases adorned with unicorns, dinosaurs and other animals. Because, you know, netbooks are the perfect size for kids.
One is quilted and one comes with a detachable strap. Both of these Belkin cases are designed for 7-inch netbooks and close with two zippers, and both come in Jetset Red, Plum Berry, Black, and Techno Blue.