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K-12 Education

Hot K-12 Device Roundup Devices for K-12 1:1 Deployments

With new devices geared toward the K-12 learning environment coming out all the time, Brenthaven is constantly innovating to create new cases for the latest and greatest K-12 devices. We’ve put together a roundup of some of the hottest devices to hit the market in the 2015-2016 school year.

9.7-inch iPad Pro

Just released in March 2016, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the most capable and portable version of the iPad yet. The new display is the most vivid Retina display yet and allows the user to interact using Multi-Touch. The iPad Pro has an optional Smart Keyboard that is portable, thin, and doubles as a screen cover. The Apple Pencil is incredibly precise – responsive to tilt and pressure and easily paired with the device. Weighing just under a pound, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is extremely portable, making it ideal for use in the classroom environment.

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 offers the versatility of a laptop and tablet with a full suite of desktop software and weighing in at only 1.69 pounds. The device boasts a 6th Gen Intel Core processor and up to a 9 hour battery life. The Surface Pen is easy to write with high precision and can replace pen and paper in the classroom. The Surface Pro 4 was released in September 2015 and has quickly proliferated into classrooms due to its portability and capability to run full desktop software.

HP Chromebook G4

The HP Chromebook G4 combines processing power with affordability. With an 11.6” display and an Intel Celeron processor, the device is portable and effectively manages battery power. The device boasts enhanced visual connections with an optional IPS panel, and Chrome OS creates an easy to manage platform with automatic software updates and virus protection. At an affordable price point, it’s no wonder that the HP Chromebook is a popular choice for K-12 deployments nationwide.

Lenovo N21 Chromebook

Another very popular 11.6” Chromebook, the Lenovo N21 Chromebook is built with durability in mind for the classroom environment. It is drop resistant from up to 2.3 feet, has reinforced ports that prevent objects from getting stuck, and has a water resistant keyboard to prevent liquid damage to the device. With an Intel Celeron Dual Core processor and up to 9.5 hours of battery life, the Lenovo N21 Chromebook is designed to work all day in the classroom.

Acer Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook comes in two display sizes, 11.6” and 13.3”, and has enough power to last all day, or 13 hours, on a single charge. With a full HD display and wireless speeds that are up to three times faster than previous generations, the Acer Chromebook creates a seamless computing experience. It also has a touch screen that allows you to surf and edit with the touch of a finger.

Dell Chromebook 11

The Dell Chromebook 11 is designed for the digital classroom, with features like a sealed keyboard for spill protection, rubberized LCD and base trim designed to hold up in backpacks, and a MilSpec (Military Standard) rating for durability, pressure, temperature, humidity, shock, and vibration. It features a 180-degree hinge, allowing the screen to lay flat and an interactive LED light on the back of the display so the teacher can see if the students have questions or even conduct classroom polls. The Dell Chromebook boots up in less than 8 seconds and has a 10 hour battery life.

Brenthaven offers protective cases for each one of these hot K-12 devices and more. Check out our Education Site to find the perfect case fit for your device.

See more K-12 Technology Deployment White Papers and Case Studies

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Giving Back

Volunteering with Pasado’s Safe Haven ​The Brenthaven team volunteers with Pasado’s Safe Haven READ MORE

The Brenthaven team recently volunteered with Pasado’s Safe Haven, a local non-profit that investigates animal cruelty crimes and provides sanctuary and rehabilitation to animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Employees of Brenthaven got down and dirty and cleaned the infirmary as well as assisted in making props for an upcoming fund-raising event.

In addition to investigating animal cruelty crimes and providing sanctuary and rehabilitation to animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect, Pasado’s Safe Haven also advocates for better laws to protect animals and works to educate the public about how they can help end animal suffering. Through its uniquely comprehensive programs, Pasado’s Safe Haven is able to help thousands of animals every year and spread a message of compassion to countless people.

The Brenthaven team is proud to support Pasado’s Safe Haven and be part of their mission to end animal cruelty.

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Entrepreneur Unplugged

Upcoming Entrepreneur Unplugged: Barefoot Ted Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.

Having spent 10 years focused on mastering natural running techniques, Barefoot Ted now focuses on sharing his insights on self-experimentation and “following your own passion” and acting as “El Presidente” of LUNA Sandals, the adventure sandal company he founded in Seattle, and Solowheel Seattle, the one-wheeled urban transporter company he started in 2014.

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Entrepreneur Unplugged

Entrepreneur Unplugged Recap: Barefoot Ted McDonald Missed the last Brenthaven Entrepreneur Unplugged Event? Here’s the Recap.

Brenthaven had the pleasure to host “Barefoot” Ted McDonald, founder of Luna Sandals and pioneer of Solowheel Seattle, at its last Entrepreneur Unplugged event. The room was filled with fans of barefoot running, the Solowheel, entrepreneurs looking for advice, and everyone in between. Throughout his talk, Ted spoke about his inspiration for going after his dream, what it means to be him to be an entrepreneur, and lessons learned along the way.

Ted believes entrepreneurship begins when you have a hankering inside of you and need to see it expressed in the world. He was inspired by Howard Thurman, who once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” He asked the audience, “What makes us come alive? What problem is it that we want to solve? We must have the courage to go and do that. That is the core of an entrepreneur.”

Self-experimentation is at the heart of Ted’s philosophy. He believes that everyone is unique and by being a self-experimenter, you have the opportunity to become an expert on yourself. By becoming an expert on yourself you can develop a strategy that makes you better in this world. One of Ted’s problems was that he wanted to learn how to run well. This prompted him to research the human body and its capacities which led him to the “barefoot running” theory, something he was doing growing up in California without even realizing. After investigating footwear in different cultures and natural selection in footwear, he went down to the canyons and became friends with Manuel Luna. This is where he learned how to make, wear and run in the sandals that would soon become his trademark sandal and start of Luna Sandals.

If you’re in the Seattle area and would like to attend the next Entrepreneur Unplugged event, make sure to sign up for the Brenthaven newsletter to stay up-to-date!

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In The News

Best Work Backpacks ​The 9-to-5 Grind: 3 Best Work Backpacks

If you’re someone who commutes to and from work five days a week, you know how important protection and comfort are when it comes to your laptop backpack. You probably use your work backpack for much more than work so you need something that will carry everything you need, such as gym clothes, lunch, books, and other digital devices. Whether you’re driving in to the office, commuting on the bus, or biking in, we have the perfect work laptop backpack solution for you.

Collins Backpack

The Collins Backpack offers the capacity and functionality of a laptop backpack in a low-profile silhouette with protective pocketing throughout. Differentiated by its unique exterior fabric, vegan leather trim and metal accents, the Collins Backpack accommodates laptops up to 15.6 inches and packs a visual punch. The backpack wins on functionality as well, featuring a highly protective side-access laptop compartment, easy access phone pocket, and lots of room for storing all of your mobile devices and accessories.

Medina Backpack

The Medina Backpack is the perfect laptop backpack for those who want the capacity and functionality of a backpack but appreciate sophisticated design. Dedicated laptop and tablet compartments and padded interior pockets keep mobile devices organized and protected at all times.

Metrolite Backpack

The Metrolite Backpack is perfect for the traveling professional who seeks functionality and style all in one. This low-profile laptop backpack accommodates laptops up to 15.6 inches and contains an intelligently designed front organizer panel containing multiple pockets for accessories. With the Brenthaven TSA X-ray Friendly design, the case butterflies open and allows you to pass through airport security without removing the laptop. High Density Foam cradles your device, making this 15-inch laptop backpack a clear choice for the mobile entrepreneur.

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In The News

Father Day Gift Guide Discover the variety of perfect Fathers Day gift ideas.

Don’t know what to get your Dad for Father’s day? Forget the tie. The top-rated Velo, Mercer and Medina Collection are perfect gifts that are sure to impress this year. With a variety of styles and silhouettes, it’s easy to find a gift that he is guaranteed to love.

For the business guy, you can’t go wrong with our high-end luxury Mercer Messenger Laptop Bag. The metal accents and genuine Napa leather exterior is a must for any busy businessman looking for style. This laptop messenger bag also includes a built in battery charger to keep him connected on-the-go. Additionally, it has plenty of space for tablets, laptops, notebooks – anything your Dad may need for work or pleasure.


Mercer Messenger Bag

Mercer Messenger Bag


For a Dad who is always on-the-go, the Medina Weekender is an excellent addition to a short vacation or business trip! This Weekender accommodates everything your Dad may need for a short trip and even has convenient power pockets to keep his device charged while on the road. A laptop compartment and padded interior pockets are perfect for keeping his belongings organized and safe while the beautiful chestnut color gives it a sophisticated look, making this Weekender a perfect gift for the travel aficionado.


Mercer Weekender

Mercer Weekender


For the sporty dads, give him the ultimate biking backpack. The Velo Bike Laptop Backpack has an eye-catching design and is made for endurance; it is built to last through all your Dad’s endeavors. Not only can this bike backpack withstand the elements like a pro, but it can hold a laptop up to 16-inches, making it a great commuter backpack.


Velo Bike Laptop Backpack

Velo Bike Laptop Backpack


Still don’t know what to get dad? Check out our other Father’s Day gifts for something he’ll love forever.

Check out the full assortment of Fathers Day Gifts

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In The News

Our Favorite Backpacks for Designers Looking for the perfect backpack for graphic designers? We have your back!

Whether you’re a freelance designer or employed at a creative agency, a graphic designer needs a bag that will hold everything from a MacBook, to a sketchbook, to technical pens and pencils. An ideal backpack for graphic designers should be lightweight, spacious, and easy to carry through the city. If you’re a designer currently on the market for a cool backpack, here are some backpack options for web designers, artists, photographers, and other creative people alike that answer these designers’ needs.

The Collins Backpack is one of our favorite backpacks for designers because it was built with the creative individual in mind. One feature of the Collins Backpack that designers gravitate towards is the two separate compartments for a MacBook and tablet. This keeps the devices separated for added scratch protection on-the-go. A thoughtfully designed interior featuring dedicated pockets for cords, sketch pens and other designing essentials rounds out this backpack, making it a perfect choice for the designer in need.

One of our other favorite backpacks for graphic designers is the Medina Tote Backpack. This backpack features tuck-away straps and sturdy handles that convert quickly from backpack to tote, making it easy to travel from coffee shops, to meetings, to home. The interior features a 15-inch padded laptop pocket and compartments for a tablet, notebook, charging cables, intuos, Sharpies, and miscellaneous digital accessories.

Explore other backpacks for designers to find your perfect fit!

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In The News, Latest Tech Devices

New 9.7-inch iPad Pro Apple introduces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple recently unveiled the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, an upgraded version of the iPad Pro that has been scaled down to a smaller, air-sized model. Touted as Apple’s most advanced tablet, the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro has many features to get excited about. Just as thin and light as an iPad Air 2, the new iPad Pro features an innovative True Tone screen system, a flash for iPad’s rear-facing iSight camera, and Apple’s A9X chip, providing enough power for image and video editing, drawing, data crunching, Web browsing and more.

If you’re considering buying the new iPad Pro, ensure the life of your device with rugged Brenthaven 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases designed for maximum tablet protection. Brenthaven offers many different styles of cases for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including custom-fit cases, messenger bags, sleeves, and couriers. The Collins Sleeve Plus is custom-fit for iPad Pro and is perfectly sized for slipping inside of a larger bag while on the go. Equipped with a dedicated pocket large enough for iPhone 6+ and a slot for the Apple Pencil, this sleeve is the ideal carry-all for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro user.

If you’re looking for more rugged protection, the BX²™ Edge for 9.7-inch iPad Pro for is an innovative case solution for the iPad Pro. The case features a solid TPU design that uses proprietary BX²™ Xtreme Foam and impact-dispersing corner construction to achieve maximum drop protection. The BX² Edge can be used with or without the Apple Smart Keyboard, and includes an integrated recess for Apple Pencil.

Whether you will be using your new iPad in the home or on the road, make sure to invest in a protective 9.7-inch iPad Pro case to maximize the lifetime of your device.

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Entrepreneur Unplugged

Entrepreneur Unplugged Recap: David Niu Missed the Brenthaven Entrepreneur Unplugged Event? Here’s the Recap.

David Niu is a passionate serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and Founder of TINYhr. David graduated from UC Berkeley with Distinction and received his MBA (or as he calls it, “Managers by Accident”) from The Wharton School. David was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and has received the Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” award. Prior to TINYhr, David co-founded BuddyTV in 2005 and NetConversions in 1999 which was then sold to aQuantive “AQNT” in 2004.

After burning out as a serial entrepreneur, David decided to take a “careecation” and sell everything, buy a one-way tickets to New Zealand for his wife, infant daughter and himself. For six months, they traveled around countries such as New Zealand and Seoul and at the same, David interviewed entrepreneurs throughout the trip. During this time, he interviewed and learned from other entrepreneurs from around the world on best practices and pain points when it came to people management, culture and leadership.

After he returned, David focused on what he learned from these business owners to develop TINYhr’s first solution- TINYpulse.

Here are some of the questions that followed David’s talk at the Brenthaven Entrepreneur Unplugged event.

How long did your “careercation” last?

It lasted about six months. We wanted to go for about 6 – 12 months but unfortunately I got sick and it prevented us from extending our trip. However, in that time I got so excited after doing so many interviews that I found that I knew what I wanted to do next for my next startup which is what ultimately inspired me down the journey to start TINYpulse.

Did you go on this vacation with a list of people you wanted to interview?

We would just go to places and I would look up folks to interview. I didn’t plan it beforehand. I liked interviewing local people so I could also get the lay of the land.

How do you see the role of human resources and how is it changing?

I believe that human resources in the past was about letting employees know what they can’t do and preventing the company from getting lawsuits. It was all about keeping the company safe rather than focusing on the employees. Now it should be about inspirations… About what you CAN do as an individual and what you can do to better the company.

Can you describe the different cultures and their approach to entrepreneurship and how it varied across the counties you went to?

What I found out was that there were more similarities than differences. Managing people is hard, and it doesn’t matter where you are. One area that really stood out was realizing that the US and its employment practices are much more lax and fluid than our overseas brethren.

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Latest Tech Devices

Dell XPS 13 Device Review See what makes the Dell XPS 13 one of the best laptops of 2015

Since hitting the market late last year, the Dell XPS 13 has garnered positive reviews and has already topped multiple tech publications’ best laptops of 2016 list. With its lightweight compact design, high-resolution screen and serious processing power, it’s no surprise this 13-inch laptop has quickly become a favorite in the tech industry.

Although the Dell XPS 13 has been a top contender for the past few years, Dell wanted to upgrade the customer favorite by adding a 6th generation Intel Skylake processor, Thunderbolt 3 port and a higher-capacity battery. These new enhancements makes this Dell laptop faster than ever and remains one of the best potable laptops on the market.

One feature that has critics talking about is the nearly borderless “infinity” screen, which is a little bit larger than that of systems with the same footprint. It boasts a bright, colorful display while still having an impressive 12 hour battery life. This long battery life is also a feature that excited many customers as it puts the XPS 13 in MacBook Air territory.

The negative reviews of the Dell XPS 13 included an awkwardly placed webcam and no Windows Hello support, both of which might be small trade offs in the grand scheme of what you’re getting.

If you have bought a Dell XPS 13 or are currently thinking about it, ensure maximum protection of your new device with Brenthaven cases for Dell XPS 13, including Dell XPS 13 sleeves, messenger bags, briefcases and backpacks.