Best MacBook Air accessories 2023
Get the most out of your MacBook Air with these accessories.
In 2022, Apple introduced an all-new Macbook Air. Featuring a fresh design, the five-star-rated MacBook Air (2022) offers a powerful Apple M2 chip, a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, and so much more. Your new laptop is even better when paired with great accessories. We've got you covered whether you're looking for a carrying case, hub, headphones, or more. Here are the best MacBook Air accessories.
Simple sleeve with bonus
At the very least, you'll want to consider a sleeve, which can protect your MacBook Air from scratches when you're lugging it around. MOSISO's sleeves are made from durable neoprene, which will help prevent punctures, scratches, and even some low drops. It comes in dozens of colors. The water-resistant exterior can be wiped clean and the interior is soft and plush. A matching accessory bag, just right for carrying your chargers, is included with the sleeve.
A hard shell plastic case provides some drop protection. There are dozens of color and pattern options to choose from, from the very vibrant to the demure, and for the price, you can't go wrong. Each case has little feet on the bottom with cooling vents, and it's finished in a non-slip rubberized material. This one will fit the M1 MacBook Air.
When you're not using your MacBook Air, you need somewhere to put it where it can be out of harm's way. Twelve South's BookArc is the perfect solution. This arc-shaped stand holds your MacBook Air up on its side, which clears up desk space and keeps your laptop safe. This also lets you use your laptop in "closed-clamshell" mode, which means you can connect an external display, a keyboard, and a mouse, and use your laptop as a desktop.
Full of power
The MW75 are undoubtedly some of the best headphones on the market, offering excellent sound, fantastic battery life, a comfortable fit, and a design that's likely to turn a few eyes. In addition, they have plenty of attractive colorways for every taste and for the audiophile, three ANC modes, and two ambient listening modes, as well as the ability to adjust EQ in the app.
If you really prefer a mouse
The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is Apple's "buttonless" Bluetooth mouse that seamlessly connects to your MacBook Air and has ridiculously long battery life. It might seem a bit pricey for a mouse, but its convenience and design easily make it an iMore favorite, as you can tell from our review. The multitouch surface is also super handy, allowing you to scroll up, down, and sideways. You can even right-click, even though there are no definitive buttons. It just works.
Charge your iPhone
The MFi-certified Anker braided nylon USB-C to Lightning Cable is the perfect way to keep your iPhone charged up on the go. The 6-foot length means you won't have to worry about accidentally yanking the cable out of your MacBook Air, and thanks to the braided exterior, these cables remain tangle-free and resist fraying. Choose between black or red colors.
Back it up
For an awesome on-the-go backup and storage option, check out Seagate's Backup Plus. This external hard drive is portable, with a finished exterior that is by no means "rugged" but can certainly hold up to the everyday wear and tear of being slipped into your bag. The hard drive works seamlessly between Mac and PC, making it perfect for transferring and storing data between devices and friends or coworkers.
Luxury leather and wool
WOOLNUT's lineup of sleeves is crafted from 100% natural wool inside. As noted in our WOOLNUT MacBook sleeve review, there's also a touch of luxury with the vegetable-tanned full-grain Scandinavian leather on the outside for the ultimate protection of your electronic investment. Plus, it comes in several sizes and colors.
The MacBook Air has just two USB-C ports. For some people, that's all they'll ever need. Others may need to plug in many peripherals, so a hub like this one is perfect. HyperDrive's USB-C Hub has an HDMI Video Output, Thunderbolt 3, Mini DP, USB-C port, SD/Micro card reader, and two USB-A ports.
Bellroy makes high-quality accessories built to last; our Bellroy backpack review was glowing. Comfort shoulder straps and a back padding system make this durable bag easy to carry daily. This backpack has a well-padded laptop compartment and plenty of space and pockets for all your daily essential items. Plus, it comes in several colors.
I like to use this convenient stand to bring my MacBook Air's screen up to just the right height. This stand folds flat, which makes it ideal for travel, plus it's removable and reusable for when you upgrade your computer.
So many uses
Designed to expand your M2 MacBook Air's capabilities, this hub offers a full-function USB4 port, 4k HDMI, USB-C data, two USB-A data, and SD/microSD card readers. With a multitude of options for fast data transfer and its modern aluminum design, the Pro Hub Slim packs all your essential ports in one sleek, user-friendly hub.
Which of the best MacBook Air accessories do you need?
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There are a lot of very different options for your M2 MacBook Air or any of the previous models, but you'll want to protect your investment with some kind of case. If you really don't want a snap-on case, a sleeve will at least provide you some protection as you move your MacBook Air from place to place. The bargain option is the MOSISO Laptop Sleeve which comes in tons of colors and includes a matching smaller case for your chargers and other items. If you have the means, there are some gorgeous luxury items on this list as well.
Form-fitting cases like the best MacBook Air cases are another option. The IBENZER MacBook Air case is an inexpensive snap-on case that comes in so many different colors and fun patterns (including just clear, if that's your preference) that everyone can find one they like. Just read the listing carefully to be sure that the case matches up with your MacBook Air model.
If you have anything important on your MacBook Air, don't forget to back it up regularly. Seagate's Backup Plus Slim External Hard Drive makes it easy. A lost computer can be replaced, lost data cannot. Keep your data safe from loss with a hard drive like this one.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.
- Bryan M WolfeStaff Writer