Best MacBook Air Accessories iMore 2021
The MacBook Air is a light (duh — "air") and capable little laptop that's as nimble as it is portable. It's also a relatively inexpensive alternative to the MacBook Pro. If you have a MacBook Air, you'll need some great peripherals and protection to keep you typing away wherever you may go. At the very least, we recommend picking up a case.
- Basic case: IBENZER MacBook Air 13 Inch Case
- Simple sleeve with bonus: MOSISO Laptop Sleeve
- Space saver: Twelve South BookArc
- Serious headphones: Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
- If you really prefer a mouse: Apple Magic Mouse 2
- Charge your iPhone: Anker USB-C to Lightning Cable
- Back it up: Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Drive
- Luxury bag: Pad & Quill Valet Leather Bag
- Port expander: HyperDrive Mac USB-C Hub Adapter
- Laptop backpack: Bellroy Campus Backpack
- Stand out: Picaso Lap Classic Plus
- Add some personality: Skinit MacBook Air Skin
First and foremost, you should protect your MacBook Air. For this, we recommend one of these hard shell plastic cases. There are dozens of color and pattern options to choose from, from the very vibrant to the demure, and for the price, you really 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.
If a hardshell case isn't your thing, then at least 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 and scratches and even some low drops. 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. Choose from dozens of colors.
When you're not using your MacBook Air, you need somewhere to put it where it can be up and 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 from someone putting something down on top of it. 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. The Bookarc is available in Silver and Space Gray.
If you're working on your MacBook Air, the last thing you want is to be tangled in headphone cables (well, maybe not the last thing, but it's low on the list). A great pair of Bluetooth headphones will help you enjoy your music and movies wherever you are, and the active noise cancelation on these Bose headphones is a massive boon to productivity. These over-ear headphones are the latest and greatest in sound and active noise cancelation from the company that's been making incredible audio products for over 50 years. Choose from three colors: Triple Black, Soapstone, and Silver Luxe.
The Magic Mouse is Apple's "buttonless" Bluetooth mouse that seamlessly connects to your MacBook Air and has a ridiculously long battery life (I use mine all day, every day, and I usually only have to charge it around once a month, if that). It might seem a bit pricy for a mouse, but its convenience and design easily make it my favorite mouse of all time. 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.
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 from Black or Red.
For an awesome on-the-go backup and storage option, check out Seagate's Backup Plus. The Backup Plus 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 in and out of 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. You can choose 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 5TB options. It comes in Black, Light Blue, Red, and Silver.
If you want to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your MacBook Air, then check out the Valet Slim Portfolio from Pad & Quill. This luxurious case is handcrafted from full-grain leather in Minneapolis. A top-mounted handle and plenty of other pockets for your daily essentials make this a fantastic carry-all bag.
The MacBook Air has just two USB-C ports. For some people, that's all they'll ever need. Others 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. Comfort shoulder straps and back padding system makes this durable bag easy to carry all day. This 16-liter backpack is on the smaller side, but it has a well-padded laptop compartment as well as plenty of space and pockets for all of your daily essential items. Choose from nine colors.
This beautiful hand-crafted leather sleeve stands out from the crowd. Red suspenders hold your MacBook Air safely inside the wool-lined sleeve while leaving a USB-C port free for charging. Not crazy about red? Let Picaso Lab know when you order; they can make yours with black suspenders instead. If you like, have yours engraved for a personal touch. Choose from Black, Brown, or Blue.
Express yourself with a decal that covers the MacBook Air. Choose from Skinit's thousands of designs, or create and upload your own custom design. While a skin isn't as protective as a case or sleeve, it does offer some scratch protection and it doesn't add any bulk to your lighter-than-air laptop.
Which accessories are the best?
There are a lot of very different options here, but you'll want to choose some kind of protection at the very least. The IBENZER MacBook Air 13 Inch 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. 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.
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. Keep your data safe from loss.
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