One of the best things about the MacBook Air is that it's light and portable, making it perfect to take with you to a coffee shop, lecture hall, library or anywhere else you want to study or work.
However, carrying your MacBook Air around with you everywhere does mean it's more prone to getting scratched or even dropped — that's why you need one of the best MacBook Air sleeves to protect it.
It's a great time of year to upgrade your MacBook Air with some new accessories, like one of the best cases of sleeves, because Black Friday deals are already beginning to roll in. The big day of sales is officially on November 25, but keep your eyes peeled for discounts before then.
The best cases and sleeves to keep your MacBook Air safe
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Rugged but thin
This tri-level thick case is perfect for those that take their MacBook Air outdoors a lot. It's got an internal soft foam cushion, a shockproof sponge layer, and a spill-resistant outer layer. The diamond pattern helps absorb impact and protect from drops. It's remarkably slim for having such rugged protection. It also comes in a variety of colors and includes a matching cable storage case.
Carry your MacBook Air and plenty of other accessories such as your charging cables and more in this water-resistant sleeve. You can choose from a bunch of color options. The bag has a handle on one side for your convenience and a soft interior to prevent scratches.
If you want to add a bit of pizazz to your MacBook Air, check out this colorful line of plush-lined laptop sleeves from OneGET. Choose from fun patterns like marble, florals, or faux crocodile skin. Or choose a solid color from dozens of options. A handle and sleeve pocket on the front give you extra functionality.
If you want to be all-Apple, all the time, the Apple Leather Sleeve is your ticket to ride. It's made from handcrafted European leather and has a thin microfiber lining. It comes in saddle brown, midnight blue, and black.
This standard 13.3-inch laptop sleeve is a popular choice for its quality and price. It's got a protective flap that zips up tight, so your MacBook Air doesn't fall out. It's also got a soft fleece interior to protect from scratches and scuffs.
If you want more padded protection for your MacBook Air, take a look at this plush faux fur-lined sleeve. It reminds me of my coziest winter coat. Though it looks fairly bulky, it actually compresses down to fit nicely into your backpack or bag of choice. You'll get a handful of color options from which to choose.
Case Logic's form-fitting sleeve is the perfect outer protection for the colorful types. It has an interior made from impact-resistant foam and woven webbing for added accents. It comes in a nice variety of colors.
Amazon Basics has you covered if you just want something simple, slim, and low-cost. The 13.3-inch neoprene laptop sleeve comes in a handful of colors and has a form-fitting design with a zipper top. It's got a nylon woven trim for additional weight protection.
The whole package
Pick up a padded sleeve for your MacBook Air (with a front pocket) and get a small accessory bag too. Cotton padding cushions the corners of your MacBook Air, and soft, thick flannel lining provides a scratch-free environment. Choose from four color options.
Get the look of a leather sleeve with this animal-free vegan sleeve that comes in several colors. The interior is a soft microfiber to protect your MacBook Air from scratches. When closed you can use this underneath your laptop for more protection.
The WOOLNUT Leather Sleeve is a sleek and luxurious leather sleeve for your MacBook Air that's bound to turn heads with its stylish and simple design. It's made from full-grain leather, while the inside is made out of a super soft natural gray wool felt. It comes in black and cognac color options.
The protective Incase Compact Sleeve with BIONIC is created from recycled plastic that's been fished out of the sea. The resulting durable ripstop fabric won't snag or run. It comes in two colors, though the Baltic Sea shown here is my personal favorite. A zippered pocket on the front holds your essentials.
How to find the perfect sleeve for your MacBook Air
You don't need to get a big bulky case to protect your MacBook Air if you don't want to; the best MacBook Air sleeves offer a great way to keep your MacBook Air looking pristine while you move around. This collection of MacBook Air sleeves has some of the best in the business, offering stylish looks while keeping your best MacBook safe and secure on the go. We mention just how beautifully designed this Mac laptop is in our MacBook Air with M1 review, so you're going to want the best MacBook Air sleeves to make sure you keep your laptop in pristine condition.
Our personal favorite is Mosiso Shock Resistant Sleeve. The diamond pattern serves to give a fun look but also provides extra padding, making both protective and attractive. For a great price point, you're getting a handy accessory bag with it as well.
When it comes to getting something simple that does the job, I can think of no better option than the tomtoc Laptop Sleeve. Its top zipper is not flimsy, so it stays in place when your MacBook Air is in transit, and the extra flap of protection in the interior is a nice added touch.
Keep in mind you'll want to double-check if these sleeves fit the latest MacBook Air with M2 if you've purchased Apple's newest addition to the lineup.
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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.