Shell is transparent, allowing owners to customize with photos or other art. Features simple clip-on design with full access to ports and functions. Easy to grip with rubberized surface and slip-resistant rubber feet.
Not for people who want a colorful case.
A sophisticated, attractive hand-crafted carrying case. Rigid spine, reinforced corners and hardback “book” covers provide excellent impact absorption. Zips closed. Comes with hidden pocket for papers and documents.
Added bulk may be unwelcome. Not for anyone who wants bright colors.
Simple clip-on design. Rubberized finish improves grip and helps prevent drops. Comes in a dazzling array of colors and patterns (including a majestic marble slab) that turn your MacBook into a dazzling beauty.
Some durability issues have been raised. Hard to see Apple logo when on.
Slim, lightweight case is easy to grip thanks to a rubberized matte finish. Easy to put on with full access to all ports and functions. Apple logo shines through, which is important to many proud owners. Rubber feet prevent slippage.
Case smudges easily. Some owners have reported problems with feet falling off.
Ruggedly handsome. Top and bottom are padded for added layers of shock absorption and durability. Small built-in stand along the bottom allows for a more comfortable and ergonomic position during use.
Some owners have complained that the magnetic closure snap is too close to the touch pad.
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If you’ve got a MacBook Air, chances are the portability played a part in your decision-making — and if you’re planning on taking yours with you anywhere, you’re going to need a case.
Because the overall design of the MacBook Air hasn’t changed much over the years, there are hundreds of cases available, ranging from ultra-rugged enclosures to svelte plastic covers (and everything in between).
Whether you’ll be taking your MacBook Air on your next mountain climb or to your next work meeting, having the right case for your lifestyle can be a game-changer. Here’s everything you need to know about cases for your MacBook Air: what features to look for, how to spot cheap knock-offs, and the cases that stand out from all the rest.
The MacBook Air case market is pretty crowded, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options. Hone in on the right case faster by considering these three key questions.
If you’re an Apple fanatic, consider getting a case that highlights the Apple logo on the back of your MacBook Air. Every MacBook Air has Apple’s iconic logo, and you don’t have to sacrifice showing it off if you get a case — you just need to find one that lets it shine through.
As you’re comparing different MacBook Air cases, keep an eye out for these features.
Zipper enclosures: If you want to keep your MacBook Air safe from the elements (or the occasional spill), it helps to get a case with a zipper.
Designs: A lot of MacBook Air cases are functional but cosmetically boring. If you want yours to stand out, or if you simply want one that’s a little more stylish than the norm, keep an eye out for cases in different colors and patterns.
If you need a case that provides basic protection, expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $50. Most models in this range offer a good value and are appropriate for just about anyone. If you need a rugged case or one made from premium materials, it’ll cost a bit more.
MacBook Air cases between $50 and $100 cover the same bases that less-expensive models do, but they add in ultra-durable shells or genuine leather exteriors. Some cases in this price range have extra storage, getting into briefcase territory.
A few cases more expensive than $100 exist. However, most consumers can find everything they need for less than this price.
If you get a case made from real leather, you’ll need to clean and treat it occasionally. Look for leather balm or leather cleaner, and make sure to give your case a once-over at least a few times a year.
If you’re buying a case with a hard shell, check reviews for images from users. In some cases, if a case is prone to shattering, users will post photos of their cracked or broken cases. If you see images like this, don’t buy that case — keep looking.
If you’re looking for a case that’s a bit more professional, consider Inateck’s Case. It provides plenty of protection, includes storage, and it’s even water-repellent. But the killer feature is the handle. This is the case to get if you’re looking for a very thin, very light briefcase for your MacBook Air.
If you like to take your MacBook Air completely out of its case to use it, we recommend checking out the tomtoc Protection Sleeve. It’s got foam cushioning, corner guards, and even a pouch with multiple compartments, so you can carry around an accessory (or ten). Best of all, it’s just plain stylish — its classic simplicity is a perfect match for the MacBook Air.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’re going to want to see Smatree’s Carry Case. It’s tiny, it’s elegant, and it’s got compartments designed specifically for your MacBook Air and its accessories. Whether you get it for its incredible utility or its unassuming luxury looks, you’re going to want to make it part of your next business trip.
Q. Can I use a regular MacBook case with my MacBook Air?
A. It depends — but when it comes to Apple laptops, it’s important to get a case that’s explicitly listed as compatible with the model you own. For example, some cases are made to fit 15-inch and even 17-inch MacBooks, and getting an oversized case is usually a bad idea. Stick to cases that fit your MacBook Air, and you can’t go wrong.
Q. Some cases look like they snap on. Are those hard to remove?
A. Some cases are made of durable plastic to give your MacBook Air an extra layer of protection, and they usually snap together in two pieces. You can remove them if you need to, but every time you do, you’ll need to stress the plastic a little, which can get problematic over time. If you’re considering getting a shell for your MacBook Air, plan on keeping it on for a while (or until you decide to replace it).
Q. What are the difference between MacBook Air cases and MacBook Air skins?
A. Some people like to decorate the shell of their MacBook Air with custom-fit decals, better known as skins. Skins for the MacBook Air can be pretty cool because they’re tailor-made to wrap around every inch. That said, skins don’t offer any protection whatsoever — and they can be a pain to remove. Skins make great decorations for your MacBook Air, and many users buy skins in addition to cases.
Q. Is there a good time of year to buy MacBook Air cases? Should I wait for back-to-school sales?
A. MacBook Air cases rarely go on sale — but they’re reasonably priced, so you never really have to wait to find a bargain.
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