The best MacBook Air cases & bags

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Buying the best case or bag for a MacBook Air can be a challenge. Here are a few of the best MacBook Air cases, sleeves, and bags to consider.

Herschel Anchor Sleeve for MacBook

RRP: £39.99

Herschel has made a name for itself the world over with its range of backpacks, and it also makes quality laptop cases.

We love the Anchor Sleeve, which is fully padded and fleece-lined so you can just zip up your MacBook and carry it under your arm.

Tech21 Impact Snap Case

  • RRP: £59.95
  • Buy from Apple

Tech21 has an excellent reputation for making high quality Apple accessories, and this snap-on case for the MacBook Airs is no exception.

It comes in a few colours, from subtle black to a dark purple, but all offer ‘Impactology’, which is the company’s way of saying don’t drop your laptop, but if you do, make sure it’s wrapped in our case. Fair enough.

STM Linear Shoulder Bag

RRP: £54.95

The subtle design of this shoulder bag helps keep your Air nice and streamlined, and continues STM’s design ethos of bags that aren’t obviously for laptops.

The bag uses ‘slingtech’ protection, which effectively suspends your MacBook in the bag so it doesn’t touch the bottom, and it’s also got sections for all your other gadgets, such as tablet, phone, and other bits and bobs.

STM Dux Hardshell MacBook Case

RRP: £49.99

If you want your MacBook Air protected but don’t want to take it in and out of a case, the STM Dux may be for you. Your laptop clips snugly into the clear plastic case, which protects its metal edges from scuffs with a rubberised outer.

It allows access to all ports, though we did find that the MagSafe connector doesn’t sit flush when charging. The open hinge allows airflow to prevent overheating, and you can get creative by sliding photos behind the clear plastic for a bit of customisation.

Speck SeeThru Hard Shell

RRP: £39.95

Another good, subtle way to protect your MacBook is with the Speck SeeThru hard shell case cover. It surrounds your MacBook Air and prevents it from getting knocks and scuffs.

With sensible ventilation and access to all ports, its similar to the STM Dux but is completely see-through.

AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve

RRP: £8.49

Amazon runs a great Basics range of accessories for tech products, and this neoprene case for MacBook Air is no exception. One of the simplest cases going is also sensibly designed: a small flap covers the zip on the inside so your laptop doesn’t get scratched on the move.

Other than that it’s exactly as it appears, which is no bad thing for under a tenner.

Inateck MP1300 Sleeve

RRP: £13.99

Inateck makes some excellent kit for Apple products and this sleeve is no exception. Made of felt and lined with soft flannel, it has an understated modern look, and has room for a tablet, papers and credits cards in separate sections.

It comes with a complimentary felt pouch to store accessories such as your mouse or power adapter. This is secured with elastic, as opposed to the case, which has a Velcro closure.

Acme Made Skinny Sleeve

RRP: £24.95

The Acme Made case is designed to enclose the MacBook in neoprene. Unlike other cases, it’s made from a Stretch Shell material and doesn’t have a zip – you just stretch the bag around it.

It’s clever, because the zip is the one thing that may cause scratches to your MacBook on other cases, defeating the object of keeping it in a case in the first place. It’s also relatively affordable given its good design.

Caseflex Premium Protection

RRP: £19.99Caseflex makes bags that are high quality but good value, and we think this one offers the best combination of price and protection for the MacBook Air.

The design is basic, but it has great padding and keeps your MacBook safe from knocks and bashes. A padded section on the inside is used to keep your laptop safe from the zip, and it’s got a good quality strap.


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