The best MacBook Air cases

Style up your MacBook Air with one of these great cases or sleeves

Macbook Air (2018) Review
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The 2018 MacBook Air (also called the “Retina MacBook Air” for the new display) has arrived,  which means many of you have upgraded your MacBooks at last, or are seriously considering buying the new, more powerful model. It’s a bit smaller than the old MacBook Air, which means you have some new dimensions to get used to. That being said, a lot of these cases and sleeves will work for either version.

That’s where our list of the best MacBook Air cases come into play. Whatever you need in terms of protection, style, function, or price tag, there’s something here for you. Also note that frequent travelers may prefer a dedicated laptop bag or (better yet) a TSA-approved laptop bag for their MacBook Air.

Inateck MacBook Sleeve ($9)

Inateck MacBook Sleeve

The appearance of this dull yet smart, padded sleeve won’t draw unwanted attention to your expensive MacBook Air. But on the inside it’s lined with a super-soft fleece material that ensures the outside of your laptop doesn’t pick up any scratches. There are two zippers for easy access to the main compartment and an additional pocket on the outside with its own zipper that’s handy for stowing accessories and cables. The smooth, woven design — reminiscent of modern backpack chic — and the modest price tag make this a tough choice to overlook. The available colors are Black and Neoprene.


Kasper Maison Italian Leather Laptop Sleeve ($130)

If genuine leather is your cup of tea, this thin envelope-style sleeve is designed in Sweden and made from natural Italian full grain cowhide leather. According to the company, it will feel stiff at first until the leather loosens and shapes perfectly to your MacBook Air. This sleeve includes a built-in card slot for business and/or credit cards, a backside pocket for a paper notebook or documents, and a “smart” cord holder for storing cables or earphones. The sleeve even includes a small opening, so you can charge the MacBook Air while it’s still stored inside. It’s available in Black, Dark Brown, British Tan and Medium Brown colors.


Pack & Smooch MacBook Air Case ($70)

The Pack & Smooch has nothing to do with puckering up for a big kiss. Instead, this MacBook Air case is a beautiful option made with premium materials that would be unique to most laptop bags. Every case is handmade in Germany and utilizes merino wool felt and naturally dyed leather — no chemical treatment here. Aside from a padded laptop sleeve, the offering houses an exterior pocket with room for a phone or an iPad Mini, the latter in case you like to double down on Apple electronics. It’s available in Dark Grey and Dark Brown.


AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve ($9)

Amazon Basics Case

If you blew your whole budget on the MacBook Air itself, then you’ll be glad to know there’s no need to break the bank for a basic sleeve (the 11.6-inch version is even cheaper at less than $10). This Amazon offering is the best trade-off between price and quality, a no-frills sleeve based on soft, stretchy neoprene with a single zipper along the top to provide a decent level of padding. But you’ll find that there’s room spare with the MacBook Air, as the sleeve is not a snug fit for Apple’s thin-and-light notebook. There’s also no strap or handle, so you’ll need a separate bag. Still, this sleeve is well worth a look for the money.


STM Dux Rugged Case ($52)

STM Dux Rugged Case

STM‘s Dux Rugged case provides a safe choice for even the most accident-prone MacBook Air owner. The rubberized polycarbonate brackets protect the sides and corners of your laptop from damage due to falling while the texturized rubber feet on the bottom prevent the computer from sliding on slick surfaces. If you have any stickers or customization on your MacBook Air, they’ll definitely shine through with this case. It’s currently available in Black, Chili, or Moroccan Blue.


Tomtoc 360 Protective Sleeve ($20)

Tomtoc 360 Protective Sleeve

This simple, reliable Tomtoc case includes internal foam cushioning for “360 degree” padding around everything, including the zipper, so there’s no danger of scratches. It’s a simple yet high-quality case. The only additional feature is a front pocket that’s big enough for a notepad, iPad, or other accessory. It’s simple, clean, and very, very well-rated.


Lacdo Laptop Sleeve ($11)

Lacdo Laptop Sleeve

Do you live in a rainy area and worry about your new MacBook suffering from the occasional drip or splash? Lacdo has you covered, literally, with this affordable laptop sleeve that is made with waterproof canvas fabric. The inside is covered with a three fabric lining that’s designed to add even more waterproof capabilities while preventing shocks as well. One basic pocket is included on the outside.


i-Blason Smooth Matte Frosted Hard Shell ($25)

i-Blason Smooth Matte Frosted Hard Shell

This matte frosted case offers an excellent design and is specifically designed for the 2018 MacBook Air, including room for the new Touch ID feature. If you prefer hardshell cases, this one looks great, helps prevent scratches, and has openings for all ports and vents so you don’t need to worry about overheating. There are rubberized pads on the corners for ventilation and grip.



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