A naked MacBook might look good when it's new, but you won't be tapping into the full potential of your MacBook Air without adding a few accessories…and you'll be risking damage from scratches and dings. Here are 5 of our top picks for spiffing up your new laptop with MacBook Air accessories.
1. HDMI Adaptor
Want to view photos or watch YouTube videos on your TV? A mini display-port-to-HDMI cable will turn your TV into a larger-than-life monitor for easy viewing. An HDMI adaptor also lets you use your MacBook Air for presentations at work or with a client. For hooking up to an external display VGA monitor, you'll want to pick up a VGA-specific adapter as well.
2. External Storage
Need more space to store your photos, music, and design files? Get an external hard drive, such as a USB drive or a wireless network-attached storage drive. Another option is cloud-based storage on a site such as DropBox. A limited storage amount is free, and subscriptions are available for more storage space.
3. ZAGG InvisibleShield
It's amazing how one little scratch can affect the quality of your screen display. Keep your MacBook Air screen protected with ZAGG InvisibleShield. It's a liquid-applied screen protector that offers full scratch protection without any extra bulk. The InvisibleShield gives you better grip for extra drop protection, reduces glare, and won't show as many fingerprints or smudges.
4. Case for MacBook Air
If you want to keep your device looking like new, you'll need a MacBook Air case—either a laptop case that doubles as a stand, such as Pad & Quill's Cartella, or a laptop sleeve for travel and storage.
A MacBook Air case protects your laptop from scratches, dings, and accidental damage. The Cartella also doubles as an assuming "moleskine journal" that no one will believe is actually an expensive MacBook worth stealing.
5. Vertical Stand
If you hook up to an external keyboard/monitor and hate cable clutter as much as we do, you'll want to invest in a vertical stand for your MacBook Air. They come with built-in cable management, and, since your MacBook will be on its side, no one will accidentally use your laptop as a coaster or a placemat. How's that for built-in spill protection?