Best MacBook Air accessories for M1 models


article thumbnail


AppleInsider is supported by its audience and may earn commission as an Amazon Associate and affiliate partner on qualifying purchases. These affiliate partnerships do not influence our editorial content.

We round up the best M1 MacBook Air accessories to protect or enhance Apple’s entry-level laptop, with cases, stands and peripherals designed for any budget.

The latest MacBook Air with Apple Silicon is the most powerful version of Apple’s ultra-portable notebook. If you want to enhance your purchase, there’s an entire ecosystem of accessories, ranging from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars. AppleInsider takes a look at the best M1 MacBook Air accessories that won’t break the bank.

Anker 5-in-1 USB-C Hub

This budget hub provides you with two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, a micro SD card slot, and an SD card slot. Since it only uses one USB-C port, the other one will still be free to charge your MacBook or use additional accessories.

The Anker 5-in-1 hub costs $25.99 on Amazon.

Comfyable Laptop Sleeve 13-inch

Made of faux leather, this sleeve gives you an easy and affordable way to protect your MacBook on the go. It has a soft felt interior to keep your notebook safe.

The sleeve ships in five colors: black, brown, dark coffee, bourbon brown, midnight blue.

Mosiso MacBook Air Case

If you want basic protection for your MacBook Air, this affordable plastic case does the trick. Like other MacBook cases, it arrives in two pieces, which you snap onto your laptop’s top and bottom.

The Mosiso case is available in 42 different colors. It includes a storage bag and keyboard cover.

You can buy it for as low as $16.49 on Amazon.

Twelve South BookArc Vertical Stand

Vertical laptop stands can declutter your work area. They reduce the space your MacBook Air takes up when storing it or using it with an external display, providing for a cleaner workspace and guarding against spills.

Solo New York Ludlow Universal Tablet Sling Bag

While it’s marketed for tablets, this sling bag fits the M1 MacBook Air. Slide your laptop into the main pocket, and use the two front pockets for your charger, iPhone, AirPods, or other accessories.

LG 24UD58-B 24-inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor

The M1 MacBook Air is powerful enough to support an external display at 6K and 60Hz. While this 24-inch LG monitor won’t max out the notebook’s video-out capabilities, it will produce a brilliant picture for its price.

The display has 3840 x 2160 resolution and reaches a maximum brightness of 250 nits. It has two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

If you’re using your M1 MacBook Air on a desk with an external monitor, you may also want a standalone keyboard. This Logitech model offers a quality typing experience at a budget-friendly price.

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

A quality mouse can serve as a desktop alternative to the M1 MacBook Air’s built-in trackpad. The Logitech M510 has ergonomic curves, a large surface, and soft rubber grips.

It includes three standard mouse buttons, a scroll wheel, and customizable back and forward buttons.

The Logitech M510 costs $24.99 and is available at Amazon.

SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable External SSD

This SanDisk portable solid-state drive lets you perform fast Time Machine backups or other wired data transfers. It supports USB-C natively and can transfer data at up to 550MB/s. It also has a rugged build with IP55 water resistance.

RavPower 26800mAh 30W PD USB-C Power Bank

The M1 MacBook Air has longer battery life than any of its predecessors, supporting up to 15 hours of web browsing. However, if you have a long day, this power bank can keep your device going. It holds enough juice for roughly six full MacBook charges.

In addition to its PD USB-C capabilities, it also has two 2.4A smart ports that can charge an iPhone or AirPods simultaneously.

RavPower 26800mAh costs $53.54 at press time with a 15% clipped coupon at Amazon.

Syntech USB-C to USB Adapter

This simple adapter lets you use a USB 3.1 accessory with one of your M1 MacBook Pro’s USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.

SightPro Magnetic Privacy Screen

This privacy filter snaps onto your M1 MacBook Pro display. From straight-on, you’ll see content like usual, but from an angle, curious bystanders won’t know what you’re doing.

It uses magnets instead of adhesives, avoiding damage or messy cleanup.

Nulaxy Aluminum Laptop Stand

This aluminum stand lifts your MacBook Air by six inches. The combination of elevation and angle could help with posture and ergonomics when working at a desk.

The stand uses a 5mm aluminum alloy. It has large rubber pads on the arms to keep the MacBook stable.

Allsop Cool Channel Platform LapDesk

A lap desk can prop up your MacBook Air for more elevated and comfortable lap use. Allsop’s model has a curved design that keeps weight to a minimum and optimizes lap comfort.

For the best MacBook Air deals on the systems themselves, be sure to visit the AppleInsider M1 MacBook Air Price Guide.

Compared: 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 17

As Apple introduces its updated designs of MacBook Pro to the world, some other notebook producers are arguably moving in Apple-like ways. Here’s how the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro compares to the Dell XPS 17.

Compared: New AirPods versus AirPods Pro

Apple has launched a new generation of AirPods that borrow both the design and features of the AirPods Pro. But how do the third-generation AirPods compare to their Pro counterparts?

Hands on with the best new features in macOS Monterey

After months of public and developer beta testing, macOS Monterey is now widely available for download as a free update for many Mac users. We’ve been testing it for quite some time, and these are our favorite features of Apple’s newest release.