My laptop weighs about 20 pounds. OK, I’m exaggerating, but at about 3 years old, it’s already completely outdated, clunky and ready for retirement. Laptops are getting smaller and lighter – something I remember wishing for when I used to travel for work quite a bit. I’d love to get my hands on a new, ultra-fast lightweight laptop. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love my tablet for watching movies and playing games, but I need something more robust to get my work done when I’m on the go (or on the couch!).
To complement the new breed of laptops, a slew of new must-have accessories has arisen. Gone are the giant briefcase-like chunky laptop bags that look like, well, laptop bags. In their place are stylish and slim laptop sleeves and bags — the perfect complementary gift this year for a workaholic, frequent traveler, or student.
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From fur-lined nylon to ultra-skinny, here are some top protective sleeve picks so that you can stick your laptop in your suitcase, briefcase or backpack with no worries. From top left, clockwise: 15″ Alloy Sleeve by Incase, 13″ Grey Wool Felt Sleeve by Byrd & Belle, The Skinny Sleeve from Acme Made, TrimSleeve by Speck.
And beyond cases, you’ll want to pick up a few accessories to use with your laptop, such as headphones, wireless speakers or a portable hard drive… here are a few of our favorite add-ons to stuff inside your new bag next to your laptop.
From top left, clockwise: Wooden headphones by Thinksound, Jambox wireless Bluetooth speaker by Jawbone, Tracks headphones by AIAIAI, Plattan and Tanto headphones from Urbanears, GoFlex Slim Hard Drive by Seagate.