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The Best MacBook Air Cases and Sleeves

Show off your personality while giving your laptop some protection. The MacBook Air is so slight that you run the risk of throwing it out with the trash. And Apple might be planning to indeed dump it1. But just because Apple’s laptop is thin, light, and covered in goes-with-everything aluminum doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take some knocks in life. After all, it’s designed to travel, especially with the 13-inch model’s2 17.5 hours of battery life and the 11-inch model3 providing the utmost in computing portability.

How you decide to protect your MacBook Air depends on where you’re taking it. A case or a sleeve can offer plenty of protection if you’re constantly jamming your computer into overhead bins on airplanes, but they are also a convenient way to tote your laptop back and forth from writing sessions at the coffee shop. Whatever kind of case you choose, you probably want it to show off your personal style or personality while it’s doing its job. There’s also price point to consider since the range of MacBook Air cases and sleeves goes from less than the taxes you paid on the laptop to nearly the price of it4 once you hit the designer stratosphere.

We’ve put together some of our top choices in 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air cases and sleeves. There are no-nonsense hard cases, bright sleeves with an artistic bent, distinguished-looking leather pouches, cheerful bags, and some futuristic fun among them. So browse through the gallery and if you come across any great finds of your own in your shopping travels, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

Love ’em or hate ’em, chromebooks1 derive their appeal from their simple focus on productivity and affordability. When you add a durable design, it’s easy to see why chromebooks have gained a foothold in classrooms and businesses alike. To that end, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook (starts at $321.75; $704.25 as tested) combines high performance with the durable design of the ThinkPad series to deliver a no-frills experience. The model we tested is significantly more expensive than our current chromebook Editors’ Choice, the Acer Chromebook 142, and lacks extras you’ll find in other models, like convertibility and a touch screen, but it adds a bigger, higher-quality display and more processing firepower. Whether these additions warrant the heftier price tag, however, is up for debate.

Design and Features

Measuring 0.78 by 12.69 by 8.77 inches (HWD), the ThinkPad 13 Chromebook is slightly larger, but thinner than the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook3 (0.87 by 11.9 by 8.5 inches). But aside from its larger screen (and smaller bezel), the ThinkPad 13 doesn’t veer far from the 11e in looks. The body is black plastic with a matte finish that feels smooth to the touch, but easily shows fingerprints after a few days of handling. With a Mil-Spec certified design, the chromebook is built to withstand the bumps and thumps of everyday commutes, as well as extreme environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure, dust, humidity, and vibration. At 3.1 pounds, the ThinkPad 13 is heavier than other rugged rivals like the Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS024 (2.64 pounds) and the Dell Chromebook 11 Non-Touch5 (2.7 pounds). Still, it’s easy to slip into your backpack and light enough that it doesn’t weigh down your average train ride or impede mobility.

The 13.3-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen comes with antiglare coating, and its full HD (1,920-by-1,080p) resolution is a step up from the 1,366 by 768 most chromebooks opt for to keep costs down. In fact, among recent chromebooks, the ThinkPad 13’s screen size is bested only by that of the Acer Chromebook 14 (14 inches; its resolution is also 1,920 by 1,080). The higher resolution is definitely a strong point and not a bad investment considering its just an extra $50. It’s not necessary for basic productivity tasks, however, and if price is a concern, this is one area where you can reduce costs. The ThinkPad 13 doesn’t come with a touch screen and isn’t truly convertible, but like the Asus C202 has a hinge that opens up to 170 degrees so that it lays nearly flat. Presumably, this makes collaboration easier, and if this is an appealing feature, then the full HD IPS screen comes in handy as you don’t have to worry about limited viewing angles.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook

The chiclet-style keyboard is easy to type on and follows the standard chromebook layout, which replaces the top row of function keys with system controls, as well as the Caps Lock key with a Search key. The one-piece touchpad is also responsive and simple to use, and supports multitouch gestures. The speakers, located at the bottom of the chassis, are decent and can get loud enough for a medium-size room. At full volume, you’ll hear some distortion with extremely high or low pitches, but since you’re unlikely to use a chromebook for more than casual viewing, this isn’t really a major problem.

On the right side, the ThinkPad 13 has a Kensington lock slot, two USB-C ports, a SM© USB 3.0 port, and a headphone/microphone jack. The remaining SM© USB 3.0 port and a four-in-one card reader are located on the left. There’s also a 720p webcam in the top bezel. For connectivity, the ThinkPad 13 supports dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Rounding out the features is 32GB of flash memory. That might seem low compared with what you get on traditional laptops, but because Chrome OS relies heavily on cloud storage and Web-based applications, most chromebooks come with either 16GB or 32GB. The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook comes with a one-year warranty.


The ThinkPad 13 Chromebook runs on an Intel Core i5-6300U processor (with integrated Intel HD Graphics 520) and 8GB of memory. With this configuration, the ThinkPad 13 can smoothly stream YouTube videos and handle 15 tabs with no lag. Because chromebooks are intended for light browsing and productivity tasks, this extra processing power, while nice, is not completely necessary. As with the screen resolution, this is an area where, depending on your needs, you could opt for less-powerful components to reduce costs.

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In our battery rundown test, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook lasted 9 hours, 46 minutes. That’s enough to get you through a full day of classes or work, and is a decent but not spectacular result among chromebooks. It’s more than we saw with the Toshiba Chromebook 27 (5:35), the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e (7:35), and the Lenovo 100S (8:09), but well behind the times of the Acer Chromebook R 118 (10:30), Asus Chromebook Flip9 (11: 15), Acer Chromebook 14 (11:50), Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02 (12:05), and the CTL J5 Chromebook10 (12:21).


As far as chromebooks go, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 is a solid performer on every level, but it simply costs too much for a Chrome-based laptop. That’s a big problem considering that affordability is one of the main reasons to buy a chromebook. (Not to mention that, for $700, you can definitely find a good midrange Windows 1011 laptop like the Lenovo ThinkPad 1312 or the Acer Aspire R 1413.) While the base configuration price is more reasonable, there are many less expensive alternatives that perform well. For instance, our Editors’ Choice pick, the Acer Chromebook 14, packs in a larger full HD screen, speedy performance, a metal body, and almost 12 hours of battery life and costs less than $300. So if you want some extra processing power and price isn’t a major consideration, the ThinkPad 13 may be the chromebook for you. Otherwise, you’re better served looking elsewhere.

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Get a 12.5-inch 1080p Lenovo X260 Laptop for 30 Percent Off

Looking for a highly portable laptop that’s built to last? Consider picking up a ThinkPad X260 from Lenovo. This 12.5-inch laptop is sleek, sturdy, and it’s currently on sale for just $902.301. Enter coupon code “SAV30THINKPAD” during checkout, and you’ll save 30 percent off the original asking price.

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In terms of specs, this configuration sports a sixth-generation dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. And the 12.5-inch display? It benefits from a full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, an anti-glare coating, and in-plane switching. Weighing in around three pounds, and measuring only eight-tenths of an inch thick, this laptop is an excellent choice for frequent flyers. Not only is it small and lightweight, but the battery setup is particularly noteworthy. By default, this model features a three-cell 23.2WHr battery in the front and a three-cell 23.2WHr battery in the rear. Better yet, the rear battery is upgradable and hot-swappable. Step up to a six-cell 72WHr rear battery (for an extra fee), and you’ll get up to 21.4 hours on a full charge. And if you plan on being away from outlets for an extended period, you can simply stock up on extra batteries.

When you finally get back to your desk, the ThinkPad X260 makes for a wonderful little workhorse. The mini DisplayPort and HDMI port allow for quick connections to your PC monitor or HDTV, so you can get work done on the big screen. And if you’d like to hook up an external keyboard or hard drive, the three included SM© USB 3.0 ports make expansion a breeze.

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Sony Xperia XR news and rumors

To say that Sony s mobile brand is one dogged by turbulence is a bit of an understatement: The Xperia division recorded a loss of $544 million for the 2015 financial year. That s partly thanks to tribulations brought on by its parent company s continued restructuring it cut 1,000 jobs in Europe and China early last year. But also to blame are an inexplicable series of management missteps: the Xperia Z3+, one of the first smartphones to sport Qualcomm s Snapdragon 810 chipset, was initially plagued by reports of overheating, and when Sony s latest handset, the Z5, became available in North America an off-contract capacity, it bizarrely shipped without a fingerprint sensor. Sony s desperate for a hit, needless to say. Last month, leaked images showed a previously unrevealed Sony handset that s slightly different from the company s established design language. Now we ve got a few renders, and a name the Xperia XR. Here s everything we know so far.


Notable leaker @OnLeaks has released renders1 of Sony s upcoming handset, which he calls the Xperia XR. Take a look at them below, but keep in mind that we cannot verify any of these images or the name of the handset take everything with a grain of salt.

So, here comes the first one #SONY #XPERIAXR (moniker TBC)
Roughly 146.4 71.9 8.1mm

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The smartphone is actually quite similar in looks to the Xperia X there are the same button placements, and the rear camera sits in a familiar place. The top and bottom bezels are a little thick.

Sony Xperia XR News And Rumors

Related: Get more out of your stylish Sony with these Xperia X tips and tricks6

But previous images do show that the handset, which GSM Arena reports7 might be the F8331, features geometry that s a little more angular than this year s Xperia X. The aesthetic might almost be described as brutalist: the phone s top and bottom edges terminate harshly at the edges, and there s no sign of the rounded, sloping corners of the type on the Xperia X. Rather, the prototype s longer edges taper at its front and rear, evoking Nokia s Lumia series of Windows Phones. It s not entirely seamless the phone s rear cover sports a discolored tab near its bottom, presumably to accommodate antennas, and a camera and flash dominate the top-left side. The image s source claims the screen is larger than that on the Xperia X.

Sony Xperia XR News And Rumors

Related: Sony Xperia X review8

It may not be long before Sony blows the lid on its skunkworks phone, though it s scheduled to make an appearance at September s IFA conference in Berlin. And even if it did, it might be bound for destinations overseas: according to leaked documents obtained by Xperia Blog in July9, Sony plans to defocus its mobile business in the United States, India, China, and Brazil in the coming months in favor of alternative East Asian, European, and Middle Eastern countries.


The design renders from @OnLeaks and the leaked images clearly indicate the phone will have a USB Type-C port, a first for Sony. The former leaker also says the Xperia XR will have dimensions of 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1 mm. That s slightly larger than the Xperia X it s dimensions are 142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm. A profiteering user of Nju kalo10, Croatia s dominant classified ads website, has listed11 a unit of the unreleased smartphone for sale.

The seller describes it as a new model of Xperia X Performance, and provided a few specifications. According to the listing, the phone features a 5.1-inch display, 23MP rear-facing camera and 12MP front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, and non-slippery metal housing. A USB Type-C port appears to be on tap and so too does a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Everything else about the Xperia XR remains a big unknown.

Updated on 08-08-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added new leaked renders and the name of Sony s next handset.

Article originally published on 07-25-2016.

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Save More Than $300 on 14-Inch Lenovo ThinkPad T460s Laptop

For a limited time, Lenovo is offering up the 14-inch ThinkPad T460s1 laptop for just $762.302. Simply apply the coupon code “SAV30THINKPAD” in your shopping cart, and you’ll instantly save $326.70 30 percent off the initial asking price.

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With a Skylake CPU, DDR4 RAM, and a solid-state drive, this tiny laptop is quite a steal. Above all else, this model is designed to travel well. It weighs in at roughly three pounds, measures less than a quarter of an inch thick, and delivers respectable battery life. In fact, the ThinkPad T460s comes with two batteries: a three-cell 23.5WHr battery in the front, and a three-cell 26WHr battery in the rear. When both are fully charged, you can get up to ten hours of battery life. If you’re spending most of the day away from your desk, this long-lasting laptop has your back. Spec wise, this configuration features a sixth-generation dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. In addition, the 14-inch display features a full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, and benefits from in-plane switching and an anti-glare coating.

Even when you’re not traveling, this little laptop is fully capable of handling your everyday business needs. With an HDMI port and a mini DisplayPort available, you can easily hook up to your monitor or projector at work. And thanks to the three built-in SM© USB 3.0 ports, you can add additional storage or use your preferred peripherals.

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