Just because the word “air” is in your latest iPad’s name doesn’t mean it’s going to float on the ether if (when) you drop it. There isn’t going to be some magical, fluffy cloud protection when you slip it in your work bag or duffel; there is neither a keyboard nor some sort of built-in kickstand. So, clumsy, what’re you supposed to do? How do you keep your pristine investment and advanced piece of technology looking new? How do you keep it accessible and functional in every imaginable way and every imaginable place, from the airplane to the board room to the living room? For starters, you could do worse than picking up one of the best iPad Air cases on the market.

We’ve rounded up 35 of the grandest grippers, gewgaw-laden sleeves, shells, keyboards and folios and parsed them by price. Generally, as you move up the cost spectrum you’ll get more features — keyboards, additional pockets, stands, finer materials and more — so we recommend loosely deciding what you might want out of a case first and then working your way through the list accordingly.

Also, though we need hardly point this out to you smarties, the new iPad Air you just bought is thinner than previous generations (one of the myriad reasons you picked it up, we reckon), and that means that cases for your old iPad might technically fit, but they won’t exactly be form-fitting. We kindly recommend re-gifting your old case to siblings that have yet to upgrade their tablets.

But back to you and the issue of your new case. There’s something here for every taste, every budget and every need. So whether you’re looking to achieve an air of mystery, work in the fresh air or simply put on airs — you know, with your iPad Air — you’ve come to the right place.

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Photive iPad Air Lightweight Hardshell Case

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Supcase iPad Air Slim Hard Shell Leather Case

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i-Blason Apple iPad Air Case

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Gracefulcrafts Padded Camouflage Print iPad Air Sleeve

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MOKO Apple iPad Air Case

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