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MacBook Air Accessories

In addition to software, Apple offers a bunch of fun and functional accessories you can purchase to ensure your MacBook Air suits all your needs. For instance, speakers will help you share your music with the world, while headphones will allow you to keep your tunes to yourself. If you want to make the most of Garage Band or Logic Studio software, you can get a music keyboard, DJ controller or guitar input for creating music of your own.

A popular add-on for Air owners is the MacBook Air SuperDrive, an external CD/DVD drive. It allows you to load software, listen to CDs, watch DVDs or burn to disks -- all things you'd be unable to do with the MacBook Air alone. The tiny SuperDrive connects via USB cable, and at around $80 it's a practical purchase if you find you ever need to use a CD or DVD [source: Apple].

If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you might want an external keyboard and mouse to ease the clicking and typing process. Apple also offers both as wireless so you don't have to fuss with a bunch of cords. Pair those with an additional big-screen monitor and you can browse the Web from 10 feet away.

If you're worried about data loss, Time Capsule is an external automatic computer backup device that will ensure you never lose any important files, even if you break or lose your computer. Available in 2 TB and 3 TB models, it would be difficult to run out of storage space. The best part is that Time Capsule is wireless, so you don't even have to hook up your computer to ensure your files are safe.

One of the great things about owning a laptop is its portability -- even if it's just carrying it from room to room in your home. The MacBook Air comes with built-in wireless capabilities, so it'll work with your home's wireless network. Not hooked up to wireless? Apple has that covered with the Airport Extreme Base Station, a device to send your Internet signal into the airwaves and make sure you're connected whether you're at your desk or lounging on the couch.

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