5 Awesome & Easy “Pimp My Laptop” Ideas
From laptop skins to etchings to USB accessories, there is no limit to the ways you can pimp your laptop to make it look and feel just the way you want it to. From removable to permanent changes, there are all sorts of ways you can change your laptop’s appearance, and geek out to your heart’s content.
Adding a personal touch to your laptop can be the best way to add a little bit of edge to your gear, and we’ve rounded up some of the best places to go to do just that.
1. Skins and Decals
Easily removable laptop decals and skins are a great way to change up your laptop without making any permanent changes. When purchasing, just make sure that they are easily removable, otherwise, you’ll be stuck with that sticker for as long as you have the laptop.
Gelaskins sells a wide variety of laptop skins for Mac and PC laptops which will cost you $30 each. You can pick from the existing artwork, which includes surreal, abstract, photorealistic, and more. If Gelaskin’s selection doesn’t appeal to you, you can upload your own art or photography to create a skin.
You can also buy skins for your iPad, iPhone, Samsung phone, Amazon Kindle, Microsoft Surface, and more.
Amazon carries a wide selection of laptop skins and decals, and if you’re already a Prime member, you can get them shipped to you in two days for free. In addition to full skins that cover the entire laptop, you can buy a variety of stickers that say something about your interests or who you are.
You can also find a wide selection, or design your own on Redbubble [Broken URL Removed], Zazzle, and Etsy.
2. Hard Cases
Decals won’t protect your laptop from scratches and dents. If your priority is to keep your laptop protected, you can do it in style with hardshell cases. While not permanent, once you get that hard case on, it’s not the kind of thing you’re going to want to take on and off until you’re ready to ditch it.
Speck has a wide selection of sleeves and hard cases for Macbooks, along with phones, tablets, and Kindle e-readers. The laptop hard cases come in a variety of see-through colors with options for the entire Apple line. The case itself is a two-part case that snaps onto the top and bottom of your laptop.
Speck’s products are popular, and for good reason, but they don’t come cheap. A Macbook SmartShell case sets you back at least $49.95. You can get two-day shipping on the Speck website for $5, while standard shipping is free and will take 3 to 5 business days.
If you prefer not to make any long-term changes to your laptop, you can opt for a neoprene, cloth, or even a hard case sleeve.
The heavy duty Thule Gauntlet MacBook sleeve fits the 13″ MacBook pro. While it may not be the prettiest option out there, if you live a rugged lifestyle, and your priority is keeping your laptop safe, this case will do the trick.
Amazon Basic’s neoprene sleeve is functional and gets the job done. Ranging in size from 7 to 17.3 inches, it comes in five colors: black, blue, gray, purple, and navy. The sleeves cost around $6 to $12.
If you want more options to choose from and are willing to spend a little more money Rickshaw laptop sleeves come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.
If your laptop sleeve is an extension of your style, Etsy is probably the best option for finding something with character. Bertie’s Closet, a highly rated LA-based Etsy store carries a variety of gorgeous laptop and tablet sleeves that will fit just about any brand.
4. Keyboard and Mouse Accessories
Beyond the laptop itself, you can accessorize your laptop add-ons.
If you prefer to use a mouse with your laptop, there’s no limit to the cool mousepads you can find. The Knock Knock 5 Days a Week mousepad looks cool and will help you be more productive.
If you prefer a blank canvas, Rhodia also offers a mousepad you can write on.
Keyboard covers and stickers can change the look of your laptop or they can also serve a function. Urban Outfitters’ $12 Unicorn Magic Keyboard Cover [Broken URL Removed], for example, will make a pretty addition to your keyboard.
Keyboard stickers can serve a purpose like adding the alphabet of a non-latin language like Arabic or making it easy to remember keyboard shortcuts for a particular program, like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Excel, for example.
If you have a certain style in your office, that style can extend to your mouse. The white and gold Jelly Comb Slim Wireless Mouse, for example, will look like a part of your decor.
If your style is more Iron Man than chic, Think Geek’s Iron Man gaming mouse might get your attention.
5. USB Accessories
USB Accessories are another easy way to get all those little extras you might need to have around you while you’re working on your laptop.
Cool yourself down in the summer with a USB fan that you can keep next to your laptop.
Alternatively, you can keep a chilled drink in a USB LED beverage cooler.
If you’re in a festive mood, USB Christmas tree will add a bit of warmth to your surroundings. Another fun option is a programmable USB LED message board. If you want something more practical, you could opt for a USB keyboard vacuum.
With just a little bit of creativity, you can really personalize your workspace, whether it’s by jazzing up your laptop or using it as a way to power other cool gadgets. And to make your laptop more functional, check out the best docking stations .
What items would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments.
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