Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.
...Literally. For some minimalists, even a laptop bag is overkill. Enter Handle-it ($50), a handle made out of aircraft aluminum and leather that attaches directly to your MacBook (MacBook Pro versions also available). When it's not being used for carrying, the Handle-it folds underneath your MacBook and acts as a passive cooler. If you (like us) are wary of drilling holes in your expensive laptop, you'll be pleased to know the Handle-it takes advantage of the existing holes on your MacBook; the attachment kit includes extra-long screws to accommodate the handle's added thickness.
We've carried laptops with built-in handles before, but these were ruggedlaptops designed to handle (pun intended) the inevitable bumps and knocks. We'd worry about carrying our precious MacBook around without some external protection. But that doesn't stop us from wanting one of these.