Best MacBook Accessories for Students iMore 2020
It's getting close to the back-to-school season, when students will be out buying the supplies that will carry them through the next year in their education. For MacBook users, there are a number of great accessories you should think about picking up to enhance your Mac experience, from a great backpack for carrying your computer around to a great portable drive.
- Keep it cool: JanSport Cool Student Backpack
- Budget AirPlay: Fabriq Portable Wireless Speaker
- Pump up the volume: Libratone Zipp Mini
- Keep it closed: Twelve South BookArc vertical stand
- Stand it up: Bestand Aluminum Cooling Stand
- Budget friendly keyboard: Anker Ultra Compact Slim
- Bigger and better: Matias Bluetooth Wireless Aluminum Keyboard
- Portable and speedy: Samsung T5 SSD
- Store everything: LaCie Rugged USB-C external hard drive
- Portable monitor: ASUS ZenScreen monitor
- Less portable, more workspace: HP Envy 27
- Peace and quiet: Beats Studio3
This backpack has enough space to accommodate any MacBook or MacBook Pro, as well as books, pencils, pens, and other school supplies. Features four exterior pockets for various necessities like a portable hard drive or SSD, and is available in several excellent colors.
This tiny speaker supports both Bluetooth and AirPlay, and won't take up a lot of in cramped dorms, nor money out of your wallet. Covered in fabric with three eye-catching patterns, the Fabriq speaker features an active battery life of around five hours.
The Libratone Zipp Mini will fit easily into your living space. It supports Bluetooth and AirPlay 2, and is portable, with an active battery life of around 10 hours.
If you like to use your MacBook with an external monitor, this Twelve South stand is an excellent choice. It stylishly keeps your MacBook from taking up a lot of precious desk space and comes in either silver or space gray.
For those that use your laptop without an external monitor, but want to elevate it and get a little extra cooling, check out Bestand's aluminum cooling stand. Elevating your MacBook at an angle, this stand offers a little extra help keeping your computer cool, and is great for use with external accessories like keyboards and mice.
Taking up minimal desk space, this Anker Bluetooth keyboard is ultra compact and made for Mac users. It can last up to six months on a single charge, and will also work with any iPhone, Android handset, or tablet that you have.
If you need extended functionality in your keyboard, check out This slim Matias offering. Available in gold, silver, and space gray, this keyboard features a full range of keys, including a number pad, and can pair up to four devices, letting you switch between them with a button press.
This solid state drive from Samsung is speedy, tiny, and portable. It also connects using USB-C, making it a perfect companion for your new Mac. Comes with both a USB-A-to-USB-C cable and a USB-C-to-USB-C cable.
LaCie is known for its excellent hard drives, and this one, rugged and with options ranging from 1TB to 5TB of storage, is a fine example of why. With USB-C for fast transfers, this is a perfect drive for your movie and TV show collection, and you should need another one for quite a while.
In a small dorm space, this portable monitor from ASUS is a great external option, particularly if you have a 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Pro. At 15.6 inches, this monitor provides excellent color and enough space for your work, and connects to your MacBook through a single USB-C cable.
If you've got enough space in your dorm, this 27-inch 4K monitor is great for spreading your work out. Can connect over USB-C, and features great colors and quick response time. It's also an anti-glare panel, so you can work without worrying about the sun causing problems.
Need some peace and quiet, or want to listen to music without disturbing the neighbors? These Beats noise-canceling headphones are a great pick. The use Apple's W1 wireless chip for easy pairing to all of your Apple devices, and can quickly switch between them, so you can listen to music on your Mac in the dorm, then quickly switch to your iPhone as you head to class.
For a college student, a lot can center around the bag you carry. Between your MacBook, books, and other supplies, you want something that can fit everything you need. The JanSport Cool Student Backpack has enough space for your MacBook and most other things you'll need at school on a day-to-day basis.
The next thing I'd get is an external drive, whether you want it for backups or storing your movie collection. While it can be a little price compared to a hard drive, the Samsung T5 SSD is small and incredibly fast, a great choice whether you're throwing it in your backpack or using it in your dorm.
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