Best MacBook Pro accessories 2023: add-ons and extras for the perfect Mac set up
The MacBook Pro is Apple's signature laptop. Available in three sizes, the MacBook Pro is even better when matched with accessories. Whether you're looking for external hard drives, cables, cases, and more, the following are the best MacBook Pro accessories on the market today. Use them with your 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) or 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021).
Plug them in
Satechi has a wide selection of adapters for the MacBook Pro. These vary significantly by price, depending on the number of available ports. Find the one that's right for your situation.
Carry all of your MacBook Pro accessories in style with the Tech Folio. It's ideally suited for storing adapters, cords and cables, power chargers, SD cards, an external drive, earbuds, and more. Choose from 1050 Denier ballistic nylon or waxed canvas with a full-grain leather accent.
Stand for your MacBook Pro
When you're not using your MacBook Pro, you need somewhere to put it where it can be out of harm's way. Twelve South's Bookarc is the perfect solution. This arc-shaped stand holds your MacBook Pro up on its side, which clears up desk space and keeps your laptop safe from someone putting something down on top of it.
Protect your investment
Incase Designs makes some of the best hardshell cases for MacBook Pro. Designed to cover the front and back of the laptop, open and shut, the case typically comes in black, clear, and Ice Pink. Be sure to purchase the one that's compatible with your MacBook.
Classic external drive
Seagate is one of the biggest providers of internal and external hard drives. Its lineup of external hard drives continues to grow with each passing year. They are great for backup purposes or as an extra storage location for your network. Find the one with the amount of storage that matches your needs. Black Friday Apple deals are a great place to start this time of year to find some nice discounts.
The MacBook Pro still comes with a headphone jack — but Bluetooth headphones like Apple's AirPods are often a much nicer proposition. There are many great Bluetooth headphones options, but the base model AirPods (2nd-generation) are especially nice if you plan to use them with multiple Apple devices due to the more straightforward and fast pairing, thanks to Apple's H1 chip.
Universal charging time
This cable will support all of your Apple devices as it comes with three interchangeable adaptor heads Flat Universal comes with detachable adaptor heads for USB-A, Lightning and Micro USB ports. The heads can be easily swapped so you have the choice of charging USB-C to Lightning, USB-C to Micro USB, USB-C to USB-C, USB-A to Lightning, USB-A to USB-C or USB-A to Micro USB. There's also a travel pouch included.
Available for all MacBook sizes, this messenger bag has it all. Made with full-grain leather and handmade in Spain, the bag offers built-in cords and pen slots, a dedicated tablet pocket, soft fabric lining, and much more. It's available in three colors, black, tan, and deep brown.
Ideally suited for the Mac Studio, the new Apple Studio Display nonetheless works with other computers. It features three USB-C that lets you connect, power, and charge devices. The Thunderbolt port connects to your Mac with a single cable. The same port is also available to charge compatible Mac notebooks. The 27-inch display offers 5120x2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch.
Carry it in style
The Waterfield Tuck Backpack is handmade in San Francisco; it costs more than your usual bag, but it sure is worth it. The bag is an updated version of a European military rucksack. It works perfectly with the 13-, 14-, and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
The WH-1000XM3 are some of the best active noise canceling (ANC) headphones on the market, period. In addition to stellar ANC, the battery lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge with fast charging capabilities. The sound signature out of the box is warm and dark. While smooth and even, the bass is boosted quite a bit, giving it its warm sound signature.
Inexpensive yet brilliant
The Satechi M1 Wireless Mouse offers a Bluetooth 4.0 connection and a rechargeable Type-C port, all in a modern, ergonomic design. In addition, it's available in various colors, including blue, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and others.
Accessories can take your MacBook Pro to the next level
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You likely don't need every accessory on this list, but a few key accessories allow you to work harder, play longer, and use your MacBook Pro to its fullest potential all the time. Just remember that the best MacBook Pro accessories are the ones that fit into your life and make it easier to do the things you do every day.
Take the Satechi Multi-Port Adapter as an example. This USB-C hub ensures you don't need to buy many other dongles to use your MacBook Pro with all your favorite and most used peripherals. In addition, it only uses one of the three Thunderbolt 4 ports featured on the latest MacBook Pro, which means you can still use your other ports for charging.
The MacBook Pro is portable, and getting a high-quality laptop bag, like the Waterfield Tuck Backpack, can make carrying your MacBook Pro, all your accessories, and even some smaller items everywhere with you. In addition, this bag will last you a long time, and it protects your MacBook Pro from a light drizzle, so you don't have to fear the rain.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.