Best MacBook Pro Accessories iMore 2020
New computers inevitably call for accessories. Still, when it comes to Apple's MacBook Pro, they're especially vital: The computer's USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports may find you needing dongles, entirely new devices, and more. Here are the best accessories you can get to make sure you get the most out of your MacBook Pro!
- USB-C Hub: Satechi Multi-port adapter
- Stand for your MacBook Pro: Twelve South Bookarc
- USB-C external drive: G-Technology G-Drive 1TB
- Heavy-duty case: i-Blason ArmorBox
- Get power all the time!: Power adapter extension cable
- Bluetooth earbuds: AirPods
- Beautiful USB-C monitor: LG 27UK850-W
- Carry it in style: Waterfield Field Muzetto
- Wired headphones: Bose QuietComfort 25 NoiseCancelling Headphones
Satechi's multi-port adapter doesn't support high-speed data transfer or dual-4K displays. Still, it does have just about everything else you'd need to run your peripherals with your MacBook Pro, like SD and microSD card readers, 4K HDMI, Gigabit, and three USB-A ports.
When you're not using your MacBook Pro, you need somewhere to put it where it can be up and 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. This also lets you use your laptop in "closed-clamshell" mode, which means you can connect an external display, a keyboard, and a mouse, and use your laptop as a desktop.
The G-Drive by G-Technology is an excellent USB-C hard drive for most people. It has 1TB of storage and features a quick drive speed of 7200RPM, with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s, thanks to USB 3.1. Comes in silver, as well as Apple-exclusive colors: gold, rose gold, and space gray.
i-Blason's ultra-protective case for the MacBook Pro is specially designed to be drop-resistant and shock-absorbent. It has beveled ridges along the corners to make it look spacey and cool. The bottom features vents to help keep from overheating and little rubber feet to raise it just a smidge. There is a scratch-resistant protective sheet that covers the top of the case to keep your MacBook Pro protected from scratches and scuffs.
The MacBook Pro has a decent battery, but let's be honest — if you're going to work at a café for long periods, you may want to plug in. Though Apple's traditional brick charger isn't the worst option for supplying power, its cord can be too short — or the brick too bulky — in some circumstances. This cord gives you an extra-long reach, ensuring you can find a plug to juice up your MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro still comes with a headphone jack — but Bluetooth headphones like Apple's AirPods are often a much nicer proposition. There are lots of great Bluetooth headphones options out there, but the $159 AirPods are especially nice if you plan on using them with multiple Apple devices due to the simpler and fast pairing, thanks to Apple's H1 chip.
LG's latest 4K display is perfectly sized for most people at 27-inches. It supports a wide range of peripherals, including USB-C, USB-A, DisplayPort, HDMI, and standard headphones. The best part of this monitor is its ability to power your MacBook while acting as a display so that your battery does not limit you. It can even power the 13-inch MacBook Pro with ease (though it struggles to keep the 15-inch MacBook Pro juiced up more than a trickle during use).
The Waterfield Field Muzetto is handmade in San Francisco; it costs more than your usual bag, but it sure is worth it. The bag is waxed, cotton canvas that repels water, a padded inner compartment holds your laptop, and another front pouch for accessories. If you like the vertical, flip-style for over your shoulder, check out the Field Muzetto.
If you don't mind giving up the wireless option, you can save some money on brand-name headphones. Get the deep, powerful Bose sound, noise cancellation, and comfortable cans for a pleasant travel experience. You can shut the world out when you're out on the road, or just working in your favorite café.
Accessories can take your MacBook Pro to the next level
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.
Take the Satechi Multi-port adapter as an example. This USB-C hub ensures you don't need to buy a plethora of other dongles to use your MacBook Pro with all your favorite and most used peripherals. It only uses one of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports featured on the 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 Field Muzetto can make carrying your MacBook Pro, all your accessories, and even some smaller items everywhere with you. 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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