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The best Apple MacBook accessories
It’s almost impossible to go to a Starbucks and not see someone with a MacBook. What you’ll see less often are their MacBook’s accessories.
If you’re looking at buying one, you might want to consider picking up some accessories. From earbuds and external storage to a portable battery and mouse, here are the best MacBook accessories you can buy today.
The best MacBook accessories:
Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best MacBook accessories as new accessories launch.
1. Apple AirPods
They’re not the best-sounding true wireless earbuds, but the Apple AirPods are known for their convenience with Apple products. Once you pair them to an iCloud-connected Apple device, all your other Apple devices automatically pair with the AirPods. Airpods are almost quintessential to the Apple ecosystem and are one of the best MacBook accessories out there.
Apart from convenience, the AirPods feature five hours of battery life and an extra 19 hours from the charging case. The latest model features a Qi-compatible charging case, though you can save some money and pick up the AirPods with a regular charging case.
2. Samsung T5 Portable SSD
MacBooks start at 256GB of storage, so a drive with some extra space on it is one of the best accessories for MacBooks.
Thanks to Samsung’s V-NAND flash memory and USB-C, the T5 Portable SSD provides transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s. Even better, the external SSD delivers the speeds mentioned above while weighing only 1.8 ounces and coming in at 0.41-inches thick.
T5 Portable SSD storage sizes include 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, though we recommend getting at least 500GB of storage. Prices start at $89.99 for the 500GB model and go up to $279.99 for the 2TB model.
3. SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C
If getting an external HDD or SSD is too much money for your wallet, take a look at the affordable SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive flash drive.
The flash drive features transfer speeds of up to 150MB/s. You can manage files normally on your MacBook and with the SanDisk Memory Zone app on your smartphone. Best of all, the flash drive is compatible with USB-A ports for incredible versatility. This is one of the best MacBook accessories because its versatility makes it powerful for any file transferring needs.
Prices for the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive start at $9.29 for the 16GB version and go up to $39.99 for the 256GB version.
4. Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2
An all-USB-C life isn’t yet as glamorous as Apple claims it to be. After all, people still have use for the SD card slot, regular USB ports, and HDMI. That’s where the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 comes in, which restores many of the ports you lost by going with the newer MacBooks.
The adapter features three USB 3.0 ports, separate slots for microSD and SD cards, a USB-C port for pass-through charging, an HDMI port, and even a gigabit Ethernet port. The HDMI port supports output up to 4K resolution at 30Hz. Finally, the USB-C port supports up to 60W of output.
The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is available for $79.99.
5. Anker Powercore III Elite bundle
Anker’s charging products are incredibly high quality. This charging bundle scores you an 87w wall charging brick and a 65w power bank with 4 ports so your devices will never run out of juice. Those wattages are more than enough for a MacBook air and even for some MacBook Pros.
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At $159.99, this one’s a steal, and it’s an excellent accessory for any MacBook owner. A USB-C to C cable is included, but keep reading to find the perfect cable to couple with this bundle.
6. AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve
For those who don’t like their laptops enclosed in a plastic case, the next best option for protection is a laptop sleeve. Laptop sleeves are generally inexpensive, with one of the better options coming from Amazon’s AmazonBasics accessory line.
As the name implies, the AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve features a felt exterior. There’s also a velcro closure and soft suede interior to keep the laptop safe and secure. As a nice bonus, there’s a second pocket to put away essential accessories, such as pens and a small notebook.
The AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve comes in 11-, 13-, and 15.4-inch sizes. Pricing starts at $9.80 for the 11-inch version and goes up to $14.39 for the 15.4-inch version.
7. Logitech MX Master 3
The latest entry in Logitech’s excellent MX Master line of computer mice, the MX Master 3, is much more than meets the eye. We tested this one ourselves, and it’s one of the best MacBook accessories. Its ergonomic design, extra buttons, and side-scrolling wheel enable faster productivity.
More important are its software features. The MX Master 3’s support for Logitech Flow means you can control multiple computers with the same mouse and compatible keyboard. You can even transfer files between connected computers. Also, you can configure the MX Master 3 with app-specific workflows and shortcuts. See our review here
8. Anker PowerLine+ II USB-C to Lightning
Weirdly, Apple has stubbornly stuck with Lightning for the iPhones, yet its latest MacBooks only have USB-C ports. One of the best MacBook accessories will be one that can charge your iPhone on the go. The Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to Lightning cable is a great fit for that.
The cable measures six feet in length and supports Apple’s 29W, 30W, 61W, and 87W USB-C power adapters. The MFi certification means the cable shouldn’t give you any issues when connected to an iPhone. Finally, the double-braided cable can supposedly withstand 30,000 bends. Talk about durability, huh?
9. Rain Design mStand
Some folks, including myself, sit in front of a computer all day to get their work done. If you’re one of those people, give your neck a break and pick up the Rain Design mStand laptop stand.
The mStand raises your MacBook 5.9 inches off your desk. That way, you’re not hunched over or looking down at your screen all day. The single-piece aluminum design means you don’t have to worry about durability, while the two-inch hole in the back allows for some cable management.
10. Logitech K780
The new MacBooks’ butterfly keyboards are generally OK, but they can be a bit uncomfortable for longer typing sessions. That’s where the Logitech K780 wireless keyboard comes in to alleviate any discomfort.
Connected over Bluetooth or the included USB dongle, the K780 supports Logitech’s Flow software. With Flow, you can type, copy, paste, and move files across computers. The function is made more accessible with the full-size keyboard and number pad. As a bonus, there’s even an integrated phone and tablet stand.
If you’re pairing your laptop with a stand like the one above, an external keyboard makes for one of the best accessories for MacBooks.