Accessories are a key part of getting the most out of your MacBook or MacBook Pro, so we’ve gathered together some of the absolute essentials you’ll need. Everything from docking stations, stands, mice and chargers are included on this list for you to peruse.
Not everything here is official Apple product too as, while it can be nice to have everything all the same and uniform, you can often save a good bit of money if you go for a reliable third-party brand instead. And then do you know what that means? More accessories!
Anyway, this should get you off to a good start if you’ve only just purchased a MacBook or are a long-time owner looking for something new and interesting. Have a browse below and see what you think.
Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Docking Station
A MacBook’s Thunderbolt ports may come with their own set of benefits but they also limit your options for connecting additional devices to your laptop. You can buy the odd adapter for your ethernet, HDMI and USB needs, or plump for a single box to cover everything at once.
The Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Docking Station has connections for up to eight different devices, including USB A and C, audio in and out, ethernet and display port. It also supplies power to all devices too, so there’s no need for an extra power supply. It costs a fair chunk of change, but there is a cheaper £179.99 version also available with just Thunderbolt 1 and 2 compatibility.
Apple Magic Mouse 2
The MacBook’s built-in trackpad is decent for straightforward work but sometimes you just can’t beat a proper mouse. The Magic Mouse 2 is an ideal option: it’s lightweight, wireless, fully-rechargeable and looks as sleek as the smoothest stone.
Also, with OSX’s gesture integration the option to swipe between web pages and scroll through documents is super easy.
Inateck MacBook Sleeve Case Cover
If you’re handing over a not insignificant bundle of money for a MacBook or MacBook Pro then you’ll want to do your best to look after it. Investing in a good protective cover is all part of that.
Inateck’s carry covers come in a range of options depending on the size of your MacBook to keep it nice and snug. Five layers of protection offer shock resistance, a soft lining to prevent dents and scratches, and a spill-resistant exterior. You also get additional storage space for extra bits and bobs – perhaps some of the other accessories on this very list!
AKmac MacBook Pro / Air Charger
Replacement chargers for MacBooks can be an expensive little surprise when your current one decides to pack it in or go walkies. For the safety of your device, it might seem sensible to just stick with the official product, until you see the money you can save with a different brand that does the job just as well.
AKmac has a range of chargers that support various versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air all for around £25. Concerns about their safety can be put to rest too: all are fully-certified and include a number of features to guard against overloading and short-circuiting. Just double check which model you need for your device first to ensure it’ll support it.
Twelve South BookArc for MacBook
How about a stand for when you just want to sit and admire your purchase? OK, maybe not. The Twelve South BookArc does actually have more of a practical use than that. The stand will elevate your MacBook off your desk giving it a proud place by your side while ensuring it’s kept clear of any accidental drinks spillages and leaving all the ports within easy access.
This is especially handy for those times when you want to take everything in on a bigger screen and leave the MacBook in closed clamshell mode. It looks very swish too while taking up very little space on your desktop. Alongside the standard silver, you can also find it in both wood finish and space grey depending on stock.
Some useful items there that should make your MacBook use all the more satisfying – and hopefully save you a few pounds in the process.