No MacBook is an island. While your Apple laptop, whether it’s a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, running on Intel or Apple’s latest M1 silicon, is a productivity powerhouse in itself, if you want to use the MacBook to its full potential you’ll need some additional hardware. After all, the late models of these popular machines only have Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C ports, which means you’ll need some extra gear to work around their minimalist style.
We’ve compiled a list of MacBook accessory choices that will help you save time and money (or even disaster). Take a look at them below.
1). USB-C to USB Adapter
The USB-C to USB Adapter allows you to attach iOS devices and several standard USB accessories to a Mac that supports USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C).
Attach your flash drive, camera, or other standard USB devices to the USB-C end of the adapter, which should be plugged into a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on your Mac. You can also sync and charge your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or any other accessories using a USB cable.
2). USB C To Lightning Cable
If you ever need to charge your iPhone directly from your MacBook Pro or Air or need to download a large video without waiting for a wireless file transfer, a wired connection is always the best option.
Consider upgrading your Lightning cable instead of depending on the standard (cheap) one that came with your iPhone.
3). USB-C Hub
Both MacBook Pro models and the MacBook Air with Retina display are compatible with the Type-C Pro Hub. When plugged in, this MacBook adapter has the same finish as the Apple notebook, so it looks amazing.
The device is built to fit into each of the MacBook’s USB-C connectors on the left side. There are two USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, an 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, and an HDMI port on the unit. The HDMI port supports a 4K resolution at 30Hz for an external monitor, and the multi-function USB-C port supports a 5K resolution at 60Hz for an external monitor.
4). An External Hard Drive
Western Digital’s My Passport portable Hard drive, which is extremely sleek and ultra-compact, can offer fast data read-and-write speeds on your MacBook via a USB-C 3.2 port. The device, which comes in a variety of colors and has up to 2TB of storage, supports 256-bit encryption and will keep your data secure. We like that the My Passport Hard drive comes with a 3-year warranty from WD.
5). Portable Charger
Have you ever been on the road with your MacBook and needed to finish a critical assignment with a nearly dead battery and no power outlets insight? You’ll learn to bring a USB-C portable battery pack like the RAVPower PD Pioneer 20,000mAh 60-Watt Portable Charger after the first time it happens.
You can charge your laptop and phone simultaneously with this device (model RP-PB201), which has one Power Delivery (PD) port and one QuickCharge (QC) port. Its 60-watt PD output allows it to charge your Apple laptop just as quickly as the initial charger, taking a 13-inch MacBook Pro to 60% charge in under an hour.
6). Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse
The trackpads on Apple’s MacBook are known for having some of the best touchpad experiences on any laptop. Apple’s track record with external mice has unfortunately been hit or miss.
The Logitech MX Master 3 (Rs.8,162.00) isn’t the smallest or lightest Bluetooth mouse for macOS, but it’s one of the most comfortable, customizable, and sensitive mice available. This wireless mouse works on nearly any surface thanks to Logitech’s Darkfield 4,000dpi sensor (even a glass table at a fashionable coffee shop). The MX Master 3’s battery would last an entire workday after just three minutes of charging thanks to USB-C fast charging. Logitech claims it can run up to 70 days in a full charge.
7). Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s small wireless AirPods (Rs. 14,900 with charging case, Rs. 18,900 with wireless charging case) have been a runaway success with iPhone users, but they’re just as useful for MacBook users. These handy earbuds attach via Bluetooth to your laptop or smartphone and provide up to five hours of listening time on a single charge.
However, we prefer their updated Pro edition. The AirPods Pro has a customizable fit, sweat and water resistance, and active noise cancellation for Rs. 24,900.
8). Satechi 75W Dual Type-C PD Travel Charger
In an attempt to minimize carbon emissions and the mining and use of precious materials, Apple has stopped including chargers for new iPhones. It’s only a matter of time before Apple stops including chargers with MacBook now that they can be charged via USB-C.
Thanks to two USB-C PD ports, one 60-watt, and one 18-watt, you can charge your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air and a USB-C smartphone at the same time with the Satechi 75W Dual Type-C PD Travel Charger. This adapter also has two USB-A ports that charge at 2.4 amps if you’re still using legacy devices that charge via USB-A.
9). A Protection Case Or Sleeve For Your MacBook
It’s always a good idea to invest in a protective bag, sleeve, or snap-on case for your highly expensive machine. There is no lack of MacBook Pro cases on the market, but with so many options, finding one that looks fine, protects well, and suits your budget can be difficult. There are two types of MacBook cases: those that are permanently connected and those that are not. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and the best case for you will be determined by how and where you use your laptop.
A sleeve, padded shell, or backpack with a padded laptop compartment is the way to go if you’re just looking for safety in transit. It’ll protect your MacBook when it’s most vulnerable, without adding bulk or weight the rest of the time. Look for a hard-shell case that remains securely attached at all times if you’re concerned about drops and spills around the home, office, or nearby coffee shop.
This may seem like an odd addition to our list of MacBook accessories, but accidents do happen when it comes to electronic devices. Although AppleCare+ isn’t something you’ll use every day, it might be the most important addition to your laptop in the event of a drop or an electrical surge.
Apple’s limited warranty covers new MacBook Pro and Air models with 90 days of free technical assistance and one year of hardware repair. AppleCare+ for Mac expands the coverage to three years and adds two cases of unintended injury coverage for Rs.8,900 for screen or enclosure damage and Rs.25,900 for other damage. And 24/7 phone and chat access to Apple tech support experts.