Top 7 Best Accessories for the MacBook Pro With Touch Bar
I've been a MacBook user for many years, my wife and kids all have Macs too. There are also many fantastic accessories for Macs out there that can enhance and maximize your portable computer experience, both for fun and usefulness.
I've found that as well as accessories that are useful to buy for oneself; they can also make great gifts for family and friends at birthdays, Christmas, and other life events and celebrations.
Some accessories are all about improving the laptop's appearance, some are just for amusement, but most are about practicality and functionality for me.
Note: This article is aimed at users of the 2016/2017 MacBook Pro model, the newest version with touch bar.
The 7 Best MacBook Pro Accessories (2016/2017 Model)
Here are my selections.
- Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Compact and Well Made Connectivity
- SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive USB Type-C: Easy Portable Data Storage
- Wesimi SD Card Reader Adapter: Convenient and Inexpensive
- Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse: Comfortable and Versatile
- The Grid-It: Slim and Easy Organization
- Pad and Quill Messenger Bag: Style and Luxury
Rain Design mStand: Affordable Ergonomics
I explain my selections in more detail below and give my experiences.
1. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Compact and Well Made Connectivity
Apple took a hit in some quarters for switching to USB-C technology on the new MacBooks (which they named "Thunderbolt 3"). That's a pain if you're like me and want to connect older devices to the Mac.
I get around this with an Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Compact and beautifully constructed, the Elgato is portable enough to keep with me wherever I go.
As well as enabling me to connect, it also keeps the devices charged up, which I like. You can buy an Elgato dock online for around $300.
2. SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive USB Type-C: Easy Portable Data Storage
The SanDisk is great because I can switch the flash drive from USB-C to USB-3 or vice versa easily using a slide setting. That makes transferring data to and from the MacBook very straightforward.
I bought mine for less than $20, a bargain in my opinion.
3. Wesimi SD Card Reader Adapter: Convenient and Inexpensive
The latest MacBook Pro has no slot for an SD card. That's frustrating for people such as my wife who like to use a digital camera. I bought her a Wesimi SD Card Reader Adapter, which solves this problem with very little expense.
The only limitation that I should warn you about with this device is that it can only read one card at a time. That doesn't really impair my wife, but may put off others.
4. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse: Comfortable and Versatile
If you perform a lot of mouse-busy tasks like me, such as video editing or gaming, then it's worth considering an upgrade. I've been using a Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse for the past six months: it's comfortable for all-day use and has all the features that I need.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Apple Magic Mouse (it's my second favorite mouse for my Mac), but the MX Master offers better value for money, and perhaps more importantly, better performance overall.
This mouse is versatile. I generally connect via a USB wireless receiver, but there is also a Bluetooth option, which has come in very useful when I'm away traveling.
5. The Grid-It: Slim and Easy Organization
It was actually my wife that first discovered the Grid-It Organizer. A coworker demonstrated it to her. Knowing how much I've struggled in the past to manage all my gadgets and devices when traveling, she bought me one as a gift.
It really is a great idea. The woven elasticated bands enable me to fasten my cables, adapters, and dongles in any configuration that I want and the size of the Grid-it I use is ideal for carrying in my laptop bag. I can pull it out of the bag and be set up for a meeting the way that I want within a few minutes.
I have a large grey one, but the Grid-it comes in a variety of sizes and colors.
6. Pad and Quill Messenger Bag: Style and Luxury
Over the years I've owned many messenger bags, but the Pad and Quill is easily my favorite. It simply oozes style and luxury and often attracts positive attention when I take it to a business meeting or social situation.
It's handmade with full-grain American leather and comes with a 25-year warranty. The cowhide is beautiful to touch as well as look at. The Pad and Quill is practical too; the padded pocket protects the Mac from scratches or knocks. I can't imagine getting another messenger bag.
7. Rain Design mStand: Affordable Ergonomics
If you're sat at your MacBook Pro for long hours each day like me, then you appreciate that even subtle things like the height and angle of the keyboard and screen can make a big difference to the quality of your user experience.
I use a Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand because as well as improving things like airflow and cooling, it makes typing at my Mac more comfortable, thanks to the screen being raised to eye level and the tilt design.
There is plenty of room under the stand for organized cabling and devices like my hard drive. My cat has been known to make his home under there too on occasion.
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