Paul's passion for computer technology began over thirty years ago. He taught digital media studies for many years in the UK..
I've been a MacBook user for many years, my wife and kids also have Macs. 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.
Top 7 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
- Anker SD Card Reader Adapter: Convenient and Inexpensive
- Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse: Comfortable and Versatile
- The Grid-It: Slim and Easy Organization
- 6. DHK Vintage Leather Messenger Bag: Comfort and Style
- 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
Another connectivity issue that I've encountered with the latest MacBook is with data storage and transfer. One easy way to get around this is with a SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive, I've found.
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. Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader: 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 an Anker SD Card Reader, which solves this problem with minimal expense.
The only limitation that I should warn you about with this device is that it can only read one SD card at a time (there's one slot for SD and a second for Micro SD). 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 Cocoon Grid-It: Slim and Easy Organization
It was actually my wife that first discovered the Cocoon Grid-It Organizer. A lady that she works with 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. DHK Vintage Leather Messenger Bag: Comfort and Style
Over the years I've owned many messenger bags, but the DHK Vintage Leather Computer Satchel is easily my favorite. It simply oozes comfort and style, and often attracts positive attention when I take it to a business meeting or a social situation.
There's plenty of room for a MacBook in the spacious middle compartment, plus lots of room for other stuff. There's a handle and a comfortable shoulder strap for carrying. This really is an exceptional bag for the price, I bought mine for under $70 online and have been really pleased with the quality ever since.
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.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Paul Goodman
jamelcadle on February 08, 2018:
Thaks to your review what I need now is Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock)) and Thule Gauntlet)) Also, here's another good review of some MacBook Pro accessories: https://macblogger.org/accessories/best-macbook-pr...
Eslam Elewa from United States on November 06, 2016:
Mac Pro still the best but there are some touch screen laptops like microsot surface that very good