Top 7 Best Accessories for the MacBook Pro With Touch Bar

Updated on January 29, 2018
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Paul's passion for computer technology began over thirty years ago. He taught digital media studies for many years in the UK..

The author and MacBook. Accessories are a great way to enhance the versatility of a MacBook, in my experience. I use them to either work around the built-in limitations, or to create new new user options. I consider my own accessories to be essential
The author and MacBook. Accessories are a great way to enhance the versatility of a MacBook, in my experience. I use them to either work around the built-in limitations, or to create new new user options. I consider my own accessories to be essential | Source

I've been a MacBook user for many years, my wife and kids all have Macs as well. 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.

  1. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Compact and Well Made Connectivity
  2. SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive USB Type-C: Easy Portable Data Storage
  3. Wesimi SD Card Reader Adapter: Convenient and Inexpensive
  4. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse: Comfortable and Versatile
  5. The Grid-It: Slim and Easy Organization
  6. Pad and Quill Messenger Bag: Style and Luxury
  7. Rain Design mStand: Affordable Ergonomics

I explain my selections in more detail below and give my experiences.

I use an Elgato to keep my older devices connected. It's well made and compact dock that I take with me wherever I go. At home, it's pretty much in permanent use, but also useful when I go on business trips or vacation.
I use an Elgato to keep my older devices connected. It's well made and compact dock that I take with me wherever I go. At home, it's pretty much in permanent use, but also useful when I go on business trips or vacation.

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.

I use a SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive when I want to store and transfer data. The great thing about this flash drive is that you can switch it between USB-C and USB-3 using a slider to enable the setting that you want. The drive is inexpensive.
I use a SanDisk Ultra 32GB Dual Drive when I want to store and transfer data. The great thing about this flash drive is that you can switch it between USB-C and USB-3 using a slider to enable the setting that you want. The drive is inexpensive.

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.

If you are having problems because the latest MacBook has no slot for reading SD cards, and you don't want to spend a lot of money on a multi-port docking device, then I would recommend the Wesimi USB C Memory Card Adapter.
If you are having problems because the latest MacBook has no slot for reading SD cards, and you don't want to spend a lot of money on a multi-port docking device, then I would recommend the Wesimi USB C Memory Card Adapter.

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.

In my experience, the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse provides a comfortable user experience along with plenty of features. It offers excellent value for money and even outperforms the Apple Magic Mouse in my opinion.
In my experience, the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse provides a comfortable user experience along with plenty of features. It offers excellent value for money and even outperforms the Apple Magic Mouse in my opinion.

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.

The Grid-it Organizer is such a great idea. I use it to organize all my devices, cables, adapters whenever I go anywhere. The Grid-it is easy to store in my laptop bag and I can take it out and be up and ready to go within a few minutes.
The Grid-it Organizer is such a great idea. I use it to organize all my devices, cables, adapters whenever I go anywhere. The Grid-it is easy to store in my laptop bag and I can take it out and be up and ready to go within a few minutes.

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.

The Pad and Quill messenger bag provides stylish protection for my MacBook. I love the leather look and feel. This bag is durable too and comes with a 25 year warranty.
The Pad and Quill messenger bag provides stylish protection for my MacBook. I love the leather look and feel. This bag is durable too and comes with a 25 year warranty.

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.

The Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand is an excellent accessory for those of us who sit at our MacBooks for long periods of time. Typing and viewing are more comfortable. The stand also allows better airflow and cooling.
The Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand is an excellent accessory for those of us who sit at our MacBooks for long periods of time. Typing and viewing are more comfortable. The stand also allows better airflow and cooling.

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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        jamelcadle 2 months ago

        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...

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        Eslam Elewa 17 months ago from United States

        Mac Pro still the best but there are some touch screen laptops like microsot surface that very good

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