So, you’ve just got yourself a brand new shiny MacBook, now’s the time to make the most of it by getting all the essential accessories. Enhance your user experience with our top 10 must-haves:
A Hard Wearing Case
MacBook’s are an expensive investment and getting them repaired isn’t cheap, so keep it as safe as possible with a case. Shop around for the most durable case, silicone ones are popular because they are extremely robust and they leave no scratches once you take it off.
We recommend the Incase Hardshell Case for your MacBook. Protect and personalize your MacBook with Incase’s lightweight, form-fitting Hardshell Case. It delivers protection without sacrificing access to ports, lights, and buttons.
Portable Hard Drive
You need to back up your data. That’s a given no matter what laptop or computer you’re working from. You can get hard drives with an impressive 2TB of data nowadays in a convenient handheld device, more than enough for the average person.
We recommended the WD 1TB MyPassport Mac USB-C External Hard Drive. Designed for Mac and ready to be used with Time Machine, the 1TB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Type-C External Hard Drive from WD is designed for photographers, graphics professionals and road-warriors who want to take their digital life with them. Use it to create system backups, store your photos and videos and much more.
A MacBook Backpack
For easy portability, it’s a good idea to buy a backpack that is specially designed to fit your MacBook. These usually have a separate padded compartment to protect the case, and then another section for the rest of your belongings. Ideal if you’re a regular traveller or if you commute to work.
We recommend the City Dot Backpack from Incase. Ultra-light and equally as comfortable, it features ergonomic, air-mesh padded straps with excellent breathability. The backpack has two primary storage areas, inclusive of 360-degree laptop protection.
A Wireless Mouse
Though the touchpad is easy to use and practical, sometimes it’s nice to have a mouse if you’re working at a desk or in a meeting. A wireless mouse is ideal as it can be connected via Bluetooth wherever you go, just make sure it’s charged up before you venture out the house.
We recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Precision Wireless Mouse. This mouse includes a sleek design and precise control features that not only enhance your office performance but also provide an excellent option for those mobile users on the go.
Laptop Wallet Case
If you’re a frequent traveller, then it may be worth investing in a travel sleeve for your MacBook. Make sure it’s made from a soft yet durable material like nylon with fleece or cotton lining to stop it from being scratched. It’s a great idea to get one with a side pocket for storing your charger or cables.
We recommend the BUBM Laptop Bag Small Wallet Case. The BUBM laptop bag is great for keeping your laptop or tablet neat and tidy, and convenient with all your accessories in the same place. Easy to carry with you travelling, and smart enough for home, school, the office or anywhere.
An Expansion Dock
Apple has removed most connection types from their latest MacBook, and have instead included four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. With their more compact design and faster transfer speeds, the inclusion of the Thunderbolt 3 has created the opportunity for docks which can provide more ports that expand Mac’s connectivity.
If you’re someone who has a particularly big workload, then an expansion dock will allow you to do even more. You can manage your work by connecting a dock to your MacBook and simultaneously connecting other devices to the dock. It will soon be the accessory you can’t live without.
We recommend the Forida USB-C 5 in 1 Charge Passthrough MacBook Combo Hub. The Super-slim Aluminium Alloy Type-C Hub and Card Reader is a multi-port combo USB hub, with a Type-C port for charging, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SD slot and 1 Micro SD slot, so no adapter required.
If you spend hours at your computer browsing online shopping sites for women’s sleepwear or for scrolling through Microsoft Excel documents, then it’s likely your screen could do with a freshen up. Use a non-toxic screen cleaner with a microfibre wipe every now and then to keep the screen clean and scratch-free.
We recommend WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner. A powerful, non-toxic screen cleaner designed for use on ALL screens, consumer electronics and mobile devices. This product keeps your screens and devices clean and provides ongoing resistance to any dirt, dust and oils.
A MacBook Stand
Laptop users are often hunched over their laptops, which can, over time, cause a stiff neck, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and overall discomfort. A laptop stand can help to relieve any discomfort and the compact design will instantly change your laptop into an ergonomic desktop workstation. A MacBook stand is extremely handy for those streaming anything from their laptop to computer screen. It allows you to stand it upright meaning you have access to all of the ports.
We recommend the Nexstand K2 Foldable Adjustable Laptop Stand. A compact, lightweight and portable laptop stand perfect for both work and travel, the K2 Laptop Stand offers 7 different height settings to raise the screen to your eye level. Easy to use, its intuitive design makes the K2 simple to operate as one quick action opens and closes the K2.
Even though the MacBook has a headphone jack, it’s still a great idea to own pair of Wireless Headphone. They work via Bluetooth so they can automatically connect with your MacBook, typically have a long battery life and offer greater freedom of movement.
Not everyone is a fan of the Apple AirPods look. So, if you are looking for a less noticeable pair of headphones, you should consider the Q800 Wireless In-Ear Stereo Earphone Plugs. These Earphones will connect to your device wirelessly leaving you complete freedom to move. Listen to music or take a call – these earphone plugs can do it all. The box doubles up as both a place to store your earphones and a charge box.
USB-C to USB Adapter
This adapter will allow you to connect your older USB accessories to your MacBook or MacBook Pro with ease. It’s a good idea to keep a couple of these handy, you never know when you may need them.
We recommend the Aukey USB 3.0 yo USB-C Adapter. This adapter will enable you to use computer peripherals such as a flash drive, keyboard, hub, or mouse with your USB-C device. A convenient reversible connector that plugs in the right way 100% of the time and is designed to support a new wave of faster, more efficient power delivery, capable of 10x faster data transfer speeds than USB 2.0.
If you are already the lucky owner of a new laptop or are thinking about investing in one, be sure to visit our website now to purchase the best accessories for your MacBook.
Author Bio: Paul Matthews is a Manchester based business writer who writes in order to better inform business owners on how to run a successful business. You can usually find him at the local library or browsing Forbes’ latest pieces.