So you’ve made the decision to buy (or already have) a new Mac. Is it an iMac, a powerful MacBook Pro, or the new MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 processor? You already know the answer, and you probably also know some of the limitations associated with your shiny new Mac hardware. Too few ports? Do you need a charging accessory to juice your machine on the go? A keyboard with better travel and clicking feedback? Or just a good old case to protect your elegant MacBook?
Well, the list can be quite exhausting depending on the needs of each user, but there are a few accessories that almost every Mac user will appreciate. Take, for example, a portable SSD or USB hub (and I can’t say enough about the merits of this gadget), a good wireless speaker to keep the jazz going while you work, or a high-resolution external display for your creative needs . As mentioned above, the list may be complete, but here are our picks of the best Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, and iMac accessories for 2020 to get out of there.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro portable SSD is extremely compact and easy to transport. This makes it an ideal solution for users who have a lot of data such as media files with them all the time. Thanks to the in-house NVMe technology, it offers transfer speeds of up to 1050 MB / s and a capacity of 2 TB. It also has an IP55 certification.
The Sony WH1000XM3 is widely recognized as the best noise-canceling headphones and also has built-in Alexa. These headphones are characterized by a high level of comfort, noise suppression and an overall balanced sound output. Even if a successor fails now, they still offer an excellent price-performance ratio.
This Qi certified mouse pad for wireless charging can deliver 10W charging power to charge your phone and other accessories wirelessly. It also comes with built-in voltage, temperature control, overvoltage protection and short circuit protection system. The surface is non-slip and optimized for quick movements when playing.
SteelSeries is a household name when it comes to peripherals. If you’re looking for a mouse with good grip and tactile feedback, this is it. It has six programmable buttons and switches designed for 30 million button clicks. You also get a two-zone lighting experience and a variety of customization options.
The RAVPower 20000mAh portable charger supports USB PD charging with 60W power to spice up your MacBook Pro and is also compatible with the QC 3.0 (18W) standard for smartphones. You can also charge two devices at the same time using the USB A and USB C ports while the LEDs let you know the juice remaining in the tank.
The LG 27UL500-W 4K monitor is HDR10 certified and is also supported by FreeSync to ensure a lag-free gaming experience. It covers 98% of the sRGB color gamut for a great color profile, something graphic designers will love. In addition, the 27-inch panel offers a peak brightness of 300 cd, which is appropriate for the asking price.
Charging your MacBook on the go is undoubtedly a desirable amenity and is made effortlessly easy with the Anker charger. The Anker PowerDrive Speed + Duo 42 W car charger also has a second 30 W port for refreshing smartphones. There is a soft LED ring at the top for easy visibility of the connector. It is also TÜV certified.
The second generation Sonos One smart speaker supports AirPlay 2, offers built-in Alexa and can also be paired with another device to create a stereo system. The design is industrial, but its dimensions allow the device to easily fit in a variety of locations. Sonos promises a rich and impressive sound output that many users can attest to.
The Cooler Master Sk-621 features Cherry MX Low Profile switches with 60% mechanical power and flat shaped keycaps. It’s pretty slim and RGB lit too. The compact keyboard has a minimalist tenkeyless design and offers extensive customization options. It promises a reduced travel distance and a reduced actuation point with a known precision.
MacBooks are known to have great trackpads. However, if you want to replicate that experience on an iMac, Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 is simply a must-have. This has a built-in rechargeable battery and brings Force Touch experience to the desktop for the first time. There are four force sensors under the surface and a layer of glass on top.
It’s definitely not a pleasant sight to see a USB hub with cables lying around all over your desk. Satechi Aluminum Type C Clamp Hub Pro responds well. It has an easily accessible USB C port, three USB 3.0 ports, a microSD slot and a separate SD card slot. It connects to the Thunderbolt 3 port on the iMac using a shielded USB-C cable.
Made of aluminum, the Steklo laptop stand is unlike any you’ve seen before. It has a clever, adjustable, foldable design that is also easy to take with you. It’s well suited for laptops up to 17 inches in size and has an attractive sandblasted aluminum finish. Aside from allowing users to easily adjust the angle, it also helps improve the airflow underneath.
With the Syntech USB C to USB A adapter you can connect your standard USB accessories and cables to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3-equipped device such as a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or even a smartphone. It offers a data transfer speed of up to 3.0 GB per second. You can now choose a bunch of two adapters for less than ten dollars.
There is no substitute for security when it comes to your computer. The Yubico YubiKey 5Ci is a FIDO certified physical key that gives you that extra layer of security and offers the versatility of both a USB C and a Lightning connector. This multi-protocol hardware authenticator works fine in thousands of applications.
Mujjo’s slim leather case is made of wood felt and vegetable-tanned leather, which is waterproof and gives it a unique look. It can protect your 13-inch Macbook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro. It also has separate storage compartments for other accessories, and you can get it in a choice of blacks and browns.
So that was our list of the best Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and iMac accessories in 2020. My personal favorites are the Steklo adjustable laptop stand, the Satechi Clamp USB Hub Pro for its functional design, and the Cooler Master Sk-621 keyboard with a mechanical profile of 60% for a great typing experience.
There are a few additional points that are absolutely essential to make your Mac’s life easier. For example, the Syntech USB-C to USB-A adapter is an extremely useful pocket device that costs just $ 10 for a two-pack and has long been a reliable companion to my MacBook Air. You should also check out the FIDO-certified Yubico YubiKey 5Ci two-factor authentication key with dual USB Type-C and Lightning interfaces for added security.
Which one did you choose?
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Aside from the latest news, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.