The new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip at its heart is a beast. At least that’s what people have been saying lately, who have pushed it to its limits. The build quality is great (albeit overdue for an aesthetic makeover), the performance is top notch, the battery life is excellent, and macOS is better than ever. But it is an expensive machine and it has its own shortcomings. To help you get the most out of your 13-inch MacBook Pro and overcome some of its limitations (hey, port choices), we’ve rounded up this comprehensive list of accessories that take the productivity aspect of the Apple computer to the next level .
When you’re tired of carrying the huge charger that comes with it, the Aukey Omnia 61W PD GaN charger is the best compact solution. Plus, it’s powerful enough to fully charge your MacBook Pro in 1.8 hours.
The AirPods Pro have received wide acclaim for their excellent noise cancellation, ambient mode, and spatial audio technology that mimics a surround sound profile for an even more immersive experience.
The Brydge Vertical Dock is a solid metal case that fits seamlessly into the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro. While the docking experience is safe, it also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports to make setup easy.
Yes, AirDrop is fine and good, but it can’t match the file transfer speeds you get with this MFi certified USB C to Lightning cable to Aukey. Even when no files are being transferred, it comes in handy for charging.
This personal favorite of mine combines the Magic Trackpad and keyboard in a single case with easy access to ports and power buttons. Plus, it works for both left-handed and right-handed users.
The HumanCentric Vertical Stand for MacBook Pro not only looks extremely clean, but is also available in three colors. It features silicone handles for a more secure grip and rubberized feet.
Prying eyes are always a nuisance, and if you are familiar with the problem, the SightPro Magnetic Privacy Screen is an accessory that you should definitely get. It also filters blue light and UV rays.
The Samsung T7 Touch portable SSD is available with a capacity of up to 2 TB and has a fingerprint sensor for additional security. In addition, it offers read and write speeds of up to 1,050 MB / s and 1000 MB / s, respectively.
The Asus ZenScreen has a 15.6-inch full HD display that can be connected via a USB-C cable. Weighing just 1.7 pounds, it is easy to carry, has a smart cover, and can be used in either orientation.
The Spigen Thin Fit sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a beautiful fabric structure and tabs that lift the machine up and hold it in place. It has precise cutouts around the ports for easy access and looks great.
Do you need to get mobile? This Mophje battery can add 19 hours of extra juice to your laptop and hours of playtime to your phone. It has two charging ports and also supports 30W charging.
The Anker PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB-C adapter hub has an HDMI port that supports media display with resolutions of up to 4K at a refresh rate of 60 Hz and file transfer at speeds of up to 10 Gbit / s enables.
Weighing just three ounces, this model is as slim as a coin and stays attached to the base of your MacBook like a thin film when not in use. It is made of PU and fiberglass and is very robust and reliable.
The iVANKY 12-in-2 docking station offers 12 connections and can operate two 4K displays with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at a screen refresh rate of 60 Hz. It allows charging of 96 W for laptops and 18 W for phones.
If you’ve always wanted a USB hub that doubles as an external hub, supports pass-through charging, and looks like a long-lost cousin of your MacBook Pro, the line dock might be a dream come true.
The Peak Design Everyday Sling-Bag contains two Flexfold dividers for more adaptability of the storage, a padded shoulder strap with switchable 1-hand express adjustment and a pair of external carrying straps.
This compact case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro also has a built-in stand that allows you to adjust the position between 15 ° and 25 °. It is made of custom PU and fiberglass and is also waterproof.
The Mosiso Hard Shell case for the MacBook Pro features a snap-on design that is easy to put on and take off. It offers a wide range of color options, each with a matching keyboard cover and screen protector.
This Procase offering features a shock-resistant protective cover, a shock-absorbing wrap-around bumper for maximum protection, is fully ventilated at the bottom and has a built-in foldable stand.
The official Apple leather sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is made of high-quality European leather and has a soft microfiber lining. It has a top notch finish and is known to last a long time.
The Mujjo sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in different colors in black and brown. It uses a combination of wool felt and vegetable tanned leather with a soft feel and a snap button closure.
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 at all times. 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
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 hand movements.
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 key 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 inform you of the juice remaining in the tank.
The Cooler Master Sk-630 has 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 driving distance and a reduced actuation point with a familiar precision
Made of aluminum, the Steklo laptop stand is unlike any you’ve seen before. It has a clever, adjustable, foldable design that also makes it easy to take with you. It is 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 pick a bunch of two adapters for less than ten dollars, which is a great deal.
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 the versatility of both a USB C and a Lightning connector. This multi-protocol authenticator works flawlessly in thousands of apps.
The Sony WH-1000XM4 are arguably the best wireless headphones on the market and are equipped with the QN1 HD noise reduction processor. In addition to excellent noise cancellation and ambient mode, they also offer Extreme DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) technology, which allows compressed music files to be upscaled in real time.
If I were to choose an accessory from the list, I would use the MOFT carrying case, which also doubles as a stand. It is made of scratch-resistant and water-repellent PU and fiberglass and not only looks clean, but also turns into another useful accessory. When folded into a stand, it allows position adjustment between 15 ° and 25 ° and supports a weight of up to 10 kg. You can choose between black and blue, but personally I would go for the former.
Another device on the list that I would definitely spend some money on would be the iVANKY MacBook Pro Docking Station. It has a total of 12 ports and enables the connection of two 4K monitors at 60 Hz at the same time. Plus, you can charge your MacBook Pro at 96W and charge it to your phones with 18W PD. No charging stone is required for either device.
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I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, 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 presenter on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.