The Best MacBook Accessories That Our Tech Editor Swears by

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10 Must-Have Accessories for MacBook Owners Stefan Vazharov

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If you’re a MacBook user or looking for a gift for one, you probably know that just having the computer and a laptop stand isn’t enough to get the most out of an at-home setup. Whether for work, play, or both, the right MacBook accessories can help it charge faster at home or away from a power outlet, hold more data, and stay scuff-free.

Just like with the iPhone and the iPad, there’s a vast selection of original and third-party accessories available for Apple’s portable computers. From a USB-C hub with all the connectors you could ever need to external storage that’s fast enough to keep up, the products I’ve included here will improve workflow both at home and while commuting or traveling. Because the MacBook ecosystem is constantly expanding, I’m keeping an eye out for the best new MacBook accessories (and time-tested standouts) worth buying to level up the notebook.

How We Chose and Tested

I handpicked 10 MacBook accessories to help you make the most of your computer, ranging from affordable impulse buys that don’t cut corners on quality to luxury items that will stand the test of time. I selected products that will improve the experience with the Apple laptop in common everyday situations — from charging the MacBook on the move to transferring files between computers, all the way to improving its desktop ergonomics. All charging accessories and connectivity hubs in our selection feature up-to-date USB-C ports, guaranteeing compatibility with current, older, and (almost certainly) future MacBook iterations.

After choosing them over competitors from other leading brands, I’ve tested all of these products to ensure I can personally vouch that they’re worthy of the investment for both yourself and to gift for the MacBook user in your life. Every MacBook accessory on this list has been part of my go-to gear setup for months (or longer), giving me enough time to put its design, ergonomics, performance, and, last but not least, durability through the paces.

Treat yourself or another MacBook owner to one of the products from our curated list below.

Prime Power Bank 20K

If you or the person you’re shopping for is constantly on the go, Anker’s Prime 20K power bank is the thing to charge up with when a power outlet is out of reach. With an output of up to 100 watts — more than the standard charger of most Apple notebooks — each of its two USB-C ports can deliver an extra workday’s worth of screen-on time after only minutes plugged in. And thanks to a fast USB-A connector, the portable battery pack can also charge older or smaller gadgets.

Unlike many rivals, the Prime 20K can simultaneously power up two devices via USB-C without skimping on speed. Yes, utilizing all three ports will reduce the output of one USB-C, but you can always count on one to put out the full 100 watts. Remarkably, recharging the Prime’s onboard battery is just as fast — its USB-C ports support 100-watt input, too.

The battery pack served me well during a weeklong trip for work, keeping my 14-inch MacBook Pro and all other gadgets I had on me charged and ready, while its built-in color screen allowed me to keep tabs on the charging process and its remaining capacity.

Compared to high-capacity laptop battery packs from other makers, this product is on another level in terms of portability, versatility, and, of course, speed. Anker also offers a smaller Prime power bank with two USB-C ports, as well as a larger and faster one with a bigger capacity.

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On-The-Go Multiport Adapter

This multiport USB-C adapter by Satechi will make the USB-C-toting notebook compatible with any older accessory you use at home or in work scenarios. It has two USB-A ports, a pair of USB-C connectors (one for charging and one for high-speed data transfers), an HDMI input, a gigabit ethernet port, and, remarkably, a VGA port. The last-mentioned bit will allow you to link your shiny new notebook to decades-old monitors and projectors.

The sleek gadget also features both a microSD and full SD card reader. I tip my hat to Satechi for including two USB-C cables in the box. One of them sits inside a neat compartment that’s integrated into the adapter, ensuring you can use the device any time, anywhere. This clever cable storage made organizing my gear before traveling easier, keeping me worry-free about having to pack extra cords.

Overall, this is the best MacBook USB-C hub worth your attention, and in fact, I’ve been using one since its launch alongside several Apple laptops. Satechi offers the USB-C On-the-Go multiport adapter in MacBook-matching space gray and black colors.

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BookArc Flex Vertical MacBook Stand

The BookArc Flex stand is the one to get for using your MacBook with an external monitor as your desktop screen. The convenient accessory will save you (or your gift recipient) space by holding the notebook in clamshell mode. It’s compact enough to fit behind most monitors, so cable clutter will also become a thing of the past if you get one.

I was impressed that the Book Arc Flex is compatible with any MacBook out of the box. Apple notebooks vary in thickness when closed, so I loved not having to deal with inserts and width adjustments to accommodate any version. Its wide compatibility and easy setup guarantee that you can use it with your current and future Apple notebook.

Inspired by modern architecture, the product’s design and aluminum build will also elevate any workspace. You can order the BookArc Flex in black, white, or a chrome finish. The black version I tested is a perfect match for the latest MacBook Pros in space black.

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Prime 100W USB-C Charger

This reasonably priced wall charger by Anker is a fantastic alternative to the one that’s bundled with any MacBook, thanks to it being considerably smaller and more versatile. With a maximum charging output of 100 watts available via one USB-C port, the gadget can deliver faster charging speeds, too. Only the much larger 140-watt adapter of the 16-inch Pro has a higher charging capacity, though I can confirm that Anker’s accessory can reliably power up the big-screen notebook as well.

I’ve been a fan of the compact three-port chargers from Anker since 2022, and the Prime 100W is the best yet. Its fast USB-C ports and versatile USB-A output ensure I can power up any device I carry while traveling.

Anker equipped the adapter with sophisticated tech to prevent the connected gadgets from overheating and overcharging. Consider this three-port offering if you are shopping for a MacBook-ready charger on a tighter budget.

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Prime 100W USB-C Charger


MX Anywhere 3S Wireless Mouse

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3S is the best compact wireless mouse in the business and a fantastic MacBook accessory. It has an ergonomic design, customizable buttons, and a super precise stainless steel scrolling wheel with electromagnetic tech. It can work on any surface, including glass.

Like its predecessor, the Logitech MX Anywhere 3S sets itself apart from all rivals with the above-mentioned ability to perform reliably on any surface. I successfully used it for work on my office desk, home dining table, and even my living room couch. The gadget's high-tech scrolling wheel saved me time by speeding up scrolling through documents, spreadsheets, and web pages.

The gadget can pair with and seamlessly switch between two computers. Its battery can last for months between charges, and it utilizes a USB-C connector for charging. You can order the MX Anywhere 3S in graphite, pale gray, and rose color options.

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Fold Laptop Stand

If you rely on a laptop stand at home, the Native Union Fold MacBook stand is the perfect MacBook accessory to keep in your laptop backpack when you're working on the go. It's the most minimalist product of its kind, meaning it won't cause extra bulk in our bag, and it's compatible with any MacBook. Its 15-degree viewing angle will help you maintain a correct viewing posture when using your MacBook on a desk or any other flat surface.

After weeks of use, I found the Native Union Fold to be equally helpful while using a MacBook Pro alone or as a secondary screen when connected to a desktop monitor. The low-key stand was also perfect for hours-long Resident Evil 4 gaming sessions because it improved not only my MacBook's viewing angles but also its airflow.

When not in use, the accessory folds into a lightweight metal stick that’s easy to stash in a bundled pouch. The latter was super helpful, allowing me to store the stand alongside my laptop without worrying about scratching it.

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Polishing Cloth

Apple’s polishing cloth is a reliable cleaning tool and a legitimate status symbol for MacBook aficionados. The no-nonsense accessory will seamlessly polish the screen of your MacBook — and any other Apple gadget you own — even without the help of a cleaning spray.

It took me only a few days to become obsessed with the Apple polishing cloth. Its compact size and ability to deliver impeccable results without the need for additional screen cleaner on most occasions put it in a league of its own in terms of dependability. I ordered two additional polishing cloths to ensure I have one at home, on my desk at work, and in my backpack — which proves that it's become a necessity whenever I'm using my MacBook, no matter where I am.

The product is made from a super soft, nonabrasive material that’s nice to interact with. Every polishing cloth sports the iconic Apple logo.

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Studio Pro Wireless Headphones

The Beats Studio Pro wireless headphones are a perfect companion for a MacBook or any other Apple gadget for many reasons. The cans will effortlessly link to all Apple devices that use the same iCloud account, so switching between using them with your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone will be incredibly effortless. Of course, the top-shelf headphones will also treat you to excellent sound with spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, strong noise cancellation, and long battery life.

My favorite bit about these headphones is that I could connect them to my MacBook Pro via Bluetooth, a standard audio jack, or USB-C. The last-mentioned option was my go-to, allowing me to enjoy lossless content from Apple Music and control the playback via buttons on the left ear cup of the headphones. Its versatility, bundled storage case, and 40-hour battery life make it easy for me to choose the Beats Studio Pro over the AirPods Max today.

You can order the iconic wireless cans in several colors: black, deep brown, navy, and sandstone.

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Beetle X31 Portable SSD

The promptly named Beetle X31 portable SSD by SK Hynix is a must-have MacBook accessory not only for its super-fast data transfer speeds but also for its sleek, impossibly compact design and reasonable price. The essential gadget costs only $70 for a version with ample 512 GB of storage — enough to successfully back up most MacBooks. Doubling it costs only $20 extra.

What struck me first about the SK Hynix Beetle X31 is that it is sleeker and tinier than any portable SSD I have experienced. Its minuscule footprint and remarkable durability (it can survive 2-meter drops) make the Beetle ideal for stashing in a tech pouch, backpack, or jacket pocket. The performance was excellent, too — allowing me to move large images and video files between devices in a matter of seconds.

Conveniently, the Beetle’s retail box includes a clear protective case and a duo of USB cables. The storage drive is backed by a robust three-year warranty.

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Leather & Wool MacBook Sleeve (13-Inch)

Designed in Sweden, this beautiful MacBook sleeve by Woolnut is crafted from genuine full-grain leather, so it’s as durable as it is luxurious. Its Scandinavian leather exterior will develop a unique patina over time, giving your MacBook a characterful and stylish home when you don't use it.

The accessory is impressively slim, so you can easily slide it into the laptop compartment of a bag with a MacBook inside. It has a soft wool felt interior lining to protect the notebook from scratches, along with a sturdy magnetic closure. Thankfully, the latter doesn't seal completely, so you can sneak a cable to charge your Macbook if necessary.

Considering its elegant design and superb craftsmanship, the Woolnut leather sleeve is well worth its considerable price tag. You can order the product for all MacBook screen sizes in black, brown, and green.

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