Mac Accessories Every Apple User Should Have

These Mac accessories are a must have!
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Technology takes upkeep, especially technology that involves frequent or daily use, like an iMac or MacBook. Mac users often buy Macs for their work, schooling, or personal needs and neglect to get the necessary accessories that help them to maintain their Mac, allowing them to get the most convenient use out of their Mac, and allowing their Mac to provide them with years of use.

In this guide, I provide you with a shortlist of some of the most basic and necessary accessories for your Mac. Some are there to make using your Mac easier and more convenient, others meant to make sure your Mac survives every trip you take it on and every day of regular use.

Note: this list is not meant to be an exhaustive list with exciting, unique accessories. Instead, this list provides users with the basic accessories they may need to use their Mac efficiently and protect it for years to come.

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This accessory might not seem like a necessity, but I tend to think it's one of the better purchases a Mac user can make. There are many shortcuts that can make using a Mac easier, faster, and more convenient for its users.

Personally, knowing shortcuts like command + z (undo) has helped me to fix errors in my writing and get my work done more quickly. If you struggle to remember all the many macOS shortcuts, this thin Mac accessory is for you.

Price

$5.95

Brief Description

SYNERLOGIC Mac OS Keyboard Shortcut Vinyl Sticker is a thin, non-residue sticker that provides the most common shortcuts, resets, and key-combinations. Users simply stick the sticker on their MacBook, next to their trackpad, and use it whenever they need a handy shortcut or two.

Compatibility

This shortcut sticker will fit the following Macs if they are 13, 14, 15 or 16-inch Macs, but will not fit an 11 or 12-inch Mac:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Macbook Air
  • iMac
  • Mac Mini

Specs

  • Size- 3.25 x 3.25 x 0.01 inches
  • Color- Clear

Protecting your MacBook with either a sleeve or a case, or both if you truly want to protect it in all scenarios, is absolutely necessary. By having a soft sleeve like this one, you can protect your Mac when it is in your backpack, desk, etc.

Most cases are thin enough that Mac users can also have a case on their Mac and still fit in comfortably in a sleeve. Laptop sleeves like this one also help to protect cases that are really meant to protect their Mac while it's being used, not when it's in luggage, bags, or backpacks.

Price

$16.99

Brief Description

This laptop sleeve comfortably fits most MacBooks, depending on the size of your Mac and the size of the sleeve that you purchase, and helps to protect your MacBook and Mac case. It has various pockets that allow Mac users to store their chargers and other Mac accessories.

Compatibility

  • MacBook Pro 14 inch (2021 and 2022)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (Older Version 2010-2017)
  • MacBook Pro Retina (13 inch Older Version 2015 - end 2012)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch with CD-Rom (Old Version 2008 - early 2012)

Specs

  • Size- Comes in 12.3, 13. 13.3, 15, 16, and 17.3 inches
  • Colors- Comes in 31 various colors

Protecting your MacBook from dust, damage, and wear and tear, is the least you can do for your Mac. Constant typing and use really wears on your keyboard and trackpad, and as well-built as MacBook screens are, they can still be damaged.

By protecting them with screen protectors or keyboard protectors, you really can help your MacBook last longer and avoid costly repairs.

Price

$23.99

Brief Description

This protection kit is ideal, because it comes with protection for the keypad, trackpad, and display. Instead of needing to buy separate products for a bigger price tag, Mac users can get this all-in-one protection kit, so that their Mac lasts for many years of use. It also includes a sliding webcam cover.

Compatibility

  • MacBook Air 13 inch Retina (2018-2021)

Specs

  • Display size- 13 Inches
  • Color- Transparent

Starting in 2015, Apple started including fewer ports in their Macs. This means, unfortunately, Mac users often need adapters to use their favorite accessories.

That makes this accessory essential for many Mac users, especially if they use many gadgets and accessories in conjunction with their Mac.

Price

$17.98

Brief Description

This USB C Hub adapter is a hub that comes with ports for SD cards, TF card readers, USB 3.0 ports, and additional ports for keyboard, mouse, and external drives, so that Macs with only few ports are able to connect to their owner's favorite and most important accessories.

Compatibility

  • MacBook Pro/Air M1 (2020 2019 2018)

Specs

  • Weight- 0.353 ounces
  • Ports- USB C charging port with power supply, SD card reader, TF card reader, 3 USB 3.0 ports , support for keyboard, mouse, USB driver, and external disk connection.

Most Mac users have no idea how to properly clean their Macs, which means Macs screens are being slowly but surely damaged by harmful chemicals or not cleaned at all.

So, having a reliable microfiber cleaning cloth, one especially formulated for cleaning Mac displays, is the best option for your screen cleaning needs.

Price

$8.99 ($1.50 per cloth)

Brief Description

These microfiber leaning cloths remove dust and fingerprints from pretty much anything, but work especially well for laptop and smartphone screens. They come in various size packs from a 2 pack to an "extra large pack," and can also be used for cameras, TVs, and other delicate hardware that cannot withstand harsh chemicals.

Compatibility

  • N/A

Specs

  • Dimensions- 6.5 x 3.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Weight- 0.32 ounces

There is nothing more convenient than doing your homework from the comfort of your couch with a lap desk. I would definitely recommend one of these to anyone with any kind of laptop.

Lap desks make working basically anywhere more comfortable and easier overall.

Price

$39.99

Brief Description

This lap desk fits laptops up to 15.6 inches, comes with a handy little phone slot, and also has a 5 X 9 inch mouse pad built into it. It can also be bought for either right or left-handed laptop users, and has decent cushioning for comfort.

Compatibility

  • Laptops with the following dimensions: 21.1" X 12" and up to 15.6 inches

Specs

  • Dimensions- 12 x 21.1 x 2.6 inches
  • Weight- 2.14 pounds
  • Come in both left and right-handed
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