Essential MacBook and MacBook Pro Accessories Every Owner Should Have

Because you and your laptop deserve nice things.

Macbook accessories

Apple's laptops boast the best ecosystem of accessories in the business. Here are some of our favorite 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro accessories.

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mophie
mophie powerstation AC External Battery Pack
$199.95

Stylish and versatile, the mophie powerstation AC universal battery pack can charge a MacBook or MacBook Pro via an AC adapter with maximum output of 100 watts. The gadget is capable of charging two more gadgets alongside your laptop — it has one USB-C and one full USB port to go with the full power plug. 

A PC Magazine tester praised the mophie powerstation AC for its sleek design and fast-charging capabilities. He also noted that it's a bit bulky, but this is hardly a surprise given the size of its battery pack.

With a battery capacity of 22,000 mAh, the gadget can add up to 15 hours of battery life to your Apple notebook. Its fabric cover will protect your laptop from scratches, too.

More: The Best SSDs to Give Your Computer a Major Speed Boos

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Satechi
Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 USB-C Hub
$79.99

This multiport USB-C hub by Satechi is a must-have for Apple MacBook Pro owners. The accessory has three USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C connector for charging, an HDMI input, and a gigabit ethernet port. Available in MacBook Pro-matching silver or space gray, the sleek gadget also features both a microSD and a full SD card reader. 

We think this is the best laptop USB-C hub available today (and testers at The Verge agree, too).

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Peak Design
​Peak Design​ Everyday Backpack​
$259.95

The Everyday Backpack by Peak Design has a design and craftsmanship that'll perfectly complement any MacBook. It's tough and incredibly stylish, yet capable of fitting a 15-inch laptop, a tablet, two DSLR bodies with lenses, and any other essential tech you need to carry. 

The interior storage of the backpack has a customizable layout, ensuring that you can arrange it to your liking. There are four colors to choose from — black, brown, ash, and charcoal

The stylish looks and superb ergonomics of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack have earned it praise from The Verge and Digital Photography Review as well.

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Incase
Incase Flight Nylon Sleeve for MacBook Pro (13-inch)
$49.95

This stylish MacBook Pro sleeve by Incase is crafted for durable nylon, and it has a faux-fur lining to protect the notebook from scratches. We like that the accessory has a handy pocket for essential cables and accessories. You can order the sleeve in two stylish colors — mulberry and olive. The case is also available for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. 

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Samsung
Samsung T5 Portable SSD
$104.99

The elegant and ultra compact Samsung T5 portable SSD can deliver blisteringly fast data read and write speeds on your laptop or a compatible smartphone via a USB-C connection. The sleek-looking, metal-clad gadget supports 256-bit encryption, too.

The performance and reliability of the Samsung T5 have earned it a spot as a top pick in a portable SSD guide by Wirecutter. TechRadar testers also praised the T5 for its superb performance and compact design.

You can order the Samsung T5 SSD with up to 2 TB of storage. The tech giant backs its creation with an excellent 3-year warranty.

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Beats by Dre
Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones
$219.99

The Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones feature high-quality noise canceling, excellent sound quality, and Apple's fantastic W1 chip. The latter allows the Studio3 Wireless to seamlessly connect with your MacBook and all other Apple devices connected to your iCloud account. It's also responsible for the headset's superb battery life (up to 22 hours with noise canceling on, and up to 40 hours with the feature switched off).

The Studio3 Wireless headphones have received top marks from CNET and Wired for their seamless pairing with Apple devices, and robust battery life. Reviewers have also noted that the headset offers an entertaining, but slightly bass-heavy sound signature.

There are many colors to choose from, including conversation-worthy options such as shadow gray and porcelain rose. We like the black/red variant from the recently launched Decade Collection that celebrates the brand's 10th anniversary.

More: Noise-Canceling Headphones for Every Loud Situation

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Apple
Apple USB-C to USB Adapter
$17.99

As its name suggests, the affordable USB-C to USB adapter by Apple will allow you to connect your older USB-A accessories to the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro models. We suggest that you order an extra one just in case.

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Twelve South
Twelve South BookArc MacBook Stand
$49.99

The BookArc by Twelve South is a neat MacBook stand that's available with an aluminum or a wood finish. A real space-saver, the stand will elevate your notebook and protect it from spills when hooked to an external monitor.

The metal variant comes in silver or space gray to perfectly complement your MacBook. Every Twelve South BookArc stand has a neat hook for keeping the notebook's cables organized and secure.

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Logitech
Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
$48.94

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2S is the best compact wireless mouse in the business, as well as a great companion for any MacBook or MacBook Pro. The accessory can work on any surface, so it's great for use on the go.

You can connect the MX Anywhere 2S to your notebook via Bluetooth. Its battery can last more than two months between charges. Logitech offers the mouse in black, white, and blue.

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Amazon
AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve
$13.90

This elegant laptop sleeve by AmazonBasics will keep your MacBook free of scratches without causing heavy damage to your finances. Stylish and lightweight, the sleeve comes in various sizes, ensuring that every MacBook owner can find the right fit. It even has pockets for small essentials. 

There are two colors to choose from — charcoal and light gray. The accessory is available for the 15-inch MacBook Pro as well. 

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Anker
Anker USB-C to USB-C Thunderbolt 3.0 Cable
$29.99

If you own a 12-inch MacBook, or a new MacBook Pro, it's essential that you have a spare USB-C cable in your bag. This Anker offering supports fast charging, as well as fast data transfer speeds via the Thunderbolt 3 standard. It's also a great option for connecting your notebook to a compatible external display. 

The cable measures 20 inches in length, and it has an incredibly durable exterior to resist wear. Anker backs the accessory with an 18-month warranty.

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Whoosh!
Whoosh! Screen Cleaner
$9.99

Whoosh! is a powerful nontoxic screen cleaner that'll keep the display of your MacBook — and every other gadget you own — spotless. The odorless liquid is safe for all screens, while a bundled antimicrobial microfiber cloth ensures that you always make the most of every spray.

The screen cleaner is available in a trio of bottle sizes. You can also order screen cleaning wipes that use it. 

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SanDisk
​SanDisk Ultra USB-C Dual Flash Drive
$10.99

This USB flash drive by SanDisk is a highly versatile option that offers both USB-C and USB-A connectors. This means you can easily transfer files between older laptops and desktop computers and your brand-new MacBook. 

You can order the USB stick with up to 256 GB of storage. SanDisk backs the gadget with a solid 5-year warranty.

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Satechi
Satechi USB-C Power Meter Tester
$29.99

The market for third-party USB-C cables is a bit of a mess now, and this tiny power meter by Satechi will ensure that you don't damage your shiny new MacBook by using a bad one. The gadget will help you keep tabs on the power delivery while you charge your laptop.

The accessory can measure the electrical current input that goes into your notebook's USB-C port, the voltage of the USB-C power source, and the power input to your device over time. Yes, it's a bit geeky, but it's well worth its price tag.

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Pad & Quill
​Pad & Quill
$395.00

The Pad & Quill Messenger Bag blends timeless design and superb craftsmanship (it comes with a 25-year warranty). Handmade from full-grain American leather and twill-woven waxed canvas (every bag is signed by the artisan), the bag is as great to touch as it is good-looking. It's pretty functional, too, featuring a padded pocket that fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro and multiple orange-lined compartments for your daily essentials.

Yes, the Pad & Quill bag is a tad expensive. However, with a loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro hovering around $3,000, we reckon that it's worth the splurge if it fits in your budget.