The Apple MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops available today. This is especially true for iPhone users who find the seamless integration between iOS and macOS to be particularly desirable. Even though the hardware comes with Apple's branded design, there is still room for improvement.
If you want to take your MacBook Pro to the next level, you should invest in some of the best MacBook Pro accessories available today.
It may seem unusual to assume that one of the best laptop accessories is a mobile tablet. However, the Apple iPad Air is the ideal companion for the MacBook Pro. Modern iPads support the Sidecar function, which allows you to use the iPad as a second screen for your MacBook Pro. When you sign in to a compatible iPad with your Apple ID, you can place the iPad next to your laptop and move applications between the two displays.
In addition to improving your productivity, you can also take advantage of the company's iCloud-based handoff feature. When you're working on your laptop but need to pick up on the go, Handoff can pick up where you left off on your iPad. The opposite is also true, so you can start a task on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone and transfer it seamlessly to the MacBook Pro if necessary.
- Comes with iPadOS 14
- 10.9 inch display
- Powered by Apple's A14 Bionic Chip
- Brand: Apple
- Camp: 64 GB, 256 GB
- CENTRAL PROCESSOR: Apple A14 Bionic
- Operating system: iPadOS
- Battery: 28.6Wh
- Ports: USB-C
- Camera (back, front): 12MP, 7MP
- Display (size, resolution): 10.9 inches, 2360 x 1640
- Second generation Apple Pencil support
- Compatibility with Apple's Smart Keyboard
- With the sidecar function, the iPad Air can act as a second MacBook display
Whenever you watch videos, listen to music, or make video calls on your MacBook Pro, you need good headphones. The Apple AirPods Pro are the ideal set for every Mac or iPhone user, as they can be seamlessly integrated into Apple's hardware. The AirPods Pro are true wireless headphones (there are no cables and each bud can be used separately) and come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which improves them over the standard Apple AirPods.
The buds have in-ear silicone tips for the best fit that aid the ANC by preventing external noise from getting into your ear. If you want to temporarily disable the ANC, you can grab the arm of the bud to switch to transparency mode. The headphones can last up to 4.5 hours, and the charging case increases that to 24 hours. The case also supports wireless charging. The AirPods Pro are powered by Apple's H1 chip, which supports the integration of ANC and Siri.
- Add Apple's H1 chip
- Noise cancellation technology
- Brand: Apple
- Battery life: 4.5 hours, 24 hours with charging case
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Additional tips: Yes
- Noise suppression: Yes
- Integration with Siri
- The case offers up to 24 hours of battery
- Adaptive EQ
- Only available in white
- One of the most expensive options
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While the MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops out there, it has one significant drawback. the lack of ports. The 2020 edition of the 13-inch MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB 4 ports. If you need more options, or at least more variety, consider the Anker USB-C Hub. You can connect two external monitors via the hub, one via HDMI and one via USB-C.
This 7-in-2 device (Anker counts it as two devices because it can act as a pass-through charger) has a multifunction USB-C port, a USB-C data port, two USB-C ports, and an SD Card reader with support for microSD cards and HDMI connection. This hub was designed to complement the MacBook Pro and will work with all editions of the MacBook Pro released after 2016.
- The HDMI output supports 4K monitors at 30 Hz
- Seven connections and ports in one device
- Brand: anchor
- Connection: USB-C
- Ports: 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, SD and microSD, HDMI
- Affordable way to expand your MacBook Pro's connections
- One of the USB-C ports enables data transfer and power supply
- Takes up two of the ports on your MacBook Pro
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Apple designed the MacBook Pro with ease of use in mind, but the laptop can't accommodate your particular workspace configuration. With many of us now working remotely, having an ergonomic and practical workspace is critical. The Nulaxy C1 Laptop Stand is the ideal choice to position your MacBook Pro at a comfortable level and avoid unnecessary bending that can cause long-term pain.
It comes with a Z hinge that allows you to adjust the height and angle of the stand. You can raise the display of your MacBook Pro up to 10 inches above the surface. While it's a great MacBook Pro stand, you can use the Nulaxy C1 with any laptop up to 17 inches or 44 pounds. You can flatten the stand to its lowest height for easy portability.
- Adjustable laptop stand with multiple heights and angles
- Available in silver or space gray
- Brand: Zero axy
- Material: aluminum
- Compatibility: 11-17 inch laptops
- Ventilation: Heat sink design
- Weight: 2.65 pounds
- Adjustable height from 3.15-10 inches
- Adjustable angles for the best viewing experience
- Can hold up to 44 pounds
- Space gray doesn't quite match the MacBook colors
- Limited storage space under the stand
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Your MacBook Pro has a built-in trackpad. This supports standard mouse functions and macOS-specific gestures. The trackpad and operating system are well integrated so that you can control your laptop easily and conveniently. However, using the trackpad is not comfortable for everyone. This is especially true if you regularly use a desktop PC with a mouse. If so, you may want to add the wireless Apple Magic Mouse 2 to your setup.
As an official product, the Magic Mouse 2 is also integrated into the computer and software. It's similar to a traditional mouse, but with a smoother body and no scroll wheel. Instead, the top of the Magic Mouse 2 responds to gestures, just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro. You can customize the gesture-based controls in your MacBook's system preferences.
- Available in space gray or silver
- Fast connection to macOS devices
- Brand: Apple
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Mouse battery: A month
- Supports multi-touch gestures on the touchpad of your MacBook Pro
- One month battery life
- Gestures take a bit of getting used to
- Demanding to use without perfectly dry hands
In general, the MacBook Pro is a rugged device. The body is made of aluminum and feels first class. However, like other Apple products, the MacBook Pro can be surprisingly fragile. It's all too easy to scratch the exterior or damage the display while in transit. To protect your laptop, you can opt for the Inateck MacBook Pro Sleeve. The felt sleeve is compatible with MacBooks launched in 2016 and there are options for the different sizes.
The inner lining is wear-resistant, so it should always protect your laptop, even if the outside wears out over time. The main compartment offers space for your MacBook and a smaller inner pocket for storing your phone, notebook or the Magic Mouse. It also comes with an extra case for your MacBook charger. Note, however, that with the case attached, your MacBook will not fit in the case.
- Available in five sizes
- Lightweight felt-based design
- Brand: Inateck
- Material: Felt
- Laptop bag: Yes, up to 13 inches
- Wear-resistant inner lining
- Two back pockets and a hidden secondary inner pocket
- Velcro fasteners sometimes get stuck on the felt
- The MacBook Pro cannot be accommodated with a bag
If your MacBook gets damaged or you accidentally delete files that you need back, you should have a recent backup of your MacBook Pro. The most convenient and practical way to get an up-to-date recovery of your laptop is to use Apple's Time Machine for automatic backups. The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 2TB is the ideal drive for Time Machine backups. The large capacity drive shouldn't have a problem with storing multiple backups of your most important files.
The sleek, fabric-based drive connects via USB-C, which means it stays on while transferring data. The Backup Plus Ultra Touch can achieve speeds of around 120 MB / s and you can protect all your confidential data with a password and AES-256 encryption. This is in addition to the encryption that Time Machine backups provide. The drive also comes with a two-month free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and a one-year subscription to Mylio Create.
- Available in black or white
- Free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
- Comes with a one-year subscription to Mylio Create
- Brand: Seagate
- Capacity: 2 TB
- Power: USB-C
- Speed: 120 MB / s
- Connection: USB-C
- Portable: Yes, SSD
- Supports Time Machine backups
- Speeds of up to 120 MB / s
- Setting up drive encryption can be complex
Q: What are the best accessories for MacBook Pro?
Apple is notorious for its minimalist designs. The company's less-is-more philosophy makes the hardware functional and aesthetically pleasing, but can sometimes be impractical.
For example, the MacBook Pro is not overflowing with ports. So if you need to connect multiple devices, you need a hub. Likewise, the MacBook Pro is not ergonomic for a long time, so a laptop stand is a must.
Q: Should you get a case for your MacBook Pro?
Apple attaches great importance to the design of the MacBook Pro. The device is made from certain materials to get the best performance. For example, the aluminum body is designed to dissipate heat so there is no need for a powerful fan. With that in mind, a case wouldn't be needed as the MacBook Pro experience is already well thought out.
However, Apple devices are also known to be fragile. Small bumps, accidental drops, and scratches can also seriously damage your expensive device. If this is an issue for you, consider a case for your MacBook Pro.
Q: Is the MacBook Pro worth the money?
In general, Apple devices are among the most expensive. This is partly due to the brand's reputation and is also related to the company's focus on user experience and design. The MacBook Pro is no exception. The laptop is a high specification device, well designed, portable, lightweight, and has great battery life.
The integration between macOS, iOS and iPadOS would make the computer worthwhile for Apple users. The MacBook Pro is the premium Apple laptop. As a result, it has the highest specifications, hardware, and performance.
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James is MakeUseOfs Buyer's Guides Editor and a freelance writer who makes technology accessible and safe for everyone. Strong interest in sustainability, travel, music and mental health. BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey. Also to be found at PoTS Jots who write about chronic diseases.
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