The Best MacBook Accessories (2023): Keyboards, External Monitors, and Sleeves

The MacE book is a strong machine. Whether you are utilizing a MacE book Air for net looking and sending emails or a MacE book Pro for graphics-intensive tasks like video enhancing and 3D design, Apple’s laptops can deal with a variety of actions. But to boost your expertise, I recommend throwing some equipment into the combination.

Regardless of your MacBook of choice or the work you are utilizing it for, a slew of peripherals can pair together with your pc, like laptop computer stands, keyboards, charging bricks, and exterior shows. We’ve examined dozens over the previous 12 months, and these are one of the best MacE book equipment to streamline your workflow and unlock your machine’s full potential. This is in no way an exhaustive checklist, as there are an innumerable variety of equipment, so we’ll at all times be on the hunt for extra to check. Check out our Best Work-From-Home Gear guide for different suggestions.

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Charging Adapters

MacBooks have turn into extra battery environment friendly, however it’s best to nonetheless carry a spare charger whenever you head out the door. The default one within the field is cumbersome and can recharge just one system at a time, so attempt these options. For extra charging picks, take a look at our Best Work-From-Home Gear and Best Portable Battery Packs guides. 

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This is without doubt one of the slimmest and most compact 65-watt chargers we have ever examined. It dished out almost 60 watts to the 2020 MacBook Pro with M1 and totally recharged it in an hour and a half (from 0 to 100%!). It has a soft-touch really feel that is a pleasant improve over most plasticky chargers, and the plugs fold in sideways so it maintains a slim profile. It stayed put in a wide range of retailers and, for the reason that USB-C port is on the backside, it by no means fell off the wall, in contrast to sure chunky chargers. Best of all, you get a braided, 6-foot, 100-watt cable within the field. 


I’m continually on the go, and I generally tend to neglect to pack both my iPhone charger or MacE book charger. Apple’s dual-port USB-C energy adapter has saved me many late-night journeys to Best Buy. It comes with two USB-C ports, which lets me recharge my MacE book Air and iPhone concurrently. It’s fairly compact, so I toss it into my duffle bag or tote. It’s rated at 35 watts, so it is highly effective sufficient to recharge an iPad Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and extra. It will recharge a MacE book Air simply tremendous, although extra power-hungry MacE book Pro fashions would require one thing extra highly effective.

For Power-Hungry Machines

If you’ve got a MacE book Pro, go for Satechi’s 108-watt wall charger. It’s on the bigger aspect, but it surely’s not as massive because the one from Apple. It comes with three USB-C ports, every with the power to cost at 100 watts if just one system is related—excellent for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, if you wish to cost three devices directly, it’s going to cost them at 45, 30, and 30 watts, respectively, 58, 30, and 20 watts, or 65, 20, and 20 watts, relying on what you are charging. The plug folds up too. 

A Powerful Portable Battery Pack

An outlet won’t at all times be inside arm’s attain, so it is price preserving a conveyable charger helpful. You can discover numerous nice, compact, and low-cost moveable chargers in our Best Portable Battery Packs information, however this one from Zendure has a 26,800-mAh capability (the utmost you may tackle a flight) and comes with 4 USB-C ports—two that may dish out 100 watts and two that output 20 watts every. We had no points fast-charging MacBooks (you will possible have the ability to get shut to 2 full expenses out of it), along with iPhones and different smartphones. A small OLED show reveals the remaining energy as a share and in watt-hours.

Other Great Chargers

  • Nomad 65-Watt Dual-Port Charger for $70: Want two USB-C ports as a substitute of 1? This charger is not as compact or slim because the Sirius above, however you get two ports, every of which may output 65 watts when used alone. Plug two gadgets in and the highest will ship 45 watts and the underside can do 20 watts. The plugs fold up, and it seems tremendous smooth. 
  • Satechi 165-Watt GaN Four-Port Charger for $120: If you’ve got numerous gadgets round your desk, it is a handy-dandy charger. It has slightly stand to prop it up and a brief twine that goes out to an outlet. The 4 USB-C ports output 100 watts every, however you may get sufficient energy to juice up two MacE book Pro fashions concurrently.

Laptop Cases and Sleeves

It would not take a lot to scratch or ding the aluminum on a MacE book. It’s good to get a laptop computer case or sleeve to maintain it protected. 

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This case is obtainable for just a few MacE book fashions, however I’ve been utilizing it with the 16-inch MacE book Pro (2021). It has exact cutouts for all of the ports, rubberized toes that stop it from sliding, and air flow to maintain the MacE book from overheating. For this particular mannequin, the case is available in clear, pink, and black. It does add a noticeable heft to the 16-inch MacE book Pro—which is already a heavy laptop computer. You can discover these hardshell instances for different MacBook models here.


I’ve at all times favored Speck’s iPhone cases for his or her sturdiness, and I really feel the identical concerning the firm’s laptop computer instances. I’ve been utilizing this one with the 14-inch MacE book Pro and, just like Incase, the hardshell case has the right cutouts for ports, together with rubberized toes to maintain your machine in place. Both items clip in securely. It’s out there for a variety of MacE book fashions. I’ve carried it in backpacks, duffle baggage, and totes, and thus far it has managed to guard my machine. However, the scratch-resistant hardshell is not as resistant as Speck claims. The case has just a few scrapes right here and there, although it is not too noticeable. 

A Leather Sleeve

Prefer a mushy sleeve or a extra luxe expertise? WIRED opinions editor Julian Chokkattu has had a great expertise with Harber London’s full-grain leather-based sleeve. The inside is lined with wool felt to maintain your machine scratch-free, and the black or tan leather-based exudes luxurious. It matches a wide range of MacE book fashions, together with the 16-inch M2-powered version. The flap stays shut due to magnets, so your MacE book will not simply slip out. You may even cost the laptop computer whereas it is within the sleeve.

Hubs and Docks

If the restricted port choice in your MacE book Air or older MacE book Pro frustrates you, spend money on a USB hub or dock. Hubs are reasonably priced dongles that present additional USB ports, SD card readers, and a headphone jack. Docks are meant for use at your desk, as a result of they’re bigger, provide much more ports in larger selection (like Ethernet), and they usually include their very own energy provide. Check out our Best USB Hubs and Docks guide for extra.

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The StayGo Mini from Twelve South is our favorite hub for iPads, however we have had no hassle utilizing it with MacBooks. Plug it in through the USB-C port in your laptop computer and you will have entry to a USB-A port, a headphone jack, an HDMI output, and one other USB-C port for passthrough charging. It’s pretty skinny and compact, so it will not add an excessive amount of bulk to your laptop computer or whenever you’re touring.


Plugable’s USB-C Triple Display Docking Station is a good selection, particularly for anybody utilizing multiple monitor. It helps as much as three shows directly (both HDMI or DisplayPort for every). The dock additionally packs six USB 3.0 ports (two on the entrance, 4 within the again) and a gigabit Ethernet port. Whenever you come again to your workstation together with your MacE book, all you need to do is plug it in and you immediately have a multi-monitor setup. With an output of as much as 60 watts, you should use the dock to cost your laptop computer too.

If You Have an iPhone

Looking to do away with the ability strip at your desk? Look no additional than Anker’s MagGo 637. You can use the entrance MagSafe wireless charger to recharge your iPhone whereas the again is residence to a wide range of ports together with two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and three AC retailers. One of these USB-C ports has an output of 65 watts, which is lots to cost a MacE book—providing you with an all-in-one charging station in a compact orb.


If you are regularly at a desk, it is good, although not mandatory, to spend money on a greater keyboard. Especially in case you’re on the lookout for a extra tactile sensation with a mechanical keyboard. Be positive to take a look at our Best Keyboards guide for extra.

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Ever since Apple debuted the brand new Magic Keyboard on its MacBooks in 2021, it has been tough for me to discover a third-party keyboard that feels comparable (if not precisely the identical). This is remedied with Apple’s very-own exterior keyboard. It’s costly, but it surely’s a pleasant strategy to totally replicate the MacE book setup. It comes geared up with a Touch ID button, which you should use to log in, pay for purchases, and obtain apps, in addition to a quantity pad. It has the identical very same operate row keys as M-series MacBooks—full with playback buttons, a Mission Control key, plus a devoted Do Not Disturb button. 

If you do not want this full-size model, there’s additionally the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID ($149), and the essential Magic Keyboard ($99).


We have been already followers of Logitech’s MX mechanical keyboard line previous to attempting the Mac model, however this mimics the expertise of your MacE book keyboard slightly higher. There’s a Do Not Disturb key and the power to program the operate row key with Apple’s personal apps like Final Cut Pro, Keynote, Photos, Safari, and extra, utilizing the Logi Options+ app—along with different Mac-specific shortcuts. Unlike the unique MX mechanical keyboard, you do not have a selection between Clicky, Linear, or Tactile switches. It’s solely out there with Tactile Quiet switches, that are perfect in case you usually work round different individuals because it’s quieter. The low-profile keys are nonetheless satisfying to sort on all day. It’s slim and light-weight so it is a good choice to journey with as properly. 

Other Great Keyboards

  • The Das Keyboard MacTigr for $219: Steep worth apart, this keyboard (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has a devoted Mac format, Cherry MX Red switches (that do not get too loud), a high-quality all-metal construct, and a two-port USB-C hub. 
  • Keychron Q1 Pro Mechanical Keyboard for $199: The Q1 Pro is WIRED opinions editor Julian Chokkattu’s present day by day driver. You can use it wired or wirelessly through Bluetooth, and there are a number of colours and switches to select from (it is RGB-backlit too). The pink switches aren’t too loud however are nonetheless clicky, and there is a beautiful knob for quantity management. It’s hot-swappable, so you may change the switches everytime you like, and the PBT keycaps have not proven any put on after 5 months of rigorous use. 
  • Keychron K3 Pro Ultra-Slim Wireless Mechanical Keyboard for $94: The K3 is one other good wi-fi keyboard but it surely’s slim and compact. It has low-profile keys with a tactile click on, RGB lighting, and round 4 to 5 days of battery life (which you could cost through the USB-C charging port). You’ll additionally get support for Via if you need further software program customization.


A good mouse is vital for essentially the most comfy expertise. We’ve obtained you lined with each an ergonomic possibility (to maintain wrist ache at bay) and an exterior trackpad in case you genuinely benefit from the one in your MacE book. We’ve obtained tons extra suggestions in our Best Gaming Mice guide.

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This ergonomic wi-fi mouse from Logitech is nice in case you spend numerous time at your desk and endure from some wrist ache. The Lift, because the identify suggests, mechanically lifts your palm away from the desk—stopping your nerves from getting pinched. It has glorious battery life too, our unit has gone for greater than a 12 months without having new batteries. You can program the buttons on the mouse to set off Mac-specific options utilizing Logitech’s companion app. For instance, I’ve programmed my mouse to allow Do Not Disturb, Mission Control, the Emojis menu, and Screen seize with a click on of a button. You also can customise the buttons to open Apple’s apps like Final Cut Pro, Keynote, Photos, Safari, and extra.


If you are already used to the trackpad in your MacE book, then you may’t go unsuitable with the exterior Magic Trackpad. It has the identical Multi-Touch gestures and Force Touch expertise, so there isn’t any studying curve concerned. It mechanically pairs together with your MacE book for seamless connectivity. While the battery ought to final you a couple of month, the trackpad comes with a woven USB-C to Lightning cable to cost it.

Laptop Stands

Propping your MacE book up on a laptop computer stand can be sure to’re not craning your neck to stare on the display screen. We’ve obtained lots extra in our Best Laptop Stands guide.

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WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says regardless of what number of laptop stands she tries, she retains coming again to this one from ObVus to make use of along with her MacE book. In reality, she’s been utilizing it since 2020. It’s sturdy, mild, and might be raised to completely different heights and positions—together with a standing possibility (no standing desk required). Although it does take some energy to alter the peak and angle, you may relaxation assured it will not collapse when you’re utilizing it.


For anybody who prefers working from a sofa or mattress, the Nnewvante Laptop Stand is a good possibility. The peak is not adjustable, however you may elevate the bottom to put it at one of the best angle for typing in your MacE book. With a stopper built-in, you will not have to fret about issues sliding off both. It additionally has additional house that stays flat so you may place your espresso mug or a drink, and a small drawer for storing little trinkets. You can fold the legs and retailer the entire thing away when it is not in use.

Other Great Laptop Stands

  • Flexispot Adjustable Table With Wheels for $130: WIRED opinions editor Julian Chokkattu has been utilizing this rollable desk in numerous spots in his condo. You can modify the peak and as a result of the stand is not centered, you may pull it below a mattress or sofa to carry the desktop near you.
  • Rain Design mBar Pro+ Foldable Laptop Stand for $58: Frequently shifting from the workplace and your own home? Carry this one round with you. It folds all the way down to a slim sufficient package deal and weighs lower than a pound. It can elevate your MacE book up about 5 inches and rests it at an angle.

Desk Mats

A desk mat is not mandatory in your workspace, but it surely provides a pleasant contact. It also can make all the pieces look a bit extra organized and simply plain fairly. They can double as a mousepad for anybody utilizing an exterior mouse. 

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I’ve been utilizing the medium model ($70) at my desk, which provides me sufficient room to put my keyboard, mouse, pocket book, and espresso mug. It feels good, seems smooth, and is straightforward to wash (I’ve managed to wipe up unintended spills with no hassle). This desk mat is available in a wide range of enjoyable colours together with darkish orange, mild inexperienced, and magenta. Since it is felt, it slides round barely—however I’ve been utilizing it on a glass desk. If you are anxious about this, get the Grovemade Matte Desk Pad instead. It’s pricier, however the cork backside retains it from shifting round.


This desk mat options one shade on all sides—that method, you may flip between colours everytime you’d like to alter issues up. It’s fabricated from polyurethane leather-based, but it surely seems fairly and my mouse glides easily excessive. Like Grovemade’s desk mat, it is simple to wash too.

External Monitors

Using an exterior monitor helps me get more work done. So a lot in order that I now have hassle working with out one. It offers your apps extra respiratory room so nothing feels too cramped, particularly on a 13-inch MacE book. Head over to our Best Monitors guide for different picks.

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This 4K monitor from Monnoprice provides a excessive decision with out breaking the financial institution. With first rate assist for HDR and punchy colours, it is a satisfying display screen to stare at. You can hook it as much as your MacE book utilizing the USB-C port on the again as a substitute of counting on the DisplayPort or HDMI. With assist for the VESA mounting commonplace, you do not have to accept the included stand; mount it to your desk as a substitute and avoid wasting house. If you determine to mount it, WIRED opinions editor Julian Chokkattu suggests utilizing longer M3 screws for the reason that mounting holes are recessed. One downside? It’s out of inventory usually. 


This Asus 24-inch Full HD monitor is a pleasant, cheap method so as to add a second display screen to your workstation. The 1080p-pixel decision is sharp, although colours can look barely oversaturated. You can tweak this within the show’s settings. It comes with a tilt-adjustable stand that works properly, but when your desk is already too cluttered, it helps the VESA mounting commonplace so you may put it on an arm mount

A Portable Monitor

Mostly spend time working in espresso retailers? A conveyable monitor is a good companion for a MacE book, making it a lot simpler to multitask and get extra finished. This one has an OLED panel, so you will get some beautiful deep blacks and vibrant colours. It comes with a canopy that doubles as a kickstand plus the important cables. Just plug it into your machine utilizing the USB-C cable. Just keep in mind that it’s going to drain your MacE book’s battery quicker, so it is smart to plug it into an influence supply when you may (the display screen will then have the ability to get brighter too).

An Integrated Portable Monitor

This moveable show sticks to the again of your MacE book through magnets. If you do not thoughts completely leaving 4 magnets on the corners of your machine, then this is without doubt one of the best methods so as to add a second display screen to your setup, and it would not take any desk house because it hangs off the again of your display screen. Just slide out the 13-inch show whenever you want it and join the USB-C cable. It provides some bulk and thickness however you may simply take away the show at any time when you do not want it.


There’s truthfully no “best” backpack as a result of has completely different preferences and kinds. Browse our Best Laptop Backpacks guide for extra suggestions, however these are just a few standouts.

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This Tom Bihn bag is pricey however WIRED senior affiliate opinions editor Adrienne So says it is her favourite, primarily for its considerate design. There’s a zippered water bottle pocket in the midst of the backpack (as a substitute of the aspect), pen pockets in flaps on the aspect for simple entry as a substitute of within the center, and an exterior created from Bluesign-certified 400-denier ballistic nylon. Each bag additionally has a lifetime assure. The dense cloth and {hardware} (zippers, buckles, and O-rings) do make it slightly heavy although. We suggest going with the 22-liter option. This bag will solely match a 13-inch MacE book Pro and MacE book Air (2018 and later). 


The Herschel Heritage is a extra reasonably priced possibility and our favourite finances bag. On the within, you will discover a 15-inch laptop computer sleeve to suit a 13-inch MacE book or 14-inch MacE book Pro, with loads of room to pack in additional provides. It’s tremendous sturdy too. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says it solely began to point out indicators of damage after a number of years of use. Our solely gripe is the dearth of a water bottle compartment.

Other Great Backpacks

  • Rains Backpack Mini for $95: The Rains AgainPack Mini is essentially the most fashionable decide in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide. It’s engaging, useful, and matches a 13-inch MacE book together with just a few different equipment. If you are anxious it is too small, we additionally just like the bigger 13-liter version for $110.
  • JanSport Pro Pack System for $150: JanSport’s backpacks have at all times been dependable, and the Pro Pack System is not any completely different. It has a 15-inch laptop computer plush laptop computer compartment, together with loads of pockets to suit further equipment like notebooks, water bottles, and pens. The entrance pack can also be removable, which you should use as a cross-body bag.
  • Harber London Leather City Backpack for $560: It’s costly, however this all-leather bag is at present WIRED opinions editor Julian Chokkattu’s favourite. It can match as much as a 16-inch MacE book in a devoted sleeve, has house for a spare pill or a Nintendo Switch, and features a few pouches in the primary compartment and within the entrance zippered pocket for group. It’s cozy to put on, and he is obtained loads of compliments on it. 


Not a fan of backpacks? Totes are a extra trendy different. They’re simply as able to carrying your MacE book and different provides you could want. We’ve listed just a few of our favorites under, however we have got a ton extra in our Best Laptop Totes and Purses guide.

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This tote from Moment is WIRED author Jaina Grey’s favorite. It has pockets for days (and pockets inside pockets) permitting you to retailer a 16-inch MacE book, a number of water bottles, and cables. Since Moment is a pictures model, the bag comes with padding to guard your gear together with a full-zip closure and weatherproof recycled nylon as properly. Since it may well maintain a lot stuff, it additionally distributes weight evenly to keep away from inflicting shoulder ache.


The Cuyana Tote is at present our favorite purse. It has a wonderful, timeless design and it is fabricated from sturdy leather-based. You’ll have the choice between a 13-inch or 16-inch measurement, relying in your MacE book, and a number of colours to select from. You also can buy add-ons like an organizational insert that has a pocket in your laptop computer and water bottle, a flap bag to make use of as an interior compartment contained in the bag or a stand-alone clutch, and an adjustable strap to put on the bag as a cross-body.

Other Great Totes

  • L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag for $50: This is our favourite finances tote. It has a rugged construct full with double-stitched seams, a thick polyester shell, beefy handles, and a rubbery plastic lining. WIRED senior editor Michael Calore says he makes use of it for all the pieces—together with grocery retailer runs, tenting journeys, seaside days, and on flights. It might be helpful for work too, however we do suggest buying a laptop computer sleeve or case.
  • Fjallraven Kånken Totepack for $70: This tote backpack mixture might be worn in your again or your shoulder. It additionally has a pocket for a 13-inch MacE book, a smaller pocket for a pocket book or pill, and a big essential compartment. You’ll even have two aspect pockets for water bottles or a small umbrella.

Headphones and Earbuds

Owning the best noise-canceling headphones generally is a game-changer for productiveness. But with so many on the market, it may be powerful to slim down which one to pair together with your MacE book. For extra choices, learn our Best Wireless Headphones and Best Wireless Earbuds guides.

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Apple’s AirPods Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are costly however they reign as the best possible noise-canceling headphones in our e book. With glorious sound high quality, sensible noise discount, stellar construct high quality, and seamless connectivity, they’re laborious to not love. When paired together with your MacE book, they’re going to mechanically hook up with the laptop computer everytime you take them out of the case. If you personal different Apple gadgets like an iPhone, you may simply change again and forth between gadgets with out having to manually dig via the Bluetooth menu.


Sony’s WX-1000XM5 headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) have a sleeker, extra discrete look than the AirPods Max. They’re pricier than earlier generations, however the newest model provides a extra absorbing and energetic sound high quality than its predecessors. You’ll get glorious noise cancellation and nice battery life as properly. If you wish to avoid wasting money, we nonetheless suggest last year’s WH-1000XM4 which additionally provides nice noise-cancellation, 30-hour battery life, and a clear sound signature. 

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