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

The MacE-book is a robust machine. Whether you are utilizing a MacE-book Air for internet shopping and sending emails or a MacE-book Pro for graphics-intensive initiatives like video enhancing and 3D design, Apple’s laptops can deal with a variety of actions. But to reinforce your expertise, I counsel 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 along with your laptop, like laptop computer stands, keyboards, charging bricks, and exterior shows. We’ve examined dozens over the previous yr, and these are the most effective 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 out to be extra battery environment friendly, however it’s best to nonetheless carry a spare charger once you head out the door. The default one within the field is cumbersome and can recharge just one gadget at a time, so strive 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 practically 60 watts to the 2020 MacBook Pro with M1 and absolutely 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 shops 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 consistently on the go, and I 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 positive, although extra power-hungry MacE-book Pro fashions would require one thing extra highly effective.

For Power-Hungry Machines

If you’ve gotten a MacE-book Pro, go for Satechi’s 108-watt wall charger. It’s on the bigger aspect, but it surely’s not as huge because the one from Apple. It comes with three USB-C ports, every with the power to cost at 100 watts if just one gadget is linked—excellent for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, if you wish to cost three devices without delay, 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 may not at all times be inside arm’s attain, so it is price maintaining a transportable charger helpful. You can discover a lot of 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 may possible be capable of get shut to 2 full expenses out of it), along with iPhones and different smartphones. A small OLED show exhibits the remaining energy as a proportion and in watt-hours.

Other Great Chargers

  • Nomad 65-Watt Dual-Port Charger for $70: Want two USB-C ports as an alternative 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 units in and the highest will ship 45 watts and the underside can do 20 watts. The plugs fold up, and it appears to be like tremendous smooth. 
  • Satechi 165-Watt GaN Four-Port Charger for $120: If you’ve gotten loads of units round your desk, this can be a handy-dandy charger. It has just a little stand to prop it up and a brief wire 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 does 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 accessible 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 preferred 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 correct 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 up to now 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 gentle sleeve or a extra luxe expertise? WIRED critiques editor Julian Chokkattu has had a very good 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 because of 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, put money into a USB hub or dock. Hubs are inexpensive dongles that present further USB ports, SD card readers, and a headphone jack. Docks are meant for use at your desk, as a result of they’re bigger, supply much more ports in better selection (like Ethernet), and they sometimes 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 bother utilizing it with MacBooks. Plug it in through the USB-C port in your laptop computer and you may 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 once you’re touring.


Plugable’s USB-C Triple Display Docking Station is a superb selection, particularly for anybody utilizing a couple of monitor. It helps as much as three shows without delay (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 along with your MacE-book, all it’s a must 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 utilize the dock to cost your laptop computer too.

If You Have an iPhone

Looking to eliminate 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 dwelling to a wide range of ports together with two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and three AC shops. One of these USB-C ports has an output of 65 watts, which is a lot to cost a MacE-book—supplying you with an all-in-one charging station in a compact orb.


If you are regularly at a desk, it is good, although not crucial, to put money into a greater keyboard. Especially should you’re searching 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 troublesome 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 approach to absolutely replicate the MacE-book setup. It comes outfitted with a Touch ID button, which you should utilize to log in, pay for purchases, and obtain apps, in addition to a quantity pad. It has the identical very same perform 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 fundamental Magic Keyboard ($99).


We had been already followers of Logitech’s MX mechanical keyboard line previous to making an attempt the Mac model, however this mimics the expertise of your MacE-book keyboard just a little higher. There’s a Do Not Disturb key and the power to program the perform 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 preferrred should you sometimes 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 effectively. 

Other Great Keyboards

  • The Das Keyboard MacTigr for $219: Steep worth apart, this keyboard (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has a devoted Mac structure, 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 critiques editor Julian Chokkattu’s present each 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 purple 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 (you could cost through the USB-C charging port). You’ll additionally get support for Via if you would like extra software program customization.


A good mouse is necessary for probably the most snug expertise. We’ve obtained you lined with each an ergonomic choice (to maintain wrist ache at bay) and an exterior trackpad should 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 should you spend loads of time at your desk and endure from some wrist ache. The Lift, because the title suggests, routinely lifts your palm away from the desk—stopping your nerves from getting pinched. It has wonderful battery life too, our unit has gone for greater than a yr while not 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 can even 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 know-how, so there is no studying curve concerned. It routinely pairs along with your MacE-book for seamless connectivity. While the battery ought to final you a few 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 you’re not craning your neck to stare on the display screen. We’ve obtained a lot extra in our Best Laptop Stands guide.

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


For anybody who prefers working from a sofa or mattress, the Nnewvante Laptop Stand is a superb choice. The peak is not adjustable, however you may elevate the bottom to put it at the most effective 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 further 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 critiques editor Julian Chokkattu has been utilizing this rollable desk in several spots in his house. You can modify the peak and as a result of the stand is not centered, you may pull it underneath 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 property? Carry this one round with you. It folds right 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 crucial to your workspace, but it surely provides a pleasant contact. It can even make every part 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 supplies me sufficient room to put my keyboard, mouse, pocket book, and espresso mug. It feels good, appears to be like smooth, and is straightforward to wash (I’ve managed to wipe up unintentional spills with no bother). This desk mat is available in a wide range of enjoyable colours together with darkish orange, gentle inexperienced, and magenta. Since it is felt, it slides round barely—however I’ve been utilizing it on a glass desk. If you are fearful 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 approach, you may flip between colours everytime you’d like to alter issues up. It’s fabricated from polyurethane leather-based, but it surely appears to be like 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 bother working with out one. It offers your apps extra respiration 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 presents a excessive decision with out breaking the financial institution. With respectable help 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 an alternative of counting on the DisplayPort or HDMI. With help for the VESA mounting commonplace, you do not have to accept the included stand; mount it to your desk as an alternative and avoid wasting house. If you determine to mount it, WIRED critiques editor Julian Chokkattu suggests utilizing longer M3 screws for the reason that mounting holes are recessed. One downside? It’s out of inventory typically. 


This Asus 24-inch Full HD monitor is a pleasant, cheap approach 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 effectively, 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 transportable monitor is a superb companion for a MacE-book, making it a lot simpler to multitask and get extra performed. This one has an OLED panel, so you may 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 bear in mind that it’s going to drain your MacE-book’s battery sooner, so it is sensible to plug it into an influence supply when you may (the display screen will then be capable of 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 does not take any desk house because it hangs off the again of your display screen. Just slide out the 13-inch show once you want it and join the USB-C cable. It provides some bulk and thickness however you may simply take away the show every time you do not want it.


There’s truthfully no “best” backpack as a result of has totally 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 dear however WIRED senior affiliate critiques 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 an alternative of the aspect), pen pockets in flaps on the aspect for simple entry as an alternative of within the center, and an exterior produced from Bluesign-certified 400-denier ballistic nylon. Each bag additionally has a lifetime assure. The dense material and {hardware} (zippers, buckles, and O-rings) do make it just a little 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 inexpensive choice and our favourite finances bag. On the within, you may 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 indicate indicators of damage after a number of years of use. Our solely gripe is the shortage of a water bottle compartment.

Other Great Backpacks

  • Rains Backpack Mini for $95: The Rains AgainPack Mini is probably the most fashionable choose in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide. It’s enticing, useful, and matches a 13-inch MacE-book together with just a few different equipment. If you are fearful 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 isn’t any totally different. It has a 15-inch laptop computer plush laptop computer compartment, together with loads of pockets to suit extra equipment like notebooks, water bottles, and pens. The entrance pack can be removable, which you should utilize as a cross-body bag.
  • Harber London Leather City Backpack for $560: It’s costly, however this all-leather bag is at the moment WIRED critiques 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 comfortable to put on, and he is acquired loads of compliments on it. 


Not a fan of backpacks? Totes are a extra modern 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 beneath, 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 images model, the bag comes with padding to guard your gear together with a full-zip closure and weatherproof recycled nylon as effectively. Since it could possibly maintain a lot stuff, it additionally distributes weight evenly to keep away from inflicting shoulder ache.


The Cuyana Tote is at the moment our favorite purse. It has a stupendous, timeless design and it is fabricated from sturdy leather-based. You’ll have the choice between a 13-inch or 16-inch dimension, relying in your MacE-book, and a number of colours to select from. You can even buy add-ons like an organizational insert that has a pocket to your laptop computer and water bottle, a flap bag to make use of as an inside 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 every part—together with grocery retailer runs, tenting journeys, seashore 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 appropriate noise-canceling headphones generally is a game-changer for productiveness. But with so many on the market, it may be powerful to slender down which one to pair along 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 very best noise-canceling headphones in our ebook. With wonderful sound high quality, good noise discount, stellar construct high quality, and seamless connectivity, they’re arduous to not love. When paired along with your MacE-book, they’re going to routinely hook up with the laptop computer everytime you take them out of the case. If you personal different Apple units like an iPhone, you may simply swap again and forth between units with out having to manually dig by way of 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 presents a extra absorbing and energetic sound high quality than its predecessors. You’ll get wonderful noise cancellation and nice battery life as effectively. If you wish to avoid wasting money, we nonetheless suggest last year’s WH-1000XM4 which additionally presents nice noise-cancellation, 30-hour battery life, and a clear sound signature. 

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