Finally ! You finally have in your hands that MacBook you’ve been eyeing for a long time. Now that it’s in the room, do you want to invest in some accessories to use it 100%? Let’s take a look at some smart purchases for your new toy.
Protect your Mac
A good cover will quickly become essential if you plan to use your laptop anywhere other than at home. Amazon offers different price ranges, although we recommend not trying too hard to save money on this accessory that will easily follow you for 5 or 6 years.
Native Union has a good €49.99 model available in a 13″ or 14″/16″ format for MacBook Pro owners. We also recommend the manufacturer Tomtoc, who generally offer quality products and protect the devices well.
Add to this list the French MW, which has a series of covers made with 99% recycled materials and in different formats. We were able to test them and we have several copies that we use daily: the covers are of good quality and you should not regret your purchase.
Overview of MW’s Horizons covers, made from 99% recycled materials
The clumsiest can simply add a case to their MacBook. Cupertino sells some Incase models in the Apple Store, and the protections are around €70 on Amazon. Be sure to choose the one that matches your computer, as Apple’s designs have changed quite a bit over the years.
A privacy filter can also be a smart purchase, especially if you use your MacBook to process sensitive data on the go. Kensington and Belkin offer models between €30 and €60 depending on the size of your panel.
Finally, AppleCare+ is available for MacBooks. The warranty allows you to get your Mac repaired or replaced in the event of an accident. In the event of a breakdown, an excess will be required ranging from €99 (for damages that affect the screen or the outer casing) to €259 (for any other type of accidental damage). AppleCare+ also allows you to replace the battery if it falls below 80%. Unlike the iPhone, Apple does not offer insurance against theft or loss for its computers.
Connect your Mac
If you’re coming from an older Mac, you’re in for a big change: Modern MacBooks have almost no more ports. Apple is starting to retrace its steps and added an SD and HDMI port to its MacBook Pros, but if you went with a 13″ MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you’ll only have two USB-C ports available.
So a USB-C hub will be essential for certain basic actions (connecting your computer to an overhead projector, plugging in a USB-A dongle). Amazon has a wide selection to suit all budgets: some have an Ethernet port, others Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, etc. It’s up to you based on your profile, and you won’t need a $100 gizmo for the occasional SD card dump.
For great value, Anker offers a versatile 8-in-1 model for $60. If you need less, the model with 3 USB-A ports, an HDMI and an Ethernet port should be enough for most people for €20 less.
If you are looking for an accessory for sale in the Apple Store, Satechi has a model at €52.99 that also includes a USB-C port that allows you to recharge your Mac while it is in use. You can’t go too far wrong as long as you stick to the name brands, just check the speeds if you have big needs.
Less versatile, but practical individual adapters can also be used. If you have an older Thunderbolt display, a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter will fit perfectly on your desktop. For an overhead projector or TV that isn’t connected, an HDMI to USB-C cable can be used to mirror your screen cheaply.
And if you’re going on a trip, a new charger could come in handy to save space in a bag. Anker offers a small 30W brick that can charge your iPhone like a MacBook Air. If you’re looking for something bigger, you can opt for this 60W USB-C dual plug model, which remains a reasonable size and will come in handy for a MacBook Pro or to bypass multiple lockups.