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

The MacBook is a robust machine. Whether or not you are utilizing a MacBook Air for internet shopping and sending emails or a MacBook Professional for graphics-intensive tasks like video modifying and 3D design, Apple’s laptops can deal with a variety of actions. However to reinforce your expertise, I counsel throwing some equipment into the combo.

No matter 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 have examined dozens over the previous yr, and these are the perfect MacBook equipment to streamline your workflow and unlock your machine’s full potential. That is not at all an exhaustive listing, as there are an innumerable variety of equipment, so we’ll all the time be on the hunt for extra to check. Take a look at 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 you need to nonetheless carry a spare charger if you head out the door. The default one within the field is cumbersome and might recharge just one system at a time, so attempt these options. For extra charging picks, try 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 totally recharged it in an hour and a half (from 0 to one hundred pc!). 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. Better of all, you get a braided, 6-foot, 100-watt cable within the field. 


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

For Energy-Hungry Machines

If in case you have a MacBook Professional, go for Satechi’s 108-watt wall charger. It is on the bigger facet, but it surely’s not as large because the one from Apple. It comes with three USB-C ports, every with the flexibility to cost at 100 watts if just one system is linked—good for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Nevertheless, 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 Highly effective Moveable Battery Pack

An outlet won’t all the time be inside arm’s attain, so it is price protecting a conveyable charger helpful. You will discover a lot of nice, compact, and low-cost transportable chargers in our Best Portable Battery Packs information, however this one from Zendure has a 26,800-mAh capability (the utmost you possibly can 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 be capable of 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 proportion and in watt-hours.

Different Nice Chargers

  • Nomad 65-Watt Dual-Port Charger for $70: Need 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 might 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 seems tremendous modern. 
  • Satechi 165-Watt GaN Four-Port Charger for $120: If in case you have lots of units round your desk, it is a handy-dandy charger. It has just a little 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 MacBook Professional fashions concurrently.

Laptop computer Circumstances and Sleeves

It would not take a lot to scratch or ding the aluminum on a MacBook. It is good to get a laptop computer case or sleeve to maintain it secure. 

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This case is on the market for a couple of MacBook fashions, however I have been utilizing it with the 16-inch MacBook Professional (2021). It has exact cutouts for all of the ports, rubberized toes that forestall it from sliding, and air flow to maintain the MacBook 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 MacBook Professional—which is already a heavy laptop computer. You will discover these hardshell circumstances for different MacBook models here.


I’ve all the time preferred Speck’s iPhone cases for his or her sturdiness, and I really feel the identical in regards to the firm’s laptop computer circumstances. I have been utilizing this one with the 14-inch MacBook Professional and, just like Incase, the hardshell case has the correct cutouts for ports, together with rubberized toes to maintain your machine in place. Each items clip in securely. It is out there for a variety of MacBook fashions. I’ve carried it in backpacks, duffle baggage, and totes, and to this point it has managed to guard my machine. Nevertheless, the scratch-resistant hardshell is not as resistant as Speck claims. The case has a couple of scrapes right here and there, although it is not too noticeable. 

A Leather-based Sleeve

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

Hubs and Docks

If the restricted port choice in your MacBook Air or older MacBook Professional frustrates you, spend money on a USB hub or dock. Hubs are inexpensive 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 so they sometimes include their very own energy provide. Take a look at 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 by way of 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 is pretty skinny and compact, so it will not add an excessive amount of bulk to your laptop computer or if you’re touring.


Plugable’s USB-C Triple Show Docking Station is a good alternative, particularly for anybody utilizing a couple of 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. Everytime you come again to your workstation along with your MacBook, all it’s important to do is plug it in and also 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

Seeking to do away with the ability strip at your desk? Look no additional than Anker’s MagGo 637. You should utilize 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 retailers. A type of USB-C ports has an output of 65 watts, which is loads to cost a MacBook—supplying you with an all-in-one charging station in a compact orb.


Should you’re regularly at a desk, it is good, although not vital, to spend money on a greater keyboard. Particularly should you’re in search of a extra tactile sensation with a mechanical keyboard. You’ll want to try 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 related (if not precisely the identical). That is remedied with Apple’s very-own exterior keyboard. It is costly, but it surely’s a pleasant approach to totally replicate the MacBook setup. It comes geared up with a Contact 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 perform row keys as M-series MacBooks—full with playback buttons, a Mission Management key, plus a devoted Do Not Disturb button. 

Should 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 have been already followers of Logitech’s MX mechanical keyboard line previous to attempting the Mac model, however this mimics the expertise of your MacBook keyboard just a little higher. There is a Do Not Disturb key and the flexibility to program the perform row key with Apple’s personal apps like Closing Minimize Professional, Keynote, Images, Safari, and extra, utilizing the Logi Choices+ app—along with different Mac-specific shortcuts. In contrast to the unique MX mechanical keyboard, you do not have a alternative between Clicky, Linear, or Tactile switches. It is solely out there with Tactile Quiet switches, that are best should you sometimes work round different folks because it’s quieter. The low-profile keys are nonetheless satisfying to kind on all day. It is slim and light-weight so it is a good choice to journey with as nicely. 

Different Nice Keyboards

  • The Das Keyboard MacTigr for $219: Steep worth apart, this keyboard (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has a devoted Mac format, Cherry MX Crimson 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 Professional is WIRED evaluations editor Julian Chokkattu’s present day by day driver. You should utilize it wired or wirelessly by way of 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 pretty knob for quantity management. It is hot-swappable, so you possibly can 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 (that you may cost by way of the USB-C charging port). You may additionally get support for Via if you need extra software program customization.


A good mouse is necessary for probably the most snug expertise. We have you coated with each an ergonomic possibility (to maintain wrist ache at bay) and an exterior trackpad should you genuinely benefit from the one in your MacBook. We have 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 lots of time at your desk and endure from some wrist ache. The Raise, because the identify 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 with no need new batteries. You possibly 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 Management, the Emojis menu, and Display screen seize with a click on of a button. You may also customise the buttons to open Apple’s apps like Closing Minimize Professional, Keynote, Images, Safari, and extra.


Should you’re already used to the trackpad in your MacBook, then you possibly can’t go improper with the exterior Magic Trackpad. It has the identical Multi-Contact gestures and Pressure Contact expertise, so there is no studying curve concerned. It routinely pairs along with your MacBook for seamless connectivity. Whereas the battery ought to final you a few month, the trackpad comes with a woven USB-C to Lightning cable to cost it.

Laptop computer Stands

Propping your MacBook up on a laptop computer stand can be sure you’re not craning your neck to stare on the display screen. We have loads 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 along with her MacBook. In actual fact, she’s been utilizing it since 2020. It is sturdy, mild, and could be raised to totally different heights and positions—together with a standing possibility (no standing desk required). Though it does take some energy to alter the peak and angle, you possibly can relaxation assured it will not collapse when you’re utilizing it.


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

Different Nice Laptop computer Stands

  • Flexispot Adjustable Table With Wheels for $130: WIRED evaluations editor Julian Chokkattu has been utilizing this rollable desk in numerous spots in his condominium. You possibly can alter the peak and since the stand is not centered, you possibly can pull it below a mattress or sofa to convey the desktop near you.
  • Rain Design mBar Pro+ Foldable Laptop Stand for $58: Incessantly transferring from the workplace and your own home? Carry this one round with you. It folds all the way down to a slim sufficient bundle and weighs lower than a pound. It may possibly elevate your MacBook up about 5 inches and rests it at an angle.

Desk Mats

A desk mat is not vital in your workspace, but it surely provides a pleasant contact. It may possibly additionally make the whole lot look a bit extra organized and simply plain fairly. They will double as a mousepad for anybody utilizing an exterior mouse. 

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


This desk mat options one colour on both sides—that approach, you possibly can flip between colours everytime you’d like to alter issues up. It is manufactured from polyurethane leather-based, but it surely seems fairly and my mouse glides easily excessive. Like Grovemade’s desk mat, it is easy to scrub too.

Exterior Screens

Utilizing an exterior monitor helps me get more work done. A lot in order that I now have bother working with out one. It offers your apps extra respiratory room so nothing feels too cramped, particularly on a 13-inch MacBook. 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 first rate assist for HDR and punchy colours, it is a satisfying display screen to stare at. You possibly can hook it as much as your MacBook utilizing the USB-C port on the again as an alternative 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 an alternative and avoid wasting area. Should you resolve to mount it, WIRED evaluations editor Julian Chokkattu suggests utilizing longer M3 screws for the reason that mounting holes are recessed. One downside? It is 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 possibly can tweak this within the show’s settings. It comes with a tilt-adjustable stand that works nicely, but when your desk is already too cluttered, it helps the VESA mounting commonplace so you possibly can put it on an arm mount

A Moveable Monitor

Principally spend time working in espresso outlets? A transportable monitor is a good companion for a MacBook, making it a lot simpler to multitask and get extra executed. This one has an OLED panel, so you will get some pretty deep blacks and vibrant colours. It comes with a canopy that doubles as a kickstand plus the important cables. Simply plug it into your machine utilizing the USB-C cable. Simply keep in mind that it’ll drain your MacBook’s battery sooner, so it is sensible to plug it into an influence supply when you possibly can (the display screen will then be capable of get brighter too).

An Built-in Moveable Monitor

This transportable show sticks to the again of your MacBook by way of magnets. Should 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 area because it hangs off the again of your display screen. Simply slide out the 13-inch show if you want it and join the USB-C cable. It provides some bulk and thickness however you possibly can simply take away the show each time you do not want it.


There’s actually no “greatest” backpack as a result of has totally different preferences and kinds. Browse our Best Laptop Backpacks guide for extra suggestions, however these are a couple of standouts.

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This Tom Bihn bag is pricey however WIRED senior affiliate evaluations editor Adrienne So says it is her favourite, primarily for its considerate design. There is a zippered water bottle pocket in the midst of the backpack (as an alternative of the facet), pen pockets in flaps on the facet for simple entry as an alternative of within the center, and an exterior made out of Bluesign-certified 400-denier ballistic nylon. Every bag additionally has a lifetime assure. The dense cloth 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 MacBook Professional and MacBook Air (2018 and later). 


The Herschel Heritage is a extra inexpensive possibility and our favourite funds bag. On the within, you will discover a 15-inch laptop computer sleeve to suit a 13-inch MacBook or 14-inch MacBook Professional, with loads of room to pack in additional provides. It is 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.

Different Nice Backpacks

  • Rains Backpack Mini for $95: The Rains BackPack Mini is probably the most fashionable decide in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide. It is enticing, practical, and suits a 13-inch MacBook together with a couple of different equipment. Should you’re 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 all the time been dependable, and the Professional 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 also be removable, which you should use as a cross-body bag.
  • Harber London Leather City Backpack for $560: It is costly, however this all-leather bag is at present WIRED evaluations editor Julian Chokkattu’s favourite. It may possibly match as much as a 16-inch MacBook in a devoted sleeve, has area for a spare pill or a Nintendo Swap, and features a few pouches in the primary compartment and within the entrance zippered pocket for group. It is comfortable to put on, and he is obtained loads of compliments on it. 


Not a fan of backpacks? Totes are a extra trendy various. They’re simply as able to carrying your MacBook and different provides it’s possible you’ll want. We have listed a couple of of our favorites under, however we have a ton extra in our Best Laptop Totes and Purses guide.

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This tote from Second is WIRED author Jaina Grey’s favorite. It has pockets for days (and pockets inside pockets) permitting you to retailer a 16-inch MacBook, a number of water bottles, and cables. Since Second is a pictures model, the bag comes with padding to guard your gear together with a full-zip closure and weatherproof recycled nylon as nicely. Since it could actually 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 phenomenal, timeless design and it is manufactured from sturdy leather-based. You may have the choice between a 13-inch or 16-inch dimension, relying in your MacBook, and a number of colours to select from. You may also 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.

Different Nice Totes

  • L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag for $50: That is our favourite funds 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 the whole lot—together with grocery retailer runs, tenting journeys, seashore days, and on flights. It may 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 could be worn in your again or your shoulder. It additionally has a pocket for a 13-inch MacBook, a smaller pocket for a pocket book or pill, and a big essential compartment. You may even have two facet pockets for water bottles or a small umbrella.

Headphones and Earbuds

Proudly owning the best noise-canceling headphones is usually a game-changer for productiveness. However with so many on the market, it may be powerful to slender down which one to pair along with your MacBook. 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 wonderful sound high quality, good noise discount, stellar construct high quality, and seamless connectivity, they’re laborious to not love. When paired along with your MacBook, they’re going to routinely hook up with the laptop computer everytime you take them out of the case. Should you personal different Apple units like an iPhone, you possibly can simply swap backwards and forwards between units 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 presents a extra absorbing and energetic sound high quality than its predecessors. You may get wonderful noise cancellation and nice battery life as nicely. 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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