Roundup: best accessories for Apple's M1 MacBook Pro

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We round up the top accessories for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 processor.

The M1 MacBook Pro is a powerful machine that dwarfs the performance of even the best Intel MacBooks. Like with every other Apple product, the pro-level notebook also has a broad ecosystem of accessories that can enhance, protect, or simplify your experience. AppleInsider breaks down the best products to complement your M1 MacBook Pro.

HyperDrive Pro 8-in-2 Hub for USB-C MacBook Pro/Air

HyperDrive Mac USB-C Hub Adapter
HyperDrive Mac USB-C Hub Adapter

This hub can turn your MacBook Pro's two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports into eight ports. The slim adapter snaps flush onto the side of your MacBook Pro.

It includes HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, Mini DisplayPort, USB-C, SD/Micro, and two USB 3.1 ports. It also has two USB-C ports that each support Power Delivery (PD) and Data (40Gbps/100W + 5Gbps/60W). Please note, the M1 MacBook Pro can only extend to one additional display.

The HyperDrive Pro costs $99.99 from Hyper direct.

Anker PowerCore+ 26,800mAh power bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh
Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh

This 45W USB-C PD power bank can charge your MacBook Pro and keep it alive while you're using it. The portable battery also includes two 15W USB ports to charge an iPhone or iPad.

The Anker PowerCore+ normally costs $129.99 on Amazon, but shoppers can clip a $30 coupon at press time.

Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD

Samsung T5 Portable SSD
Samsung T5 Portable SSD

You can use a portable solid-state drive for speedy Time Machine backups or transporting large data files. This highly-rated Samsung model comes in 1TB and 2TB variants.

The Samsung T5 costs $129.99 for 1TB of space and $227.99 for 2TB.

Andar Wallets The Helm case for MacBook Pro

Andar Wallets' The Helm
Andar Wallets' The Helm

This case from Andar Wallets protects your MacBook in style. It snaps onto the notebook, giving it a sleek leather exterior, with a soft microfiber inside lining.

The Helm style comes in brown, black, tan, and navy options and retails for $115.

Apple Leather Sleeve

Apple Leather Sleeve
Apple Leather Sleeve

Sleeves are another popular way to protect your notebook on the go. Apple sells a premium leather one designed especially for its 13-inch MacBooks.

The sleeve ships in black, midnight blue, and saddle brown. Each costs $179 on Amazon.

Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27-inch 4K Monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2720Q
Dell UltraSharp U2720Q

If you want your MacBook to double as something resembling an iMac, consider this 27-inch Dell monitor. It allows you to mirror or extend your MacBook's display in 4K glory.

While it doesn't give you the iMac's distinctly Apple design, its all-screen appearance should look right at home on any Apple-centric desktop. You could pay much more for the Pro Display XDR, but this display will get the job done for much less.

The Dell U2720Q is discounted to $596.98 on Amazon.

Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and Magic Mouse 2
Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and Magic Mouse 2

Another key part of extending your MacBook into a desktop setup is a separate keyboard and mouse.

Apple's Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad gives you essentially the same high-quality typing experience from the M1 MacBook Pro. This model also adds a numpad section for data-entry tasks.

When working at a desk, many people prefer a quality mouse over a trackpad. Apple's Magic Mouse 2 gives you traditional mouse functionality along with a multitouch surface for scrolling and other macOS gestures.

The Magic Keyboard is on sale from $119 on Amazon, while the Magic Mouse 2 is marked down to as low as $74.

LapGear Ergo Lap Desk

LapGear Ergo Lap Desk
LapGear Ergo Lap Desk

When using a MacBook on your lap, a quality lap desk can help you elevate and angle your notebook. This model has adjustable angles and pillowy cushioning for your legs. When you're done, it collapses into a slimmer device that's easy to transport.

The LapGear Ergo costs $19.54 on Amazon.

Solo New York Ludlow Universal Tablet Sling Bag

Solo New York Ludlow Universal Tablet Sling Bag
Solo New York Ludlow Universal Tablet Sling Bag

While it's marketed for tablets, this sling bag fits the M1 MacBook Pro. Slide your laptop into the main pocket, and use the two front pockets for your charger, iPhone, AirPods, or other accessories.

The Solo sling bag costs $28.80 on Amazon.

HyperDrive 16-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 dock

HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock
HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock

The HyperDrive 16-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a monstrous accessory, turning one MacBook port into 16 while providing 180W of total power to connected accessories.

The dock includes the following ports:

  • Thunderbolt 3 port
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A with 18W PD
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • RJ45 port with Gigabit Ethernet
  • Coaxial connection
  • Optical TOSLINK
  • 3.5mm mic/headphone port
  • SD and microSD card slot
  • 180W DC power port

Twelve South BookArc vertical stand

Twelve South BookArc
Twelve South BookArc

Vertical laptop stands can help declutter your work area. They're convenient for storage, and you can use them while your MacBook is outputting to an external display. Twelve South designed this model to improve airflow when your device is in clamshell mode.

The Twelve South BookArc costs $49.66 on Amazon.

Syntech USB-C to USB Adapter

Syntech USB C to USB Adapter
Syntech USB C to USB Adapter

This simple adapter lets you use a USB 3.1 accessory with one of your M1 MacBook Pro's USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.

A two-pack of the Syntech adapters costs $8.99 on Amazon.

SightPro Magnetic Privacy Screen

SightPro Magnetic Privacy Screen
SightPro Magnetic Privacy Screen

SightPro's privacy filter snaps onto your M1 MacBook Pro display. From straight-on, you'll see content like always, but from an angle, curious bystanders won't know what you're doing. It does this with magnets instead of adhesives, avoiding screen damage or messy cleanup.

The SightPro privacy screen costs $29.99 on Amazon.

Twelve South Curve

Twelve South Curve
Twelve South Curve

Twelve South's second desktop stand in our list elevates your MacBook by six inches for a more ergonomic typing experience.

The raised design helps with airflow, keeping your notebook cool. Its arms have raised edges and an anti-slip covering that ensure your device will stay put.

The Curve costs $42.47 on Amazon.

 

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