Best Mac Accessories – 9to5Mac

Since I’ve overhauled my setup in conjunction with the new Mac Studio over the past few weeks, I’ve also taken the opportunity to add some new accessories. This includes a new OWC Thunderbolt Dock, a beautiful Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad accessory from Twelve South, and more. Go below for details.

Best Mac Accessory: OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock

One of the more indispensable additions to my setup is the OWC Thunderbolt Dock, a version we also experienced firsthand earlier this year.

The OWC Thunderbolt Dock I used in my setup offers four Thunderbolt 4 ports supporting transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s, four USB-A ports, an SD card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Gigabit Ethernet. I mounted the dock to the bottom of the table so it’s hidden and out of the way, but its ports are still accessible.

The OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock really isn’t as useful on the new Mac Studio as it was when I was using my 14″ MacBook Pro in clamshell mode. This is because Mac Studio offers its own selection of multifunction ports.

But if you’re looking for a way to free up ports on your Mac Studio itself, this OWC dock is a great option. It’s also great for cleaning out your desk and snaking from the back of your Mac Studio as little as possible. If you’re ordering from OWC, I also highly recommend the company’s Thunderbolt 4 cable, which is much cheaper than Apple’s.

Magic Keyboard with Touch ID

If you’re using an Apple Silicon-powered Mac and haven’t added Magic Keyboard with Touch ID to your settings, you’re seriously missing out. Finally being able to use Touch ID on a desktop Mac is a game changer. This includes Apple Pay authentication, accessing the password manager, and making App Store purchases.

Of course, that means you have to be happy with the shape and design of the Apple Magic Keyboard, but that’s not the case for everyone. I still hope Apple will release a standalone “Magic Button” with Touch ID at some point, but for now, it’s a must.

Best Mac Keyboard Accessories: MagicBridge

Speaking of Magic Keyboards, if you’re using your Magic Keyboard with your Magic Trackpad, popular accessory maker Twelve South has a very nice MagicBridge accessory. MagicBridge turns the separate Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad into an “all-in-one control surface that organizes your workspace.”

You do lose some of the flexibility of moving the trackpad around on a desktop, but in my setup, I prefer the one-piece design. I use the Logitech MX Master next to the Magic Trackpad, so I can move the MX Master around as needed, and with the help of the Magic Bridge, I have a clean setup that combines my Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad.

flow deck

I’ll have another more in-depth story later, but I also recently added a Stream Deck to my Mac setup. I’m still learning the world of Stream Deck, but now I use it for Mac automation and smart home control purposes.

Here are some guidelines I’ve been following to learn more about Stream Deck:

Satechi Leather Desk Pad

Last but not least, when I show it off in a product image, the accessory I get asked about most is probably the Satechi Eco-Leather Deskmate. This is purely a visual addition to my setup, with a leather desk pad to hold my keyboard and trackpad. Made from premium eco-leather, it’s designed to protect your desk while also serving as a soft resting place for your wrists and hands.

Joli Leather Sleeves

I’ve been raving about Joli’s handcrafted leather case for the MacBook since 2015, and nothing has changed. Whenever I buy a new MacBook, I always make sure to bring the Joli holster. Joli Sleeves are handcrafted from smooth, premium Italian leather using “luxury full-grain waxed leather that will leave a mark as you use it”.

Joli’s leather sleeves are expensive, starting at around $130 for the new 14-inch design. However, with their amazing leather materials and handcrafting, I found them to be worth the money.

Best Mac Cleaning Product: Swish Cleaning Spray

Last but not least, if you want to keep your new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro looking brand new, you’re going to need a good way to keep the display nice and shiny. My top recommendation here is Whoosh! A screen cleaning kit that includes everything you need to keep your Mac clean for under $20.

The screen cleaner kit includes 3.4 oz and 0.3 oz bottles of cleaning solution and three 6″ x 6″ wipes. In fact, whoosh! The spray is a product that many Apple Stores around the world use themselves.

What are your favorite Mac accessories right now? Let us know in the comments!

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