Buyer's Guide 2021: Best Mac Accessories for Work & Play

Split time between the office & remote working with this great gear.

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So you've got a MacBook, but what about your Mac accessories? Mac chargers, adapters, cases, keyboards, and more: there's so much you can do with your Mac. In this article, we've reviewed some of the best Mac gear for 2021.

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Mophie Powerstation Go ($159.95)

If you’ve ever struggled to find an outlet in a coffee shop or planned to work on the plane only to realize that your laptop is close to dead, you’ll understand why I love this power bank. It has a Qi wireless charger, 2 USB-A ports, a 65-watt AC outlet, and a 44,000mAh capacity, which means it can charge your MacBook more than once, along with any other devices or accessories you bring along. Plus, while it is powerful enough to jump-start a car, its sleek design means it looks right at home in any on-the-go work setup.

Belkin USB-C Multimedia Hub ($99.99)

Unless you've purchased one of the new MacBook Pros, Apple’s obsession with eliminating ports makes a good USB-C hub an essential MacBook accessory. I’ve tried larger hubs, reasoning the more ports the better, but they take up a lot more space in my bag and on my desk. And I rarely find myself needing more than the Ethernet port, USB-C and USB-A ports, SD slot, and HDMI port in this six-in-one hub. This hub should work with any USB-C laptop.

Incase Commuter Backpack ($99.95)

While slim in appearance, the Commuter backpack holds an astonishing amount of gear, including a 16-inch laptop. Web Editor Erin MacPherson recently put this backpack and the matching Accessory Organizer ($44.95) to the test when she used them to transport her entire remote work setup to the iPhone Life office for a week on site. She found this well-constructed backpack comfortable to wear, even when loaded to capacity with a MacBook, iPad, mouse, full-size keyboard, laptop stand, and other essentials. Impressively, the bag still zipped shut with ease.

Cyezcor LED Video Light ($19.99)

For a lot of us, remote work has meant endless video calls. And I’m surely not the only one who quickly tired of looking like a poorly lit zombie on-screen. My solution? This inexpensive ring light that clips on the top of my laptop screen, bathing me in an attractive glow without shining too brightly in my eyes. The USB-powered light can be adjusted to be cooler or warmer and brighter or softer, making it effective in most types of ambient lighting.

Satechi Slim X2 Bluetooth Backlit Keyboard ($79.99) & M1 Wireless Mouse ($29.99)

This backlit keyboard is compact enough that I can fit it in my computer bag without a problem when I’m working away from the office, but still large enough that it has a number pad and is easy to type on. The M1 mouse is comfortable to use and small enough to slide right into my accessory bag. And because the mouse and keyboard come in the same space gray as my MacBook Air, they look great as part of my work setup.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.

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