Since I’ve been overhauling my setup throughout 2022 in conjunction with the Mac Studio and MacBook Pro, I used this as an opportunity to add some new accessories as well. This includes a new OWC Thunderbolt Dock, a stylish Magic Keyboard, a Magic Trackpad accessory from Twelve South, and more. Head below for details.
Best Mac accessory: OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock
One of the more complementary additions to my setup is the OWC Thunderbolt Dock, a version we also made earlier this year.
The OWC Thunderbolt Dock I’m using in my setup offers four Thunderbolt 4 ports with support for transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s, four USB-A ports, an SD card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Gigabit Ethernet. I have a dock installed on the underside of my desk so it’s hidden and out of the way, but its ports can still be accessed.
Admittedly, the OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock isn’t quite as useful with the new Mac Studio as it was when I had my 14-inch MacBook Pro in clamshell mode. This is because Mac Studio offers a variety of ports of its own.
If you are looking for a way to edit ports on Mac Studio itself, this OWC dock is a great option. It’s also a good idea to clean out your desk and get as few cables out of the back of your Mac Studio as possible. If you’re placing an order from OWC, I can 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 a Mac running Apple Silicon and haven’t added the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID to your setup, you’re missing out. Finally, being able to use Touch ID with a Mac desktop computer is a game-changer. This includes authenticating Apple Pay, accessing password managers, and making purchases from the App Store.
Of course, this means that you have to be content with the form factor and design of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, which isn’t the case for everyone. I still hope Apple releases a standalone “Magic Button” with Touch ID at some point, but for now, it has to.
Best Mac keyboard accessory: MagicBridge
Speaking of the Magic Keyboard, if you’re using the Magic Keyboard along with the Magic Trackpad, popular accessory maker Twelve South offers a really neat MagicBridge accessory. MagicBridge turns the standalone Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad into a “one-piece control surface, organizing your workspace.”
You lose some flexibility to being about to slide your trackpad around on your desk, but in my setup I prefer the one-piece design. I use the Logitech MX Master along with the Magic Trackpad, so I can move the MX Master around as needed, and I have a clean setup that combines the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad thanks to the Magic Bridge.
I’ll get to another story that delves into this later, but I recently added a Stream Deck to my Mac setup. I’m still learning my way around the world of the Stream Deck, but now I’m using it for Mac automation and smart home control purposes.
Here are some of the guides I’ve been following while learning more about the Stream Deck:
Satechi leather desk mat
Last but not least, and probably the accessory I get asked about most often when I feature it in product photos is the Satechi Eco-Leather Deskmate. This is a purely visual addition to my setup, as I bring a leather desk mat to house my keyboard and trackpad. It’s made of high-quality eco-leather and designed to protect your desk while also being a soft resting place for your wrists and hands.
Jolly leather sleeves
I’ve been singing praises for Joli’s handcrafted leather sleeves for MacBooks since 2015, and nothing has changed. Whenever I buy a new MacBook, I always make sure to get a Joli leather sleeve to go with it. The Jolly Sleeves are handcrafted from soft premium Italian leather, using “luxury, waxed full-grain leather that shows marks when used.”
Joli’s leather sleeves come at a premium, with prices starting at around $130 for the new 14-inch design. With the amazing leather materials and handcrafted touches, I find it well worth the price.
Best Mac cleaning product: Whoosh Cleaning Spray
Last but not least, if you want to keep your new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro looking brand new, you’ll need a good way to keep the screen nice and shiny. My recommendation here is WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Kit, which packs everything you need to keep your Mac clean for under $20.
The screen cleaner kit includes 3.4 ounce and 0.3 ounce bottles of cleaning solution plus three 6″ x 6″ cloths. In fact, WHOOSH! Atomizer is what many Apple Stores around the world use.
What are some of your favorite Mac accessories right now? Let us know in the comments!
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