Buyer’s Guide 2020: Mac Gear
Macs are our main center of work and entertainment. We need to have equipment and accessories to keep them charged, protected from accidents, and have components that add the most to their value. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Mac docs, charging ports, adapters, and even a headphone stand in our 2020 Mac Accessories Buyer’s Guide. You’ll find items from Brydge, Avantree, Anker, and more, offering a range of rugged products. , innovative and classic for your Mac.
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Brydge MacBook Vertical Dock ($169.99)
This ingenious device has transformed my home office. The sleek Brydge Vertical Dock lets you neatly insert your MacBook and gain instant access to any peripherals you want to keep plugged in all the time. My sound system, monitor, keyboard, webcam, and hard drives are connected to the two high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports. When I want to work outside, I just take my MacBook out of the dock and go. The space gray finish matches the MacBook exactly and has a minimalist look that matches the Apple aesthetic. This stand saves a lot of desk space and keeps cables out of sight.
Avantree Universal Wood and Aluminum Headphone Stand ($29.99)
This headphone stand offers a smart way to keep your workspace clean
and ordered. It is also an effective way to protect your headphones in the long run. This stand has a simple yet sturdy frame that sticks to the surface below it and a built-in headphone cable tray. If you’re looking for easy ways to declutter your workspace, this stylish headphone stand will make a great addition to your desk.
Anker 7-in-2 PowerExpand USB-C PD Direct Adapter ($59.99)
This adapter fully makes up for the lack of ports on the MacBook, giving you two classic USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, an HDMI port, and an SD and Micro SD card reader. The sleek styling and aluminum finish perfectly complement the look of your MacBook. It’s a perfect solution for Mac connectivity, whether for your home office or on the go.
ViewSonic VP2785-2K Monitor ($612.99)
This 27-inch monitor offers a high-resolution image that meets the high demands of graphic designers and video editors. My favorite thing about this monitor is that it connects via USB-C and even charges my MacBook while I’m using it, eliminating the need for a power cable for my laptop. Plus, it has a variety of extra ports that allow me to plug in my keyboard and webcam without the need for additional cables and adapters. These connectivity features are a huge plus for MacBook users. Please note that you will need a special USB-C cable that transmits video to connect via USB-C.
OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD Hard Drive (Starting at $99)
I didn’t know you could love an external hard drive so much! The OWC Envoy Pro EX is a beautiful piece of technology with a refined look and feel. Solid state hard drives use flash memory, which works faster than traditional hard drives. The case is nearly indestructible and is backed by a three-year warranty. It comes in a variety of capacities, allowing you to choose the size that’s right for you. This drive is compatible with the iPad Pro, allowing you to move and back up photos, videos, and files between your Apple devices.
RAVPower PD Pioneer GaN Charger ($39.99)
This two-port wall charger is faster than anything else I’ve ever used. It can simultaneously charge my MacBook and iPad Pro faster than the Apple chargers included with my devices. The form factor is smaller and more portable than what comes with a MacBook, and with multiple ports, it gives you one less item to pack when you travel.