If you’re heading back to school with a shiny new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, you’ll want to pick up some accessories. The right MacBook accessories can help you get the most out of your new laptop, and ensure that you can focus on your schoolwork. Read on to see our favorite MacBook accessories for students.
1. Targus Ultralife Thin Canvas Slipcase
This ultra-thin slipcase from Targus works with 13-inch MacBook models, as well as other similarly-sized laptops. It’s also available in black and grey, but we like the white version pictured above the best. There’s an expandable front pocket, but the design remains very thin. This is ideal for people who are just taking a laptop to class, and don’t want a lot of added bulk.
Price: $18.99 (68 percent off MSRP)
2. Henge Docks 13-Inch Vertical Docking Station
Vertical docks are a great way to keep your desk tidy. They take up a lot less room than horizontal storage solutions, and they look cool. Henge Docks is one of the leading names in the vertical dock market. You can use this dock for storage, or to facilitate a dual-monitor set up. This Metal Edition of the Henge Dock is extra-stable, thanks to its weight of three pounds. Its heft makes this stand harder to knock over.
3. Nifty MiniDrive for MacBook Pro
Thinking about buying a new MacBook so you can upgrade to a laptop with a bigger hard drive? Our advice: Don’t. For a fraction of the price of a new MacBook, you can upgrade the storage on your current MacBook. The Nifty MiniDrive is a really cool accessory that consists of a color-matched 128GB microSD card. The big selling point here is that, unlike other SD cards, this one lies flat against the edge of your MacBook when inserted. This seamless, professional look is great. If you need more hard drive space for all your projects, papers, and homework, this is a great MacBook Pro accessory.
4. Griffin Technology Elevator Laptop Stand
Heading back to school with an older MacBook that’s prone to overheating? This laptop stand is a great way to keep your MacBook cool and operating at peak efficiency. In addition to providing air circulation, this laptop stand is ideal for small desks. By elevating your laptop, you have room for a wireless mouse and keyboard.
Price: $35.80 (10 percent off MSRP)
5. Apple Time Capsule
Every student needs to back up their work. If you lose a term paper that you spent weeks agonizing over, it’s gonna be hard to reconstruct that work before your deadline. The Apple Time Capsule is a 2TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create a no-hassle backup solution. Time Capsule is also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology. The taller design of this new Time Capsule also enhances Wi-Fi signals.
6. Moshi iGlaze MacBook Case
Students can be a little rough on their MacBooks, so it makes sense to invest in a protective case to keep your MacBook safe. This snap-on case from Moshi is a simple way to protect your expensive laptop. The folks over at Moshi gave us a sample of this MacBook armor so we could go hands on. Moshi has additional colors available on their website.
There’s a lot to like here. The iGlaze armor is thin, lightweight, and designed with cutaways that make it easy to access your charging port. Unlike some other models out there, this hard case actually snaps off fairly quickly, with none of that awkward pulling you might have experienced with similar hard case models. The iGlaze Pro 13 R (the model we road-tested) is surface-treated with a specialized coating enhances its scratch resistance. If you want to protect your MacBook from scratches or dings, this hard case will provide you with some protection against other items in your backpack that could scratch your laptop.
Price: $54.95 for an 11-inch Air case, $59.95 for the 13-inch Air or Pro, $64.95 for the 15-inch Pro version
7. Timbuk2 Commute TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag
This TSA-friendly bag is great for students who will be studying abroad this year. The bag is available in three sizes. Depending on what size MacBook you own, you should opt for a medium or large bag. The 13-inch MacBook Pro fits in either the medium or large bag, but those with a 15-inch MacBook should get a large bag. The TSA-compliant external laptop compartment unzips and lies flat for going through security, making this a great bag for students who travel abroad for school, or just fly back home frequently.
Price: $73.59 – $205, depending on bag size and color selected
8. LapGear Deluxe Computer LapDesk
The LapGear desk is a great choice for students. There’s a built-in wrist rest, and ample room to place a cooling pad underneath between your laptop and the lap desk. This lap desk has a built in handle, making it easy to carry to another room if your roommate is being loud. This lap desk makes it easy to work on the bus, in the library, or while hanging in the quad.
Price: $29.99 (14 percent off MSRP)
9. Moshi iVisor Anti-Glare Screen Protector
Moshi’s iVisor line of MacBook screen protectors are designed to protect your screen, while also minimizing glare. That makes them ideal for students who are rough on their computers, or students who like to work outside. Moshi provided us with a sample of this screen protector, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the iVisor lived up to its claims of being 100 percent bubble-proof. It can be washed and re-applied easily, and installing takes just a few seconds. A microfiber cloth is included to help you get a clean surface. Overall, this is a smart back to school buy for any accident prone student.
10. Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad
A laptop cooling pad is an important MacBook accessory, particularly for those who are heading back to school in states with hotter climates. This high-performance fan keeps your laptop cool, but also boasts an ultra-thin profile. The height is also adjustable. Cable grooves allow for easy cable management, while the whole fan draws its power from a USB cable with pass through (so you don’t lose a USB port).
Price: $17.08 (15 percent off MSRP)
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