The Apple MacBook is absolutely gorgeous, there's no denying that. And the new 2016 version is just as handsome as its predecessor. Still, it could be better.
Its incredible size is all thanks to Apple's team of cosmetic surgeons, who have sliced away at every conceivable nook and cranny to make it as small as possible. Trouble is, that leaves it with a fair few connectivity issues.
Luckily, we've rounded up a whole bunch of handy accessories to let you get the most out of your shiny new notebook. Enjoy:
If you’re a magical multitasker with tonnes of windows littered across your screen then you might find the MacBook’s 12in display a little claustrophobic at times. This handy little mount gives you a more breathing room by letting you clip an iPhone or iPad to the side of the MacBook’s screen. Coupled with an app like Duet, you can have a flexible dual monitor setup wherever you fancy.
OWC USB-C dock (~S$221)
One of the MacBook’s biggest drawbacks is its lack of connectivity. Sure it’s gorgeously thing, but one USB-C port? Are you serious? Thankfully there are a multitude of options out there to help alleviate your portless-ness. This pricey dock is the most feature-packed of all of them, serving up multiple USB ports, an HDMI-out port, an ethernet port, mic-in, audio-out, and an SD card slot. Phew. It’s not massively portable, but it’s the ideal solution for when you’re doing proper work on a big screen in your fancy home office.
Satechi USB-C hub (~S$47)
If you’re after something a little more portable then this is the next best (and much cheaper) option. You won’t have access to an HDMI-out port, but three USB ports and an SD card slot should be enough to keep you going in Starbucks. The fact that it matches the MacBook’s finish and hugs it ever so snuggly on the side is a nice little bonus.
Moshi iVisor (S$55)
It’s a bit of an odd thing, getting a screen protector for a laptop. Afterall, there’s far less chance of one crashing to a pavement like a smartphone. Still, accidents happen (especially if you own a cat), and you could get debris on your keyboard which ends up scratching the MacBook’s beautiful Retina Display. Shudder. This particular screen protector has a black border for blending in with its surroundings, and promises to keep things looking nice and clear, while reducing pesky glare.
Griffin BreakSafe (~S$54)
The MacBook’s USB-C port is lovely and all, but apart from its lack of connectivity options, it also means that there’s no lovely MagSafe connector keeping your laptop from face-planting the floor if anyone trips over the charging cable. Thankfully, Griffin has taken matters into its own hands by creating a USB-C MagSage adaptor. Good job guys.
Samsung T3 SSD (~S$330)
A 500GB portable SSD isn’t the most exciting accessory in the world, but hey, it’s always going to come in useful especially if you’re a massive file and media hoarder. This one was announced back at CES earlier this year, and marks Samsung’s foray into the USB-C SSD market. In other, less boring words, it’ll plug straight into your MacBook without requiring an adaptor.