These 11 Mac accessories are essential for working from home
Working from home is now a common occurrence in most jobs. Whether you are able to get rid of your travels temporarily or more permanently, having a home office or a dedicated workplace has become essential. You can work at the kitchen table if you want, but if you can rock even a small office somewhere in the house, you’ll likely be more productive in the long run.
The room I put my office in is not pressed for space, but it has a unique shape and placement of doors. I had to get creative because there are very few places a desk will fit. Instead of moving to the garage, I opted for a compact desk with minimal setup. Perhaps you are in a similar position. Below are some things to consider for Mac users to get the most out of your workspace without sacrificing productivity and the equipment needed to run your devices. As always, prices shown may fluctuate over time.
HumanCentric Vertical Laptop Stand
If you’re using a laptop connected to a monitor on your desk, one way to save space is to stand it upright. The HumanCentric Vertical Laptop Stand can hold an Apple MacBook computer, as well as a number of other models from other manufacturers, up to 1 inch thick. There are also no tools or adjustments required to change the size.
This laptop stand is sleek and minimal, so it shouldn’t clutter up your desk. The stand has rubber feet, so it also shouldn’t slip when connecting or disconnecting a laptop. It’s available in black, silver, or space gray to match the various metals found in modern Apple computers.
Buy on Amazon for $39.99.
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk
The Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk can raise and lower electronically to fit the way you feel like working at any time. Like many other Fully desks, this one has a number of customizable sizes and options. This particular model is available in a small desktop configuration of 24 inches by 30 inches, as well as my favorite measurement of 24 inches by 36 inches.
The bamboo in this desk is harvested from sustainable forests. The unit has a lifting capacity of 350 pounds and it was fairly easy to assemble. My desktop options were limited due to specific space constraints, but this one is sturdy and looks great.
Buy from Fully from $599.
Apple Studio screen
After years of working directly from my MacBook Air, I decided it was time for a bigger screen. Instead of swapping out my computer, I just hook it up to Apple’s new Studio Display. Upgrading my 13-inch screen to 27-inch provides a more comfortable working experience, sure, but this particular monitor also gives me better speakers, a microphone array, and a camera for video calls.
Combining these elements into one sleek monitor means this Studio display doesn’t cost much more than the LG UltraFine 5K display, but doesn’t come with the cable clutter.
Shop at Best Buy for $1,599.99.
Satechi 2-in-1 Headphone Stand with Wireless Charger
Normally, with a small desk setup, I’d opt for a hook under the desk to put a pair of headphones on. In this case, the Satechi 2-in-1 Headphone Stand can accommodate multiple items, saving space that way. The stand incorporates a wireless charger, so your phone or AirPods can get a little extra power when you place them on the desk. The stand also includes an additional USB-C port on the back that can be used to charge the headphones it holds.
Buy from Satechi for $79.99.
Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
If you decide to attach a monitor to a Mac laptop, you might accidentally get rid of one of its features: Touch ID. Modern Macs have a Touch ID button so you can unlock the computer and insert passwords by placing your fingerprint on the key. Apple sells a version of its wireless keyboard with Touch ID that works with any silicon Apple computer (M1 or later).
Buy on Amazon for $142.99.
Keychron K8 Pro
If you’d rather give your desk a splash of color and clicky sound, the Keychron K8 Pro is a wireless mechanical keyboard that’s a good place to start. The keyboard can be customized with different switches and keys, so you can match it to your personal aesthetic. What’s special about the K8 Pro is that its keys can also be changed, wirelessly, using VIA software to make it work the way you want.
Buy from Keychron from $89.
ElevationLab’s Quickdraw is a way to remove a device cable from the top of your desk. The holder sticks underneath and will keep a cable handy to use whenever needed. You can add any type or length of cable you want. The Quickdraw comes with 3M adhesive, so you should be able to remove it with no problem.
Buy from ElevationLab for $12.95.
Large LuluEasy self-adhesive drawer
If your desk doesn’t have drawers, you can easily add some. The large self-adhesive LuluEasy drawer sticks under a desk and can hold small items like pens or extra cables. No screws or drilling is required. This particular product comes with two drawers, and while it won’t hold very large or heavy items, it will keep much of the small clutter out of sight.
Buy on Amazon for $18.99.
Kensington Studio Caddy
I reviewed the Kensington Studio Caddy earlier this year and its build quality is outstanding. It is solid and has a sturdy feel. I wouldn’t worry that it could hold any laptop that could fit in its slot. The Studio Caddy can hold a laptop, iPad, iPhone, and AirPods all at once.
On the side, it also has two charging ports which can be used to temporarily charge a device like a wireless keyboard. I think this product will work best as a docking station for people connecting their laptop to an external monitor, in clamshell mode, who also need a phone charger at their desk.
Buy on Amazon for $178.99.
Twelve South Curve Riser
The Twelve South Curve Riser is a sleek way to give your iMac or external monitor a boost. The riser will lift your device 4.25 inches off the desk and accommodate a 10 inch monitor base. One of the things I love about this riser option is the thoughtfully placed shelf it incorporates. The dimensions allow a Mac mini to slip in and almost disappear under a monitor. If you’re not using a Mac mini, the shelf can also handle audio interfaces or just things you need on your desk.
Buy from Twelve South for $79.99.
Grovemade Wooden iPad Stand
My first instinct when shopping is to look for a low price or a good value. The Grovemade Wood iPad Stand has neither, but it has quality and style. Grovemade products use real wood and include a very high level of attention to detail. The wooden iPad stand is available in walnut or maple and looks elegant in both types of wood.
There are no adjustment levers or plastic parts to break; it’s simply a stand at what the company says is the perfect vantage point. It holds any size iPad in portrait or landscape mode, and includes a hole in the back for a charging cable, so it won’t slip around when not in use.
Buy from Grovemade for $90.
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