This year Apple decided to surprise us with a new MacBook Pro model out of the blue. Overnight, the new collection was dropped onto Apple’s website and a day after the first devices found their way to their owners. The new 2018 MacBook pro comes with a very similar to the previous generation design. It has a headphone jack and four USB-C ports. Some exciting gadgets have already started to pop up, and these are the top 5 must have 2018 MacBook Pro accessories.
This is our take on the top five 2018 MacBook Pro accessories you must have:
1. Purgo Thunderbolt 3 Hub
- 13″ and 15-Inch MacBook Pro or MacBook
- 1x 4K HDMI
- 1x Thunderbolt 3 port (5K@60Hz)
- 1x USB-C port
- 1x Micro SD Card Slot
- 1x SD Card Slot
- 2x USB 3.1 port
Well, let’s accept it. However great the MacBook Pro is — it has its downsides. One would be the lack of port diversity. To accommodate for that, Apple has developed a few adapters. Unfortunately, to get these sometimes costs a fortune. A much cheaper solution would be the Purgo Thunderbolt 3 Hub. It works for both the 13 and 15-Inch models. It has a 4K Ultra HD HDMI port, a Thunderbolt 3 port (5K@60Hz), a USB-C port, a Micro SD card slot, SD card slot and two USB 3.1 ports. It sticks to the side of my MacBook and fits perfectly in my pocket. You won’t even notice that the device is there.
2. MaxOak USB-C Power Bank
- 36, 000 mAh capacity
- 2016 – 2018 MacBook Support
- Works as a standard power bank
- 5, 9, 12, 15 or 20 V power output
- USB-C Power input port
- Two USB Power output ports
- Charges the 2018 MacBook pro almost 2.5 times
Thanks to the way the MacBook Pro is designed and the USB-C charging — you can have a portable power bank to fill up your MacBook. Fortunately for you, MaxOak has one developed explicitly for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. This monster comes with the massive 36, 000 mAh battery capacity and can charge other devices as well since it works as a standard power bank. The ports provide a vast diversity of Voltage outputs — 5, 9, 12, 15 and 20 V. The best power bank for MacBook Pro is charged via USB-C cable and has four power output ports.
3. Samsung T5 Portable SSD
- 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB Storage capacity
- USB-C / USB 3.1 Connectivity
- Up to 540 MB per second Read/Write speed
- AES 256-Bit hardware encryption
- Compact, sleek and shock-resistant design
- 3-Year warranty
If you are a photographer, video editor or if you are dealing with multimedia in general — the internal storage just won’t cut it. Unless you have some crazy bucks to spend on the crazy internal SSD, which is still not enough in some cases, you might want to try out with a portable one. The Samsung T5 external SSD comes with four capacity options — 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. The USB-C and USB 3.1 connectivity make it super fast, while the shock-resistant shell makes it reliable under extreme conditions. If you are often on the go, having the Samsung T5 SSD give you a peace of mind over the security and safety of your device.
Speaking of security, the AES 256-Bit hardware encryption that is built into the portable SSD makes sure that no hacker will ever get to your information. The read/write speeds can reach up to 540MB per second. This makes it more than fast enough to transfer in no time even the biggest files. Streaming and working on content live is also possible thanks to that crazy fast speed.
4. iClever Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard
- Wireless connectivity
- Truly travel-friendly
- Aluminum Alloy housing
- Carrying Pouch included
- Fits in your pocket
To be frank, I don’t like very much the new MacBook Pro Butterfly keyboard. It doesn’t feel clicky enough for me and that sometimes drives me insane. Don’t get me wrong, it is not bad in any way — just not my type of keyboard. If you feel the same or if you want to get a truly good Bluetooth keyboard — the iClever foldable wireless keyboard is the best way to go.
The iClever Bluetooth foldable keyboard comes with an aluminum alloy housing, making it pretty durable. The design feels sturdy despite the moving parts. When the 2018 MacBook Pro wireless keyboard is expanded on the table you cannot tell that it is foldable at all. It is truly a compact, light and travel-friendly device. It will allow you to do your job faster, anywhere you want. For maximum comfort, inside the package, you will find a hard carrying pouch for the wireless keyboard.
5. ProCase 14
- Fits up to 15-Inch ultrabooks/notebooks
- Stylish ocean blue design
- Full protection
- Durable build quality
- Fits a ton of accessories perfectly
If you are a traveler then another great addition to your set of accessories would be a case. But not just any case, you would want the ProCase 14. It is available in a few different colors and can store any ultrabook up to 15 inches in size. My favorite one the Ocean Blue design one, but you can feel free to pick up any you want. The carrying bag gives your 2018 MacBook Pro the full protection it needs. Laptops are not something we buy often because they are expensive, especially the MacBook lineups. Except for the MacBook Pro itself, the bag can fit inside a ton of additional accessories, including the Purgo Thunderbolt 3 Hub, iClever foldable keyboard, MaxOak power bank and Samsung T5 portable SSD.
I sincerely hope that you find some of those accessories useful throughout your daily life. If you are a traveler, having a power bank and proper protection for your MacBook Pro would be advisable. Not only is it expensive, it will also contain important information that you do not want to lose. If you don’t like the keyboard, there are a ton of options. Thanks to the long battery life of the MacBook Pro lineups — wireless keyboards are the perfect way to go about it. But be careful — portable keyboards also need batteries and most of them don’t last more than a few hours. I personally prefer to spare some bucks on the unnecessary expensive internal storage upgrade and purchase the best portable SSD for the MacBook Pro.