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Seven 'must-have' MacBook Pro accessories (July 2015)

Seven accessories to boost your productivity when using your MacBook Pro.
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Snuglet

I think that the MagSafe connector found on the MacBook is amazing – except for when it isn't. Sure, it's saved my MacBook from hitting the deck several times, but it's sometimes just a little too sensitive, and the connector can shift slightly and prevent the system from charging.

Enter the Snuglet.

It might look like a small bit of metal, but in fact it's a precision engineered component designed to give the MagSafe connector a little more friction so it stays in place a little better, but not so much that the MacBook hits the floor when you trip over the cord.

Price: $15.

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OWC Envoy Pro EX

Apple charge an arm and a leg for storage, and even if you decided to give your wallet a good workout and spring for the 1TB option it still doesn't feel like enough, especially if you're into photography or video.

Enter the OWC Envoy Pro EX.

Small, thin, light, beautifully designed, and packed with super-fast storage, this external flash drive is ideal for any professional looking to augment the internal storage. And despite being an external drive, the OWC Envoy Pro EX is fast enough to keep up with the most demanding of tasks.

Price: Starting at $219 for 240GB.

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Twelve South PlugBug

There's nothing I hate more than having to connect devices to my MacBook's USB ports for charging. It turns a lightweight and easy to use portable into an awkward, cumbersome mess.

Enter the Twelve South PlugBug.

This simple adapter connects to the MacBook's power bring to create a spare high-speed charging USB port, ideal for iPhones, iPads and others power-thirsty devices.

Price: $35.

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iSeries 1813-5 Waterproof Laptop Case

When I initially switched to the MacBook Pro, I had concerns about its robustness. As it turns out, Macs are pretty resilient, but I still don't feel like taking chances with such an expensive bit of kit when I'm out and about.

Enter the iSeries 1813-5 Waterproof Laptop Case.

A strong, rugged, waterproof case that'll hold your MacBook along with your accessories. Comes complete with lockable TSA-approved latches.

My case has been with me on countless adventures, and it's kept its precious – and expensive – contents safe every time.

Price: $99.

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ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet

One of the downsides of owning a powerful system like the MacBook Pro is that it's hard on battery life. Sure, if all I want to do is browse the web then the battery will last an entire working day, but fire up Photoshop or Lightroom and the battery starts to take a real hit.

Enter the ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet.

This is a portable power pack that can give you a few extra hours with your MacBook before you have to connect to a power outlet.

Price: Starting at $99.

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3TB AirPort Time Capsule

There's a lot of data on my MacBook Pro that I really don't want to lose.

Enter the 3TB AirPort Time Capsule.

The simplest, fastest, least-fuss way to back up a Mac. For a single system this might be overkill – unless you value your data – but if you have multiple Macs, this is a no-brainer solution to the problems associated with backing up.

Price: $399.

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NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad

This might not seem like a must-have, but if you have to type a lot of numbers using your MacBook's keyboard, it'll quickly start to feel like one.

Enter the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad.

A keypad that looks and feels like it rolled off the Apple production line. Easy to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and feels solid and well made during use. Great for number crunchers!

Price: $47.

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