These 11 Mac Accessories for Essential for Working From Home

Working from home is now a common occurrence across most jobs. Whether you are able to shed your commute temporarily or more permanently, having a home office or dedicated place to work has become critical. You can work at the kitchen table if you choose, but if you can swing even a small desk somewhere in the home, you’ll probably be more productive in the long run.

The room I put my desk in isn’t pressed for space, but it does have a unique shape and placement of doors. I had to get creative because there are very few places a work desk will fit. Instead of moving to the garage, I opted for a compact desk with a minimal setup. Maybe you’re in a similar position. Below are some items to consider, directed at Mac users, to make the most of your working space without sacrificing productivity and the gear to keep your devices going. As always, the prices listed may fluctuate over time.

HumanCentric Vertical Laptop Stand

The HumanCentric Vertical Laptop Stand is a minimal way to dock your laptop on a small desk.
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If you are using a laptop connected to a monitor on your desk, then one way to save space is by standing it up. The HumanCentric Vertical Laptop Stand will hold an Apple MacBook computer—as well as a number of other models from other manufacturers, up to 1 inch in thickness. There are no tools or adjustments needed to change the size, either.

This laptop holder is sleek and minimal, so it shouldn’t clutter your desk. The stand has rubber feet, so it also shouldn’t slide around when docking or undocking a laptop. It comes in black, silver or Space Gray to match the different metals of modern Apple computers.

Buy at Amazon for $39.99.

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk
This Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk comes in a wide range of sizes, including compact dimensions for small spaces.
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The Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk can raise and lower electronically to adjust to how you feel like working at any given time. Like a lot of other Fully desks, this one has a number of customizable sizes and options. This particular model comes in a small, 24 inch by 30 inch desktop configuration, as well as my preferred measurement of 24 inches by 36 inches.

The bamboo for this desktop is harvested from sustainable forests. The unit has a lifting capacity of 350 pounds, and it was pretty easy to assemble. My desk options were limited because of specific space constraints, but this one is sturdy and looks great.

Buy at Fully from $599.

Apple Studio Display

Apple Studio Display
The Apple Studio Display is a 5K Retina monitor that works best with new Macs.
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After years of working directly from my MacBook Air, I decided it was time for a larger screen. Instead of trading in my computer, I am just connecting it to Apple’s new Studio Display. Upgrading my screen from 13 inches to 27 inches affords a more comfortable working experience, of course, but this particular monitor also gets me better speakers, a microphone array and a camera for video calls.

Combining those items into one sleek monitor means that this Studio Display does not cost much more than the LG UltraFine 5K Display, but doesn’t come with the cable clutter.

Buy at Best Buy for $1,599.99.

Satechi 2-in-1 Headphone Stand With Wireless Charger

Satechi 2-In-1 Headphone Stand With Wireless Charger
This Satechi headphone stand incorporates a wireless charger in the base for dual functionality.
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Normally, with a small desk setup, I would opt for a hook under the desk to rest a pair of headphones. In this case, the Satechi 2-in-1 Headphones Stand can accommodate multiple items, so it saves space in that way. The stand incorporates a wireless charger, so your phone or AirPods can get a little extra power when you set them on the desk. The stand also includes an extra USB-C port on the back that can be used to charge the headphones it’s holding.

Buy at Satechi for $79.99.

Apple Magic Keyboard With Touch ID

Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Touch ID allows its silicon-based Macs to unlock by using your fingerprint.
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If you decide to attach a monitor to a Mac laptop, you might accidentally be getting 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 resting your fingerprint on the key. Apple does sell a version of its wireless keyboard with Touch ID that works with any Apple silicon (M1 or later) computer.

Buy at Amazon for $142.99.

Keychron K8 Pro

Keychron K8 Pro
The Keychron K8 Pro is a wireless mechanical keyboard that can be customized in a number of ways.
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If you’d rather give your desk a pop of color and clicky sound, The Keychron K8 Pro is a wireless mechanical keyboard that’s a solid place to start. The keyboard can be customized with different switches and keycaps, so you can make it match your personal aesthetic. The unique thing about the K8 Pro is that its keys can also be changed, wirelessly, using the VIA software to make it work the way you want it to.

Buy at Keychron from $89.

ElevationLab Quickdraw

ElevationLab The Quickdraw
The Quickdraw is an under-desk cable management mount that works with any cable type.
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The Quickdraw from ElevationLab is one way to eliminate a device cable from on top of your desk. The mount sticks underneath and will keep a cable within reach to use whenever it’s needed. You can add whatever type or length of cable you want. The Quickdraw comes with 3M adhesive, so you should be able to remove it without any issues.

Buy at ElevationLab for $12.95.

LuluEasy Self-Adhesive Large Drawer

LuluEasy Self-Adhesive Large Drawer
Two LuluEasy Self-Adhesive Large Drawers add a dash more storage without drilling into your desk.
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If your desk doesn’t have any drawers, you can easily add them. The LuluEasy Self-Adhesive Large 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 things, it will keep a lot of the little clutter out of sight.

Buy at Amazon for $18.99.

Kensington StudioCaddy

Kensington StudioCaddy
The StudioCaddy is geared toward Apple devices and can hold a MacBook, iPad, AirPods and iPhone.
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I reviewed the Kensington Studio Caddy earlier this year and its build quality is outstanding. It’s solid and has a heavy-duty feel. I wouldn’t be worried about it being able to hold any laptop that can fit in its slot. The Studio Caddy can contain a laptop, iPad, iPhone and AirPods all at once.

On the side, it also has two charging ports that 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 at Amazon for $178.99.

Twelve South Curve Riser

Twelve South Curve Riser
The Twelve South Curve Riser gives your monitor a boost, plus it has a handy shelf for a Mac mini or other items.
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The Twelve South Curve Riser is an elegant way to give your iMac or external monitor a lift. The riser will lift your device 4.25 inches off the desk and accommodate a monitor base of 10 inches. One of the things I like about this riser option is the thoughtfully placed shelf it incorporates. The dimensions allow a Mac mini to slide in and almost disappear underneath a monitor. If you don’t use a Mac mini, the shelf can also handle audio interfaces or just odds and ends you need off your desk.

Buy at Twelve South for $79.99.

Grovemade Wood iPad Stand

Grovemade Wood iPad Stand
The Grovemade Wood iPad Stand is both elegant and very well made.
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My first instinct when shopping is to look for a low price or good value. The Grovemade Wood iPad Stand has neither of those, but it does have quality and style. Grovemade products use real wood and include a very high level of attention to detail. The Wood iPad Stand comes in walnut or maple and looks classy in either type of wood.

There’s no adjustment lever or plastic parts to break; it’s simply a stand at what the company says is the perfect viewing angle. It can hold any size iPad in both portrait or landscape, and includes a hole in the back for a charging cable, so it won’t slip out when it’s not in use.

Buy at Grovemade for $90.

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