What do you carry with your new MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by cmagno, May 28, 2015.

  1. cmagno macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I've greatly enjoyed the process of carefully selecting the accessories I carry with my rMB. I'm loving the single port decision- I'd much rather carry an accessory for a function I only need 5% of the time, than have it permanently attached to my machine.

    So what goes with your MacBook every time you go out? Here's my list-

    -Stock 29W power adapter
    -Digital AV dongle (mostly for USB port)
    -3ft Type-C to legacy USB cable (for charging off my power bank)
    -24000mAh Limefuel power bank (for charging my rMB and other devices)
    -Magic Mouse (for video editing work)
    -USB to ethernet (for hotels)
    -Bose QC20 headphones
    -Case Logic sleeve (designed for MBA 11" but fits perfectly)

    I also pre-ordered a Voltus Pro (USB-C battery + hub), which should replace most of the above: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/voltus/voltus-mobile-power-expansion-for-your-macbook

    So, what's your setup? Hoping to discover some cool new add-ons for my kit.
  2. placidity44 macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2015
    I know I don't have one yet but I've been extremely curious as to how people are liking it? Are you using it as your main machine? How's the speed?
  3. Jetcat3 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2015
    Very nice setup. I'm brining the USB-C adapter for flash drives and I have an Ogio backpack made for a 13" Pro that fits the MacBook perfectly. I'm a student and this laptop has allowed me two day battery life at times so I don't have need to bring the 29 Watt charger with me. I love it!
  4. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    At my frequent fixed locations I keep
    • 27" HD HDMI monitor
    • Magic Mouse
    • Apple Wireless keyboard
    • Digital AV Adapter
    • Anker USB 3.0 three port hub and gigabit ethernet
    • 29 watt USB-C charger and cable

    What I travel with
    • rMB
    • USB-C/USB-B thumb drive
    • USB-C/USB-A cable
    • Digital AV Adapter
    • Anker USB 3.0 three port hub and gigabit ethernet
    • 29 watt USB-C charger and cable
    • Neoprene sleeve with accessory pocket containing all of the above

    My rMB benchmarks about 15% slower than my MBA. But in actual use the rMB has snappier graphics, as good or faster routine burst use, and somewhat slower sustained or multithreaded use (likely around the 15%).

    So its a pretty good substitute for the MBA for most of what I do. I only notice minor lag/beachballs when something significant is running in the background. And I only notice slower operation for sustained activity like a long SQL call. Routine stuff seems as good or better than the MBA.
  5. elithrar, May 28, 2015
    Last edited: May 28, 2015

    elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    USB-C adapter.

    That's it. Everything else (battery pack, canalphones) I already had for long trips with my iPhone. Forsaking display adapters for a Chromecast.
  6. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I guess my normal load out would be as follows:

    MacBook 1.2/512 - obviously :)
    Power adapter
    USB-C to USB-A adapter
    USB3 (Type-A) 3-port hub with gigabit ethernet

    And that is all. I only rarely use the ethernet adapter but it's good to have if I have to setup a customer's router.

    Also, I have only needed the power adapter when I travel overnight. Otherwise I get fantastic battery life (11+ hours normally) and have been able to go a few days without actually needing to carry it. I usually only charge it at night every few days or when I am doing an OSX beta update. Also, I will plug it in when I kick off a Time Machine backup.
  7. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Wow, a bag full of stuff! I take nothing, there's a space between the driver's seat and the centre console where the rMB slides perfectly. Works fine for a weekend away. Can't be bothered with taking stuff. If I were going for longer I'd take the charger, of course.
  8. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    Posted on another thread...

    Using a 15-inch Thule Stravan bag. Fits everything great!

    Here's my Go Bag for May 2015!

    May 2015 Go Bag!

    MacBook Retina 2015 1.1Ghz/8GB/256GB/Silver
    Thule Stravan 15-inch
    Mini USB Cable
    Lightning Cable
    iClever Dual USB Wall Charger
    USB-C to USB-A cable
    Business Cards
    Free Pen
    USB-C to USB-A Adaptor
    USB Thumbdrive
    Chromecast (Not Shown)
    Verizon MiFi HotSpot (Not Shown)
  9. R4ng3r macrumors member


    May 18, 2015
    Pad & Quill Valet Sleeve
    USB-C Hub Adapter
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Leather mouse pad
  10. Nee412 macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Sunny England!
    During my usual working day I take:

    • rMB 1.2Ghz Space Grey

    It sits in my bags laptop compartment all on its own, whilst the rest of my bag is taken up by pens, an notepad, and lunch. I find that the battery life is enough for my daily usage away from home. Plus thanks to dropbox, iCloud, and emails I've not found a need to use the USB-C port during daily usage.

    However, last weekend I went on trip to London for the Comic Con down there. That was a slightly different story...

    • rMB 1.2Ghz Space Grey
    • USB-C charger and charging cable
    • USB-C to USB-A adapter for camera connection
    • PowerBeats 2 wireless headphones

    Oh, and I suppose I should add I use my iPhone 6 Plus for personal hotspot internet connection on the move.
  11. cmagno thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Portland, OR
    That's actually a pretty interesting idea. How does the Chromecase handle streaming video?
  12. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    :eek: You're like a long lost Arizona doppelgänger! Almost exact same device setup I have - well done :D Good to hear you are getting proper battery life. I hope I have the same experience!
  13. palmwangja macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2015
    + A cheap 5000mA battery pack with 2A USB outlet.
    + A cheap chinese USB-C to USB cable (less than $10)

    Never carry an adapter with a Macbook ! :)
  14. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I haven't travelled with mine, yet, but for my daily trips around town to the coffee shop and whatnot, I just bring the computer and nothing else.
  15. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    I won’t be taking anything with me just the rMB on it’s own, unless I’m going to be out for a long time then I’ll take the charger with me. I can’t be weighed down with too much stuff.
  16. 2015 macrumors member


    May 30, 2015
    Just throw the golden MacBook in a case and go!...sometimes I take this beauty naked and go!
  17. Ary macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2015
    Singapore / Antwerpen
    While waiting for the Macbook to arrive, I have already amended the contents conforming to a new configuration to adapt to the computer, largely based on my existing Razer Blade configuration. Lean and lightweight takes priority.

    - Local

    Snugg Messenger Bag
    USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable
    Standard iPhone Earplugs
    USB to USB cable (important as I plan to charge the macbook in the car)

    - Travel

    Switch the contents into a Das Keyboard RFID Blocking Bag
    (Now on sale at their website @ 70% off)

    The stuff I do requires me to carry a fairly bulky satellite phone, so that leaves little weight for anything else.
  18. cmagno thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Portland, OR
    What is everybody using for just a basic USB-C to USB adapter? The Apple one?
  19. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    I use the one sold on the google play store. Cheaper than Apple's.
  20. headcase macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    I've got Apple's version now, but I'm hoping to migrate to the Monoprice version tomorrow, given how compact it is.
  21. cmagno thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Has anyone found a USB adapter that also does USB-C passthrough? Apart from Apple's $79 thing...
  22. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    In addition to the MB :

    • BT mouse if I'm planning some advanced Excel work. I need to find a smaller one.
    And :
    • For a day : nothing
    • For a couple of days to a week : the charger and cable
    • Longer :
      • USB-C to USB-A adapter just in case (I have the Google one, cheaper and not white)
      • Probably iPad Mini
  23. terranan macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2015
  24. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
  25. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

    Kiwi 99

    Apr 4, 2011
    I could easily be wrong, but I'm under the impression that the Apple adapter doesn't do "passthrough" as such. The USB-C outlet can only be used for charging the MacBook (while the other two outlets can be active doing their thing).
    So, for example, you can keep the McBook charging while also watching a long movie through HDMI, and it can stay charging throughout. But you can't daisy-chain another USB-C connection.

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