Your 5 Must Have rMBP Accessories

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AquaTF, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. AquaTF macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2014
    Hi everyone , new to forum as just bought a rmbp 13!
    Just wondered what you would suggest the five must have rmbp accessories for the creative professional/average joe!
    Thanks for any help!!!
  2. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    1) A charger.
  3. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    The BookArc

    The Kuzy leather case

    The Sandisk small pen drive

    A keyboard cover

    Clear Day app (not an accessory but really nice)
  4. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
    5 !?!?
    Only necessary accessory is a good quality case. All else optional (hmmm depending on how you feel about external DVD drives).
  5. Commy1, Apr 23, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014

    Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    External monitor, any monitor would do as long as you're happy with it. See the hundreds of other threads about which one is best for your budget.

    A Laptop stand, I recommend the rain mStand, very solid and simple.

    An External keyboard and mouse/trackpad given that you pick up a screen and stand. Always nice to have though, little bit more freedom and/or comfort depending on the model.

    A neoprene sleeve, I can't recommend any specific brand as they pretty much all do the same thing. Avoid sleeves with zippers, they're unnecessary with the proper design and without one there is less mechanics to go wrong.

    Laptop bag for travelling and storing all that stuff, Targus makes some ok stuff, far from the best but very widely stocked.

    Some more stuff I thought about

    External Harddrive 2TB (I have the Western Digital Ultra, it's great)

    Headphones Any will work, but clearly some are better than others.

    Hard Shell case for rMBP (I have the Speck SeeThru crystal finish)
  6. James Craner, Apr 23, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2014

    James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    1. A decent padded bag to carry it in - I have a Brenthaven bag that I bought in 2003 and still going strong.

    2. Something to backup your data. I use an Apple Time Capsule, which can backup your data while the laptop is sleeping via WiFi.

    3. If you need to do presentations you will need a VGA or DVI adaptor.

    4. I prefer to use a mouse, rather than the trackpad, so I use an Apple Magic Mouse, however if you play games then look at some of the Razer Mice.

    5. An external hard disk to store media files and projects either USB3 or Thunderbolt.
  7. AquaTF thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2014
    Are there any fan favorites for bags to carry around in?
  8. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
  9. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    id say a sleeve, backpack/carrying case, possible mouse (though the trackpad is fantastic), external hard drive for backups and maybe a screen or keyboard cover.
  10. phantomsd macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Just ordered a 15 rMBP on Monday and have been researching accessories the last few days (you know how it is), haha.

    Personally, here is my list...

    - Laptop Stand (I have an mStand from Rain Design)
    - Backpack (Incase Icon Pack)
    - Case/Skin (OtterBox Clearly Protected Matte Skin... previously Wrapsol)
    - External drive for storage (WD Passport Ultra, 1TB)
    - Dropbox Pro 100GB (great if your workflow involves multiple devices)
  11. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007


    Those are pretty much the only MUST HAVE accessories I can think of for me.
  12. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011

    Everything that is really necessary comes in the box. There are no must haves.
  13. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    Jun 29, 2011
  14. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    There are other good password managers, and 1password is not cheap, but agile bits the developer has an excellent reputation for updating the product to keep up with changes in OSX and iOS, also their support is superb. I can't recommend it highly enough to be honest.
  15. philippp macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2014
  16. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    1. Magic mouse or trackpad. (or non-magic mouse)
    2. External monitor X4
  17. bagelche macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Western Mass.
    1. Magsafe 2 adapter. You'll find yourself w/o your charger (especially since the battery last so long) and can't just plug into a regular magsafe power supply without this. Also good if you have extra older power supplies.

    2. Thunderbolt>ethernet or USB3>ethernet adapter.

    3. video adapters (HDMI>DVI, minidisplayport>VGA)

    4. microfiber cloth for cleaning the screen

    5. portable USB3 drive for backups (2 partitions: 1-time machine, 2-superduper or CCC)
  18. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Only 4 accessories for me...
    Messenger bag
    External hard drive (for Time Machine)
  19. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    These are my personal 5 best accessories that I use:
    1. iPearl cover
    2. Sharp PN-K322B touchscreen 4K monitor
    3. LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD (with Samsung 840 Evo 250GB inside it)
    4. CalDigit Thunderbolt Dock
    5. Promises Pegasus R6 12TB RAID array
  20. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Belkin Stand. Half the price of a Mstand here in Aus anyway.
    Magic mouse.
    Apple keyboard with number pad.
    My passport Wd for back up
    Toffee leather sleeve and bag.
  21. imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    1) Eyes to see the screen
    2) Brain to process the information
    3) Ears to listen to the finally decent speakers
    4) Arms with fingers to utilize the trackpad and keyboard
    5) Legs to allow you to take the MBP from one place to another

  22. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I wouldn't recommend anything except a bag and an external/thumb drive. There are more useful applications you can get for the money you will waste on accessories.

    What kind of creative are you? We all work differently. The only extras I have is an Intuos Creative Pen & Touch and a Mighty Mouse I bought in 2006 that I still use.
  23. p3ntyne macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    The rMBP's have a HDMI port.

    To the OP, I would also suggest getting a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor (you might not use it at home but it could be useful for travelling etc.), getting an optical drive (again, just in case) and a thunderbolt cable if you have another mac with thunderbolt (for transferring files quickly.)
  24. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    bookarc stand for use at home
    external USB keyboard and magic mouse for use at home
    ATD for use at home (still the best monitor for rMBP)
    Time Capsule for routing, wifi and backup at home
  25. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    It works brilliantly, receives constant updates and I can use it on my iPhone, iPad, OS X and my Windows computer. It syncs my passwords through dropbox in an encrypted file.

    It's a must have in my opinion. I've tried other services and the big one is lastpass but they have had security breaches on their site in the past and I don't trust them with my passwords as a result. There is the chance for MITM attacks if a nefarious script were to get injected in to their web pages that could intercept passwords.

    1Password is nice because it encrypts the data before it's stored in any cloud service and that's if you choose to use a cloud service at all, it's optional.

    That combined with its broad operating system support means it's the best in my opinion.

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