Apple’s latest and greatest laptop features some of their best technology yet! Their MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display features an unbelievably sharp display, slim design and new hardware, which includes SSD storage and both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity options. If you’ve updated your laptop or are thinking of getting the new MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display, here are some must-have accessories you should also pick up while you’re at it.
9. Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB External Drive
With only 256GB of storage built-in, you’re most likely going to have supplement it with something else because it’s most likely not even enough for your iTunes library. Western Digital External RAID drives ($499.99) will definitely give you more storage, adding an extra 6TB to your set up. Plus it has fast transfer speeds allowed via Thunderbolt connectivity.
8. Brenthaven 15″ Collins Sleeve
The Brenthaven 15″ Collins Sleeve ($49.99) provides ultra-padded protection for your MacBook Pro and is great for slipping inside a larger bag, while its slim silhouette will complement the design of your 15″ Retina Macbook Pro laptop.
7. Hand Graft Classic HG Laptop Folio/Heritage
The Macback Pro folio ($252) will protect your case while providing you with extra pockets to throw your notepad, charger, iPad, iPhone cables and more in. It’s slim and super stylish.
6. Apple Thunderbolt To Ethernet Connector
To make the new MacBook Pro thinner, Apple nixed the gigabit Ethernet port. While you can simply use WiFi, for times when you need to resort to a wired connection, the Apple Thunderbolt To Ethernet Connector ($29) will come in handy.
5. Twelve South PlugBug
This innovative plug ($34.99) combines the MacBook Pro charger with a 2.1AA USB charger so you don’t have to use up more wall outlets when combining your devices! That means you can charge your MacBook + iPad or iPhone at the same time using one wall outlet.
4. Apple USB Superdrive
Along with the Ethernet port, the new MacBook Pro doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive, so for times when you need one, the Apple USB Superdrive ($79) will come in quite handy. It’s ultra-portable and no bigger than a CD case.
3. ZenDock Retina
Stash away all the cable clutter on your new MacBook Pro with Retina Display with the ZenDock Retina ($159). The device connects to the computer’s Thunderbolt, USB, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire ports, but leaves a small gap for the MagSafe power adapter that can slide through with ease. Then, one cable connects to a mountable base that’s made for desktop accessories to be permanently connected to.
2. Moshi iGlaze Pro
For those who like the MacBook’s sleek appearance, the Moshi iGlaze Pro ($64.95) case will provide you protection without sacrificing the laptop’s good looks.
1. Incase Pathway Field Bag
Carry your MacBook Pro with Retina Display around in style with the Incase Pathway Field Bag ($99.95) that features luxe materials and lots of protection with its sophisticated design. It comes in two color options – Black or Gabardine (a brownish-gray color) – and has an adjustable leather and canvas shoulder strap, a soft lined interior and a fold over top with a magnetic leather tab for easy and secure closure.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.