MacBook add-ons Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard
Handy travel essentials to make even more of your Apple notebook
Plug Bug World
£40 Manufacturer Twelve South, twelvesouth.com
1 If you travel abroad, the advantage of this over Apple’s World Travel Adapter Kit is with its USB wall charger. And it’s no ordinary charger: it has a passthrough power port that connects to a MacBook’s power adapter, enabling your Mac and a USB device to charge from a single wall socket – handy if your Mac’s ports can’t charge a Retina iPad. The Plug Bug is rated to 10W, so Retina iPads take a little longer to reach a full charge than with Apple’s 12W adaptor, though an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus charges faster.
£22 Manufacturer iSkelter, iskelter.com
2 This eco-friendly bamboo stand is designed to be a portable (at 155g) and minimalist-looking with it’s two thin arms. It looks great and its strong magnets make the two halves snap together and stay put when you throw into a bag. We’re using with a MacBook that’s got an SSD inside, but you might want to think twice if you’re nervous about such strong magnets near where the HDD is. It’s not adjustable in any way either, so if you don’ t like the angle you’re stuck with it.
Nifty Mini Drive
£30 Manufacturer Nifty, eu.minidrive.bynifty.com
3 If your MacBook has an SD card reader that’s doing nothing for you, the Mini Drive puts it to good use. It’s a micro SD card reader designed to fit in a MacBook’s built-in reader. Ours came with a 4GB card (some bundles include 2GB), but you can swap it for a larger capacity, enabling you to boost your Mac’s built-in storage by as much as 100%. We found the Mini Drive a bit fiddly to align with the slot but, unlike some rivals, you can insert a bundled tool into the trench on its edge to remove and upgrade it.
£50 Manufacturer Logitech, logitech.com
4 This Bluetooth keyboard lets you type on your Mac, iPad or iPhone and switch between them as and when you need to. It’s bulky and slightly toylike, but has a tray to stand your devices at a comfortable angle, and there is room for an iPhone 6 Plus to sit alongside an iPad (both in the portrait position). The keyboard is spacious and features an array of buttons to control your devices, such as screengrab, lock and Home buttons. It’s a lot louder than typing on a standard Apple keyboard, but it’s a great option if you need to work with ease while out on your travels.