If you've got yourself a shiny new MacBook, you'll want to make the most of it - and keep it safe. That not only means grabbing a case, sleeve, or bag to save it from scratches, but also picking up a few techie accessories to get around the limitations of that single USB-C port.
That's why we've created this guide, which we think includes just about everything you should need to turn your MacBook into the ultimate laptop.
Bear in mind, this round-up has been put together specifically with the 12in MacBook in mind (both 2016 and 2017 models) - if you own another Apple laptop, you might want to check out our similar guides bags and sleeves for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Moshi Tego Sling Messenger
One of the most important things for a laptop is the ability to carry it around - and safely. That not only means safe from bumps and scratches, but also from opportunistic thieves - and luckily the Moshi Tego Sling is perfectly capable of protecting against both.
This padded messenger bag is built from slash-proof material, and boasts RFID-shielded pockets and inward-facing zips, meaning no-one can unzip it without you noticing. It's also super sci-fi, perfect for your new MacBook.
There's a dedicated laptop pouch that's big enough to fit the 12in MacBook, along with enough other pouches and pockets to manage your other belongings. Luckily the whole thing is still pretty compact though, and the crossbody design means you can sling it over either shoulder.
Mujjo Carry On
You buy the 12in Apple MacBook as much for its looks as its super portability, so easy travel combined with stylish looks is what you’ll no doubt be after in a carry case for the slim, lightweight laptop.
Mujjo's Carry-On Folio Sleeve for the 12in MacBook features an intuitive and comfortable way to pick up and carry the laptop.
The sleek lines, high-quality full-grain leather and wool felt lining complement both your style and Apple’s. Designed by Remy Nagelmaeker, the leather folio is designed specifically for traveling light and in comfort.
The dark gun-metal hardware sharpens the look of the sleeve and complements the black vegetable-tanned leather. A custom-built YKK zipper extends through three sides of the sleeve. This creates a spacious U-shaped opening along the horizontal and vertical sides of the leather folio, which allows you to easily insert and remove your MacBook.
Integrated double storage compartments let you store your daily essentials, a few cards and more. Quick access to your MacBook, documents, earplugs, pencils, and other essentials makes this an ideal travel partner.
Twelve South BookBook
Twelve South makes some excellent quality products, including several that complement the 12in MacBook. This BookBook cover joins its growing range of cases that look like something you’d find on a dusty shelf in a French castle.
It adds a little bulk to your svelte MacBook, but given it’s the thinnest laptop in Apple’s range this is also the least bulky BookBook. It has a lovely padded interior to prevent scratches, with the option to strap your laptop in and use it as an open book-style case, or as a simpler slipcase.
It’s also available in a slightly more expensive but equally luxurious Rutledge Edition, which uses a different dying technique to get a redder colour.
Sena makes well thought-out cases for a range of Apple products, and the MacBook is no exception. We particularly like this Ultra Thin Snap-On that allows you to use your laptop as normal without taking it on and off.
It snaps on easily, though you may not want to keep taking it on and off throughout the day – it’s meant to be used on the laptop, so if you’re bothered about not being able to see the outer casing of your MacBook, this might not be one for you. But we like the fact it disguises your expensive bit of kit as a leather folder, which is handy in busy cities.
G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE
This excellent USB-C hard drive has 1TB of memory for all your backup and storage needs, but bear in mind this is a 7200 RPM machine, it's not an SSD (solid state drive).
The USB-C transfer speeds to and from the 12in MacBook are exceptionally zippy - we moved a 70GB music collection in under 5 minutes to our machine. Note that you can use it with the supplied regular USB cable on any other PC or Mac too, but speeds will be slower.
You also have to format the machine for use on either PC or Mac, though with a bit of tinkering we were able to set it up to work with both operating systems simultaneously. Check out this article which explains how to do that!
This excellent snap-on case from Moshi is the best choice if you want to protect your MacBook with a case that can stay on, while also showing off the MacBook's exquisite design. The Moshi case is a hardened plastic that is just the right side of opaque, so inevitable scratches don’t really show, while allowing the colour of the device to shine through.
It comes in two sections that snap onto both halves of the computer, allowing full use of the hinge, keyboard (obviously) and ports (all two of them). It even has four rubberised feet to stop it sliding about.
Woolnut Leather Sleeve
One of the most impressive sleeves we've used recently, the Woolnut sleeve for the 12in MacBook is available in this smart brown or black. The Swedish brand specialises in MacBook sleeves, so the craftsmanship is on point. You can see its full 12in sleeve collection here.
The felt lining will keep your MacBook safe from harm, plus it's so versatile with its classic look that you could take this into the board room or the espresso bar and not look out of place.
There are also versions for the 13in and 15in Macbook on Amazon for around £85/$89 to £95/$99, respectively.
Knomo Leather Sleeve
This is hands-down one of the best quality and well made laptop sleeves for the MacBook. From the business exec taking it from meeting to meeting to the practical student who needs a decent case, the Knomo Barbican makes an ideal sleeve.
It's made from PU coated leather and has a well-padded interior into which the MacBook fits snugly - it won't be sliding about at all in transit. When in use it's even slim enough to fit into a backpack. A zipper guard when closed protects your computer from scratches.
Each case has a unique code printed on the inside that you can register with Knomo so that if lost, your case (and potentially expensive MacBook) can be returned to you by its finder.
Designed with women in mind, this handbag/briefcase design is elegant and practical at the same time. It fits laptops up to 14in, so the MacBook fits in easily - and given that laptop's slim profile, you’ll have tons of room for your day-to-day bits and pieces too.
There's a removable shoulder strap and a pocket on the inside that would fit an iPad or notebook as well. It's available in black and grey and is perfect for work or everyday casual use.
Microsoft Office 365
The MacBook is a powerful work tool, and you may well be perfectly happy using Pages, Numbers and Keynote as your productivity software. However, you might prefer Microsoft's insanely popular Office software.
And with good reason - Word, Excel and Powerpoint are brilliant for getting stuff done, it's just a shame that they don't come bundled with Macs. The best way to get it is through a flexible Office 365 subscription. You can pay as little as £5.99 per month for access to the software, and you can cancel at any time on certain plans.
It's a great way to get instant updates too, as the packages are all online to download. There are also options for business too. See which package suits you best here.
We've also got a full guide on Office for Mac, which you can read here.
Belkin USB-C Car Charger
You may be familiar with in-car phone chargers, but Belkin has made a USB-C charger for use on the road that is able to power and charge your MacBook.
Belkin claims it's the first of its kind, and the ability to meeting-hop in your car while charging your MacBook is a great option to have. Also, with many other devices adopting USB-C this handy little accessory will prove itself very handy over the coming years.
Note that if you buy it from Amazon it includes a USB-C cable, while if you buy from Apple you'll only get the charger itself.
Twelve South ParcSlope
The ParcSlope stand from Twelve South is the kind of accessory you didn't realise you needed until you try it, and then you can't live without it. It works excellently with the MacBook, which when open is tilted to an 18-degree angle that is suitable for long-form typing. It also encourages cooling, as the laptop is not touching the desk all day long.
It's made of one solid piece of metal, with rubberised sections to hold the MacBook perfectly in place. You can feed cables through the back and they're held in place. It's great to stop you hunching over your desk by lifting the MacBook to a comfortable viewing angle.
It's suitable for any MacBook and you can pair it with a keyboard and mouse for a desktop-like experience if you like.
This well-made stand from Griffin is useful if you want to use your MacBook as a desktop replacement. It comes in three parts and is easily assembled for use on a flat surface. Place the laptop open on the rubberised arms, and you find it at comfortable viewing height for all-day use.
Be warned, though - you can't type while it's on there as it's too high. This is a stand intended to be paired with a separate keyboard and mouse. It's an excellent, affordable and packable solution to using your laptop in a comfortable desktop scenario.
Twelve South PlugBug
As well as preventing you from connecting printers and other devices, the lone USB-C port on the MacBook also means that you can't use it to charge mobile devices such as an iPhone or Apple Watch while the MacBook itself is being charged up from the mains. The PlugBug is an ingenious solution to that problem, acting as a dual-charger and a travel kit at the same time.
The cherry-red PlugBug piggybacks on to the MacBook's normal charging block so you can still plug the MacBook into the mains just as you would normally. However, the PlugBug also includes a USB port so that you can plug in and charge another device at the same time. The USB port provides 2.1A output, so it's powerful enough to charge even a 10in iPad Air quite quickly.
You can also detach the PlugBug from your MacBook charger and just use it as a wall charger for your iOS devices when you're travelling. There are five adaptors suitable for different countries included with the PlugBug, so you can use it in most regions around the world. It's compatible with most other MacBook models as well, including the MagSafe 2 chargers on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, so it's a really useful little accessory for anyone that travels a lot with their laptop.