This is the time of year when we should start looking for gifts for the important people in our life. If you have a loved one who is obsessed with Macs – or just want a great accessory for yourself – our list of best gifts for mac users will fix this this holiday season.
We’ve rounded up a variety of articles that will work for even the most demanding Mac users. From mice and keyboards to docks Thunderbolt, microphones and webcams, there is something here for everyone.
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Apple’s Magic Mouse is great for gestures, but its low-key silhouette can get awkward after a bit of use. The good news is that there is a much better alternative that is specifically designed for Mac users: the Logitech MX Master 3 for Mac.
This amazing mouse Wireless is comfortable and features a smart scroll wheel that automatically switches between precise movements and free-flowing movements, depending on how intense your spin is. Also, on one side there is a thumb wheel that moves your cursor horizontally.
Even better, the mouse comes preloaded with built-in macOS shortcuts. In Photoshop, for example, the thumb wheel adjusts the size of your brush, while the thumb buttons undo and redo actions. Press and hold the button at the bottom of the thumb rest and you can even perform native MacOS gestures (just swipe the mouse how would you do it in a trackpad Apple while pressing the button). When it comes to a mouse for Mac, it simply doesn’t get any better.
The perfect match for a great mouse it’s a cool keyboard, and the MX Keys from Logitech is just that. It is the ideal gift for any Mac user still using the old Macbook butterfly keyboard or anyone who is not satisfied with the Apple Magic Keyboard.
Each key is slightly curved to comfortably fit your fingers each time you press them. It has a built-in backlight and a full numeric keypad, plus a row of function keys. You can switch between three different devices – there’s no need to use multiple keyboards for multiple Macs – and if you install the Logitech Flow app, you can copy and paste files directly from one Mac to another. There’s even an MX Keys Mini if you want to ditch the number pad.
If you are looking for a numeric keypad that is on par with your Mac, try the Keychron K8. It’s incredibly comfortable and reliable, and you can switch between multiple devices in an instant. A great option for someone who spends all day typing on their Mac.
If you know someone who spends a lot of time hunched over a MacBook, do their back a favor by giving them a MacBook stand that elevates the device to a more comfortable height. The Satechi Aluminum Laptop Stand does exactly that.
What it does well is combine style and substance. Its aluminum frame comes in silver or gray to match your existing Apple devices, and its simple hinge is discreet and inconspicuous. It looks great and will fit perfectly on your desk.
It’s solid and its design is smart. Because it works with a single hinge, it can be folded and fits perfectly in your backpack. It has rubber bands on the top and bottom, helping to keep the stand in place so your MacBook won’t slip. It’s priced right, so you won’t have to break the pig.
Apple’s latest MacBooks have finally reclaimed some of the port variety that the company’s laptops for years were missing. Although they have added HDMI and an SD card slot, they still don’t have any USB-A ports. And if you have an old MacBook, all you have is USB-C ports.
A USB-C multi-port drive can help solve this problem, and the PowerExpand + Anker is a great option. It adds seven new ports, including HDMI, SD card, microSD, two USB-A slots, and two USB-C ports. One of those USB-C ports delivers up to 100W of power, so you can bring your MacBook to life via the PowerExpand + if all of your other USB-C ports are in use.
You get all of this for $ 35, which is a great price for the frustration it avoids and the expansion options it offers.
If you are looking for a more serious expansion port, a dock Thunderbolt is ideal. Our favorite, by far, is the CalDigit TS3 Plus.
why do we like it so much? It sounds weird, but one of its biggest draws is simply its reliability. When you connect a number of different devices in one dock Thunderbolt, you want them to work properly 100 percent of the time. That is extremely unusual in the world of docks Thunderbolt, but CalDigit’s is an exception.
This one gives you loads of ports (15 in total), including five USB-A, three Thunderbolt 3 (including one that provides 87W of power), audio input and output, an SD card slot, DisplayPort 1.2, Gigabit Ethernet and plus. If you need to connect something to a Mac, it is very likely that the CalDigit TS3 Plus can handle it with ease.
With so many of us working from home these days, permanently or temporarily, it is crucial that you sound great on your calls. The built-in microphones on MacBooks are good, but if you want to take it to the next level, the Elgato Wave: 3 is a great gift.
Part of its appeal is how easy it is to set up and use. For example, instead of having to monitor and adjust levels, the Wave: 3 has a built-in feature called Clipguard, which helps combat sudden spikes in volume that can produce loud or unpleasant sounds. You can manipulate the levels if necessary, but it’s good to know that Elgato’s mic has your back from the start.
Video calling aside, this is our favorite mic for streaming, thanks to its complementary Mac app that allows you to mix audio inputs when your show is live. This makes it a versatile device that excels in different fields.
Apple has been a bit slow in recent years when it comes to webcams, and we had to wait until the MacBook Pro 2021 before we saw the first 1080p webcam to make its way to the company’s portable Macs. If you have a 720p Mac in your hands (or you know someone in that situation), you could be looking for a better webcam to look good on video calls.
If you’re looking for quality, the best is the Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro, which is one of the best 4K webcams you can buy. This offers you ultra-sharp 4k resolution at 30fps, or if you need smoother footage, it also works at 1080p 60fps and 720p 90fps. There are more customizations for the field of view, ranging from 65 to 90 degrees, depending on what you want to capture.
There’s so much more, including RightLight 3 technology that corrects your lighting, HDR image capture, and omni-directional noise-canceling microphones. It’s a great gift for someone who needs a webcam that can do all of this.
For all the wonderful things you can do with a MacBook, it will probably be very difficult to repair it if it ever breaks down. Apple has so much stuff inside its laptops that finding your way through the components, cables, screws, and glue can be a nightmare. If you are someone who repairs your devices, there is a secret weapon that can make your job easier: iFixit’s Essential Electronics Toolkit.
This toolkit contains everything you need to open a MacBook and dig through its high-tech components. The kit comes with 16 screwdriver heads of different shapes and sizes, tweezers, suction handle, a spudger and more.
All together, these tools should make it easier for you to work through the pitfalls you often find within Apple devices. If you intend to repair your Mac, or know someone who is planning to do so, this kit It is a great Christmas gift.