While Apple has been focusing a lot of its attention on iPhone and iPad, the company’s iMac desktop computer is also a popular machine. Here are the 10 best iMac accessories to buy.
The iMac has a unique design, and many accessory makers try to take advantage of that by making accessories specifically for the iMac by duplicating the design in order to make it fit in with your desk setup.
There accessories like USB hubs, headphone holders, and even iMac stands that prop up your iMac while also doubling as extra storage and still keeping that brushed aluminum look so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
There are a ton of accessories you can get for your iMac, but only a handful are really worth buying if you care about design just as much as function.
Without further ado, here are the 10 best iMac accessories that you can buy.
More than likely, your iMac’s display isn’t sitting at the right height. In fact, to top of your iMac’s screen should be horizontal with your eye level, meaning you probably need to prop up your iMac a bit in order to achieve this.
Luckily, there’s a nifty product called the HiRise from Twelve South that props up your iMac, as well as serves as a functional storage bin that blends in with the design of the iMac.
The nice about the HiRise is that you can adjust the height of your iMac, thanks to multiple levels that you can use to find the right height for you. The foot of your iMac’s stand actually goes inside of the HiRise and acts as a shelf in itself to provide multi-level storage for other accessories.
It’s a bit pricy at $80, but the nice thing is that it blends in perfectly with the design of the iMac, and it doesn’t take away from the beauty of Apple’s desktop computer.
AluRack MacBook Holder
If you have an iMac and a MacBook, then chances are you probably don’t use the MacBook while you’re at home on your iMac, so why not store your MacBook in a way that it’s hidden, but also provides great looks?
The AluRack is a small MacBook holder that you attach to the back of your iMac and it lets you store your MacBook behind your iMac’s display, keeping it out of sight without taking up space on your desk. However, the nice about it is that it doesn’t look hideous, but rather a well-designed and aesthetically-pleasing accessory if your iMac doesn’t face a wall.
It’s priced at $50 and will be available at some point next month.
NuMount Desk Mount
One of the best ways to make your iMac more versatile, is by removing the default stand and mounting it to your desk via an articulating arm, which allows you to move around your iMac anywhere on your desk and without taking up surface area.
The NuMount is one of the cheapest desk mounts on the market at $119, and it’s a great option for those that want the ability to move around their iMac for different situations.
Kancha Headphone Holder
Need a place to hang your headphones when you’re not using them. Here’s a nifty headphone hook that’s specifically designed for the iMac.
The Kancha headphone hook is an accessory that requires no minimal installation. Simply place it on top of your iMac and hang your headphones from it.
It’s a product that originally started as a Kickstarter campaign and has taken off from there. They currently have two different models: one for the newer iMac with the slimmer body and one model for the older design that hangs off to the side.
Satechi USB Hub
One of the biggest gripes with the iMac is that all the ports are behind the display, including the USB ports. This is why a USB hub is an essential iMac accessory to have.
Satechi arguably has the best options when it comes to USB hubs for the iMac, including the Aluminum Clamp that you can attach to your iMac in order to have front-facing USB ports. There’s also the regular 4-port USB hub that has a brushed aluminum design that goes perfectly with the iMac, but it’s only USB 2.0.
They’re priced at $28 and $20, respectively, and are go-to accessories if you need easy access to USB ports.
You may think that trackpads are only meant for laptops, but you’d be wrong. Many users like having a trackpad for their desktop computer as well, as it can be more precise than a mouse for certain tasks.
This is why Apple’s own Magic Trackpad is a great accessory for the iMac. It matches the keyboard and the brushed aluminum look goes well with computer. The nice thing about the Magic Trackpad is that it’s much bigger than a regular MacBook trackpad, giving iMac users more more to mouse around.
The Magic Trackpad is available in the Apple Store for $69.
WD My Book Studio
Every user needs an external hard drive, and they’re are getting cheaper and cheaper nowadays. You can easily get a couple of terabytes for under $100, which is amazing considering that wasn’t the case just a couple of years ago.
If you’re in the market for an external hard drive for your iMac, there are a lot of options to choose from. Not only are there several different kinds of external hard drives, but there are also a handful of manufacturers to choose from. You might get overwhelmed with your options, but only one really stands out as far as the best option for your iMac
Western Digital’s My Book Studio has a brushed aluminum look and it’s curves go well with the design of the iMac. You can get it for as low as $119 for 2TB or even 4TB for $159.
If you have a newer Mac that doesn’t include an optical drive, but need one for the occasional disc, an external disc drive is a great iMac accessory.
This is a pretty obvious option for iMac owners, but Apple has its own external DVD drive known as the SuperDrive, and it comes with the same aluminum design as the iMac, so it’ll match your setup nicely.
The only downside is that it’s $79, which is really steep for an external DVD drive, but it’s really the only way to go if you want a matching design. Here are some other options.
The built-in iMac speakers aren’t terrible, but you can easily get better sound with an external pair of speakers, and the UCube speaker set is a perfect match for the iMac.
the UCube speakers have their own stands that look identical to the iMac’s stand, making them perfect for setting on your desk next to your iMac. They also come in multiple colors, but if you want the same iMac-esque look, go with silver.
Logitech MX Performance Mouse
If the Magic Trackpad isn’t your kind of thing and you would rather have a mouse, Logitech’s MX Performance mouse is the best there is.
Apple’s own Magic Mouse isn’t all that great, despite its unique design that looks great on a Mac desk, but Logitech’s MX Performance has all the features you’d ever want out of a mouse, including great ergonomics and a handful of macro buttons that you can customize.
It doesn’t particularly match the style of the iMac, but it still looks great on any desk.