Upgrade your iMac and your workstation with great accessories. Here are the 10 best iMac accessories to buy.
The iMac is a sleek looking all-in-one Mac, and it’s ripe for upgrades and extra features from accessories.
To start, you’ll need the perfect iMac keyboard, a great mouse and you’ll definitely want to invest in speakers or headphones.
Here are the best iMac accessories you can buy.
- iMac Stand from twelvesouth or Grovemade
- iMac Desk or Wall Mount
- Satechi USb 3.0 Hub and Card Reader
- Apple Magic TrackPad 2
- Logitech MX Master
- Logitech Easy-Switch K811
- 4TB Western Digital My Book
- Mackie CR3 Speakers
HiRise ProStand or Grovemade Walnut Stand
The iMac display isn’t at the right height for most users. If that’s the case, one of the easiest ways to fix this is by stacking a few books on your desk, but the best looking ways are to buy the HiRise Pro Stand from twelvesouth or the Grovemade Walnut Monitor Stand.
These stands allow you to raise the iMac up to a higher level so that your workspace is more ergonomic.
The HiRise Pro is adjustable and you can use the base for storage. This includes an aluminum or a walnut front plate to match your decor. The HiRise Pro is available at Apple for $149.95.
Grovemade offers an all wood monitor stand made of elegant walnut that raises your iMac up and is wide enough to slide your mouse and keyboard under when not in use, to keep your desk clean. Grovemade also offers matching accessories for your keyboard, mouse and desk. The Grovemade Walnut iMac stand is $119 at Grovemade.
NuMount Desk Mount
You can get a NuMount iMac wall mount for $79.99 at Amazon, which works with older Mac models.
If you didn’t buy a current generation iMac with a VESA adapter built-in, you will need to buy an adapter that mounts to the stand. Two good options are this one from Human Centric that is $14.99 or the VIVO VESA mount kit for $14.99.
If you buy the adapter, you will also need to buy a monitor arm that can support your iMac. There are many options, but we recommend the Ergotron Freedom Arm for $76 at Amazon.
Satechi USB 3.0 Hub and Card Reader
The iMac doesn’t come with many ports, and if you put the iMac at the back of your desk it’s going to be hard to reach the ports most of the time anyway.
Instead of annoying yourself all the time by trying to plug something in on the back of the iMac. get the Satechi USB 3.0 hub and card reader.
This small hub is a perfect match for the iMac style and it includes three USb 3.0 ports a SD card reader and a Micro SD card reader. This means you can plug anything you need to work on into your iMac without mucking around on the back. The Satechi USB Hub 3.0 is $29.99 at Amazon.
If you want to keep your desk space super clean, pickup the USB C version which clamps to your monitor and adds a USB C port to the other connection options. This is compatible with the 2017 iMac and the iMac Pro. The Satechi iMac USB C hub is $49.99 at Amazon.
Apple Magic TrackPad 2
The Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is the perfect iMac accessory if you love using gestures to control your mac, or if you switch between a laptop and your iMac all the time.
With the Magic TrackPad 2, you can use all of the gestures that are part of macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave. This also allows for precise movements and as someone who switches between a desktop and a MacBook Pro, using the same trackpad is a huge productivity boost from a muscle memory standpoint.
We often see people using the Magic TrackPad 2 and a mouse like the Logitech MX Master. They simply pick the mouse that is best for each job.
Logitech MX Master
You may use this instead of the Magic Trackpad 2, or alongside it. If you want the best mouse for your iMac, the Logitech MX Master is that you need to buy. It’s not cheap, so you can look for older models that may be on sale, but if you want the best, this is it.
The MX Master is ergonomic to hold, very precise and includes a lot of customizable buttons that you can setup to handle tasks you use often. The scroll wheel lets you scroll up or down and left or right. Logitech includes a USB receiver for better connectivity, but you can also connect via Bluetooth.
The battery is rated for 40 days and, unlike Apple’s mouse, you can use it while it charges.
We also love that you can use this on any surface, even glass, so it will work no matter what kind of desk you have.
Logitech Easy-Switch K8111 Keyboard
While I personally use the Apple Magic Keyboard so that the typing experience is the same at my desk as on my Macbook Pro, if you don’t need that constant in your life, you should check out the Logitech Easy-Switch K811 bluetooth keyboard.
This is backlit, offers more travel for the keys and it is designed with the Mac in mind so all the keys are where you want them and all your keyboard shorcuts are preserved. One of the great features of this keyboard is that you can easily switch between your iMac, your iPhone or iPad and an Apple TV so you can type wherever you need to at that moment.
If you love a mechanical keyboard, I am partial to the Code keyboard from WASD that allows you to switch to Mac Mode with a toggle on the bottom of the keyboard.
Western Digital 4TB My Book Hard Drive
You’ll want an external hard drive for your iMac. This will allow you to expand your storage and to make a Time Machine Backup of your iMac in case something goes wrong.
There are many options available, but we’ve had great luck with the Western Digital My Book external hard drives. It’s a good idea to get the 4TB Western Digital My Book for about $86 on Amazon.
This is an affordable option that is designed to stay on a desk and with 4TB of storage it’s a great value.
Another option is to invest in a Synology NAS, which doesn’t need connected to your iMac with a cable to work, and is accessible remotely. Check out our Synology DS218+ review for more on how it can replace your external drive.
Mackie CR3 Speakers
You can spend a lot of money on speakers to go with your iMac. There are amazing options like the Edifier S2000 Pro, but not every one wants to spend $400 on speakers.
The Mackie CR3 speakers deliver the best mix of sound quality and value at just 79.99 at Amazon. Wirecutter picked these affordable speakers as the best computer speakers you can buy after testing 70 different options.
There is a headphone jack on the front when you need to switch to headphones, so you don’t need to mess around on the back of your iMac, and you can control the volume with a knob. If you want bigger speakers or Bluetooth connectivity, upgrade to the Mackie CR4BT for $139.