Are you a Mac enthusiast? Perhaps you’ve bought a brand new MacBook Pro 16-inch or maybe you plumped for the thin MacBook Air? Either way, Mac products are a great way to be more productive.

But if you’ve bought a new MacBook Pro what are the best Macbook Pro accessories that you can buy? Which ones are worth the money and which ones will you leave lying around for years to come?

Here’s everything you need to know about MacBook Pro accessories and whether you should get a MacBook Pro adapter.

1. Hyperdrive

If a MacBook Pro is your first upgrade in a while then you might have realized a major change has taken place to some of the ports. Yes, there are now USB-C ports that you can use to attach most of your devices.

The reason behind USB-C is that it’s faster than other ports but also that it’s universal. Designed to eventually be used by all products, not just Apple products, and to be used in charging sockets as well, the future USB-C will be a convenience.

Unfortunately, the reality is that at the moment it can seem like a pain. That’s because it’s not backward compatible and most accessories don’t yet use USB-C. This means you need an adaptor to be able to do many basic tasks.

2. Don’t Live in Dongle Land

HDMI, lightning display, SD slots, and even memory sticks, you will need a different adaptor for all of these. This could mean you living in dongle land. Imagine buying four or five different adaptors and having to carry them around with you? All of them flimsy and hanging out over the side of your beloved Mac.

There is a solution. The Hyperdrive gives you every port you could think of and even allows you to charge through the additional USB-C port it gives you.

The hyperdrive can also be slotted into the side of your Mac computer where it sits snugly and firmly. There are no dangling cables and this means you can keep the Hyperdrive plugged into your Mac at all times without having to worry about removing it and losing it.

3. Magic Mouse

Another great feature you want to consider purchasing is a magic mouse to use with your MacBook. This is a mouse that is usually included with the iMac or Mac desktop computers.

It’s designed to make moving across your screen very easy and you can also take advantage of a number of shortcuts specific to the magic mouse.

Although the trackpad can be great it can sometimes feel a little bit fiddly to use so a magic mouse is a great alternative.

You could buy a non-official mouse and attach it using Bluetooth but these mouses are often plastic and cheap. They don’t feel great in the palm of your hand and you can often find yourself having to replace them every few years or even every few months. I

Invest in a high-quality product by buying the magic mouse. This is one of the best MacBook Pro accessories.

4. External Hard Drive

Do you like to travel? If so you like to take a lot of photos of your adventures and you take a lot of flights. The entertainment on some flights is not always what it’s cracked up to be.

You might want to take your laptop or tablet with you so you can watch pre-downloaded movies. But you might be worried about the amount of space they are going to take up on your computer.

If you rely on Netflix or Amazon there’s also the added annoyance of region locking. Some films you want to download might not be available in your vacation destination of choice.

There is a handy solution to this and that’s to buy an external hard drive which you can fill full of great films and TV shows that you can plug in and use whenever it suits you. Portable hard drives can pack a lot of space.

There are many affordable options with over 1TB of space whereas a few years ago you would have paid a premium for anything over 500 GB.

When picking the best MacBook Pro case be sure to pick one with a side pocket so you have space for an external hard drive.

5. iPad Pro with Sidecar

This might sound more like another device than an accessory but at an increasingly affordable price, an iPad does offer a lot of value as an accessory.

The sidecar feature means you can now use your iPad as a secondary screen to your MacBook and can have documents that you can move seamlessly over.

This is great for tasks like graphic design and signing your signature. And you can do all of this without the need for a single wire. So long as both devices are connected to the same internet connection, it works fine.

Best Macbook Pro Accessories? There Are so Many to Choose From

This is the age of the Mac. Every year Apple’s products get better and better. And one of the things that make them so good is the entire ecosystem. They have been designed to work well with other products.

Accessories are a key part of your Mac experience therefore so make sure that you use yours wisely.

If you are interested in reading more about the best MacBook Pro accessories or MacBook Pro 15-inch case then be sure to check out the rest of our site.

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Wearable technology keeps evolving. And it is transforming the way we experience the world. Watches, eyeglasses, rings, bracelets and even smart home devices like the thermostat are changing how we consumer information, monitor our health and use home products. Smart technology has a significant role to play in how people will live in the future.

NEOFECT wants to change how to aid rehabilitation and the provision of clinicial real-time patient data. In an interview with  Scott Kim, Neofect’s co-founder and CEO of the US office, he spoke to us about how he started NEOFECT, the company’s success factors and challenges they have faced in their bid to change physical therapy using online gaming.

Brief summary about your startup

Established in 2010, NEOFECT is a mobile health startup with a vision to deliver an affordable and effective at-home system to aid neuro patients with central nervous system disorders such as a stroke.

Its first product, RAPAEL Smart Glove, combines a wearable device, virtual reality and gamification for rehab exercise, while its software analyzes the data from built-in sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level.

The device has been successfully employed by a number of major hospitals in South Korea since December of 2014, and approved for use in the US and Europe. NEOFECT has offices in S. Korea, San Francisco, and Poland.

Why and how it was started

The President of NEOFECT, Ho-Young Ban, experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by stroke patients and their families when his father and two uncles fell victims of stroke.

Although his uncles were fortunate to survive, they had to turn down the rehab therapy because of the costs involved. So, when his friend Young Choi came up with an idea of Rapael, Ban could not resist.

Soon after, their classmate from the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA program Scott Kim joined the team to launch the US operations.

Kim was born with spinal bifida and went through a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, so he immediately recognized the opportunity and became a co-founder and the CEO of the Neofect’s US office.

What has been the biggest success factors

Personal motivation of the founders combined with the latest, most advanced smart technologies have become the major engines behind the company’s success.

– Gamification, which motivates a patient throughout the rehab process. It helps to induce neuroplasticity for hand function of a patient with a brain damage.

Various rehab games are updated monthly and each game targets specific movements such as squeezing the orange for finger flexion/extension and pouring wine for forearm pronation/supination, for example.

– Artificial Intelligence: the software analyzes data from the glove’s sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level. The algorithm is designed to enhance learning multiple functions by offering an optimal task at a proper level of difficulty.

– Wearable Device: RAPAEL Smart Glove is a wearable bio-feedback training gadget. Lightweight and designed to fit different hand sizes, it uses the Bluetooth technology to collect the patient’s data.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced launching and running the company?

The biggest challenge was the product’s concept itself. Many people believed that Rapael could be a threat to the therapists. Fortunately, after we launched the program in several hospitals, we’ve been able to prove that our device is designed with the doctors’ and patient’s needs in mind and helps them make the rehabilitation process more efficient.

Which do you think is most important: the right market, the right product, or the right team?

This sounds like a cliché, but the right team is easily the answer to me. With the right people, you can make necessary adjustments based on new information to make sure there is a product-market fit.

My previous job was to lead a team to make mobile apps – without any exception, all great apps loved by users were made by great teams.

Final words for those chasing the startup dream

Never underestimate the importance of execution. Many people waste their time just to validate what they think or others think, or even just to finish the conceptualization.

However, you should “fail fast” in order concentrate your efforts on building a product which has a market demand, and of course, to save time and money as well.

Plus, you should fail while you are small rather than big, if you’re meant to face it. The earlier you do the reality check, the faster you can reach your goal, although it might cost you a couple of failures at the beginning.

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