I’ve finally moved my 24-inch iMac to the studio. But, rest assured, it has been put to very good use over the last few months in the kitchen (yes, you read that right).
I love what Apple has done with the new(ish) iMac. Sure, we didn’t get the ‘big one’ that so many people (including yours truly) wanted to see, but the 24-inch M1 version strikes the perfect balance between M1-based power, good looks, and that unbeatable retina screen.
For me, it’s big enough, capable enough and unmistakably Apple enough to remain an important part of this business.
However, it gets much better when you add a few key accessories. I’ve got six to share with you today, and I’m pretty confident that at least one of them will take your fancy.
1. Satechi USB-C Slim Dock for iMac
If you know me by now, you’ll know that I love my USB-C docks, and Satechi has come out with an absolute belter for the 24-inch iMac.
It’s called the Slim Dock, and it has been designed specifically for Apple’s all-in-one.
In typical Satechi fashion, it slots effortlessly in place over the iMac’s base and looks like a natural extension of the computer. Apple could easily have designed it themselves, in fact.
Once in place and connected via the included USB-C cable (which is the perfect length, incidentally), it provides a far more easily accessible 10 Gbps USB-C data port, two USB-A ports, a micro SD card reader, and a standard SD card reader.
But it has one more, hidden, trick up its sleeve.
If you turn the Slim Dock upside down, you’ll find a magnetised compartment that can house an NVME SATA SSD. Magnets mean no tools, and that little compartment means a convenient way to increase the storage of your iMac.
It supports up to 10Gbps, high-speed m.2 SSDs and means you don’t have to pay Apple’s extortionate prices if you want to have more space ‘locally’ on your iMac.
At around £130, it isn’t the cheapest USB dock you’ll find, but the design, convenience, and the fact that, if you shop around for SSDs, you can save money on storage, makes this a solid investment.
2. Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Wireless Mouse
I actually purchased this on a whim because I wanted a small mouse that didn’t take up much desk space and which I could also take with me on the road for use with other devices.
The MX Anywhere 2S is actually the older version, but I managed to pick it up for just £30 on Amazon – rather than shelling out £90 on the new model.
It’s technically a travel mouse but works great as a desktop mouse if you don’t have a huge amount of space. It’s also roughly 8,187 better than Apple’s Magic Mouse.
The MX Anywhere 2S is basically a mini MX Master, which remains my favourite mouse for production duties. It’s got a tonne of buttons – more than I need, really, but it’s something that will please those who love to customise their mouse – particularly at this price. And if you’re wondering, they’re all configured via Logitech’s brilliantly simple yet powerful software.
There’s also quick Bluetooth switching via the button underneath the mouse, which is super useful for my case and is again borrowed from the MX Master.
There’s just one issue: the MX Anywhere 2S charges via micro USB, which I think went out of fashion in 1986. However, the battery lasts for weeks, so this isn’t really an issue.
And you can charge it while you’re using it.
So, who cares?
3. IQUNIX F96 mechanical keyboard
I’ve got loads of mechanical keyboards to choose from, but there’s one that I keep coming back to, which is the F96 from IQUNIX.
It’s not the cheapest you’ll find – the backlit, wireless version with RGB lights that I have clocks in at about $250, but you get a lot for the money. This is easily the best-built mechanical keyboard I have – it is an absolute tank.
Mine has the Cherry Brown switches, which are a dream to type on and sound lovely, to boot.
The bad news? The F96 is slowly being discontinued (if you’re quick, they may still have some in stock).
The good news? The F97 is the replacement, and it looks awesome!
4. iPad mini and Benks Infinity stand
This might seem like an odd, shoehorned addition, and while that’s partly true, I can’t leave the iPad mini off this list.
Apple’s smallest tablet plays a central role alongside most of my Macs, and the iMac is no different. The iPad mini is my note-taking device of choice for handwritten stuff thanks to the brilliant Paperlike screen protector, and it’s also a vital quick reference tool.
However, the accessory that makes all of this possible is the Benks Infinity iPad stand, which sits neatly next to my iMac and enables me to attach my iPad mini via its super strong magnets.
I couldn’t have the 24-inch iMac in my studio without a neat platform on which to place my iPad mini.
5. Kanto YU2 Speakers (and sub)
The speakers in the 24-inch iMac aren’t bad, but if you’re someone who appreciates good sound, you might want to beef up the system on your desk a little.
I’ve done that with the addition of the Kanto YU2 powered desktop speakers. Alone, they add lovely separation and detail to your music that cannot be matched by the iMac (despite what Apple tells us). They’re pretty full sounding for such small drivers, too.
I couldn’t help myself, though; I needed more of that bottom end, and when you combine the Kanto YU2s with the Sub 8, the result is absolutely superb. It’s a full, deep, rich sound that fills my studio. As a result, the iMac and Kanto setup is the main way I listen to music each day while I’m pottering around.
Kanto has nailed the Apple aesthetic, too – bar the slightly ugly blue LED power light. But we’ll forgive them that.
Oh, and remember to buy yourself the speaker stands, too – they add some much-needed height and angle to the YU2s.
6. Satechi Deskmate
I love a good desk mat, and I’ve been using the Satechi eco-leather Deskmate for ages now.
It could, admittedly, be slightly bigger (mine is the 23” x 12.2” version), but the Deskmate is just wide and deep enough to provide a nice surface on which to place the IQUNIX F96 and Logitech mouse.
Desk mats aren’t a necessity, but they do finish off any desk nicely while protecting the desk surface and providing a comfortable typing experience.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, the desk is a Flexispot EQ5, which has been rock solid in every way – highly recommended!
I hope you found something useful within that list for your own 24-inch iMac setup.
What did I miss? Let me know your favourite iMac accessory in the comments section, below. I’m always open to new ideas!
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