Table of contents:
- Fast SSD storage for the iMac
- Hard disk mass for time machine backup & co
- The shelf for iMac accessories
- The "PC speakers" of the upper class
- The CD / DVD drive for the iMac
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A USB hub is not only useful for the iMac to increase the number of connections. Since all ports are installed on the back, accessibility is poor. At times I had a small USB extension cable attached to the iMac to get a better connection. In the meantime, this service is taken over by a USB hub.
The Satechi Aluminum Staple Hub Pro is particularly successful. So there is nothing more on the desk and the design is well adapted to the computer (there is even a dark version for iMac Pro owners). As the name suggests, the adapter is plugged into the housing. Since the operating instructions are poor, you should know: You do not clamp the hub on the iMac, but insert the brackets into the ventilation slots. By turning the ring, the bracket clamps.
The USB-C hub, connected to a Thunderbolt slot, offers three USB-A slots, a USB-C port and SD and micro SD card readers. Disadvantage: The USB-C slot cannot charge any devices, so you have to use the second iMac port (or even better: a good "gas station").
Processing is very good, speed fast (USB 3.1, but not Thunderbolt) - definitely a good purchase! Currently available from Gravis.
SATECHI aluminum Type-C clamp Hub Pro (with USB C, USB 3.0, card reader) for iMac
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Upgrade: Thunderbolt hub
The USB hub is enough for me. If you have more Thunderbolt and / or USB-C devices, you can use a Thunderbolt hub - and much deeper in your pocket.
Sonnet ECHO-DK11-T3 External connections silver / black
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Fast SSD storage for the iMac
If you work with a lot of data, the iMac unfortunately cannot do without an external SSD. Because either a Fusion Drive is installed in the Apple computer, which does not exactly allow the fastest data access. Or an SSD is installed, which could quickly be fully occupied by many. I also recommend an external SSD to amateur photographers. Here you can save the Lightroom media library, alternatives or even the macOS Photos app.
I use the very compact SandDisk Extreme Portable SSD with 1 TB storage space privately. Lots of storage space for less than 150 euros, and thanks to USB C, access to photo libraries is fast enough. Video professionals take the Pro version, see the comparison take SanDisk Extreme or Extreme Pro Portable SSD?
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD external hard drive 1TB (shockproof, waterproof)
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Hard disk mass for time machine backup & co
Slow but significantly cheaper external HDDs are sufficient for the archive and backups. Tip: I use a docking station for old internal hard drives. It is connected to the iMac via USB. You simply plug in the required hard drive.
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The shelf for iMac accessories
So that external hard drives etc. don't lie around unnecessarily, they can be stowed on the back of the Mac. My Twelve South bracket is no longer available, but the provider has a newer solution in its range. It can be attached to the iMac foot so that it is facing backwards or forwards.
Twelve South BackPack 3
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The "PC speakers" of the upper class
A decent computer also needs decent speakers. To call the Nubert nuPro A-200 a “PC speaker” is actually a sin. However, they can fulfill the intended purpose - namely to serve as audio output for the Mac. The quality is so good that it can be used as a monitor in the home studio. But even those who only consume music can enjoy the Swabian loudspeakers with both soft and loud tones: the sound is great, the bass extends deep into the cellar.
The active speakers do not need an additional amplifier, all connection cables are included. You can connect the nuPro via USB or the headphone output of the iMac. The price-performance ratio of the A-200 is top. Since you need two pieces (Attention: are sold individually), you still have to put a few Hunnis on the table. Available in black and white.
Nubert nuPro A-200 bookshelf speaker 1 piece
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The CD / DVD drive for the iMac
CDs and DVDs have long ceased to exist for Apple, but for some users like me they have. I removed the internal drive of an old MacBook Pro and put it in an external case. If you don't have this option and still want to access CDs, simply use a cheap but well-rated external DVD drive - with an eject button so that you can always get your media out.
Which accessories are particularly important to you, what have you had good experiences with? Feel free to write your recommendations in the comments below.