Apple MacBooks are some of the best laptops you can buy. Expensive? Yes, but you get quality for your money. The MacBook Air is an affordable laptop laptop with great value for money. but like any laptop, you still need to connect some things to it. And this quickly leads to cable clutter. Let’s get away, shall we?

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There is a power cord for charging your MacBook. This pathetic SSD won’t be useful for video editing, so you’ll need a large capacity external hard drive. How about an external monitor? Your favorite headphones for the best sounds so you can focus on your work ?

All those wires coming out of your laptop not only look messy, but they get tangled easily, fray when plugged in and unplugged, and generally get in the way. Many other Mac users have encountered this problem and now there are ready-made solutions for it.

Zenboxx ZenDock ($159) [Больше не доступно]

Wouldn’t it be really handy if you could connect all the cables to the MacBook port in one go instead of having to connect each cable individually? This is exactly what ZenDock allows.

Connect your cables to the ZenDock and the ZenDock becomes a single, snap-on connection to your laptop. ZenDock Pro (for MacBook Pro) supports Mini DisplayPort, three USB 3.0 ports, an optical audio/SPDIF port, and a Kensington port, and comes with Ethernet and Firewire adapters. The Retina ZenDock (for MacBooks with retina) also has a Thunderbolt punch through. The ZenDock Air (for the MacBook Air) is the least attractive since it has so few ports anyway, but it adds two extra USB ports to your device by acting as a USB hub.

ZenDock manufacturers designed aluminum to complement the MacBook, and it won’t block other ports you want to connect to either.

Unfortunately ZenDock isn’t out yet, but it’s available for pre-order. All three units cost $150 and are expected to ship in early 2016.

Project Bracket (Free, DIY cost) [больше не доступен]

Like ZenDock, Project Bracket is a way to bundle all your cables into one device that you can quickly plug and unplug. The best part is that it’s slimmer and sexier, and you can easily detach the cables from it. The bad thing is that his Kickstarter failed so you can’t buy it… but you can make your own for free!

Project Bracket has released STEP files for 3D printing. You won’t pay anything, but that means you won’t get the pure aluminum version. However, once you have the STEP files, all you need to do is find a 3D printer and get your own plastic version of the Bracket.

You can probably find 3D printers in your local hack space. local hacker space. or even buy a cheap one

Sugru Plug Hub (Free, DIY cost)

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Sugru is an amazing silicone putty that can be used for everything from repairing broken headphones how to make smartphone cases . It only costs $6.49 for a pack of three. You can create a hub like ZenDock or Project Bracket and customize it to your needs. It’s super easy and anyone can do it.

User Sugru Johanfrick shared how he did it:

Open two packs of sugra. White, of course, to match Apple. Form the sugru into a long roll and wrap it around the five connected cables. Then use a cutlery knife, for example, to shape the applied sugar better.

You can use sandpaper to smooth out the edges, and even use Sugru’s color guides to add some black Sugru to try and match it with the MacBook’s gray. Easily.

MOS Magnetic Cable Organizer ($17.95)

Apple prides itself on its use of magnets. Do you know how your charging port snaps into a groove on your MacBook? It’s because of the magnets! You can also use magnets to reduce cable noise.

MOS (Magnetic Organization System) looks cool and adds style to the MacBook with its aluminum design. Put it on the table and you can simply attach any cable to it. The metal end will be attracted to the magnets in the MOS and stay firm so they don’t slip off, eliminating the need to kneel or crawl at a desk.

It’s a simple and effective way to always keep your cables in the same spot on your desk so you can easily plug and unplug them. For those cables that won’t stick to the MOS tightly, there’s a special clip, and you’ll get three of them for free with your purchase (and you could probably work out more easily).

For $18, the MOS is cool and comfortable. Or you can even try to create your own magnetic cable organizer. as a cheap and fun weekend project!

Fancy Cordy ($7.99)


Quirky’s Cordies is a cheaper, less sexy, non-magnetic version of MOS, but it does the job just the same.

As you can see from the photo, Cordies is a rubberized desktop solution. Run the cable through one of the four slots and the next time you unplug it from your laptop, it won’t fall off your desk.

You can stack cables on top of each other to use one slot for multiple cables. And the rubber grip means there won’t be any damage. Okay, so it doesn’t look as good as MOS, but at $8 it’s one of the cheapest ways to tidy up your computer cable clutter.

BlueLounge CableBox ($24.93) and CableBox Mini ($13.50)

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Let’s do a quick math. One charger plug. One plug for your iPhone and its lighting cable. One power connector for external hard drive. One plug for Apple Cinema monitor. Yes, you will need an extension cord or possibly a mains But it’s more of a mess on your desk, right?

The BlueLounge has something called a CableBox that contains your extension cord and a nasty cable mess. The end result, as you can see above, is one wire going into the box and several wires coming out of the box. Dirty plugs and their tangled cables are safely tucked away inside, although you can quickly pull them out if needed.

The CableBox is fire resistant and comes with its own mains filter. You can buy it in two sizes and it looks cute! Heck, you could even pair the CableBox with one of the above cable management solutions for a really tidy workspace.

LandingZone Dock ($170)


Finally, there is the grandfather of the MacBook docks. The LandingZone Dock is available for both the MacBook Retina and MacBook Air, but in different sizes and varieties. We’re going to focus on the top-notch docking station here for the MacBook Retina, but you can check out other options on the LandingZone product page.

Doc sits on your desk and doesn’t move anywhere. Ideally, you should buy a second set of connecting cables for it. Think of it as part of the table itself. You put your MacBook in it and pick up your MacBook when you want to move around.

This thing is seriously decorated with connectors. You get three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Magsafe charger holder, mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt, Ethernet, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Kensington Security port. This is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to add extra ports to your MacBook.

How do you manage worn out cables?

Whether in the form of gorgeous magnetic pieces that complement your MacBook or cheaper substitutes that fit any desk and device, these docking and cable solutions are perfect for keeping the clutter out. But you still have to contend with the scourge of worn-out Apple cables.

This is a common problem, so we wanted your thoughts.

How to avoid the infamous frayed Apple cables on the Magsafe charger and other ports? Have you tried any cable management solutions like the ones above?

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