Want to get the most out of your XPS 13? Have a look at the best accessories available now.
Update 23 February 2017: We've refreshed this list with a few new items, including the Dell Active Pen, a new messenger bag, a 27-inch monitor, and a USB-C dock to ensure you're still getting a roundup of the best accessories for your XPS 13.
The Dell XPS 13 is a wonderful laptop that can function entirely on its own. There are, however, several accessories that will make your experience that much better. Without further ado, let's take a look at the best accessories for your Dell XPS 13.
Dell Active Pen
The XPS 13 2-in-1 turned an already popular laptop into a convertible — with this change came Active Pen support, which means you can take full advantage of Windows Ink. You can write out notes quickly when a thought pops up, or you can take time and create a work of art.
With 2048 levels of pressure, you're getting a handwriting experience that is incredibly close to the real thing. The XPS 13 2-in-1 does not come with an Active Pen, so grab one here to really get the most out of your convertible laptop.
Note that the Active Pen does not work on standard XPS 13 models.
Peak Design Everyday Messenger
Your Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful little machine that you're going to want to bring with your wherever you go. To keep it safe without looking like you're a bit overprotective, there is the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag. This was chosen as the best overall messenger bag by Laptop Mag, where they stated in their review:
It's stylish, and its comfortable, easily adjustable strap and interior dividers make the bag work with me instead of against me. With the Everyday Messenger, my bag is the anchor holding my traveling tool kit together, and I wouldn't trade it for any other tote on the market.
Available in a 13-inch design, your XPS 13 will fit snugly inside one of the two padded compartments, and you'll have plenty of room for your accessories in the divided outer pocket. The Maglatch makes for an easy close, and it stays shut until you want it open — no more worrying about whether or not your stuff is falling out while you rush to catch a taxi.
If you don't mind spending about $220, this bag will treat you and your XPS 13 well for years to come.
Evecase laptop messenger bag
If you're looking for a stylish, durable laptop bag that won't break the bank at only about $50, Evecase has you covered. Highly reviewed by its users — it currently sits at 4.5 stars with 1250 reviews on Amazon — this bag features a shock absorbing neoprone interior that removes worry when transporting your XPS 13. The interior is bright blue that allows for easy location of small items you've stored in the bag, and the exterior is a grey or blue fabric (your choice!) that suits either sex.
You can carry the bag using leather-padded canvas handles or removable padded canvas strap. Both options are comfortable — the handles are wide enough to not dig into your hand, and the padding on the canvas strap can be moved to suit strap length.
The front pocket is zippered and lined with organizers, meaning you won't have to dig around for your pen or USB drive. Fit with ease your charger, phone, mouse, and other accessories. The inner sleeve your XPS 13 fits into is snug and will not allow much movement while in transit.
A perfect idea for those on the go, the Evecase messenger bag protects your XPS 13, totes your accessories, and doesn't take up a lot of room.
AmazonBasics laptop sleeve
Sometimes a messenger bag or hard-shell case is too much protection. In this case, you might be looking for a laptop sleeve.
This neoprone sleeve from AmazonBasics is The Wirecutter's top choice for a basic laptop sleeve, and for good reason:
The AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve is the perfect expression of this basic yet effective sleeve: it completely protects your computer with padding on all sides to protect from grit and slight bumps, offers a well-tailored fit, and has a clean look.
If all you're looking for is something you can zip up around your XPS 13 without doing anything fancy, this is it — grab one of five colors, and expect to pay only about $10.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Bluetooth mouse
The best part of the Sculpt Comfort is the Windows touch tab. Anyone familiar with this mouse will understand — one click with your thumb (which is usually off to the side) and you've opened the Start menu. You can customize what the button opens, so Cortana can be literally under your thumb.
This mouse is designed to be user friendly. It will work on all surfaces, including the leg of your pants. The tilt scroll wheel works horizontally, vertically, and is push-to-click, giving you plenty of mobility. Because the mouse is Bluetooth-enabled, you will not have to waste a USB port on a dongle.
Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
Because your XPS 13 is so mobile and so attractive, you'll no doubt want to tote it with you when you're on the move, whether to a coffee shop or on the train. The problem: these places can get loud, and, if you're trying to work, it will be hard to concentrate.
The solution to this problem is noise-cancelling headphones, namely the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. Voted by plenty of sites, including CNET and PCMag, as the overall best wireless headphones, it's clear you can't go wrong here. Mr. Mobile himself even bought these headphones twice he liked them so much.
Needless to say, you're going to get the best sound, a long-lasting battery, and amazing noise-cancelling from these headphones. When Bluetooth isn't an option, you can pop in a wire (the battery lasts twice as long in wired mode), and dual-microphones mean you can accept calls from anywhere.
If it's the absolute best wireless headphones you're looking for, you've found them in the Bose QuietComfort 35.
Plugable USB-C docking station
Great for a dual-display setup, this laptop dock from Plugable sits somewhere between their budget option and their deluxe, triple-display option. On the front, it has two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, plus 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. On the back, you'll find another USB-C port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and two USB 2.0 ports. PCMag named this dock an Editor's Choice, saying:
The Plugable USB-C Docking Station With Power Delivery give you a greatest-hits lineup of common ports, and at $129 it's cheaper than some of the other docks out there.
Expect to get a 30Hz refresh rate when using a 4K monitor — anything else will hit 60Hz. If you don't need three external displays but also like to have some USB-C functionality, check out this dock from Plugable.
Dell Power Companion power bank
Unlike other power banks available for the XPS 13, Dell's own Power Companion will charge your laptop battery rather than just provide power. The Power Companion can also, of course, power your laptop if your battery is completely dead and you don't have time for a charge.
For those on the go, plug the Power Companion into your XPS 13 and place both items in your laptop bag while you travel. When you need your laptop, pull it out and enjoy a charged battery. The Power Companion features two extra USB ports meaning you can simultaneously charge two USB-powered devices.
You can charge the Power Companion using the XPS 13's power adapter so you don't need to carry extra cords in your bag. You will also enjoy the slim design and weight (under one pound) when you're toting your laptop.
Dell 27-inch UltraSharp monitor
The 13-inch display on the XPS 13 is absolutely brilliant, but that doesn't mean you won't sometimes need something bigger. In this case, it's best to grab an external monitor.
Its IPS panel delivers outstanding color and grayscale performance, wide viewing angles, and a crisp WQHD picture, and it has multiple video inputs, a video output, and a four-port USB hub.
You get here a beautiful 2560x1440 resolution, a six-millisecond response time, and 60Hz refresh rate — not the best response and refresh for serious gaming, but you're connecting to an XPS 13 after all.
If you're in the market for a sizable external monitor for your XPS 13, you really can't go wrong with the Dell UltraSharp U2717D.