What are the best accessories for the Microsoft Surface Book?
Your Microsoft Surface Book is a fantastic ultrabook as it is, but a few accessories could make your life easier. Whether you're looking for a new way to play games, a little protection for screen and body, or some new headphones, here are the best accessories for the Surface Book.
Update 22 December 2016: We added a few items to the list we think you'll love, including DecalGirl skins and a stylish case from WaterField Designs!
Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag
This lightweight, thin, and stylish messenger bag is the perfect size for your Surface Book, a few documents, maybe a Kindle, and an Arc Touch mouse.
The durable chambray exterior has a sort of denim finish, and the bottom is accented with a deep brown pleather, giving it a sophisticated look worthy of a business lunch or the bus ride to class.
This bag is perfect for short excursions or going back and forth from the office, but definitely won't replace your larger laptop bag in terms of storage or size. If you like to keep things light, check it out!
Surface Pen tip kit
Love using your Surface Pen? Expand your horizons with a tip kit. It has four different tips that fit over the end of your Surface Pen — use a tip that feels like a standard pencil, or switch over to an easy-glide tip that is more like a ballpoint pen.
No matter what you're doing — coloring, drawing, or writing — you'll have the tool required to get the job done. At only about $10, it's a great addition to make your Surface Pen even better.
Xbox wireless controller
The Surface Book can do it all, including games. Keyboard and mouse are usually the preferred PC gaming method of control, but the Xbox controller does hold a special spot in many hearts. Who doesn't love haptic feedback? Connect your Xbox wireless controller to your Surface Book via Bluetooth to begin playing.
When you're gaming on an external monitor across the room, you can plug headphones directly into the controller instead of snaking a long cord between you and your Surface Book.
Want to customize your controller? Xbox Design Lab lets you choose from over 8 million color combinations and a laser-etched custom name or message to really make this thing your own.
Skinomi screen protector
This screen protector is made from thermoplastic urethane — needless to say, it can take a beating. It will not turn yellow over time like some other screen protectors, and if you manage to pierce or scratch it, it will heal itself.
Application is easy and you won't see any annoying bubbles when you're finished. This thing has also been cut with precision to ensure all cutouts are clean and necessary — there are no gaping holes that reduce protection.
As far as the touch aspect goes, you'll hardly notice a difference between your Surface Book's actual screen and this screen protector, other than reduced fingerprint smears and grease. If you do manage to damage this screen protector, switch it for a new one; there's a lifetime, risk-free warranty straight from the manufacturer.
Arc Touch mouse
The Surface Book's touchpad is fine when you're in notebook mode, but what about when you're hooked up to several external monitors?
The Arc Touch mouse connects via Bluetooth and has a natural curved design to fit your hand. It's comfortable, and when you're traveling you can flatten the mouse down to better fit in a pocket on your bag. Feel free to walk around the room with mouse in hand — it will stay connected up to 30 feet away.
Microsoft wireless display adapter
This simple adapter turns your Surface Book into a multimedia machine by wirelessly mirroring or extending your screen. Just plug it into the back of your TV, and whatever you create on the Surface Book can be easily shared with a larger audience.
If it's movie night, watch your downloaded classic on an HD TV. Time to host game night? Make sure every player has eyes on the action on a much larger screen. Those beautiful vacation photos will be vivid and clear when you show your slideshow on the big screen, and PowerPoint presentations will be visible from the back of the conference room in greater detail.
The Surface Book thinks it's a desktop, so treat it like one with a Surface dock. Plug in two external monitors with Mini DisplayPorts, and use four USB 3.0 ports to charge devices or connect a printer.
An Ethernet port gives your Surface Book access to wired internet, and a 3.5mm audio jack lets you stay connected to speakers. When you have to switch to a mobile workday, just unplug your Surface Book and walk away — everything will be right there waiting for you next time you come home.
BaseQi microSD adapter
If you shove a regular SD card into your Surface Book, you're gonna have a bad time — they're too big.
So grab the BaseQi microSD adapter which is a truncated adapter that lets you mount a microSD card in the regular SD slot, while remaining flush with your Surface Book so that it's not snagging on anything and breaking your port.
The adapter is made of aluminum, so it's sturdy, and it doesn't insert too far that you end up needing a tool to get it out.
ProCase Surface Book sleeve
The minimalist design of this case is really quite attractive. Available in three colors — dark grey, light grey, and teal — this case is made from environmentally friendly canvas and is quite durable.
It will fit your Surface Book without a problem, and you'll even have room to spare for a charger, adapters, and a mouse. The inside is lined with padding to help protect your laptop from bumps and shocks, and a double zipper allows for easy packing and unpacking.
Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
These noise-cancelling headphones are backed by the Bose name — you know you're getting a durable product with industry-leading sound quality.
Choose between wired or wireless connection depending on your preference. Connecting wirelessly is easy thanks to Bluetooth or NFC, and you can even use voice commands to set things up. One battery charge will keep you listening for up to 20 wireless hours or 40 wired hours.
The headphones sit over your ear but remain comfortable for long periods of time thanks to the ample padding and lightweight construction. The silver color option will match your Surface Book, but they also look great in black.
Belkin 4-port travel hub
This ultra-slim hub is a great addition to any Surface Book case or sleeve. It's so small you'll hardly notice it's there, but it packs four USB 2.0 ports for when you need a bit of extra connectivity.
This is a crucial accessory for the multitasker or frequent flyer — the best part is that it only costs about $10.
DecalGirl Surface Book skins
The standard metallic finish of the Surface Book is definitely the right choice for many people, but some like to add some flair and personal touch to their device.
DecalGirl has an enormous selection of skins to choose from, and you can even make your own from scratch. These skins cover the lid and inside surface area around the touchpad and keyboard.
Choose from famous works of art like van Gogh's Starry Night, solid colors, and everything in between — there are over 800 skins to choose from, and they start at only about $25.
Syde Surface Book case
WaterField Designs makes some great laptop bags, and their Syde Surface Book case is no exception. This is a minimalist case for any executives out there, or just for anyone who just wants a well-made product that stands out among the rest.
The main case is made from your choice of durable waxed canvas or nylon that has a magnetic closure along the top, and the inside is made from neoprene to protect your Surface Book from bumps, shocks, and scratches.
Adhering to minimalism, the slim front pocket is made from full-grain leather and has a simple fold-over closure. Two leather handles stick out the top, and there are loops if you'd rather switch over to a shoulder strap. There is also a small back pocket where you can keep documents you need to frequently access.