Best accessories for Dell XPS 13 Windows Central 2021
The Dell XPS 13 is a stellar laptop that can function entirely on its own thanks to a smart design, capable internal hardware, and your choice of FHD touch, non-touch, or 4K touch display. There are, however, several best accessories for the Dell XPS 13 that will make your experience even better, and we rounded up our favorites right here that should work with older XPS 13 models as well as the latest Dell XPS 13 9310.
- Thunderbolt 3 dock: CalDigit TS3 Plus
- Affordable sleeve: tomtoc 360
- External Webcam: Logitech C922x
- USB-A hub: uni 4-Port USB-A Hub
- Thunderbolt 4 hub: CalDigit Element
- Branded protection: Dell Premier sleeve
- Multipurpose messenger: Peak Design Everyday Messenger
- Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 3
- External 27-inch monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2719D
- Extra USB storage: CalDigit Tuff nano
- Convenient storage: Silicon Power Superior Pro microSD card
Thunderbolt 3 dock: CalDigit TS3 PlusEditor's pick
With the CalDigit TS3 Plus, you're looking at adding 15 ports, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 3 to your XPS 13. Connect your XPS 13 to two 4K displays or one 5K display to create a workstation ready to boost productivity. Your device will stay charged thanks to up to 85W of power through the host connection.
Affordable sleeve: tomtoc 360Staff pick
Tomtoc's 360-degree protective sleeve has a polyester finish that is water-resistant, thick padding around the entire edge, and the corners have extra padding in case of drops. The front has a zippered pocket that can handle a charger and some other accessories. The main pocket, lined with a foam cushion, is also zippered to keep everything in place.
External Webcam: Logitech C922x
The newer XPS 13 models, including the 9380, 7390, and 9300, have the webcam back above the display where it belongs, but if you're using a 9370 or 9360 with the camera below the display, you might want to check out the Logitech C922x. It streams and records 1080p video at 30 frames per second (FPS) and 720p video at 60 FPS.
USB-A hub: uni 4-Port USB-A Hub
Newer XPS 13 models no longer include USB-A ports, so grabbing this affordable hub that connects back with USB-C makes a lot of sense. It's a simple hub with four USB-A 3.0 ports that work even with your older USB-A 2.0 devices. It comes in a silver color, and it allows for data transfer speeds up to about 5Gbps.
Thunderbolt 4 hub: CalDigit Element
The CalDigit Element Hub is a great way to take advantage of the Thunderbolt 4 ports on the latest XPS 13 9310. It adds three downstream Thunderbolt 4 ports and four USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2) ports, all in a compact aluminum enclosure. If you want maximum performance for your accessories, this is the way to go.
Branded protection: Dell Premier sleeve
Dell's Premier sleeve is a slim, lightweight protection option for your XPS 13. It has a soft interior lining to keep from scratching your laptop, and the black exterior protects against the elements. A magnetized flap stays closed when you're on the move, and a Dell logo stamped into the bottom corner is ideal if you like your accessories to match your hardware.
Multipurpose messenger: Peak Design Everyday Messenger
Available in a 13-inch design, your XPS 13 will fit snugly inside the Peak Design Everyday Messenger V2. And you'll have plenty of room for your accessories in the divided outer pocket. The Maglatch makes for a smooth 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.
Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 3
Logitech's MX Master 3 connects via Bluetooth or the included nano receiver, and it offers up to 70 days of battery life on a single charge. Tracking is accurate enough for productivity and even gaming, and the design keeps it comfortable for extended periods of use. If you need a great wireless mouse to go with your XPS 13, this is it.
External 27-inch monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2719D
This 27-inch monitor has almost no bezel around it, allowing the 2560x1440 resolution to look brilliant without interruption. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of multiple USB ports, and adjust for height, pivot, swivel, and tilt to get the right angle no matter the situation. Color reproduction is excellent, with 99% sRGB coverage.
Extra USB storage: CalDigit Tuff nano
CalDigit's Tuff nano is a compact, durable USB-C solid-state drive (SSD) that offers read speeds up to about 1,050MB/s and write speeds up to about 950MB/s. It comes with a silicone cover, and it's water and dust resistant, perfect for going with you wherever you go. Grab it in four different colors to best match your other accessories, and choose between 512GB and 1TB sizes.
Convenient storage: Silicon Power Superior Pro microSD card
The microSD card reader built into the XPS 13 9370, 9380, 7390, and 9300 is capable of reading UHS-II cards for extra speed, and this Silicon Power Superior Pro microSD card will deliver. It's capable of read speeds up to 290MB/s and write speeds up to 160MB/s, and it is backward-compatible with devices that use a UHS-I reader.
If we're making some suggestions
All of the above accessories can contribute to your XPS 13 experience, and all accessories should work with older and newer XPS 13 models, including the refreshed 9300 and 9310. If you're interested in more information about the latest model, check out our Dell XPS 13 9310 review. And be sure to see where it ranks in our collection of the best Windows laptop options.
If you're still wondering which accessory to pick up first, we can make some suggestions. Tomtoc's 360 sleeve provides outstanding protection for your laptop thanks to thick padding around all sides and corners, plus it has extra zippered pockets for your smaller accessories. If you're often taking your XPS 13 with you, start here and keep your laptop safe.
Those of you who primarily use their XPS 13 in an office setting — home or work — will likely want to check out the CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 docking station. It adds 15 total ports to your laptop, and it can even charge your device while it's plugged in, allowing you to not worry about battery life when it's time to go portable. Connect displays, storage, and other accessories without worrying about cable clutter, giving you a true workstation every time you sit down.
And if you have the latest XPS 13 with Thunderbolt 4 ports, be sure to have a look at our roundup of the best Thunderbolt 4 hubs and docking stations for more buying options.
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