Best Accessories for Dell XPS 13 Windows Central 2019

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 or 4K touch display. There are, however, several accessories that will make your experience even better, and we rounded up our favorites right here.

Thunderbolt 3 dock: CalDigit TS3 Plus

Editor's pick

With the CalDigit TS3 Plus, you're looking at 15 ports, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 3, and up to 85W of charging power. Connect your XPS 13 to two 4K displays or one 5K display to create a workstation ready to boost productivity.

$310 at Amazon

Affordable sleeve: tomtoc 360

Staff 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.

$20 at Amazon

External webcam: Logitech C922x

The new XPS 13 9380 has moved 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 this webcam. It streams and records 1080p video at 30 frames-per-second (FPS) and 720p video at 60 FPS. A clip lets you attach it to the lid of the XPS 13, or you can use a tripod and set it aside.

$75 at Amazon

USB-A hub: AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A hub

The XPS 13 9380 no longer includes 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 3.1 ports that work even with your older USB-A 2.0 devices. It's available in black and white colors, and it allows for data transfer speeds up to about 5Gbps.

$16 at Amazon

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.

$48 at Dell

Multipurpose messenger: Peak Design Everyday Messenger

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 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.

$220 at Amazon

Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 2S

Logitech's MX Master 2S 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.

$70 at Amazon

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.

$357 at Dell

Extra USB storage: Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB

Add media, backups, and just about anything else without cluttering up your laptop's storage, and thanks to the slim size you can slip it into your laptop bag or even your pocket when you're on the go. A 2TB drive is a great size that remains relatively affordable, and you can choose from four colors at checkout.

$55 at Amazon

Convenient storage: Lexar 1800x 128GB microSD card

The microSD card reader built into the XPS 13 9380 and 9370 is capable of reading UHS-II cards for extra speed, and this microSD card from Lexar will deliver. It's capable of read speeds up to 270 MB/s and write speeds up to 110 MB/s, and it is backward-compatible with devices that use a UHS-I reader.

$80 at Amazon

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.

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.

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