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 new Dell XPS 13 Plus.
Thunderbolt 4 dock
With the CalDigit TS4, you're looking at adding 18 ports, including five USB-A 3.1, three USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.4, Ethernet, and three Thunderbolt 4 to your XPS 13. Connect your XPS 13 to two 4K displays or one 8K display to create a workstation ready to boost productivity. Your device will stay charged thanks to up to 98W of power through the host connection.
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.
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 silver, and it allows for data transfer speeds up to about 5Gbps.
Thunderbolt 4 hub
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 9310 and the brand-new Dell XPS 13 Plus. If you're interested in more information about the latest model, check out our Dell XPS 13 9310 review and our coverage of the Dell XPS 13 Plus. And be sure to see where both of them rank 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 or XPS 13 Plus in an office setting — home or work — will likely want to check out the CalDigit TS4 docking station. It adds 18 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.
Lastly, check out the CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus or the SanDisk Extreme PRO microSD card if you're in need of some extra storage. CalDigit's external SSD is ideal for folks who need a lot of storage and don't mind having to carry around a drive, while SanDisk's microSD card offers a small amount of fast storage in an extremely compact form factor.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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