Best Accessories for Dell XPS 13 Windows Central 2020
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 accessories 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 9300.
- Thunderbolt 3 dock: CalDigit TS3 Plus
- Affordable sleeve: tomtoc 360
- External webcam: Logitech C922x
- USB-A hub: AmazonBasics USB-C to USB-A hub
- 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: Lexar 1800x 128GB microSD card
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.
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.
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 this webcam. It streams and records 1080p video at 30 frames-per-second (FPS) and 720p video at 60 FPS.
The XPS 13 7390 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CalDigit's 512GB Tuff nano is a compact, durable USB-C solid-state drive (SSD) that offers read speeds up to about 1,050 MB/s and write speeds up to about 950 MB/s. It comes with a silicone cover, and it's water and dust resistant, perfect for going with you wherever you go. Grab it is four different colors to best match your other accessories.
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 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.
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.
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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