Best Accessories for Dell XPS 13

Want to get the most out of your XPS 13? Have a look at the best accessories available now.

The Dell XPS 13 is a wonderful laptop that can function entirely on its own. There are, however, several accessories that will make your experience that much better. Without further ado, let's take a look at the best accessories for your Dell XPS 13.

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Logitech C922x webcam

Logitech C922 webcam

Our choice for the best overall webcam for Windows, Logitech's C922 (about $80) understandably has a lot going for it. It records 1080p video for later viewing, and it will stream 720p video at 60 frames per second.

A clip lets you attach it to the lid of the XPS 13, or you can use a tripod and set it aside. Perhaps the best part — especially for streamers — is the smart removal of a background without using a green screen. If you don't like the unconventional placement of the built-in XPS 13 webcam, definitely give this one a look. For more options, check out our roundup of the best webcams.

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Dell Active Pen

Dell Active Pen

The XPS 13 2-in-1 turned an already popular laptop into a convertible — with this change came Active Pen support, which means you can take full advantage of Windows Ink. You can write out notes quickly when a thought pops up, or you can take time and create a work of art.

With 2,048 levels of pressure, you're getting a handwriting experience that is incredibly close to the real thing. The XPS 13 2-in-1 does not come with an Active Pen (about $50), so grab one here to really get the most out of your convertible laptop.

Note that the Active Pen does not work on standard XPS 13 models.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Your Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful little machine that you're going to want to bring with your wherever you go. To keep it safe without looking like you're a bit overprotective, there is the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag. This was chosen as the best overall messenger bag by Laptop Mag, where they stated in their review:

It's stylish, and its comfortable, easily adjustable strap and interior dividers make the bag work with me instead of against me. With the Everyday Messenger, my bag is the anchor holding my traveling tool kit together, and I wouldn't trade it for any other tote on the market.

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 an easy 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.

If you don't mind spending about $220, this bag will treat you and your XPS 13 well for years to come. Be sure to check out our roundup of the best laptop bags for plenty more options.

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Evecase laptop messenger bag

Evecase laptop messenger bag

If you're looking for a stylish, durable laptop bag that won't break the bank at only about $20, Evecase has you covered. Highly reviewed by its users — it currently sits at 4.7 stars with more than 400 reviews on Amazon — this bag features a shock absorbing neoprene interior that removes worry when transporting your XPS 13. The interior is bright blue that allows for easy location of small items you've stored in the bag.

You can carry the bag using leather-padded canvas handles or removable padded canvas strap. Both options are comfortable — the handles are wide enough to not dig into your hand, and the padding on the canvas strap can be moved to suit strap length.

The front pocket is zippered and lined with organizers, meaning you won't have to dig around for your pen or USB drive. Fit with ease your charger, phone, mouse, and other accessories. The inner sleeve your XPS 13 fits into is snug and will not allow much movement while in transit.

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AmazonBasics laptop sleeve

AmazonBasics laptop sleeve

Sometimes a messenger bag or hard-shell case is too much protection. In this case, you might be looking for a laptop sleeve.

This neoprene sleeve from AmazonBasics is The Wirecutter's top choice for a basic laptop sleeve, and for good reason:

The AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve is the perfect expression of this basic yet effective sleeve: it completely protects your computer with padding on all sides to protect from grit and slight bumps, offers a well-tailored fit, and has a clean look.

If all you're looking for is something you can zip up around your XPS 13 without doing anything fancy, this is it — grab one of five colors, and expect to pay only about $10. Have a look at roundup of the best sleeves for XPS 13 for plenty more options.

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Logitech MX Master mouse

Logitech MX Master mouse

Chosen as our overall favorite wireless mouse, the MX Master from Logitech (about $63) connects via Bluetooth or the included nano receiver, and it offers 40 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.

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Logitech K380 keyboard

Logitech K380 keyboard

If you have an external monitor set up to use with your XPS 13, you're likely looking for a keyboard to go along with it. Selected as the best Bluetooth keyboard by The Wirecutter, they had this to say in their review:

The K380 is comfortable and responsive; it's also solid enough for desktop or lap use, while being small and light enough for you to slip in a bag and use on the go.

The rounded keys have dipped middles to better hold your fingertips, and there is ample key travel to make typing as comfortable as possible. This keyboard starts at about $30.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones

Because your XPS 13 is so mobile and so attractive, you'll no doubt want to tote it with you when you're on the move, whether to a coffee shop or while on the train. The problem: These places can get loud, and if you're trying to work, it will be hard to concentrate. The solution to this problem is noise-canceling headphones, namely the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones (about $350).

You're going to get the best sound, a long-lasting battery, and amazing noise-canceling from these headphones. When Bluetooth isn't an option, you can pop in a wire (the battery lasts twice as long in wired mode), and dual-microphones mean you can accept calls from anywhere. Now in the second series, the updated headphones also feature an adjustable noise cancellation level and a button for quick access to your digital assistant.

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Plugable USB-C docking station

Plugable USB-C docking station

Great for a dual-display setup, this laptop dock from Plugable sits somewhere between their budget option and their deluxe, triple-display option. On the front, it has two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, plus 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks. On the back, you'll find another USB-C port, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and two USB 2.0 ports. PCMag named this dock an Editor's Choice, saying:

The Plugable USB-C Docking Station With Power Delivery give you a greatest-hits lineup of common ports, and at $129 it's cheaper than some of the other docks out there.

Expect to get a 30Hz refresh rate when using a 4K monitor — anything else will hit 60Hz. If you don't need three external displays but also like to have some USB-C functionality, check out this dock from Plugable. Check out our roundup of other great laptop docks for more options.

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Dell Power Companion power bank

Dell Power Companion power bank

Unlike other power banks available for the XPS 13, Dell's own 18,000mAh Power Companion (about $110) will charge your laptop battery rather than just provide power. The Power Companion can also, of course, power your laptop if your battery is completely dead and you don't have time for a charge.

For those on the go, plug the Power Companion into your XPS 13 and place both items in your laptop bag while you travel. When you need your laptop, pull it out and enjoy a charged battery. The Power Companion features two extra USB ports meaning you can simultaneously charge two USB-powered devices.

You can charge the Power Companion using the XPS 13's power adapter so you don't need to carry extra cords in your bag. You will also enjoy the slim design and weight (under one pound) when you're toting your laptop.

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Dell 25-inch UltraSharp monitor

Dell 25-inch UltraSharp monitor

The 13-inch display on the XPS 13 is absolutely brilliant, but that doesn't mean you won't sometimes need something bigger. In this case, it's best to grab an external monitor.

The Dell UltraSharp U2515H (about $290) offers a beautiful 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, beautiful color and contrast, and a wide viewing angle thanks to the IPS panel.

The bezel around the display is super thin for an almost edge-to-edge picture, and there are plenty of connectivity options, including two HDMI, DisplayPort, miniDisplayPort, and five USB-A 3.0 ports. If you're in the market for a sizable external monitor for your XPS 13, you really can't go wrong with the Dell UltraSharp U2515H.

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Updated November 13, 2017: We refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting a roundup of the absolute best accessories for your Dell XPS 13.