Best accessories for Dell XPS 15 in 2023
Make your XPS 15 even better with these accessories.
Are you looking for the best accessories for Dell's XPS 15? The powerhouse 15-inch Ultrabook is equipped with the hardware and features to replace your desktop, but just because it can easily stand on its own doesn't mean you can't complement it with some worthwhile extra hardware. We've put together a collection of the best stuff available now.
27-inch QHD monitor
The 15.6-inch XPS 15 display can be configured up to UHD+ for a stunning picture, but something more substantial like Dell's 27-inch U2719D monitor is recommended for multitasking. It has a 2560x1440 (QHD) resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, as well as excellent color and contrast. Height, tilt, pivot, and swivel are adjustable, and it has plenty of ports for easy connectivity.
Thunderbolt 4 dock
The CalDigit TS4 is a beastly docking station that features 18 ports, including five USB-A 3.1, three USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.4, Ethernet, and three Thunderbolt 4. You can also use it to connect your XPS 15 to two 4K displays or one 8K display, which is fantastic if you're looking to put together the perfect desktop setup. The CalDigit TS4 also provides up to 98W of charging power to your XPS 15 while it's connected, ensuring it will stay juiced up while you work.
Older XPS 15 models have a webcam that's positioned below the display instead of above the display, and the angle at which it records can be frustrating. Even if you have a newer XPS 15 with proper camera placement, the Logitech C922x delivers 1080p video recording or streams at 720p with a 60Hz refresh rate. It's easy to mount and is competitively priced compared to similar options.
Speedy external SSD
External storage solutions don't need to be bulky and prone to failure. The CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus is a solid-state drive (SSD) that connects via USB-C to deliver fast read and write speeds up to about 1,055MB/s. The drive is small enough that you can slip it into a pocket, and it's built to withstand conditions above and beyond what you'd find in a regular home or office setting.
If your XPS 15 includes a dedicated graphics card (GPU), you might be tempted to enjoy some games when you're not hard at work. A new Series X|S Xbox wireless controller removes the need for a mouse and keyboard and will, of course, work with your Xbox One. It's available in plenty of colors to match your style.
Logitech's MX Master 3 is an update to our longtime favorite wireless mouse. It still offers a comfortable ergonomic shape, but it now has a much faster and more precise scroll wheel as well as a USB-C port for charging. Connect and switch between three devices and enjoy up to 70 days of battery life from a charge. If the XPS 15's Precision touchpad isn't cutting it, this is the solution.
Extra SD storage
The XPS 15 makes a great PC for photographers, and the UHS-II SD card reader allows for quick and easy file transfers. Lexar's Professional 1000x SD card, available with up to 256GB of storage, offers read speeds up to 150MB/s. It's ideal for FHD and 4K video, and it's backward compatible with UHS-I readers. A limited lifetime warranty is included.
Dell's own Premier Sleeve has an executive look that will easily fit into just about any situation. It doesn't offer the best drop protection, but its slim exterior holds up well to scratches and dings. The inside has a soft coating to prevent harming your XPS 15, and a magnetic clasp keeps the laptop in place when you're on the move.
Corner drop protection
If you're worried about protecting your XPS 15 against drops, tomtoc's 360 sleeve is the right choice. It has thick bumpers on the bottom two corners and plenty of padding along all edges for extra protection. The main zippered pocket is lined to prevent scratches, and there's a handle on top for easy carrying. Two additional external pockets are there for your smaller accessories.
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Any of the above accessories should make a worthwhile addition to your Dell XPS 15, but you might be wondering where to start. If you foresee a lot of productivity work while sitting or standing at a desk, Dell's U2719D 27-inch external monitor should prove invaluable. It adds a lot of screen real estate, and it's fully adjustable so you can get it set up exactly how you'd like. It's even VESA-compatible for mounting on a stand or wall.
The QHD picture has a 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time, and color and contrast are spot on. Dell has dialed in its UltraSharp lineup, and the result is a sleek monitor with almost no bezel at all around the picture. There are plenty of ports for connecting your XPS 15, as well as other accessories. Our roundup of the best monitors for Dell XPS 15 has more options if this isn't the screen you're looking for.
Sticking with the workstation trend, adding a powerful Thunderbolt 4 docking station can turn your XPS 15 into a desktop. CalDigit's TS4, our top pick for a dock, adds a ton of ports, including five USB-A 3.1, three USB-C 3.1, three Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 1.2, a UHS-II SD card reader, Ethernet, and 3.5mm audio in and out. When it's hooked up to your XPS 15, it will also deliver up to 98W of power to keep the PC charged up when you need to hit the road.
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Cale Hunt is formerly 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.