Best Accessories for HP Spectre x360 13t Windows Central 2021
So, you just picked up a brand new HP Spectre x360 13t and want to grab a few items to complement it. No matter what you're looking for — protection, docks, or peripherals — here are the best accessories you can get for your convertible laptop.
- Expand connectivity: CalDigit TS3 Plus docking station
- Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 2S
- Excellent inking: HP Tilt Pen
- Affordable protection: AmazonBasics laptop sleeve
- More USB-A ports: Anker 10-port USB-A 3.0 hub
- Quality carrying: Waterfield Sleevecase
- Multipurpose monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2719D
- Additional storage: Delkin microSD card
Expand connectivity: CalDigit TS3 Plus docking stationEditor's choice
This little Thunderbolt 3 docking station is packing a ton of features, including 15 ports, up to 40Gbps transfer speeds, and up to 85W charging back to your laptop. Connect two 4K displays at 60Hz and still have five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, Ethernet, SD card reader, and 3.5mm audio in and out available.
Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 2SStaff pick
Logitech's MX Master 2S has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 70 days, you can connect it to multiple PCs and switch between them with the click of a button, and you can take advantage of Logitech FLOW to seamlessly move across up to three device displays at once. It's built to prevent wrist strain and fit your hand, making it ideal for those at a desk all day.
Excellent inking: HP Tilt Pen
If you have a Spectre x360 that didn't come with an active pen, this option from HP gives you full tilt support for shading with Windows Ink. It has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, it's rechargeable, and the eraser button on top can be set to do whatever you want it to. If you plan on drawing or sketching with your Spectre x360, this extra tool will no doubt be worth the money.
Affordable protection: AmazonBasics laptop sleeve
Sometimes all you need for your laptop is a no-frills sleeve, and this neoprene option from AmazonBasics is as good as it gets. It's available in five colors and a bunch of sizes if you happen to have more than one device that needs protection.
More USB-A ports: Anker 10-port USB-A 3.0 hub
The Spectre x360 comes with one USB-A 3.1 port, so you might be looking to expand with a hub; why not get one that has plenty of ports and can charge your devices at the same time? This hub has 10 USB 3.0 ports, with three of them dedicated to charging. The ports are all at the top of the hub for easy access and for less mess.
Quality carrying: Waterfield Sleevecase
The Spectre x360 is undeniably a fancy device, and you might want a premium bag to match. Waterfield's sleevecase is designed to fit the Spectre x360 13t, and it comes in either waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with leather accents. Add a shoulder strap, choose from vertical or horizontal orientation, and carry your laptop in style.
Multipurpose monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2719D
Dell's U2719D 27-inch monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution and IPS panel for a stunning picture, and its lack of bezel makes it seem like the picture reaches edge to edge. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of five USB-A 3.0 ports, and mount the monitor easily thanks to VESA support.
Additional storage: Delkin microSD card
This Delkin microSD card feaures UHS-II speeds (up to 300 MB/s read and 100 MB/s) for fast data transfer, and it's available in either 64GB or 128GB sizes depending on how far you want to stretch your extra storage. If you have a Spectre x360 with a small SSD, this is a great way to go.
If we're making a few suggestions
If you have a new HP Spectre x360 13t and you're wondering how to improve your experience, all of the above accessories can play an essential role. However, you might still be wondering what to pick up first.
Thanks to Thunderbolt 3 ports on the Spectre x360, you can create a workstation with CalDigit's TS3 Plus dock. It has a durable, compact aluminum chassis, it brings 15 total ports to the mix, and it will even charge your laptop while it's plugged in, allowing you to detach and hit the road without worrying about battery life. If you often work at a desk and have multiple peripherals, this accessory should prove to be a worthwhile investment.
One of the main issues with the otherwise stellar Spectre x360 13t is the use of Synaptics drivers instead of Precision drivers for its touchpad. In Executive Editor Daniel Rubino's review, he says "scrolling can be janky and pinch to zoom wildly inconsistent." The solution? A quality external mouse, like the recommended Logitech MX Master 2S, should provide a seamless pointing experience and should help prevent joint pain thanks to its ergonomic design.
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