Your Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a fantastic Ultrabook as is, but a few accessories could make your life easier. Whether you're looking for a new way to play games, a little protection for the body, or some new headphones, these are the best accessories for Surface Book and Surface Book 2.

Precise inking: Surface Pen

The latest Surface Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as 1,028 levels of tilt sensitivity, so it really feels like you're using a real pen. The pen has an eraser button on the top that can be programmed a number of ways, and there are four colors to choose from, including platinum, burgundy, black, and cobalt blue.

$100 at Microsoft

Gaming peripheral: Xbox wireless controller

The Surface Book 2 has the hardware for gaming, so add a comfortable wireless Xbox controller with haptic feedback for a great experience. When you're gaming on an external monitor across the room, you can plug headphones directly into the controller instead of snaking a long cord between you and your Surface Book 2.

$60 at Microsoft

Portable pointer: Surface Arc Mouse

This mouse connects via Bluetooth, it has about a 10-meter range, and batteries last up to about six months on a single charge. Its unique design allows it to fold flat, but it naturally curves to fit your hand. Need some style? Choose from three colors, including light gray, burgundy, and cobalt blue.

$80 at Microsoft

Comfortable typing: Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

If you type a lot, this ergonomic keyboard should immediately prove its worth. The palm rest is covered with Alcantara fabric, and it has a gentle curve and arched design that will keep your wrists from aching after hours at a desk. This keyboard connects with Bluetooth 4.0 and is a perfect companion to your other Surface accessories.

$130 at Microsoft

Add HDMI: Surface USB-C to HDMI adapter

If you're keen on using your Surface Book 2 with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), this USB-C to HDMI adapter is guaranteed to work. It supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, and it doesn't take up much space; you should be able to fit in pretty much any pocket on your laptop bag. Even if you're not using WMR, this adapter is a great way to add an HDMI port for an external display.

$40 at Microsoft

Extra connectivity: Surface Dock

The Surface Book and Surface Book 2 think they're desktop PCs, so treat them like it with a Surface Dock. Plug in two external monitors with Mini DisplayPorts, and use four USB-A 3.0 ports to charge devices or connect a printer. An Ethernet port gives your Surface Book access to wired internet, and a 3.5mm audio jack lets you stay connected to speakers.

$125 at Amazon

Additional storage: BaseQi microSD adapter

With this adapter, you can add MicroSD storage to your Surface Book 2 without having anything stick out the side of your device, reducing the risk of accidental damage. It's made from aluminum, you can use any MicroSD card with it, and it's available in two sizes to fit 13.5- and 15-inch models.

From $23 at Amazon

Wireless audio: Surface Headphones

For wireless audio to match your Surface Book 2, check out the new Surface Headphones. They're pricey, but you get active noise cancellation, deep audio, touch controls on the earcup, and a premium build with wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Whether in a casual or professional setting, these headphones will make a great fit.

$349 at Microsoft

USB-A ports: Anker Ultra Slim USB hub

The Surface Book 2 now comes with more ports than ever, but you still might be looking to expand your USB-A connectivity. This Anker hub is slim enough to fit into your sleeve, laptop bag, or even your pocket, but delivers 5 Gbps transfer speeds for whatever peripherals you connect.

$10 at Amazon

Hundreds of designs: DecalGirl Surface Book skins

The standard metallic finish of the Surface Book is the right choice for many people, but some like to add flair and personal touch to their devices. DecalGirl has an enormous selection of skins to choose from, and you can even make your own from scratch. These skins cover the lid and inside surface area around the touchpad and keyboard.

$25 at DecalGirl

Premium protection: WaterField Surface Sleevecase

This sleeve is made primarily from your choice of ballistic nylon or waxed canvas, and has full-grain leather accents on the flap and bottom. The inside pocket is lined with soft neoprene to prevent scratches, and a padded flap keeps everything in place. This bag is available in horizontal and vertical orientation, so you're sure to get something you're happy with.

$69 at WaterField

Rugged case: UAG Ice case

This rugged case meets military standards when it comes to drop protection, plus it has two locks that keep the screen closed — if your laptop does fall, there's a good chance you'll be able to just pick it up, dust it off, and get back to work. The case fits snugly over your Surface Book and at the top there's a clasp for the Surface Pen.

$90 at UAG

Third-party inking: Bamboo Ink smart stylus

The Bamboo Ink smart stylus is quite a bit cheaper than the Surface Pen, but still offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. You get three different fine-point nibs — soft, medium, and firm — so that you can find something that suits your drawing and writing style. It also works with multiple devices thanks to AES and MPP support.

$42 at Amazon

Durable sleeve: Thule Gauntlet 3.0

The Thule Gauntlet 3.0 is available in four different colors and is sized to fit most 13- or 15-inch laptops, including the Surface Book 2. The outside has a hard shell to protect your device, and the zipper runs around three sides, allowing you to open it right up and use your laptop on top, protecting it from the elements.

From $49 at Amazon

Natural look: Toast wood cover

The silvery finish on your Surface Book is undoubtedly attractive, but it's not for everyone. If you'd rather have a wooden look, you need to check out these covers from Toast. Choose from four different colors, choose your laptop (there are covers for all Surface Book and Surface Book 2 models), and add a bit of customization, including custom etched text.

From $69 at Toast

If we're picking some accessories

All of the above accessories can complement your Surface Book or Surface Book 2, but if we're picking a few to get started, stick with the Surface Pen for the best inking experience, the BaseQI MicroSD adapter for easy and safe storage, and the WaterField Surface SleeveCase for premium protection.

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