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.
Microsoft Surface Pen
A Surface device almost isn't complete without a Surface Pen (about $100), which offers a superior drawing experience designed for Windows Ink. 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. Coupled with the Surface Dial, this is a duo that your creative side will love.
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.
Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag
This lightweight, thin and stylish messenger bag from Brenthaven (about $70) is the perfect size for your 13-inch Surface Book or Surface Book 2, a few documents, maybe a Kindle, and a Surface Arc mouse.
The durable chambray exterior has a sort of denim finish, and the bottom is accented with a deep brown "pleather," giving it a sophisticated look worthy of a business lunch or just a bus ride to class. Interested? Our review has much more information.
Xbox wireless controller
The Surface Book 2 can do it all, including games, thanks to discrete graphics. Keyboard and mouse are usually the preferred PC gaming method of control, but the Xbox controller holds a special spot in many hearts. Who doesn't love haptic feedback? Connect your Xbox wireless controller (about $60) to your Surface Book 2 via Bluetooth or Xbox Wireless to begin playing.
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. Want to customize your controller? Xbox Design Lab lets you choose from more than eight million color combinations and a laser-etched custom name or message to really make this thing your own.
Surface Arc mouse
The touchpad on the Surface Book and Surface Book 2 works without flaw, but that doesn't mean you won't sometimes need a full mouse for productivity or precision reasons. The Surface Arc mouse (about $80) can be bent flat to fit into a slim sleeve or bag, and bent back to a natural curve to properly and comfortably fit your hand.
The mouse connects via Bluetooth, it has about a 10-meter range, and batteries last up to about six months on a single charge. BlueTrack tech is Microsoft's own version of an optical sensor, offering solid tracking on a wide variety of surfaces. Need some style? Choose from four colors, including light gray, burgundy, cobalt blue, and aqua.
Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
The Surface Book 2 has the performance hardware inside to replace your desktop PC, so if you're creating a workstation, you might want to pick up this comfortable Surface Ergonomic keyboard (about $130).
The palm rest is covered with Alcantara fabric, and it has a gentle curve and arced 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.
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 (about $40) 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. Have a look at our review for way more information.
HEX Recon sleeve
Laptop sleeves don't have to be fancy as long as they're functional and durable. This 15-inch option from HEX (about $20) has a water-resistant waxed-canvas coating, heavy cushioning inside, and thick padding around the zipper to protect from drops and bumps. There aren't any exterior pockets or pouches, making this a perfect sleeve to slip into another larger bag.
Senior Xbox Editor Jez Corden liked this sleeve so much he wrote a glowing review.
The Surface Book and Surface Book 2 think they're desktop PCs, so treat them like it with a Surface Dock (about $200). 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. When you have to switch to mobile, just unplug your Surface Book from the Surface Connect port and walk away — everything will be right there waiting for you next time you come home.
BaseQi microSD adapter
If you shove a regular SD card into your Surface Book or Surface Book 2 to expand the storage size, you're gonna have a bad time — it's too big to sit flush.
You'll want to grab this $24 BaseQi microSD adapter which lets you mount a microSD card in the regular SD slot, while remaining flush with your Surface Book so that it's not snagging on anything and breaking your port. This solution works with the original Surface Book and 13-inch Surface Book 2, and there's now also an option that fits perfectly into your 15-inch Surface Book 2.
The adapter is made of aluminum, and it doesn't insert too far so you end up needing a tool to get it out. For more information on storage, check out our full writeup on expanding your Surface Book's storage the cheap and easy way. Also, have a look at the best microSD cards for the Surface Book.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones
These QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones (about $349) are backed by the Bose name — you know you're getting a durable product with industry-leading sound quality.
Choose between a wired or wireless connection depending on your preference. Connecting wirelessly is easy thanks to Bluetooth or NFC, and you can even use voice commands to set things up. One battery charge will keep you listening for up to 20 wireless hours or 40 wired hours. The updated Series II model here also has an adjustment for noise cancellation, as well as a button for quick access to your digital assistant.
The headphones sit over your ear but remain comfortable for long periods of time thanks to the ample padding and lightweight construction. The silver color option will match your Surface Book, but they also look great in black.
Anker Ultra Slim four-port 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, In that case, check out this four-port USB-A 3.0 hub from Anker (about $10).
It's slim enough to fit into your sleeve, laptop bag, or even your pocket, but deliver 5Gbps transfer speeds for whatever peripherals you connect. If you plan on setting up temporary workstations wherever you go, this accessory is invaluable.
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.
Choose from famous works of art like van Gogh's Starry Night, solid colors, and everything in between — there are more than 800 skins to choose from, and they start at only about $25. No matter which Surface Book 2 size you have, you'll find skins here that fit.
WaterField Surface sleevecase
WaterField has a reputation for making quality products specially fitted for Surface products, and this sleevecase (about $69) for the original Surface Book and both sizes of Surface Book 2 is no different.
It's 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.
For you creative folk out there, or for anyone who uses their Surface Pen quite often to get things done, the Surface Dial will definitely change how you work, and it might just change the quality of your work at the same time.
The Surface Dial (about $100) can sit on your screen or on the desk next to your device; you place one hand on it, and a whole new world of multitasking and productivity opens up. Your drawer of creation tools is now contained in an easy to navigate dial, you can move your designs around with a simple spin, and you can even set easily-accessible shortcuts.
If you're ready to take creativity to the next level (or you're just ready to have a really cool peripheral that works with all Windows 10 PCs), you should definitely take a closer look at the Surface Dial.
UAG Ice case
The Surface Book is a multipurpose tool — some people will use it in their studios or at the office, while others will have it with them in the field. The latter crowd will probably want some extra protection; that's where the UAG Ice case comes in.
This $90 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. Not yet convinced? Check out the full review of the UAG Ice case.
Bamboo Ink smart stylus
Microsoft's Surface Pen is a formidable little device, but some of you might want something a little different. The new Bamboo Ink smart stylus from Wacom might be the answer. It works with a bunch of devices thanks to both Active Electro-Static (AES) and Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) support, making it perfect for anyone with multiple laptops or tablets.
The pen comes with three different fine-point nibs — soft, medium, and firm — so that you can find something that suits your drawing and writing style. To use the pen with Windows Ink, just click the top button once and watch it open. This pen starts at about $32. Looking for a bit more information? Be sure to check out our review of the Bamboo Ink.
Thule Gauntlet 3.0
For anyone who needs something rugged to keep their laptop safe, the Thule Gauntlet 3.0 (about $50) is a great choice. It's 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.
There's a soft lining and ample padding inside, and the Thule name brings with it durability and a 25-year warranty. Check out our review for more information about this rugged sleeve.
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 (starting at about $69). 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.
Have a look at our review for much more information about these awesome covers.
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Updated June 20, 2018: I've refreshed this list with to ensure you're still getting the best Surface Book and Surface Book 2 accessories.