Best accessories for the Microsoft Surface Book

What are the best accessories for Microsoft's Surface Book? Read on.

Updated June 5, 2017: We refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the best Surface Book accessories, including the new Bamboo Ink smart stylus.

Your Microsoft Surface Book 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 screen and body, or some new headphones, these are the best accessories for Surface Book.

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Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag

Brenthaven Collins Messenger Bag

This lightweight, thin and stylish messenger bag is the perfect size for your Surface Book, a few documents, maybe a Kindle, and an Arc Touch 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.

This bag is perfect for short excursions or going back and forth from the office, but it definitely won't replace your larger laptop bag in terms of storage or size. If you like to keep things light, check it out. It starts at about $70.

For a bunch more great options, check out our roundup of the best messenger bags for laptops.

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Surface Pen tip kit

Surface Pen tip kit

Love using your Surface Pen? Expand your horizons with a tip kit. It has four different tips that fit over the end of your Surface Pen — you can use a tip that feels like a standard pencil, or switch over to an easy-glide tip that is more like a ballpoint pen.

No matter what you're doing — coloring, drawing, or writing — you'll have the tool required to get the job done. At only about $20, it's a great addition to make your Surface Pen even better.

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Xbox wireless controller

Xbox wireless controller

The Surface Book can do it all, including games. 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 to your Surface Book via Bluetooth 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 (US-only) 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. The standard controller with no customization starts at about $60.

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Skinomi screen protector

Skinomi screen protector

This screen protector is made from thermoplastic urethane — needless to say, it can take a beating. It will not turn yellow over time like some other screen protectors, and if you manage to pierce or scratch it, it will "heal" itself.

Application is easy and you won't see any annoying bubbles when you're finished. This thing has also been cut with precision to ensure all cutouts are clean and necessary — there are no gaping holes that reduce protection.

As far as the touch aspect goes, you'll hardly notice a difference between your Surface Book's actual screen and this screen protector, other than reduced fingerprint smears and grease. If you do manage to damage this screen protector, just switch it for a new one; there's a lifetime, risk-free warranty straight from the manufacturer. This screen protector starts at about $10.

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Arc Touch mouse

Arc Touch mouse

The Surface Book's touchpad is fine when you're in notebook mode, but what about when you're hooked up to several external monitors?

The Arc Touch mouse, starting at about $70 connects via Bluetooth and has a natural curved design to fit your hand. It's comfortable, and when you're traveling you can flatten the mouse down to better fit in a pocket in your bag. Feel free to walk around the the room with this mouse in hand — it will stay connected up to 30 feet away.

For more great options, have a look at our choices for the best wireless mice out there.

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Microsoft wireless display adapter

Microsoft wireless display adapter

This simple adapter turns your Surface Book into a multimedia machine by wirelessly mirroring or extending your screen. Just plug it into the back of your TV, and whatever you create on the Surface Book can be easily shared with a larger audience.

If it's movie night, watch your downloaded classic on an HD TV. Time to host game night? Make sure every player has eyes on the action on a much larger screen. Those beautiful vacation photos will be vivid and clear when you show your slideshow on the big screen, and PowerPoint presentations will be visible from the back of the conference room in greater detail. This adapter starts at about $50.

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Surface Dock

Surface dock

The Surface Book thinks it's a desktop, so treat it like one with a Surface Dock. Plug in two external monitors with Mini DisplayPorts, and use four USB 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 and walk away — everything will be right there waiting for you next time you come home. Grab the Surface Dock for about $200.

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BaseQi microSD adapter

BaseQi adapter

If you shove a regular SD card into your Surface Book, you're gonna have a bad time — it's too big.

So grab the $25 BaseQi microSD adapter which is a truncated adapter that 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.

The adapter is made of aluminum, so it's sturdy, 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.

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ProCase Surface Book sleeve

ProCase Surface Book sleeve

The minimalist design of this case is really quite attractive. Available in three colors — dark grey, light grey, and teal — this case is made from environmentally-friendly canvas and is quite durable.

It will fit your Surface Book without a problem, and you'll even have room to spare for a charger, adapters, and a mouse. The inside is lined with padding to help protect your laptop from bumps and shocks, and a double zipper allows for easy packing and unpacking. This case starts at about $20.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones

These noise-cancelling headphones 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 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. You can grab these headphones for about $350.

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Belkin four-port travel hub

Belkin 4-port travel hub

This ultra-slim hub is a great addition to any Surface Book case or sleeve. It's so small you'll hardly notice it's there, but it packs four USB 2.0 ports for when you need a bit of extra connectivity.

This is a crucial accessory for the multitasker or frequent flyer — the best part is that it only costs about $12.

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DecalGirl Surface Book skins

DecalGirl 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.

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Syde Surface Book case

Syde case

WaterField Designs makes some great laptop bags, and their Syde Surface Book case, starting at about $160 is no exception. This is a minimalist case for any executives out there, or just for anyone who just wants a well-made product that stands out among the rest.

The main case is made from your choice of durable waxed canvas or nylon that has a magnetic closure along the top, and the inside is made from neoprene to protect your Surface Book from bumps, shocks, and scratches.

The slim front pocket is made from full-grain leather and has a simple fold-over closure. Two leather handles stick out the top, and there are loops if you'd rather switch over to a shoulder strap. There is also a small back pocket where you can keep documents you need to frequently access.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Mobile Nations Editors are using as their go-to bag.

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Surface Dial

Surface Dial

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 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.

Compatible with a growing number of apps, you can use the Dial to crank up the volume when listening to music through Groove. 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. It starts at about $100.

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UAG Ice case

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 $80 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. This case is also available for Surface Book with Performance Base. Not yet convinced? Check out the full review of the UAG Ice case.

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Bamboo Ink smart stylus

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 $70. Looking for a bit more information? Be sure to check out my review of the Bamboo Ink.

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