Best Surface Laptop 3 Accessories Windows Central 2020
The new Surface Laptop 3 is an incredible machine, but it's made even better when you accessorize. We've rounded up our favorites to help you turn your Surface Laptop 3 experience up to 11, whether it's for work or play.
- Write not type: Microsoft Surface Pen
- Dialled in: Surface Dial
- King of bags: Peak Design Everyday Messenger
- Laptop to desktop: Microsoft Surface Dock
- Game time: Xbox wireless controller
- Affordable protection: ProCase Surface Laptop sleeve (for 13-inch)
- 15-inch sleeve: AmazonBasics felt sleeve
- USB hub: UGREEN USB-C to USB-A hub
- Wireless mouse: Logitech MX Master 2S
Microsoft's Surface Pen has 4,096 points of sensitivity and writes with almost no latency, making it feel like you're drawing on paper with real ink. It has a virtual eraser on the end that double as a button that can be used to launch specific apps or Cortana. It comes in a couple of colors, and while it's not rechargeable, battery life is excellent.
Those of you looking forward to drawing on the fantastic Surface Laptop display with the Surface Pen might also want to invest in the Surface Dial. You just set it on the desk next to your laptop and unlock a full drawer of tools with a few simple turns. The Surface Dial works out of the box with a bunch of your favorite apps, including OneNote, Sketchpad, Paint, Word, Windows Maps, and more, meaning you can pop in a battery and start working.
The Everyday Messenger is a bit of an investment, but its durability and thoughtful design are worth every penny. Peak Design is popular with photographers, and besides the water resistance and robust, well-made exterior, inside is soft and packed with clever dividers to make the best use of space. And there's a version for both sizes of the Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface Dock can transform your laptop into a desktop with a single cable. Pop in the Surface Connect cable and enjoy four USB 3.0 ports, two Mini DisplayPorts, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an Ethernet port. When you need to step away, just unplug one cable and leave everything how it was until you return.
The Surface Laptop isn't primarily a gaming machine, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself once in a while. If you're accustomed to a controller from your Xbox days, grab an Xbox wireless controller and connect it to your laptop with Bluetooth. With Project xCloud Xbox Game Streaming on the horizon, it makes even more sense for gaming on the go.
Sometimes an entire bag for your Surface Laptop is overkill, and you might be in search of a simple sleeve. This option from ProCase is available in five color combinations, it has a pocket on the outside to hold a few accessories, and the large, inner pocket is padded to keep your laptop safe. It's ticking all the boxes.
Felt sleeves are a great, affordable way to keep your laptop safe. This one is large enough for the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, which is soft on the outside and soft on the inside. It has no zippers, so no worries about accidental scratching, it's available in two colors and comes with a couple of accessory pouches, big enough for your smartphone.
Now the Surface Laptop 3 has USB-C. You can use it to expand your connectivity options. This is a simple, extremely portable hub with four USB-A 3.1 ports that work even with older USB-A 2.0 devices. It's available in black and white colors, and it allows for data transfer speeds up to about 5Gbps. Perfect for stashing in your laptop bag in place of something like a Surface Dock.
Logitech's MX Master 2S connects via Bluetooth or the included nano receiver, and it offers up to 70 days of battery life on a single charge. Tracking is accurate enough for productivity and even gaming, and the design keeps it comfortable for extended periods of use. If you need a great wireless mouse, this is it.
If we had to choose...
There are a bunch of really awesome accessories for the Surface Laptop 3, but there are a few which stand out further from the crowd. The first is the Surface Pen because even though the Surface Laptop doesn't have the flexibility of a 2-in-1, it's still an excellent inking machine and the new Surface Pen adds another dimension to how you use it.
It's also worth getting some robust protection for the times you leave home or office, and an affordable sleeve is just the ticket. Whether it's for the 13-inch or the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, the ProCase and AmazonBasics sleeves respectively will keep it looking shiny and new.
There's also an excellent case to invest in a Surface Dock if you plan to use the Surface Laptop 3 in a home or office environment. It'll keep the laptop charged while expanding its connectivity by a significant amount, as well as letting you hook up multiple external monitors to maximize your productivity.
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