So, you got a brand-new Surface Pro 9 and now need to complete it with some accessories? Being an entirely new redesign, we're expecting more customized gear for Surface Pro 9 over the coming months, but right now, there are already quite a few that will make your Surface Pro 9 experience that much better. Here are some of the top accessories we recommend if you want to maximize Surface Pro 9.
Drawing and sketching
The Surface Slim Pen 2 can make it feel as if you're writing on actual paper thanks to a tiny haptic engine on the inside. It has a great design and is more precise than the previous Slim Pen. Buy it along with the new Surface Pro SignatureKeyboard, now in Sapphire blue or Forrest green, which not only acts as storage but recharges the pen too.
There are bags, and then there are WaterField Designs. Made in the US, these premium-crafted bags are the perfect, long-lasting choice for those who want to carry Surface Pro 8 all the time and look stylish too. But besides fashion, this bag packs plenty of pockets, zippers, and functionality for the discerning day traveler. Our review goes through all the reasons why you should buy this bag.
Budget typing experience
There are no fewer than four options for official Surface Pro 9 keyboards, but this one is the cheapest. For $140, it has multi-stage backlighting, a Precision touchpad … and one single color (black). There is no slot for a Surface Slim Pen, so this is a good option only if you have no interest in using that accessory. Otherwise, look at the Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 ($280).
Compatible with the Surface Pro 9, the Dock 2 offers four USB-C ports (two for video), two USB-A 3.2, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and a Kensington lock slot. It can drive up to dual 4K displays, each with a 60Hz refresh rate, or a single 5K display at a 30Hz refresh rate. It will also charge your Surface Pro with up to 120W of power.
Kensington's Thunderbolt 4 dock is the same as the excellent SD5700T but is officially certified by Microsoft for Surface Pro 9 and Laptop Studio. It brings 90W power delivery, 4 x Thunderbolt 4 ports, 4 x USB-A ports, Ethernet jack, audio, and an SD card slot, making it a compelling and powerful accessory. (Note: This won't work on the 5G model of Surface Pro 9)
Kensington's Blackbelt rugged case not only meets MIL-STD-810H drop and fluid testing to protect your Surface Pro 8 but lets you use the built-in, fully articulating kickstand too along with the Surface Type Cover, and it has a hand-grip. There's even a pen holder on top with a lanyard and optional shoulder strap. It's also got an official Designed for Microsoft Surface badge.
The Surface Arc mouse is available in many different colors and is designed to easily slip into a sleeve or bag when you're on the go. Its design allows it to bend flat when stored and bent back to a comfortable curve when in use. The Surface Arc connects with Bluetooth and has about a 10-meter range, plus the batteries should last upwards of six months on a charge.
If you use your Surface Pro 8 out in public, Kensington's MagPro privacy screen is a must-have. Laying on top of the Pro 8's display, this privacy screen drastically cuts viewing angles (+/- 30 degrees), so only the person looking straight at the screen can see the content. The screen layer is magnetic, so you can just put it on when you need it. Built in collaboration with Microsoft, so you know it's good.
Alternative gaming control
The Surface Pro 9 with Intel Iris Xe is a great little gaming machine, but you will probably want something to help you get around in-game. The Xbox wireless controller connects to your Pro 9 via Bluetooth — no connectors sticking out — so you can enjoy haptic feedback and that classic feel in your hands.
A new look
If you want to change the look of the Surface Pro 9, toss on a high-quality dBrand skin. Choose from many colors and textures, including mixing and matching (one for the rear top half and the bottom). You can even get a skin for the rear Surface logo for an extra $1.
A true laptop
Want to make Surface Pro 8 a real laptop? Just add Brydge's excellent SP+ Bluetooth keyboard, and you'll have your wish. With a spectacular keyboard, solid trackpad, backlighting, and a precision design, this replacement keyboard transforms your Surface Pro into a whole new experience, all for a great price.
Protect your glass
Spigen's well-reviewed screen protector for Surface Pro 8 adds an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints, adds 9H screen hardness, preserves the clarity, brightness, and color, thanks to the quality tempered glass. It has cutouts for the speakers, cameras, microphones and won't interfere with the keyboard. It also won't interfere with your pen and ink experience.
For better protection, you might want to check out this sleeve/carrying case from tomtoc. It's a soft fabric with dual zippers for safely stowing your Surface Pro 8 and leaving room for smaller accessories like a charger. Not only does it come in four colors to match your style, but it has a fancy grab handle to carry it around.
What if you need more ports? This travel hub has 1x 4K HDMI, 3x USB 3.0 Type A, SD Card reader, TF Card Reader, Ethernet, and a 100W Type-C charging port. It clips to your bag with a keychain design, and the cable is embedded into the aluminum body, making it clutter-free.
Add a real GPU
With Thunderbolt 4, why not turn Surface Pro 8 into an actual gaming PC? With this external GPU (eGPU) and a single cable, you'll have a very powerful gaming experience. Just make sure to get the video card, too.
If you're getting that Razer eGPU, this is the best-value GPU you can get for it. Sure, there's the 3080, but this 3060 Ti is more than enough for serious gaming, and it won't crush your wallet.
If you plan to take your Surface Pro 8 into the wild, don't fret with UAG's line of three rugged and semi-rugged cases. Scout is the lightest with essential corner and frame protection. Metropolis covers the entire device, while Plasma has a built-in rear handle and can even take a shoulder strap. All are custom fitted for Surface Pro 8.
Unfortunately, Surface Pro 8 only has two Type-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports, so if you need an older Type-A in a pinch, you'll need an adapter. Syntech gives you two of these in the box, and while small (and easily lost), you could leave them attached to your favorite Type-A peripheral, making your life easier.
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Whether you require protection, a different way to control the Pro, some new style, or extra ports, these accessories will allow your Surface Pro 8 to be more flexible, usable, and universal.
If we had to pick the most important, we'd go for the Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2. Look, you're buying a tablet PC with one of the best inking experiences around, thanks to that new haptics and 120Hz display — put it all to use!
Why not make it your full-time and only PC? Do it with that Kensington SD5750T Thunderbolt Dock, something we use ourselves. One cable and you're connected to an external display (or two), keyboard, mouse, speakers, webcam, etc. Then grab Surface Pro 8 when you head off to the coffee shop or class. It's awesome.
On the cheaper side, that NOVOO travel hub is enticing if you plan to work mobile but need more flexibility.
Are you looking to add an external monitor to your setup? Be sure to have a look at our collection of the best external monitors for Surface Pro to ensure you get the best option.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.