Best Surface Pro Accessories Windows Central 2021
Made to be a perfect mix of the power of a laptop and the freedom of a tablet, the Surface Pro 7 is an impressive machine and one of the best Windows laptops available now. Whether you're using your Surface as your main computer or as a secondary device, you are going to want to make sure your Surface Pro is decked out with all the best gear. We compiled a list of the best accessories that work with the Pro 4, Pro (2017), Pro 6, and Pro 7.
- Stylish Protection: WaterField Dash sleeve
- Best Typing Experience: Surface Signature Type Cover
- Extra Ports: Microsoft Surface Dock 2
- Multipurpose Dock: CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock
- Rugged Protection: UAG Metropolis case
- Protection For Your Screen: OMOTON tempered glass
- Portable Mouse: Surface Arc mouse
- Alternative Gaming Control: Xbox Wireless Controller
- Drawing and Sketching: Surface Pen
- Affordable Storage: Samsung EVO Select microSD card
- A New Look: DecalGirl skins
- More Ports, Slim Hub: Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 hub
Stylish Protection: WaterField Dash sleeveEditor's pick
Not every sleeve needs to have a flap or a zipper. The Dash from WaterField takes a minimalist approach that uses a simple, stretchy latch that pulls over to keep your Surface Pro in place. It's available in black ballistic nylon or waxed canvas (which is available in a few colors) and has real leather accents. On the back is a wide pocket to hold chargers or a book or two, and there is a dedicated slot for the Surface Pen.
Best Typing Experience: Surface Signature Type CoverStaff pick
To fully utilize your Surface Pro, you'll also want to pick up an attachable keyboard. This one is as nice as they come, with an Alcantara fabric finish, backlit keyboard, and Precision touchpad. This is everything you love about Surface keyboards, but it's in a luxury package that makes your Surface Pro look a bit like a dossier when it's closed.
Extra Ports: Microsoft Surface Dock 2
Compatible with the Surface Pro (2017) and newer devices, the Dock 2 offers four USB-C ports (with 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.
Multipurpose Dock: CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock
The Surface Pro 7 now includes a USB-C port, which allows compatibility with this CalDigit USB-C Pro dock. It delivers up to 85W of charging back to the Pro 7 when connected and features two DisplayPort 1.2, three USB-A 3.2, USB-C 3.2, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and an SD card reader. Power up to a single 4K display at a 30Hz refresh rate or dual FHD displays. This dock is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 for extra versatility.
Rugged Protection: UAG Metropolis case
This rugged case has a snug fit on your Surface and is made out of lightweight, non-slip grip material. It also comes with a built-in holder for your Surface Pen to ensure you don't misplace or forget it. It's compatible with the Microsoft Type Cover and has a metal kickstand with five different positions, so you will always find a comfortable way to prop up your Surface.
Protection For Your Screen: OMOTON tempered glass
This tempered glass protector from OMOTON offers excellent protection for your Surface Pro screen against scratches and other wear and tear. It has a rounded edge so that you notice it less when using the touchscreen, and it works well with your Surface Pen. An oleophobic coating helps keep oil and smudges off, a film keeps the glass in place if it happens to shatter, and it's compatible with the Type Cover.
Portable Mouse: Surface Arc mouse
The Surface Arc mouse is available in a bunch of 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.
Alternative Gaming Control: Xbox Wireless Controller
The Surface Pro, especially with the Pro 7 with Intel Iris Plus graphics, 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 via Bluetooth — no connectors sticking out — so you can enjoy haptic feedback and that classic feel in your hands.
Drawing and Sketching: Surface Pen
The Surface Pen is an essential accessory for pretty much everyone, whether artistic or not. Use it to quickly take notes, to sketch or paint, or just browse the internet. With 4,096 levels of sensitivity and low latency, it feels like you're using real paper and real ink — the eraser doubles as a button, which can be used to launch your favorite apps.
Affordable Storage: Samsung EVO Select microSD card
Samsung's storage solutions are generally top-notch, and the EVO Select microSD card is no different. Get it with up to 512GB of storage and enjoy read and write speeds up to 100 MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively. A 10-year limited warranty is standing by in case anything goes awry.
A New Look: DecalGirl skins
The metallic finish on the back and edges of the Surface Pro looks great and is suitable for plenty of people, but others like to customize their laptops, so they feel like their own. In that case, DecalGirl makes some exciting skins that will fit your Surface Pro 4, 5 (2017), 6, and 7 perfectly. There are pages and pages of skins, so you'll no doubt find something you like.
More Ports, Slim Hub: Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 hub
Sometimes the single USB-A port on your Surface Pro just isn't enough to handle your peripheral devices. If so, grab this portable, slim hub that turns one port into four ports with 5Gbps transfer speeds. It's small enough to fit into your laptop bag, and it's about as cheap as they come.
Dual 4K Display Adapter: Cable Matters 4K USB-C
While the Surface Pro 7's USB-C port is touted as supporting dual 4K displays at 60Hz, it's not as easy as just plugging straight in. You need something like this adapter from Cable Matters with native DisplayPort 1.4 MST support. Plug it into the Pro 7 and get access to one HDMI and two DisplayPort hookups.
Cushy Protection: ProCase sleeve case
For better protection, you might want to check out this sleeve. Its magnetic flap closure keeps your Surface Pro where it should be while on the go, and the composition leather finish gives it a premium look without costing a premium price. A pocket on the back can hold some of your smaller accessories, and a Surface Pen holder on the inside ensures it doesn't fall out.
Real Wood Finish: Toast wood cover
Toast makes some unique covers for your Surface Pro (up to the Pro 7), made from real wood and available in a few different finishes. It sticks on with 3M adhesive that can be removed, and each piece is precisely cut to fit your device perfectly. It's a great way to add lightweight protection, and it also looks great on your Pro.
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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 4, Pro (2017), Pro 6, and Pro 7 to take on a new life.
If you're wondering exactly where to start, we can't help but recommend the WaterField Dash sleeve. It's a premium accessory that's handmade to fit your Pro 4, Pro (2017), Pro 6, or Pro 7 perfectly, offering slim protection that's fine on its own or in a larger backpack. There are a few colors to choose from, and you can check out with either vertical or horizontal orientations, depending on how you like to carry around your Pro.
You might have snagged a great bundle deal on a Surface Pro with Type Cover included, but if you didn't we recommend grabbing Microsoft's Signature Type Cover. You get a full laptop experience with keyboard and touchpad attached, and it all folds up into a neat package. The Signature version has an Alcantara fabric finish available in a bunch of different colors, a comfy backlit keyboard, and a Precision touchpad for accurate pointing.
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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