Best laptop accessories in 2024

Buying a great laptop is an exciting endeavor, but it's often only the beginning of your journey with a new PC. While modern laptops are designed to offer just about anything you might need for computing on the move, adding a few of the best laptop accessories can truly change the way you use your device.

How we choose the best laptop accessories is important. At Windows Central, we're constantly testing and reviewing laptops and their accessories, not to mention using laptops every day to handle our workloads. Some of us travel a lot, some of us like to take a laptop to a cafe, while others are fine sticking close to home with a more permanent desktop setup for a laptop.

It doesn't matter if you're using a laptop from HP, Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, Acer, Surface, or any of the other major brands; the laptop accessories that we've collected here are quality products and will work well with practically all makes and models.

We've pinpointed the best laptop accessories we've personally tested, filling in any blind spots with highly rated options that we know people love using. There are mice and keyboards, external monitors, docks and hubs, sleeves and backpacks, and even security measures, with some surprises mixed in that you might not know you needed.

The best laptop accessories in 2024

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We've reviewed almost all of these laptop accessories here at Windows Central, filling in the gaps with hardware that we've either used personally in the past or that has stellar reviews from third-party sites. I've linked our reviews where available, and I've also provided a more detailed breakdown further below for the more essential laptop accessories.

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Logitech's MX Master 3S wireless mouse is an easy recommendation for most people. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Our collection of 15 great laptop accessories collected above might look a bit overwhelming if you just purchased a new PC, and that's totally normal. Getting a bit more granular, we can offer some tips on picking up essential laptop accessories that you'll use nearly every time you sit down in front of your PC.

Laptop touchpads have come a long way, but I know plenty of people (myself included) who still prefer an external mouse, especially during long workdays. Logitech's MX Master 3S is the best mouse you can buy, at least unless you need something more compact for traveling. In that case, Logitech's M720 Triathlon is a more compact (and affordable) option.

In our MX Master 3S review, Zachary Boddy said, "It feels every bit the premium product it is, and I have zero doubts it'll endure years of abuse and keep on clicking. It's reliable, packed with features, and comfortable to use; the Logitech MX Master 3S is so good it's genuinely difficult to criticize."

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Logitech's MX Keys S is one of the best wireless keyboards you can buy. (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

Logitech's accessory supremacy continues with its MX Keys S wireless keyboard. It's intended for more permanent desktop setups supporting your laptop, but that doesn't make it any less useful. Like most Logitech accessories, it can connect simultaneously with multiple devices for quick switching, and it works across operating systems and platforms.

Windows Central's Zachary Boddy also reviewed the Logitech MX Keys S, noting, "Both the MX Keys S and MX Master 3S are perfect for multi-device, multi-platform setups, and boast per-application smart profiles to adapt on the fly to any workflow. Whether you're tearing through Excel spreadsheets or editing videos for eight hours a day, these peripherals will make your job easier."

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Kensington's SD5780T is one of the best Thunderbolt 4 docking stations you can buy. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Since we're looking at more permanent setups to complement your laptop, you'll save yourself a lot of connectivity woes by investing in a quality Thunderbolt docking station.

I've been using Kensington's SD5780T since 2022, and it's yet to let me down. It's particularly well-suited for cramped desktop spaces, as it has pre-drilled holes that work with a Kensington bracket for mounting on the bottom of your desk. It otherwise sits horizontally, offering 10 downstream ports and a Thunderbolt 4 port for the host laptop.

It can deliver up to 96W of charging power back to your laptop, it handles dual 4K displays each at a 60Hz refresh rate, and you get a UHS-II SD card reader, Ethernet port, four USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2), and two more downstream TB4 ports. In my Kensington SD5780T review, I said, "This is Kensington's best Thunderbolt 4 dock yet, and while it's certainly geared toward a professional environment, it can help anyone with a modern laptop get the connectivity they need for multi-screen and multi-accessory setups."

What are the best laptop accessories for students?

Students live a mobile lifestyle, as they're in and out of lectures before returning to a dorm to handle homework. With that in mind, there are some essential laptop accessories that will benefit students immensely.

Tomtoc's 360 protective case or the Timbuk2 Authority backpack can prevent damage and can also provide extra carrying capacity for papers, books, and other accessories. On that note, something like the Anker 341 USB-C hub is worth tossing in for times when a laptop doesn't have the proper ports to handle a presentation or other accessories.

An extra charger like Anker's 317 100W option is always good to have around should you misplace the stock laptop adapter, and Anker's PowerCore A1291 power bank is ideal to have should you find yourself with low battery in a spot without a plug.

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The Samsung T7 Shield is one great external SSD with rugged styling. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Digging deeper, something like the Samsung T7 Shield or SK Hynix Tube T31 can offer extra peace of mind when it comes to storing assignments, documents, and drafts. The T7 Shield is designed to withstand more abuse than your standard external SSD, with IP65 water and dust resistance, three-meter drop protection, and a shockproof exterior shell. It even has password protection with AES 256-bit encryption to protect your data should the drive go missing.

In my Samsung T7 Shield review, I remarked, "Read and write speeds are some of the best we've seen from portable USB-C drives, the extra AES encryption and password protection keep your data safe if you happen to misplace the drive, and the included host cables let you connect to just about any device."

Finding the best laptop accessories for gaming

Gaming laptops are built for, well, gaming, and the supporting accessory ecosystem is more specialized to keep up with increased performance and other particular demands.

While there's certainly some crossover between standard laptop and gaming laptop accessories, I've also put together a big list of the best gaming laptop accessories that we've tested and reviewed here at Windows Central. If you don't see what you need here, the other guide should have a more focused selection of essentials for your gaming laptop.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.