I've been vocal about my love for the Surface Laptop. It's the perfect Surface. I had always wanted Microsoft to build a straight laptop, not something that could detach or something that could fold or flip into something else; I have no need for that. I just wanted a laptop, and I wanted Microsoft to make it. The Surface Laptop is my favorite device ever.

As such, I like to fully kit out my Surface Laptop with accessories. These are my favorites.

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Surface Arc Mouse

My first and most used accessory with my Surface Laptop is the Surface Arc Mouse. It's available in all the same colors that the Surface Laptop is, meaning you can get one that matches your device. The Arc Mouse is a unique travel mouse that's built to lay flat for easy portability. You can snap it flat and slide it into a bag or even a pocket, and it connects to your device via Bluetooth.

The mouse itself is lovely, perhaps not the best in the "comfort" category but certainly good enough. It's an excellent travel mouse, with long battery life (replaceable), a nice glass touchpad at the front that acts as both a right or left click, and even a few gestures for scrolling. At $80, it's a great little travel mouse and looks stylish and sleek alongside the Surface Laptop. It also works with any Bluetooth enabled device.

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Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag

Thanks to a recommendation by our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino, for carrying around the Surface Laptop I use the Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag. It's a stylish and slim shoulder bag that looks good no matter what you're wearing. I hate big backpacks and bags, especially considering the Surface Laptop is so thin, and I like to travel light. So the Benthaven Collins bag is an ideal fit for me, and it costs only $70.

It has a dedicated pocket for the Surface Arc Mouse, making this the ideal bag for those who travel and need to work on the go. If you don't have an Arc Mouse, the pocket can also fit a smartphone, depending on its size. It has plenty of pockets for things like books, paper, chargers, your wallet or keys. It's the best shoulder bag I've ever owned and pairs very nicely with the Surface Laptop.

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Western Digital 4TB Portable Drive

For external storage, I use the Western Digital 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, which has a USB 3.0 connection that fits with the Surface Laptop's single USB port. Yes, 4TB is a lot of storage, and it is more than enough for what I use it for. I often throw big files like ISOs, system backups, video files for editing, and a whole lot more onto my 4TB drive and still can't fill it up.

The drive is $99 and is great for backing up your Surface Laptop. You just plug it in and use the Windows backup feature or a third-party program to backup your entire PC to your drive. That way, if you ever lose your Surface Laptop, you'll have all your files and data backed up to the external drive.

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JBL T290 headphones

For listening to music, I use a pair of in-ear JBL headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack that cost around $15. I prefer using wireless headphones when using my Surface Laptop, and the JBL headphones I use are comfortable and sound great. I'm not an audiophile, so if you're an expert in that area, you may find problems with these. But for your average, casual music listener, you can't go wrong with the JBL T290s.

They look good, and they're also pretty cheap. You won't be splashing out too much for a pair of these, and that's great because if you lose or damage them, they don't cost much to replace. They're also available in three different colors: blue, black, or white. The white pair look great alongside the grey Surface Laptop, as does the blue with the cobalt Surface Laptop.

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Griffin Elevator Desktop Stand for Laptops

When at home, I like to use my Surface Laptop in conjunction with my main PC at my desk. I use a laptop stand to elevate the Surface Laptop a few inches from the desk for better multitasking between my ultrawide monitor and the Surface Laptop. The stand itself fits basically any laptop, and raises it about five inches from the desk. You can hook up a Bluetooth mouse or continue to use the trackpad, and the Laptop shouldn't fall off the stand.

The stand features a minimalistic design, being grey, and is super sturdy meaning you can trust it with your Surface Laptop. This is a must-have if you're someone who uses their laptop at a desk often. It's available for $32.

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Surface Pen

The Surface Laptop has full support with the Surface Pen, and is great for signing documents or making quick notes or annotations on PDFs or webpages. The Surface Laptop itself isn't a pen-orientated device, but the support here has proven useful many times. And it's only $99 too.

Just recently, I had to sign a document that was sent to me via email. Instead of having to print it out, signing it in real life, then scanning it back into my laptop for sending in an email, I just whipped out my Surface Pen, virtually signed the document right from within Edge and sent it right back, all in about 30 seconds. It's so much faster, and so much more convenient. And of course, the Surface Pen comes in all the same colors the Surface Laptop.

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That's a wrap!

So there you have it, these are the accessories I use alongside my Surface Laptop. I particularly love the Surface Arc Mouse and my JBL headphones, which are reliable and get the job done. If you're interested in the Surface Laptop, make sure you give our review a read. What are your thoughts on my accessories list? Do you know of any must-have accessories that I left out? Let us know in the comments.

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