I've been vocal about my love for the Surface Laptop. It's the perfect Surface product! I had always wanted Microsoft to build a straight up 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, so as you can imagine, the Surface Laptop is my favorite device ever. As such, I like to fully kit out my Surface Laptop with accessories. These are some of my favorites, and they're all perfect for the original Surface Laptop as well as the Surface Laptop 2.
- Bag it up: Brenthaven Backpack Bag
- Mouse on the go: Surface Mobile Mouse
- Storage for days: Western Digital 4TB Portable Drive
- Lift it up: Griffin Elevator Desktop Stand for Laptops
- Ink digitally: Surface Pen
- High quality mic: Blue Snowball Microphone
- Premium music experience: Surface Headphones
- Gaming on the fly: Xbox Wireless Controller
- Sheild stickers: Protective Body Decals
These days, I use a Brenthaven Collins backpack to carry my Surface Laptop. It's a stylish and slim bag that looks good no matter what you're wearing. I hate huge backpacks and bags, and considering the Surface Laptop is so thin and I like to travel light, the Benthaven Backpack bag is an ideal fit for me. It's also big enough for a bigger 15-inch Surface Book, books, files, and tablets too.
I used to use the Surface Arc Touch Mouse with my Surface Laptop, but I now use the Surface Mobile Mouse instead. It's available in platinum, burgundy, and cobalt blue, meaning you can get one that matches your Surface Laptop. The Mobile Mouse is a beautiful travel mouse that features a low-profile design allowing you to slip it into tight spaces for travel.
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's 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, so it'll most likely be more than enough for you as well.
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 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. It's only $99 too!
Every week, I host the Windows Central Podcast alongside Daniel Rubino, and sometimes I'm out traveling with my Surface Laptop when those recording sessions need to take place. For those occasions, I take with me the $49 Blue Snowball microphone, which is an excellent, small cardioid USB mic that sounds great!
I'm a huge fan of the Surface line, so naturally I had to get a pair of Surface Headphones to replace my BOSE QC35s. I really like the Surface Headphones, as they offer great sound quality,and premium hardware with dials on either side for volume and ambient noise cancellation. They also offer touch controls on either side for play, pause, skip, and even to invoke Cortana. They also go great with the Surface Laptop.
While the Surface Laptop is no gaming machine, it is capable of lightweight gaming here and there, and having an Xbox controller with you for those occasions is always worth it. The Xbox Wireless Controller connects to your Surface Laptop via Bluetooth — no connectors sticking out — so you can enjoy haptic feedback and that classic gaming feel in your hands.
The Surface Laptop is easily scratched, so I try to prevent that with decal skins. I use a rather boring grey color in an attempt to match the actual aluminium color underneath, but there's plenty of colors and textures to choose from. These do a good job at protecting against accidental scratches, if that's something you care about.
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So there you have it, these are the accessories I use alongside my Surface Laptop. I particularly love the Surface Mobile Mouse which is reliable and gest the job done. If you're interested in the Surface Laptop, make sure you give our review a read.
I also love the Surface Headphones, providing rich audio quality in a stylish package. They really do match my Surface Laptop so well, it's hard not to get excited when wearing them. The touch controls and overal design aethestic is what pushes these further than the rest of the market for me.
If you're not a fan of trackpads, the Surface Mobile Mouse is a great accessory that helps you avoid having to use it. It small, compact, and relatively cheap, and provides accurate and pricise mouse control even on the go. It has removable batteries too, meaning you can swap out with a new pair in a flash if you start to run low, which shouldn't happen often.
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