Best accessories for the Microsoft Surface Book

What are the best accessories for Microsoft's Surface Book? Read on.

Your Microsoft Surface Book is a fantastic Ultrabook as is, but a few accessories could make your life easier. Now, with the Surface Book 2 hitting stores, you might want to start building up your collection of peripherals. Whether you're looking for a new way to play games, a little protection for the screen and body, or some new headphones, these are the best accessories for Surface Book and Surface Book 2.

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Microsoft Surface Pen

Microsoft Surface Pen

A Surface device almost isn't complete without a Surface Pen (about $100), which offers a superior drawing experience designed for Windows Ink. The latest Surface Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as 1,028 levels of tilt sensitivity, so it really feels like you're using a real pen. Coupled with the Surface Dial, this is a duo that your creative side will love.

The pen has an eraser button on the top that can be programmed a number of ways, and there are five colors to choose from, including platinum, burgundy, black, cobalt blue, and aqua.

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Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag

Brenthaven Collins Messenger Bag

This lightweight, thin and stylish messenger bag from Brenthaven (about $50) is the perfect size for your 13-inch Surface Book or Surface Book 2, a few documents, maybe a Kindle, and a Surface Arc mouse.

The durable chambray exterior has a sort of denim finish, and the bottom is accented with a deep brown "pleather," giving it a sophisticated look worthy of a business lunch or just a bus ride to class. In our review, we had this to say:

Overall, I love the design, the quality, the pricing, and it's exactly what I was looking for in a bag. For those who want to pack light and not feel guilty buying a secondary day bag, the Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag should be on your list to check out.

Need something made for Surface? This messenger bag is the one.

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Xbox wireless controller

Xbox wireless controller

The Surface Book 2 can do it all, including games, thanks to discrete graphics. Keyboard and mouse are usually the preferred PC gaming method of control, but the Xbox controller holds a special spot in many hearts. Who doesn't love haptic feedback? Connect your Xbox wireless controller (about $60) to your Surface Book 2 via Bluetooth or Xbox Wireless to begin playing.

When you're gaming on an external monitor across the room, you can plug headphones directly into the controller instead of snaking a long cord between you and your Surface Book. Want to customize your controller? Xbox Design Lab lets you choose from more than eight million color combinations and a laser-etched custom name or message to really make this thing your own.

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Megoo tempered glass screen protector

Megoo tempered glass screen protector

Designed to fit the original Surface Book, this tempered glass screen protector from Megoo (about $23) protects from scratches and bumps. The protector is compatible with your Surface Pen, and its surface is smooth enough that you won't notice a huge difference from your regular screen.

Fingerprints and smudges won't show up as easily thanks to an oleophobic coating, and a lifetime warranty gives you peace of mind. If you want to keep your screen pristine, check out this protector; it currently sits at a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with more than 45 reviews.

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Surface Arc mouse

Surface Arc mouse

The touchpad on the Surface Book and Surface Book 2 works without flaw, but that doesn't mean you won't sometimes need a full mouse for productivity or precision reasons. The Surface Arc mouse (about $80) can be bent flat to fit into a slim sleeve or bag, and bent back to a natural curve to properly and comfortably fit your hand.

The mouse connects via Bluetooth, it has about a 10-meter range, and batteries last up to about six months on a single charge. BlueTrack tech is Microsoft's own version of an optical sensor, offering solid tracking on a wide variety of surfaces. Need some style? Choose from four colors, including light gray, burgundy, cobalt blue, and aqua.

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Microsoft wireless display adapter

Microsoft wireless display adapter

This simple adapter (about $50) turns your Surface Book or Surface Book 2 into a multimedia machine by wirelessly mirroring or extending your screen. Just plug it into the back of your TV, and whatever you create on the Surface Book can be easily shared with a larger audience.

If it's movie night, watch your downloaded classic on an HD TV. Time to host game night? Make sure every player has eyes on the action on a much larger screen. Those beautiful vacation photos will be vivid and clear when you show your slideshow on the big screen, and PowerPoint presentations will be visible from the back of the conference room in greater detail.

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Surface Dock

Surface dock

The Surface Book and Surface Book 2 think they're desktop PCs, so treat them like it with a Surface Dock (about $200). Plug in two external monitors with Mini DisplayPorts, and use four USB 3.0 ports to charge devices or connect a printer.

An Ethernet port gives your Surface Book access to wired internet, and a 3.5mm audio jack lets you stay connected to speakers. When you have to switch to mobile, just unplug your Surface Book from the Surface Connect port and walk away — everything will be right there waiting for you next time you come home.

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BaseQi microSD adapter

BaseQi adapter

If you shove a regular SD card into your Surface Book or Surface Book 2 to expand the storage size, you're gonna have a bad time — it's too big to sit flush.

You'll want to grab this $25 BaseQi microSD adapter which lets you mount a microSD card in the regular SD slot, while remaining flush with your Surface Book so that it's not snagging on anything and breaking your port.

The adapter is made of aluminum, and it doesn't insert too far so you end up needing a tool to get it out. For more information on storage, check out our full writeup on expanding your Surface Book's storage the cheap and easy way. Also, have a look at the best microSD cards for the Surface Book.

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ProCase Surface Book sleeve

ProCase Surface Book sleeve

The minimalist design of this sleeve from ProCase (about $18) is really quite attractive. Available in five colors — dark grey, light grey, turquoise, black, and teal — this case is made from environmentally-friendly canvas and is relatively durable.

It will fit your Surface Book and both sizes of the Surface Book 2 without a problem, and you'll even have room to spare for a charger, adapters, and a mouse. The inside is lined with padding to help protect your laptop from bumps and shocks, and a double zipper allows for easy packing and unpacking.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphones

These QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones (about $350) are backed by the Bose name — you know you're getting a durable product with industry-leading sound quality.

Choose between a wired or wireless connection depending on your preference. Connecting wirelessly is easy thanks to Bluetooth or NFC, and you can even use voice commands to set things up. One battery charge will keep you listening for up to 20 wireless hours or 40 wired hours. The updated Series II model here also has an adjustment for noise cancellation, as well as a button for quick access to your digital assistant.

The headphones sit over your ear but remain comfortable for long periods of time thanks to the ample padding and lightweight construction. The silver color option will match your Surface Book, but they also look great in black.

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Anker Ultra Slim four-port USB hub

Anker Ultra Slim four-port USB hub

The Surface Book 2 now comes with more ports than ever, but you still might be looking to expand your USB-A connectivity, In that case, check out this four-port USB-A 3.0 hub from Anker (about $10).

It's slim enough to fit into your sleeve, laptop bag, or even your pocket, but deliver 5Gbps transfer speeds for whatever peripherals you connect. If you plan on setting up temporary workstations wherever you go, this accessory is invaluable.

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DecalGirl Surface Book skins

DecalGirl skins

The standard metallic finish of the Surface Book is the right choice for many people, but some like to add flair and personal touch to their devices.

DecalGirl has an enormous selection of skins to choose from, and you can even make your own from scratch. These skins cover the lid and inside surface area around the touchpad and keyboard.

Choose from famous works of art like van Gogh's Starry Night, solid colors, and everything in between — there are more than 800 skins to choose from, and they start at only about $25. These are designed to fit the original Surface Book, and should fit the new 13-inch Surface Book 2. Keep an eye out for skins to fit the 15-inch model.

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WaterField Surface sleevecase

WaterField Surface sleevecase

WaterField has a reputation for making quality products specially fitted for Surface products, and this sleevecase (about $69) for the original Surface Book and both sizes of Surface Book 2 is no different.

It's made primarily from your choice of ballistic nylon or waxed canvas, and has full-grain leather accents on the flap and bottom. The inside pocket is lined with soft neoprene to prevent scratches, and a padded flap keeps everything in place. This bag is available in horizontal and vertical orientation, so you're sure to get something you're happy with.

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Surface Dial

Surface Dial

For you creative folk out there, or for anyone who uses their Surface Pen quite often to get things done, the Surface Dial will definitely change how you work, and it might just change the quality of your work at the same time.

The Surface Dial (about $100) can sit on your screen or on the desk next to your device; you place one hand on it, and a whole new world of multitasking and productivity opens up. Your drawer of creation tools is now contained in an easy to navigate dial, you can move your designs around with a simple spin, and you can even set easily-accessible shortcuts.

If you're ready to take creativity to the next level (or you're just ready to have a really cool peripheral that works with all Windows 10 PCs), you should definitely take a closer look at the Surface Dial.

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UAG Ice case

UAG Ice Case

The Surface Book is a multipurpose tool — some people will use it in their studios or at the office, while others will have it with them in the field. The latter crowd will probably want some extra protection; that's where the UAG Ice case comes in.

This $80 rugged case meets military standards when it comes to drop protection, plus it has two locks that keep the screen closed — if your laptop does fall, there's a good chance you'll be able to just pick it up, dust it off, and get back to work.

The case fits snugly over your Surface Book — no word yet on whether this will work with the new Surface Book 2 — and at the top there's a clasp for the Surface Pen. This case is also available for Surface Book with Performance Base. Not yet convinced? Check out the full review of the UAG Ice case.

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Bamboo Ink smart stylus

Bamboo Ink smart stylus

Microsoft's Surface Pen is a formidable little device, but some of you might want something a little different. The new Bamboo Ink smart stylus from Wacom might be the answer. It works with a bunch of devices thanks to both Active Electro-Static (AES) and Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) support, making it perfect for anyone with multiple laptops or tablets.

The pen comes with three different fine-point nibs — soft, medium, and firm — so that you can find something that suits your drawing and writing style. To use the pen with Windows Ink, just click the top button once and watch it open. This pen starts at about $80. Looking for a bit more information? Be sure to check out our review of the Bamboo Ink.

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Updated November 10, 2017: We refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the best Surface Book and Surface Book 2 accessories.