Best accessories for the Dell XPS 13 Plus: Docks, monitors, and more
The Dell XPS 13 Plus could be one of the best laptops of 2022, and truth be told, there’s a ton to love about it. It’s one of the most futuristic-looking laptops we’ve seen in a long time: the touchpad is invisible and blends into the chassis, the keyboard extends to the very edges of the base, and the function row is all touch-based instead of using hardware buttons. Plus, the design just looks clean, and you have some great options for the display. But as great as the Dell XPS 13 Plus is, no laptop is so good that it can’t be enhanced by some accessories.
Something as simple as a case to protect it, a mouse, or a second screen for your desk setup. There’s a good chance you’re looking for something that helps you make the most out of your laptop, and we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some of the best accessories you can buy for the Dell XPS 13 Plus, and we’ve split them into a few categories to help you find what you need. Let’s get right into it.
Navigate this article:
- Docks and adapters
- External GPU enclosures
- Mice & keyboards
- Headphones and earbuds
- External storage
Dell XPS 13 Plus docks and adapters
In order to achieve that compact and lightweight design, the Dell XPS 13 Plus makes some sacrifices, specifically in terms of ports. It only includes Thunderbolt ports built in, and that means you have to look for some adapters or docking stations if you want to connect more peripherals to it. Here are some of the best docks and adapters that let you connect more accessories to the Dell XPS 13 Plus.
Plugable makes some of the best docking solutions for laptops, and this is a great choice. It has a vertical design that makes it great for saving space on your desk, and it includes two HDMI and two DisplayPort connections, lots of USB ports, Ethernet, and more. It also delivers up to 90W to your laptop.
Who better to make a dock for the XPS 13 Plus than Dell itself? The Dell WD19TBS dock has multiple display outputs including HDMI and DisplayPort, USB ports, Ethernet, and power delivery up to 130W on Dell PCs. It's even good enough for larger laptops that require more power.
The Kensington SD5600T is another great dock if you need to add a lot of ports to your setup, and it comes in a sleek package. It includes six USB Type-A ports, one USB-C port, two HDMI and DisplayPort ports, and Ethernet. It also delivers up to 100W of power to your laptop.
Razer's Thunderbolt dock is a bit different from others in that it features Chroma RGB lighting. If you want to add some flair to your desk. this dock is a great way to do it, and it also gives you three Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A ports, Ethernet, and more.
Monitors for the Dell XPS 13 Plus
As great as the display is on the Dell XPS 13 Plus, there’s nothing like a second (or third) screen to boost your productivity. There are a few great choices if you want to add more working space to your laptop, whether that’s at home or on the road. Here’s what we recommend:
Need that extra productivity everywhere you go? Portable monitors may be the solution, and the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a great pairing for the Dell XPS 13 Plus. It's a 14-inch Full HD panel and it connects using a USB-C cable with power passthrough to your laptop.
External GPU enclosures
If seeing the Samsung Odyssey G7 above made you think “why would you want a gaming monitor for the Dell XPS 13 Plus?”, allow us to explain. Thunderbolt ports, which the Dell XPS 13 Plus has, allow you to connect all kinds of accessories, including external GPUs. Because Thunderbolt also includes a PCIe extension, you can connect a GPU as if it was inside your laptop. For that, you’ll need a GPU enclosure, and there are a few great ones out there.
Gamers love RGB lighting (apparently), and Razer knows that. The Core X Chroma external GPU comes with a powerful 700W that can deliver up to 500W to the GPU and 100W to your laptop for charging. It can fit up to three-slot GPUs, and you also get four USB Type-A ports and Gigabit Ethernet.
If you want something less flashy, the Mantiz Saturn Pro II is a fantastic alternative eGPU enclosure. It has a 750W PSU that can deliver 550W to the GPU and 100W to your laptop, and it has lots of ports including 5 USB Type-A ports, Ethernet, an SD card reader, and even a slot for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.
Can't be bothered to buy a GPU separately? The Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box is an eGPU enclosure that includes a GeForce RTX 3080 already instealled so you're ready to go. It has a 550W PSU, three USB ports and Ethernet. However, it's hard to find in stock because of the GPU shortage.
Mice and keyboards
The Dell XPS 13 Plus looks very futuristic, but the seamless trackpad and the zero-lattice keyboard can be a problem in terms of functionality. If you want a more comfortable way to use your laptop, buying an external mouse and keyboard can be hugely helpful. Here are some great accessories of this kind for the Dell XPS 13 Plus:
Headphones and earbuds
The Dell XPS 13 Plus has a very promising sound setup, with a quad-speaker stereo system promising great sound overall. But when you’re out in public, you probably don’t want to be blasting that sound to everyone around you. That’s where accessories like earbuds and headphones come into the frame, and there are some great options if you want a more private audio experience on your Dell XPS 13 Plus. Here are a few we recommend:
Webcams for the Dell XPS 13 Plus
With Dell sticking to a 720p webcam on the Dell XPS 13 Plus, one of the accessories you’re most likely to be looking for is a webcam. There are some great webcams you can use with your laptop from various brands, including Dell itself. They usually connect via USB Type-A, so you may need the adapter that comes in the box or one of the adapters we have listed above.
Cases for the Dell XPS 13 Plus
No list of accessories would be complete without some cases to help protect your Dell XPS 13 Plus. We already have a bigger roundup of cases for this laptop, but if you’re looking for some highlights, we’ve gathered a few for you.
You can configure the Dell XPS 13 Plus with up to 2TB of internal storage, and we’d say that’s more than enough for most people. But those higher-end configurations can get expensive, and sometimes you just want an easier way to share and store files outside of your PC. Here are some storage devices you might be interested in if you need more space:
We believe we’ve covered most of what you could want for a laptop, but there are just a few more things we think you might be interested in. Since they don’t all fit in a category, we put them below.
While most PC gamers will probably prefer to use a mouse and keyboard as we've listed above, some games work best with a controller. And there's no better controller for a PC than the official Xbox controller, which is extremely comfortable and comes in a variety of colors.
Is your desk too low for you? The MOFT Z Laptop Stand can give your laptop some extra height so it's more comfortable to use, and it allows for different positions and angles. It comes in a few different colors, and it's so thin you can slip it into your laptop bag to use whenever you need it.
It's tough to keep your devices looking sharp all the time, but a screen cleaning kit like this can greatly help. This unit includes a large bottle that should last you a long time, plus a big microfiber cloth. You should be able to use this for just about any kind of electronic device, but always be cautious when using it.
That’s a whole lot of accessories you can get for the Dell XPS 13 Plus. If you’re interested in the laptop itself, you’ll have to wait a little longer before you can buy it, but we’ll have a link below once it’s available. In the meantime, you can check out the best Dell laptops that are available right now.