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Best accessories for the Dell XPS 13 Plus: Docks, monitors, and more

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.

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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.

    Top pick

    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.

    Dell's official dock

    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.

    Great choice

    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.

    For some flair

    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.

    More ports for cheap

    Thunderbolt docks can be expensive, but with a regular USB-C dock, you can still get a few more ports without breaking the bank. This one includes HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and USB ports so you have a lot of options.

    Portable and affordable

    If you want a hub that's really cheap and easy to take anywhere, this is one of your best options. It has HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and SD card readers, all in a very compact chassis that can slip into a bag easily. It even supports power delivery, which is great to see.

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:

    Best value

    If you want a great monitor at an affordable price, the ASUS ProArt PA278QV gives you Quad HD resolution, plus great color accuracy and coverage. It's a fantastic value and the model with a USB-C connection (PA278CV) is even more convenient.

    4K monitor with USB-C

    For the sharpest image quality, the Dell UltraSharp U2723QE comes with 4K resolution and a brand-new IPS Black panel with a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. Plus, it connects via USB-C and even charges your laptop at up to 90W. Otherwise, you can use DisplayPort or HDMI.

    Not just a screen

    What if your monitor did more than just connect to your laptop? The Samsung Smart Monitor M7 comes with a Smart TV-like experience so you can watch Netflix and more without your laptop. It can even run Office apps in the cloud. Plus, it's a sharp 4K screen.

    Stretch your workspace

    Multitaskers often swear by ultrawide monitors, and if you want to increase your productivity, this is a great way to do it. This LG monitor has a sharp 3440 x 1440 resolution and it connects with a single USB-C cable, plus it can charge your laptop at 60W.

    For the gamers

    Want to play games on your Dell XPS 13 Plus? This Samsung Odyssey Monitor G7 monitor is one of the very ebst you can buy right now, with Quad HD resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate, plus a QLED panel and HDR600 support. You can't ask for much more.

    Dual screens anywhere

    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.

    Gamer flair

    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.

    Versatility in a box

    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.

    No setup necessary

    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:

    Slim premium keyboard

    Microsoft makes very modern-looking and sleek products in its Surface line, and this keyboard is no exception. It's a full-size keyboard with a number pad, but it has a slim profile and a clean look that pairs great with the Dell XPS 13 Plus.

    Great for typing

    Logitech makes some fantastic peripherals, and the MX Keys is an interesting keyboard. The keys have a nearly typical shape, but the rounded dishes make it easier to press the right keys while typing, plus they're more comfortable.

    For the gamers

    Got an external GPU and a gaming monitor? This keyboard may be a great addition to your setup. With Razer mechanical switches, per-key RGB lighting, and a comfortable wrist rest, this is a great option for gamers. It also has media controls.

    Extra comfort

    When you spend all day working at your computer, it's important to ensure you're comfortable, and this keyboard helps you do that. The odd shape keeps all the keys easily accessible without having to strain your fingers, and the wrist rest help with that too.

    Get them both

    This combo pack of a wireless keyboard and mouse gives you everything you need for a complete setup at your office desk. Both products look sleek and they're a great match for the Dell XPS 13 Plus.

    Top-tier mouse

    Logitech's MX Master series is one of the most renowned computer mice out there, and for good reason. With a MagSpeed metal scroll wheel, programmable buttons, and an ergonomic design, this is a fantastic premium mouse for almost any user.

    Super portable

    Designed for portability, the Microsoft Arc Mouse is great if you want something you can take anywhere. Snap it flat it fit into any bag, and curve it for more comfortable use. There's no scroll wheel, but instead you can swiper the mouse to scroll.

    Gaming mouse

    For the gamers, a mouse with a high DPI and reliable connectivity is important. The Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed is a wireless mouse with a 16K sensor and it supports both Bluetooth or Razer's HyperSpeed wireless connection depending on your needs.

    Sleek premium mouse

    When it comes to perfect pairings, you probably won't find a better one for the XPS 13 Plus than this Dell mouse. The premium design matches the laptop beautiful, and it connects wirelessly so you don't have to worry about ports.

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:

    Best earbuds for Windows

    Samsung Galaxy earbuds are extremely popular for Android users, but they are also some of the best for Windows. They are one of the few with a dedicated Windows app to set them up, plus they have great audio and active noise cancellation.

    For Apple fans

    Apple AirPods popularized true wireless earbuds, and the AirPods Pro are especially great. They have great audio quality and ANC, they're comfortable, and Microsoft is even improving Windows so AirPods have better microphone quality for calls.

    Top-notch quality

    Sennheiser makes some fantastic audio products, and the Momentum True Wireless 2 are no exception. With 7mm drivers for great sound and ANC, a stylish charging case, and up to 28 hours of battery life, these are a great option.

    Modern and intuitive

    The Surface Headphones 2 are fantastic premium headphones with a modern design and intuitive dial controls built into the earcups for volume and ANC, as well as touch controls for play/pause. Plus, you can use the Surface app to configure them easily on Windows.

    Premium sound

    Sony makes some of the most acclaimed audio products in the world, and its latest headphones continue that tradition. They have 40mm for fantastic audio, and they have one of the most well-known ANC implementations out there. They look great, too.

    Wireless, but not Bluetooth

    If Bluetooth connections aren't reliable enough for you, the Razer Barracuda X go a different route. They use a USB-C dongle to enable Razer HyperSpeed, giving you lower latency and a more stable connection. Plus, they have a detachable microphone.

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.

    The best quality

    Despite using a disappointing webcam in the XPS 13 Plus, Dell does make one of the very best webcams on the market. The Dell UltraSharp has a 4K Sony STARVIS sensor for great low-light performance, auto focus, lighting correction, and Windows Hello support.

    The mainstream option

    A 4K webcam is great, but not everyone needs to go that far. The Microsoft Modern Webcam is another stellar option for everyday use, with support for 1080p HDR video, auto light correction, and a privacy cover. It doesn't have Windows Hello, though.

    Modern USB-C webcam

    The Logitech StreamCam is designed for the modern world. It has a USB-C connection so you don't need adapters, and it can be rotated to record vertical or horizontal video easily. Plus, it records at 1080p and 60fps and supports autofocus.

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.

    Official premium sleeve

    Dell's official sleeve for the XPS 13 Plus (and other laptops) is sleek and professional. It has a thin profile and uses water resistant materials, plus it includes a pen loop if you want a convenient way to carry it around.

    Add a personal touch

    This Kinmac sleeve comes in a wide range of styles (though some are only available in bigger sizes), so you can get something that suits your taste. It also has great all-around protection and some space for accessories.

    Sleeve and stand

    This Nillkin case isn't just a sleeve - it can also serve as a stand for your laptop and the closing flap doubles as a mousepad if you have an external mouse. It comes in five colors so you can get something that suits you.

External storage

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:

    Super-fast storage

    Thunderbolt is a great way to get the most speed possible out of an accessory. This Sabrent SSD offers transfer speeds up to a whopping 2,700MB/s, so you don't have to sit around waiting for things to move over.

    Fast SSD with a built-in cable

    If you can't trust yourself to not lose a cable (we've been there), this Plugable SSD has the cable permanently attached so that can't happen. It gives you super-fast speeds up to 2,400MB/s.

    Extra security

    You can keep your data safe with this SSD that has a built-in fingerprint reader to protect your files. It vomes in capacities up to 2TB and supports speeds up to 1,050MB/s, which is still very fast.

    Rugged SSD

    Do you travel a lot with your SSD? The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD ensures your files can survive harsh conditions so you never lose important data. Thanks to USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, it's also very fast, with speeds up to 2,000MB/s.

    Massive storage

    HDDs may be slow by modern standards, but they're still the msot affordable way to get massive amounts of storage, especially at home. This one comes in up to 18TB of size for a reasonable price.

    Easier file sharing

    Want storage you can slip in your pocket next to your phone? This Samsung flash drive does exactly that, and thanks to the built-in USB-C port, no adapters are required to use it with the Dell XPS 13 Plus. It's decently fast at up to 400MB/s.

Other accessories

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.

    The best gaming controller

    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.

    A versatile stand

    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.

    Keep it clean

    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.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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