10 Best Surface Laptop Accessories for Homebound Students (2020)

The surface laptops cum tablets by Microsoft are an excellent investment for students.

Stylishly designed, these devices are compact and lightweight, allowing the students to slip them into almost any pocket of their backpacks and tote bags.

We know from New Surface Laptop  3 (the Definitive review) about the reliability this  device showcases. Thus, it facilitates simultaneous  use of multiple apps seamlessly with substantial battery life.

Above all, the surface laptops are easy on the wallets, and one can conveniently get an entry-level device for under $500.

However, they require a few accessories to tweak their performance. 

Especially in the COVID-19 era, when most students across the globe are forced to continue their learning from home, the accessories become extra useful to facilitate the home-bound students.

In this post, we are going to show you 10 fantastic accessories for the surface laptop 3

Microsoft Surface Laptop Accessories

Surface laptop accessories
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The Microsoft Surface range is designed to offer a versatile experience of both – laptops and tablets. This is why it comes with an assortment of USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity to attach different devices to enhance usability.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the best surface laptop accessories that you can get today and make the most of your quarantine learning period.

1 - Surface Arc Mouse

Surface Arc Mouse
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Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wireless Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range: 32.8 ft. 
  • Dimension: 5.17 X 2.17 X 0.56 inches
  • Weight: 2.91 ounces (battery included)
  • Tracking system: Microsoft BlueTrak™ Technology
  • Tracking Speed: Up to 30 inches
  • Scrolling Features: Full scroll pane, horizontal and vertical scrolling 
  • Compatibility: Windows 10/8.1/8 – with BT 4.0 enabled
  • Price: $79.99/£79.99 (including VAT) 
  • Special price available for students, parents, and teachers 
  • Warranty: 2-years limited warranty
  • Colors: Burgundy, Light Gray, Cobalt Blue, Aqua (limited edition)

While Surface laptops do come with a built-in touchpad to support gestures, many users prefer installing an additional mouse for comfortable scrolling.

Yes, simply, the name of ‘mouse’ may take you back to the times of the bulky desktop, but the Surface Arc Mouse is not your ordinary or traditional device.

Equipped with Bluetooth technology, the mouse does not take any space on your USB port.

It also offers precise scrolling with just a hint on the touch-sensitive pad – thanks to Microsoft’s BluTrak technology.

 

Sleek and stylishly designed, the mouse can be turned off by merely flattening it. Turn it back on my simply bending it again to its operating shape. The ultra-slim features make it easy to fit the mouse in any pocket and take it along wherever you go once the world reopens.

When it comes to the aesthetic, the Surface Arc Mouse is available in varied colored models complementing the core Surface device. It is powered via AAA battery that has a lifespan of at least six months.

Apart from Surface laptops, the Arc Mouse is compatible with Windows 10 laptops and Android smartphones running Bluetooth 4.0.

2 - Surface Pen

Surface Pen
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Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 5.75 × 0.38 × 0.38 inches
  • Weight: 00.4 lbs.
  • Barrel button and tail eraser
  • Tilt support
  • 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Replaceable tips 
  • Compatibility: Surface Book, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Go, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface 3, Pen Tip Kit
  • Price: $99.99/£99.99 (including VAT) 
  • Special price available for students, parents, and teachers 
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
  • Color: Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Aqua, Burgundy, and Black

The Surface Pen is your new writing and drawing tool that allows inking straight on the surface screen. 

Ideal for college students and art enthusiasts, the pen features a precision ink on one side and an eraser on the other. It also supports tilting, making it an innovative gadget for sketching and shading.

According to Microsoft, the latest version of the Surface pen can detect 4096 levels of pressure and comes with 1024 levels of sensitivity. 

 

It also has 21 milliseconds of latency and deemed as the ‘fastest digital pen on the planet.’

The Surface Pen is Bluetooth integrated and is available in the color range of Platinum, black, burgundy, cobalt blue, and limited edition Aqua. It runs on 1 AAAA battery that gives extended longevity of up to 1 year.

At 0.04 lbs, the pen is very light and easy to carry around. It is backward compatible and works with older versions of Surface as well, including Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface Studio.

Microsoft has also launched a cheaper version of the pen – the ‘Classroom Pen’ specifically for educational institutes, in an aim to enhance the usage of digital pens.

3 -Wireless Display Adapters

Wireless Display Adapters
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Specifications:

  • Connector Type: HDMI (USB)
  • Dimensions: 4.07 x .87 x .43 inches
  • Weight: 1.17 ounces
  • Compatibility: All Surface devices, Miracast-enabled Windows 10/Windows 8.1 devices
  • Price: $49.95/£54.99 including VAT
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Color: Dark Titanium

With limited entertainment venues, Netflix and YouTube have become the ultimate saviors in times of boredom. 

In fact, Netflix has reported a record number of signups – roughly 16 million during the lockdown period.

As the name implies, the adapters are wireless and offer an authentic connection of up to 23 feet. They are small and thin – thinner than the Chrome cast for easy portability. They work with laptops, smartphones, tablets, and PCs to allow the streaming of photos, videos, and presentations on the screen of your choice.

Simply plug the USB and HDMI from the adapters in your HDTV, monitor, or projector, connect, and extend or mirror your host screen to enjoy.

4 - Type Covers

Type Covers
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Price and specifications vary according to the Surface model. 

Most versions of Surface laptops come with an on-screen keyboard – mimicking the touchpad we see on our smartphone. 

And for casual typing such as writing social media captions and web searches, the available keypad works just fine. However, if you have a lot of documents to type or emails to curate – the need arises to integrate a type cover to your Surface laptop.

Microsoft launched its own set of type covers as an optional add-on for its Surface series. These keyboards come with tactile keys and feature a magnetic strip so that it can be rested against the screen of Surface at any angle. 

They are usually paired to the device via Bluetooth. Thus, they can also be used when not connected physically to the Surface.

Some type covers include a scrolling pad – similar to the ones found on our traditional laptops. However, there are a few varieties that don’t include the tracking pad and require the installation of an external mouse.

Other features include the backlit display, color customization, and built-in batteries that can be modified according to the user’s specifications.

5 - Surface Dial

Surface Dial
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  • Connection: Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Wireless Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range: 2 meters
  • Dimension: Dial: 2.32 x 1.18 inches – Base: 2.12 x 0.15 inches
  • Weight: 145 gms (with batteries)
  • Compatibility: All Windows 10 devices
  • Price: $99.99/£89.99 
  • Warranty: 1-years limited warranty
  • Casing: Aluminum
  • Color: Magnesium

Another innovative gadget to complement the Surface series of laptops is the Surface Dial. 

Limiting the features of a standard mouse, the Surface Dial works with three gestures: Press, Rotate, and Click. 

Simply press and hold to see a radical menu, rotate the hockey-puck shaped dial to the desired option, and click to select.

 

It comes preset with standard commands like toggling the volume, brightness, zooming the screen, scrolling, and undo/redo. Several third-party apps can also be integrated with the Surface Dial, including Photoshop, Groove Music, Illustrator, Draw board, Microsoft Canvas Player, One Note, Spotify, along with the Microsoft Office tools.

However, you can also customize your wheel according to your favorite option. For example, my favorite shortcuts for writing blog posts are the Cut, Copy, Paste, and I usually keep them as a default selection on my Dial.  

The accessory is appealing as well as eye-catching, especially to those who have a creative mind and enables them to enhance their artistic skills.

The Surface Dial is compatible with all devices running Windows 10 and supporting Bluetooth LE.

6 -Surface Earbuds

Surface Earbuds
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Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 0.98 X 0.78 inches (per earbud)
  • Weight: 0.26 oz. (per earbud)
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20 kHz
  • Speakers: 13.6 mm driver
  • Microphone: Two in each earbud
  • Compatibility: Windows 10, Android 9 and 10, iOS 12 and 13, Bluetooth 4.1 and higher
  • Price: $199.99/£199.99 including VAT
  • Special price for students, teachers, and parents 
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
  • Color: Light Gray

Another listening device for the Surface laptop users – is the Earbuds.

Featuring an incredibly comfortable design, the earbuds are a prime example of quality and offer the finest fit in any earlobe. It is charged via a USB-C port (not wireless) and gives a battery life of almost 8 hours.

Bluetooth compatible, the earbuds are functional for both music and vocal performance. Microsoft has also added Office 365 capabilities along with several third-party apps.

The main drawback of the earbuds is the open design. And although the fit may not be an issue, in this case, the earbuds do not cancel the surrounding noise. This is not a problem since most of us are working from home and in isolation nowadays. 

However, once we resume life, you may need to increase the volume up a notch when using the buds in office, universities, and other outdoor environments.

7- Surface Laptop sleeves

Surface Laptop sleeves
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Prices and specifications vary according to the model of the Laptop Sleeve selected. 

Whether you are at home, taking your laptop to college and office, or traveling for a vacation – you will need protective gear for your Surface device. It will help keep the gadget intact in case of a ‘drop’ and ensure that no scratches and bumps arise while you move your Surface from room to room.

Laptop sleeves for the Surface device are available in a variety of colors, fabrics, and styles. They also offer precise cutouts for the ports and cables so you can easily keep your laptop charge when not in use.

Other functionalities to look out for in a laptop sleeve is water-resistance, shockproof, shatterproof lining, and pockets for laptop accessories.

8 - Desktop Stand for Microsoft Surface Laptop

Desktop Stand for Microsoft Surface Laptop
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Prices and specifications vary according to the style selected. 

 

Weeks after weeks of using the laptop during the quarantine period has confirmed that neck pain, eye strain, and posture problems can dramatically increase with prolonged use of laptops.

Yes, you may not have noticed that before! But nowadays, with every waking hour spent online – the need for laptop/stand is pretty much apparent.

Stands for surface laptops are available in various style points. They offer adjustments of different angles so you can avoid screen glare – especially if you are planning to use the computer for an extended period. This also enhances your comfort level and allows you to keep the laptop at a specific point for better workability.

Additionally, the stands help maintain the longevity of laptops by improving airflow. And although the laptops are usually shipped with built-in fans, the stands help keep your body safe from the excess heat.  

Above all, experts say that a laptop stand offers a better ergonomic position, and thus – the users can expect better productivity and efficiency in their work.

9 - Xbox Wireless Controller

Xbox Wireless Controller
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Specifications: 

  • Connectivity: Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB, USB-C, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack 
  • Dimensions: 6.02 X 4.01 X 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 9.9 oz. 
  • Compatibility: Windows 10, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
  • Price: $59.99/£54.99 including VAT 
  • Warranty: 90-days
  • Colors: White and Black 

Just imagine this scenario: You want to watch a movie on the family room TV. But at the same time, kids are persistent about finishing up their game on Xbox. 

Well, thanks to Windows 10, there is a solution to the ongoing battle of who gets the TV!

Xbox games can easily be streamed on a Surface laptop via Bluetooth. 

Simply enable the game streaming mode on your Xbox and pair the dashboard with your Surface laptop. Connect the wireless controller and enjoy a gaming session or two!

Of course, the Surface laptop is not your typical gaming machine, but it is a powerful device. And it can collaborate Xbox streaming to end the ongoing feud over TV.

10. Surface Headphones

Surface Headphones
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Specifications: 

  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.2
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20 kHz
  • Dimension: 8.03 X 7.68 X 1.89 inches
  • Weight: 0.64 lbs.
  • Speakers: 40 mm Free Edge Driver
  • Input: USB-C connector, 3.5 mm audio connector
  • USB cord length: 15 meter
  • Audio cable length: 1.2 meter
  • Battery life: 15 hours+ with 2 hours of full charge
  • Compatibility: All Windows 10 devices, iOS, Android, macOS
  • Price: $209.99/£189.00 
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty 
  • Color: Light Gray

Headphones have become our go-to items for online lectures, zoom meetings, and virtual happy hours – especially if you live in a noisy household.

Available in gray color, the Surface headphones feature articulate little designs touches for an aesthetically pleasing look, along with an ergonomic layout for comfortable wear – all day long.

However, the most prominent feature of the Surface Headphones is the integration of Microsoft Cortana

The gadget is literally the first of headphones to come with its own Assistant. It lets users enjoy a hands-free experience while listening to their favorite music, making calls, scheduling tasks, etc.

The built-in mic – eight of them – also picks up your voice pretty well, whether you are on call or using it to command your Assistant.

Other specifications include noise cancellation, swift switching between paired devices, and USB-C compatibility. The wireless Surface headphones are supported via Bluetooth 4.2.

Final Words

COVID-19 has changed our world and our way of living overnight. However, as Stephen Chbosky once said, that ‘things change, but life doesn’t stop for anyone.’ Similarly, in these testing times, work and studies must go on, so we remain on track of our goals and avoid any learning loss.

These were just some of our recommended surface laptop accessories that are ideal for students to keep alongside their laptops for more flexibility during the quarantine period.

And since it is anticipated that work from home and online learning protocol would remain an integral part of our life for some time, it is a wise decision to invest in some useful accessories.  

So which are your favorite surface laptop accessories?

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