The new Microsoft Surface 3 is here, and Microsoft tablet fans are excited to have a new, more affordable tablet available to them. The Surface 3 is significantly less expensive than the Surface Pro 3, with the Surface 3 starting at just $499 for the 64GB version. Those savings are good news for Microsoft fans with tight budgets, but those savings also mean that you can feel better about buying some fun accessories to go with your new tablet. Things like adapters, keyboard cover, and the Surface pen are sold separately from the Surface line. Buying a new Microsoft Surface 3 for yourself or a loved one? These are the most crucial accessories every Surface 3 owner needs.
1. Microsoft Surface 3 Type Cover
If you bought a Surface 3 without a Type Cover, turn around and go right back to the store. While the Type Cover isn’t a mandatory accessory, it really is a must-have for any Surface 3 owner who uses their tablet for business or school.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be doing a lot of extended typing, the Surface 3 Type Cover is a nice accessory to have because it also acts as a protective cover. There are five color options to choose from, making it easy to find a color that suits your personality. The backlit keyboard is great for typing in low light conditions, and it includes helpful Windows shortcut, function, and media keys.
2. Microsoft Docking Station for Surface 3
This dock is a nice option for your home or office. In addition to charging your tablet, it also provides you with additional ports, so you can connect all of your favorite peripherals to the Surface 3. Included ports are as follows: one Ethernet port, one Mini DisplayPort, and four USB ports – two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. This docking station gives you a home base for connecting printers, a mouse, your favorite keyboard, or speakers.
3. VanGoddy Pindar Sling PRO Deluxe Shoulder Messenger Carrying Bag
You probably already own a messenger bag or laptop bag that will fit a Surface 3, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bag that is customized to fit a certain device. That custom sizing helps to minimize movement in the bag, protecting your new device from getting jostled. This inexpensive bag is a nice choice because it comes in lots of fun colors, boasts tons of storage pockets, and extra padding to protect your tablet.
Price: $29.99 (36 percent off MSRP)
4. Microsoft Surface Pen for Surface Pro 3
You can get away without owning a Surface Pen when you have a Surface tablet, but people who like the feel of “natural” note-taking really appreciate this accessory. Plus, you can match the color of your pen to the color of your keyboard cover. The side of the pen unlocks special editing features, while the tablet’s “Palm Block” technology lets you write without interference from your own hand.
5. ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Microsoft Surface 3 Screen Protector
With all the money you’ve spent on your new tablet, it’s worth a small investment to keep your screen protected and pristine. This screen protector is easy to install, and designed to be applied without the presence of those pesky bubbles. It’s covered by a lifetime replacement warranty, and also helps to reduce the appearance of fingerprint smudges.
Price: $10.98 (63 percent off MSRP)
6. Microsoft Power Supply for Surface 3
A spare power adapter is a smart buy, particularly if you don’t want to keep lugging the adapter between your home and office. It may not be the most exciting accessory, but it’s definitely a practical choice.
7. Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse for PC, Microsoft Surface, and Windows Tablets
This ergonomic mouse is a nice buy because it works with your tablet, as well as your PC. It runs on low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, and it has a unique design. It snaps into a curved shape for use during the day, but then can be flattened for easy transport or storage.
Price: $49.80 (29 percent off MSRP)
8. Bear Motion Premium Wool Felt Sleeve Case for Microsoft Surface 3
This simple felt case protects your Surface 3, but also looks really cool. A simple two button closure seals up the sleeve, using just a single string wound around the two buttons. Wool felt provides basic impact protection, and gives you another layer of protection if you want to put your sleeve inside a padded travel bag.
Price: $11.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
9. Case Star Round Hard Earbud Case With Carabiner
If you like to use your Surface 3 with headphones, you might have a hard time storing your earbuds properly. This small earbud case lets you correctly corral and store your earbuds in a zippered compartment. The attached carabiner makes it easy to attach the case to your backpack or laptop bag.
10. Microsoft Windows Store Gift Card
If you’re buying a Surface 3 for someone’s birthday, Father’s Day, or as a graduation gift, it can be very thoughtful to give them a Windows Store gift card. This will let them purchase any games or apps they need to get the most out of their new tablet. You can also use these gift cards to purchase movies or TV shows.