Your Chromebook is a productivity machine, and to keep productive, sometimes you need more than just a laptop. A mouse is often more comfortable and natural than a tiny trackpad, and have you ever tried to join a video call without using headphones? It's always a bad time. With all this in mind, we put together a list of some of the best accessories for Chromebook that will help maximize your experience and get the most out of your machine, whether it's for work or play!
These accessories will work great with your Chromebook
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Bluetooth or Wireless
Trackpads are okay, but nothing beats a good mouse! This mouse has a nice slim shape that makes it easy to slip into your bag and go. You can either use it with Bluetooth or you can use the tiny little Wireless receiver that stores underneath the mouse's magnetic top plate.
Lightweight and comfortable
The Logitech Signature M650 mouse has been around for years, and it remains a staple in Logitech's lineup. It's easily one of the most comfortable ways to interact with your Chromebook, and you can use it with Bluetooth or the included dongle.
All the ergonomics
Trying to use your Chromebook's trackpad all day likely will result in a bit of fatigue. The Kensington Orbit Trackball aims to provide a more ergonomic solution, as you navigate the interface with the trackball and make your selections using the side buttons.
You get a lot of bang for your buck with the EVO Select, which comes in sizes from 32GB all the way up to 512GB. If your Chromebook doesn't have enough space, or you want to store everything you own, this microSD card has you covered.
A great alternative
There's nothing wrong with the Samsung EVO Select card, but you might have better luck finding the SanDisk Ultra on sale. This lineup of microSD cards ranges in size from 16GB to 512GB, just make sure you know how much your Chromebook can handle.
Unfortunately, it seems that some Chromebook makers are ditching the inclusion of a microSD card slot. Even if that isn't the case for your next Chromebook, it doesn't hurt to have another portable storage solution. The WD My Passport is available in sizes ranging from 1TB and going all the way up to 5TB.
Made for Chrome
Chrome OS function keys are hard to come by on a Bluetooth keyboard without spending tons of money or getting custom keycaps, but Logitech offers a version specifically for Chromebooks! It also has a numpad and the ability to quickly switch between two devices.
Get the basics
This combo kit from ASUS includes both a wired mouse and keyboard. It's designed with ChromeOS at heart, as evidenced by the "Everything" key which replaces the Caps Lock. You won't find any crazy or unique features but instead can enjoy a "set it and forget it" solution.
The Brydge C-Type has been around for a few years, but it arguably remains the most premium ChromeOS keyboard out there. It features an aluminum body and keyframe, while also supporting either Bluetooth or USB-C connections.
Lenovo offers quite a few 'Works with Chromebook' accessories, but its USI Pen is likely the most popular. With the exception of the 2022 Duet 3, this stylus will work with practically any recently-released Chromebook.
With the Penoval USI150 Stylus Pen, you're getting a similar design to that of the Lenovo USI Pen, just from a different company. There's a replacement nib in the packaging, and Penoval is quickly turning into the go-to solution for your USI needs.
While many of the best Chromebooks offer a touchscreen complete with USI support, it's not always a precise experience. That's where the Wacom Intuos S with Bluetooth comes in, as this drawing tablet is excellent for graphic designers, or for the classroom.
While there are a lot of USB-C chargers out there, not all of them are part of the 'Works with Chromebook' program. That's not a problem with the Lenovo 65W Power Adapter, as this will easily charge pretty much any Chromebook you come across.
Dock it up
If you need a docking station to connect your Chromebook to a monitor, it doesn't get much better than the Acer D501 Docking Station. There are plenty of ports, including Ethernet, USB-C HDMI, and even DisplayPort. The only "requirement" is that your Chromebook will need a USB 3.1 port available.
Portability is king
When it comes to connecting peripherals to your Chromebook on the go, you'll want a USB-C hub. The HyperDrive Chrome 5-in-1 USB-C Hub makes it easy to plug in almost all of your accessories, and is verified to work with ChromeOS devices.
Move to 4K
Many of the best Chromebooks offer beautiful displays, but they aren't perfect to work from a desk. This 27-inch monitor from HP features a 4K resolution, has a height- and tilt-adjustable stand, and there are practically no bezels on three out of the four sides.
Mainstream gaming is getting closer to fruition for Chromebooks, so why not get yourself ready with this gaming monitor? The Dell S2721DGF offers a QHD resolution and sports a 144Hz refresh rate. ChromeOS is bringing support for faster refresh rates, making this a perfect monitor for pretty much anybody.
Double your screen space
Chromebooks are nice and portable, but that also means they don't have huge screens. When you're at a desk, being able to connect up a second screen can greatly boost your productivity — or at least let you watch Twitch fullscreen while doing your homework.
Ready to rock
One of the biggest problems with many Chromebooks is that the built-in speakers are just not good. If you're working from home, the Logitech Z407 fixes that problem for you, as it even includes a subwoofer and wireless controls. Plus, there are multiple inputs for you to connect your other devices.
Fast Pair incoming
One of the newest features to come to Chromebooks is support for Fast Pair with Bluetooth devices. While we're still waiting for the Pixel Buds Pro, the Pixel Buds A-Series are the go-to solution for the time being, as we noted in our review.
Can you hear me now?
This retro-styled USB microphone isn't super fancy or super expensive, but Blue makes great mics and this one is perfect for use during video calls instead of the built-in mic. There's no built-in headphone jack, but almost all Chromebooks have those.
Print the things
No matter what we try to do, there's still an occasional need for a printer. The HP Envy Inspire 7955e makes it easy to print, copy, or scan from your Chromebook, and your phone.
Certified charging cable
This is the USB-C cable I carry most often for charging my Chromebooks and my Android phones, as it's a high-quality cable with a handy magnetic and velcro carrying wrap. That wrap and the braided cable sheathing should help this cable last for years to come.
Instead of relying on a keyboard and mouse, or even the touchscreen, why not game a bit more comfortably? The SteelSeries Stratus Duo is a tried-and-true controller that works with practically every device you own.
These are the best 'Works with Chromebook' accessories
Using the right tools with your Chromebook can help you maximize productivity and fun. If you're looking to build a great workstation for your Chromebook at home — I do that at my standing desk — I've converted my HyperDrive Chrome 5-in-1 USB-C Hubb into a docking station by swapping the included cable for a longer C-to-C cable so that I can plug into Ethernet, my Yeti mic, and my beloved trackball mouse. (Yes, I use a trackball, because I like being able to navigate with two fingers while my thumb sits on the left pointer).
Whether you're just enjoying a movie on your Chromebook or getting some work done, it's nice to be able to listen to everything without disturbing those around you. With the Pixel Buds A-Series, you're getting a set of solid wireless earbuds, that will also work seamlessly with your favorite Android phone. Plus, Google is working to bring Fast Pair to ChromeOS, and the A-Series already support this functionality, so you'll be ready to go once Fast Pair comes to the best Chromebooks.
Chromebooks traditionally last 8-10 hours on a single charge, but when your day turns into a marathon or you're heading out for a weekend trip, please leave that bulky OEM charger at home and pack one of the best Chromebook chargers! And if you want a cable that you know will work with your docking station or your chargers, the Cable Matters USB-C Gen 2 is perfect to keep with you wherever you end up.
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