Regarding portable PC gaming on the go, the absolute must-have Steam Deck item is a SanDisk Extreme Pro MicroSD Card, but there are many other great ways to kit out your handheld-backlog machine. Click here to jump to detailed looks at the best Steam Deck accessories, or check out our list below:
TL;DR – These are the best Steam Deck accessories
When the Valve Steam Deck first came to market last year, it was a hot commodity, making it hard to find. But over a year later, they’re finally easier to get. That means you can take your Steam gaming library along with you and even use the powerful handheld gaming device as a standard Windows PC. It’s pretty close to perfect all on its own, especially if you invest in one of the ultra-fast, higher-capacity SSD models. But even this cutting-edge console can benefit from accessories that’ll make the gaming experience even better.
The Steam Deck doesn’t come with a docking station like its closest rival, the Nintendo Switch for easy gaming with a gaming monitor or gaming TV, for instance. Maybe you want to keep the device safe with a screen protector or carrying case? And though you can get up to 512GB of SSD storage on the console, most will probably appreciate—and need—more. To ensure you make the most out of your Steam Deck, we’ve scoured the internet for the best accessories that’ll help you play PC games anywhere and everywhere.
The Best Steam Deck Accessories
SanDisk Extreme Pro MicroSD Card
Best Steam Deck Memory Card
SanDisk Extreme Pro cards range from 32GB to 1TB, so you can add 200% more storage to even the largest 512GB capacity Steam Deck. Though this microSD card has nothing on the speeds of an internal SSD, it’s fit with quick enough write and read speeds for efficiency when playing games. The microSDs performance difference from an SSD is slight enough, and when you add in the cost and simple installation compared to an SSD, it's a tremendous value.
Anker 747 Power Bank
Best Power Bank for Steam Deck
Our favorite battery bank is the beefy Anker 747, with its 25,600mAh capacity ready to juice up your handhelds multiple times—it’ll even charge a USB-C laptop. That means this battery can easily take on the power-hungry Steam Deck, while an 87W max output ensures a quick fill-up. On top of being plenty powerful, this portable charger is lightweight and durable to keep your Steam Deck rolling while you’re on the go.
Dbrand Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Best Steam Deck Screen Protector
Tempered glass is chip, crack, scratch, and fingerprint resistant, while Dbrand threw in an anti-glare film for solid viewing from anywhere and an oleophobic coating to repel your hand's oils, making the gaming experience even better. Most importantly, this glass is a perfect fit for the device and touch inputs are unaffected. Further adding to the screen protector’s value compared to others on the market is it’s incredibly thin with chamfered edges in keeping with the sleek design of the Steam Deck.
Daydayup Carrying Case
Best Steam Deck Case
It’s a big upgrade over Valve's pack-in accessory and offers tons of snug spaces for all your accessories, including extra cables, wall plugs, a dock, microSD cards, and whatever else you need. Best of all —it keeps your Steam Deck safely cradled inside using a secure hook loop with ample room above and below the device, so any jabs to the outside of the case won’t push on the screen or joystick. The case itself is also highly durable with a hard shell and water resistance, while a handy stand is built-in for when you want to play using a controller.
JSAUX Docking Station HB0603
Best Steam Deck Dock
100 watts of power for fast charging and tons of ports come with this lightweight, compact dock that also serves as a stand.
Sure, you probably bought the Steam Deck for use as a handheld console. However, it’s a powerful enough option to hook up a monitor and other peripherals when you’ve got the right equipment, changing the way you game from time to time. That’s where a dock comes into play, and Valve has its own docking station for the Steam Deck, but we still prefer the JSAUX Docking Station because it’s about half the price and works just as well.
JSAUX’s docking station offers up three USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDMI port, a USB-C port, and gigabit ethernet, which all fit into a stand that looks nice next to your monitor or TV. This option is extra handy because you can dock other USB-C compatible devices, like Android phones. The only place we can really fault the docking station is its lack of a DisplayPort, but if that’s not a deal breaker, you can’t go wrong with this affordable choice.
Best Steam Deck Tracker
The AirTag is super compact and offers a simple setup, especially for those with Apple devices. If you misplace the Steam Deck in your home—we all have those moments—you can even make it play sound for easy finding. But when you think the console could be gone for good, a Lost Mode will notify you when the device is detected and give you a relatively precise location of where it was last seen. Just, of course, use caution on your hunt to find it.
PowerBear 8K High-Speed HDMI Cable
Best HDMI Cable for Steam Deck
In addition to the added capability, if you ever did get access to an 8K display, this cable is braided for extra durability. It also comes in either a 6-foot or 15-foot length, ensuring it’s long enough to easily plug into your TV. Plus, it’s backward compatible with all previous HDMI versions, so you can use it with your current displays and be ready when you inevitably upgrade.
Jabra Elite 5
Best Wireless Earbuds for Steam Deck
These will fit right in your Steam Deck case, so you can easily bring them with your handheld. Plus, they feature 28 hours of battery life and six microphones to make remote online gaming a seamless experience. You can even keep them connected to your smartphone simultaneously using Bluetooth Multipoint, letting you hear any texts or calls coming in while you’re slashing dragons in Elden Ring.
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