The Valve Steam Deck is close to perfect all on its own, especially if you invest in one of the ultra-fast SSD models. But even this cutting-edge handheld 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. We’ve scoured the internet for the best accessories for your Steam Deck that’ll help you PC game anywhere and everywhere.
TL;DR – These are the best Steam Deck accessories
SanDisk Extreme Pro MicroSD Card
Best Memory Card Steam Deck
Add precious storage to your Steam Deck with a SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I microSD card, fit with faster transfer speeds to more quickly save your game data. That includes faster, more efficient performance when playing games saved onto your microSD card, too. SanDisk Extreme Pro cards range from 32GB all the way up to 1TB, so you can add 200% more storage to even the largest Steam Deck with 512GB of included SSD storage.
If you play lots of large, graphics-intensive open world games like Elder Scrolls, God of War, or The Witcher, save yourself the strife of moving data around mid-game and set yourself up with extra storage as soon as you get a Steam Deck (or a Nintendo Switch, at that). That SSD storage goes faster than you’d think, especially as you explore all the games available on Steam.
Anker 747 Power Bank
Best Power Bank for Steam Deck
The battery life on the Steam Deck, while running SteamOS is notoriously terrible – and even worse with Windows. There’s nothing worse than having to find a plug right when you’re reaching the end of a platformer level. Even if you’re playing a laid back game like Stardew Valley, nobody wants to lose battery before you can get to the carpenter’s shop to hit on Sebastian.
The Anker 747 power bank has been repeatedly crowned one of the best portable chargers for handhelds, phones, and laptops because it’s lightweight and lasts for multiple charges. It also has PowerCore 26K charging for faster and more efficient charging of PCs, but it’s plenty powerful enough to keep your Steam Deck rolling while you’re commuting.
Dbrand Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Best Steam Deck Screen Protector
The Steam Deck’s seven-inch touch screen helps make it the best handheld system ever, however you’re bound to muddy up your Steam Deck with unattractive fingerprints — not to mention scratches and dings that’ll eventually ruin the screen. Protect your touch screen with a high-quality tempered glass screen protector from Dbrand.
Tempered glass is chip, crack, scratch, and fingerprint resistant, and Dbrand also threw in glare resistance to make the gaming experience even better. Most importantly, this glass is incredibly thin, so there aren’t any raised edges that would ruin the sleek design of the Steam Deck.
Daydayup Carrying Case
Best Steam Deck Case
The Steam Deck might come with a case, but if you plan going on long trips with your Steam Deck, you’re going to need to bring your charging cable, power bank, and case with you. This carrying case is a big upgrade over Valve’s pack in accessory and it comes at an unbelievable price considering it comes with snug spaces for all your accessories, including extra cables, wall plugs, a dock, and whatever else you need. Best of all, it keeps your Steam Deck cradled with space above and below it, so any jabs to the outside of the case won’t push on the screen or joystick.
JSAUX Docking Station HB0603
Best Steam Deck Dock
Even though Valve has finally released a dock for the Steam Deck, we still prefer this JSAUX Docking Station because of its lower price and greater number of ports. Valve also missed out on a wonderful opportunity to name it the Steam Dock, for which I’ll never forgive them.
JSAUX’s docking station has three USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDMI port, and a USB-C port, all fit into a handy stand that looks nice next to your monitor or TV. This one is extra handy because you can use it to dock your other USB-C compatible devices, like Android phones.
Best Steam Deck Tracker
Not only would losing your Steam Deck cost you at least $400, but it would also take several weeks to replace it with how in-demand they are. Keep it safe with an AirTag, which you can place in your case or literally inside of your console.
If you’re going to be using your Steam Deck somewhere busy, I highly encourage you to take some measures against losing it to your own stupidity or a sticky-fingered onlooker, since you’re likely holding just under $1,000 when you factor in all of your accessories.
PowerBear 8K High Speed HDMI Cable
Best HDMI Cable for Steam Deck
Did you know your Steam Deck can stream in 8K? Most of us don’t have a display compatible with that output, but this 8K high speed HDMI cable still comes in handy. In addition to the added capability if you ever did get access to an 8K display, this cable is also braided for extra durability and it’s super long to make it easy to plug into the TV. To get the most out of using your Steam Deck with a display, a high speed HDMI cable is absolutely necessary so you don’t interrupt gameplay with annoying lags or subpar graphics.
Jabra Elite 5
Best Wireless Earbuds for Steam Deck
Keep your Steam Deck setup as small and effective as possible with these minimalist wireless earbuds from Jabra. We’ve used earbuds from the Jabra Elite line for half a decade, and the stellar active noise-canceling for the price point makes them an excellent choice for gamers who just dropped way too much on a console.
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 at the same time so you can hear any texts or calls coming in while you’re slashing dragons in Elden Ring.
Zoë Hannah is a freelance video games, mental health, and e-commerce journalist. You can find her reviews, essays, and reporting in publications like WIRED, IGN, Insider, and more. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a spooky video game or an immersive novel. Find her on Twitter @zoehhannah or browse her clips at her website.