Best Steam Deck accessories in 2023: Power banks, headsets & more
Steam Deck accessories are a dime-a-dozen, so here are the best ones to choose from without falling into the pitfalls of the wrong ones.
From power banks to the best controllers and even extra storage (not counting microSD cards), we’ve assembled the best Steam Deck accessories, so you don’t have to look around anywhere else.
Accessories are key to the Steam Deck‘s continued success. It makes them super versatile, and while we’ve covered USB-C docks from a wide range of companies elsewhere on the site, this is more about making your gaming experiences that little bit better.
Best Steam Deck power banks
One of the most essential Steam Deck accessories is a power bank. If you want to make use of gaming on the go, then you’ll need something to power it up. But, just make sure you pick one up that has at least 45W of power delivery.
For our money, the best right now is Omnicharge. A smaller company, they have put out fascinating power banks that should, in some rare cases, be able to power your whole system.
The smaller options might not give the juice needed, as the Steam Deck needs at least 45W to charge. However, you’ll find their more expensive options can support up to 100W charging, as well as provide power to your other devices over USB.
Think about it, you’re out there, your phone is dying and Deck is dying too. Rather than compromise and try to find the nearest outlet in your friend’s house (why is it always behind a couch?) you could whip out your Omnicharge and be able to fast charge both – multiple times.
While more focused on professionals, what’s that to stop you from jumping in?
Best Steam Deck USB power bricks
One of the most essential Steam Deck accessories is a USB power brick. Sure, the default one is fine. But, if you want to charge more than one device at once, it’s worth looking into other options, too.
Going with a multi-charger from Anker could probably save you a lot of hassle. Plus, you’d be able to invest in a much longer USB-C cable to sit comfortably pretty much anywhere.
How often do you find yourself needing to just turn over to that right spot and feel the tug of a cable preventing you from doing so?
Well, no more. Anker’s newer range and previous options are our go-to for charging needs and even provide a 45W portable charger for those who just need to need to juice to charge other devices, too.
Best Steam Deck cases, stands & screen protectors
Another group of Steam Deck accessories that you need to pick up is a case or screen protector. But, there are other interesting options out there, too.
We recently reviewed the Deckmate, which completely lives up to the name. It’s a friend to the end.
Deckmate, a company taking advantage of the new device, already has a wide variety of things for you to grab. These are everything from stands, to VESA mounts and wall mounts for when you dock the device on something that’s not Valve’s or JSAUX’s.
We especially like that it seems to be offering a universal approach, allowing anyone to design and provide their own attachments for the future.
While these are excellent for carrying your extra gadgets along with them, they don’t exactly add any extra layer of protection. For this, you might want to consider a DBrand skin or even their Killswitch case.
However, DBrand did come under some fire when they revealed that their Killswitch case would be pulled from sale, and be replacing the magnetic kickstand that could potentially slow down a specific set of fans in the device.
JSAUX Steam Deck ModCase
We recently got hold of the JSAUX ModCase, a modular kit similar to the Deckmate. While the Deckmate relies on sticking things on, or creating your own with a universal mount, JSAUX has created something a little more streamlined.
We got nearly the full kit, which features the following:
- Cooling fan
- Wrist strap
- Back stand
- A protective sleeve for the Steam Deck Dock
- 11-in-one USB hub
- M.2 enclosure
The only thing we didn’t get was the Power Bank module, which seems like would be the best option to go for. However, we do like the USB hub, as it clips onto the back and if you’re in possession of a long HDMI or DisplayPort cable, you’ll be able to recreate a DS, 3DS, or Wii U while emulating games.
There are a few generic brand cases from Amazon, which should serve the purpose of protecting your precious Steam Deck from drops or spillages. However, we do recommend looking into getting hold of an independent screen protector.
Best headset and earbuds for the Steam Deck
While not strictly a part of your essential Steam Deck accessories, having earbuds or a headset on the go with your Steam Deck might be incredibly useful.
If you can wear in-ear headphones, we’d highly recommend getting hold of the JBL Quantum TWS. These come with a 2.4GHz USB-C dongle, for a better and smoother connection over wireless than Bluetooth. This makes them ideal for gaming, as you won’t have to suffer from/ the potential lag that comes with Bluetooth.
They also work out of the box, regardless of what operating system you intend to use. This makes them perfect for those who just use SteamOS, there’s no faffing around with Linux here.
Outside of this, if you need overhead headsets, we’d probably recommend one that’s 3.5mm. We’ve tested the wider range of JBL, LucidSound, and a couple of others, but haven’t found one that works wirelessly out of the box. Bluetooth is fine, so you could theoretically go with the JBL Quantum 810s, but you lose a few additional gaming features when disconnecting with the JBL Quantum software.
What we’d suggest is something like the Skullcandy SLYR Pros, which use USB to connect to the device, as well as 3.5mm. Other than this, a really nice pair of Bluetooth headphones would probably do just nicely for some relaxing gaming sessions.
Best Steam Deck portable SSDs
If you picked up the 64GB Steam Deck, you might find that you’ll run out of space quickly. That’s why an external SSD is one of the most essential Steam Deck accessories. We’ve covered how to add external storage to your Steam Deck before, but what’s the best option? In our current setup, we’ve just got a generic NVMe adapter that houses an old 256GB PCIe 3.0 drive. However, you can do better than that.
We’d always recommend going the route of SSDs, especially in 2023. The failure rate and slower loading times that come with hard drives just aren’t worth it anymore. With that in mind, we do recommend the WD Black range of external SSDs, as well as Samsung’s T5 or T7 drives as well. These are lightning-quick USB 3.2 Gen 2 drives, that will consistently last for a few years of service.
Alternatively, you could always get a Crucial SSD, which we use for capturing footage of games for other projects. It manages to keep up with our NVMe drives to some extent and the small size means it could be easily clipped onto some of the Deckmate products.
Best bags for the Steam Deck
Our top recommended bags for the Steam Deck are usually going to be in the realms of ‘camera bag’ or ‘laptop bag’.
In our ultimate Steam Deck starter guide, we mention Samsonite. However, these are luxurious bags that we only came into because of the Philips Evnia excursion a few months back.
What we do recommend is looking through some of B&H’s lineup. They have a tonne of inexpensive camera bags that will nestle your Steam Deck, case, controller, and dock quite nicely.
Best controllers for Steam Deck
The Steam Deck’s default controller is pretty good, but if you’re looking to arm yourself with the best Steam Deck accessories, then you might want a controller, too. If you’ve docked your device, you’re going to need a controller at some point. Especially if you’re on a TV. Who wants to whip out a keyboard and mouse on their couch? People who enjoy uncomfortable positions, that’s who.
If you want to have something a little more reliable, or even to compete with the built-in paddles on the back of the Steam Deck, the Elite Series 2 and the upcoming DualSense Edge will be the way forward. Not interested in spending that much cash?
We’ve covered the PowerA Fusion Pro 2, which emulates these pro-end controllers, but for a lot less than the $180 starting price.
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