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Best HP Accessories to Transform Your Laptop into a Desktop Experience

Best HP Accessories to Transform Your Laptop into a Desktop Experience

Harry Stewart
The modern laptop has become a staple among British white-collar workers thanks to its potent performance and lightweight design. But while this portable computing solution streamlines on-the-go productivity, it can’t quite match a desktop's comfort.
Add a few handy HP accessories, however, and you can mimic the desktop experience with a standard laptop - even an ultra-portable model with a tiny screen. From docking stations to full-sized monitors and Bluetooth keyboards, a plethora of plug-in peripherals can bolster productivity during those long, gruelling work days.
Keen to make your laptop feel more like a proper desktop? We’re covering the best accessories from HP.

Who needs laptop accessories to mimic the desktop experience?

Before we examine our desktop-mimicking accessories, let’s look at who needs them the most. Many users can reap the productivity-boosting benefits of a work-optimised laptop.
Comfort-enhancing extras entice hybrid workers who whisk their laptops between the home and office several times weekly. With the right accessories in both locations, the worker can enjoy a desktop-like experience daily.
But carrying bulky add-ons like external monitors is impractical. Plus, plugging in peripherals becomes a chore. That’s why many hybrid workers buy one set of laptop accessories for the home and another for the office. This configuration lets them get straight into their morning duties without faffing about.
Work-from-home professionals often prefer a laptop to bring to meetings or remain productive on the road. Accessories like an external monitor and wireless keyboard greatly enhance productivity while at home.
Students also prefer lightweight laptops to bring to lectures and tutorials. Comfort-boosting accessories bolster productivity during those demanding pre-exam study crams.

Docking stations

A docking station takes the hassle out of switching workspaces. Rather than plugging in your mouse, monitor, and keyboard at the start of every workday, you need only connect your laptop to a single nifty device.
Think of the docking station as a port replicator. This subtle, slimline contraption powers your laptop and connects it to multiple accessories simultaneously. That saves you time and hassle each day (no more plugging in individual peripherals) and clears cord clutter from your desk.
Smaller laptops have limited ports. The docking station overcomes this issue by covering everything from HDMI to Thunderbolt and USB Type-C. The precise ports you’ll get depend on the model. Have a think about what you’ll need for your day-to-day tasks.
The HP USB-C Dock G5, for example, boasts one USB-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, one combo audio jack, two DisplayPort™ ports, one RJ45 port, and one HDMI 2.0 port. All this comes in an elegant 5 x 5-inch box. This popular little dock is compatible with any USB-C and Thunderbolt-enabled laptop.
usb-c docking station
Another worthy contender is the HP Universal USB-C Multiport Hub. As the name implies, this versatile solution works with a galaxy of device types. The multifunction hub has a single USB Type-C cable that works seamlessly with Windows, macOS and Chrome OS laptops. As for ports, you get one HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.2, two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, one USB-C passthrough port, and one Ethernet port.
Universal Multiport Hub

External monitors

An obvious drawback to the laptop is its smaller screen. To ensure optimal portability, manufacturers rarely produce laptops larger than 16 inches (most are 15 inches or smaller). This miniature display impacts ergonomics and makes it more challenging to read the screen.
While the difference isn’t significant during a short session, a sizeable external monitor is a huge boon during a standard eight-hour workday. Users find the enhanced on-screen real estate improves productivity. Meanwhile, the elevated, eye-level display makes a massive ergonomic impact.
Plus, many professionals, such as creatives, programmers, and business administrators, get a significant productivity boost from a dual monitor set-up. A simple HDMI splitter connects two external monitors to a single HDMI port on your laptop or a docking station. Alternatively, you can use your laptop screen and one external monitor simultaneously.
Before you fork out for an external screen, study the top monitor considerations. Ensure the display comfortably fits on your desk and has a suitable resolution, panel type, and refresh rate.
The spacious OMEN 27 sports a full high-definition (FHD) display with a lightning-quick 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. Although custom-designed for gamers, professionals will use this premium display well. An adjustable stand and HP Eye Ease enhance ergonomics during extended work sessions.
OMEN 27 gaming monitor
If you’d prefer something smaller and more affordable, consider the HP M24h instead. Its 75 Hz refresh rate is sufficient for everyday office use, while the 100 mm height and tilt adjustable stand ensures excellent ergonomics.

Keyboard & mouse combos

Though most modern laptops come with an in-built trackpad, many folks find it too clumsy for everyday use. That’s why the humble mouse is the best-selling laptop accessory on the market. Options range from cheap and cheerful cable-connected devices to stylish wireless mice with integrated wrist supports.
Bluetooth keyboards become essential when you hook up an external monitor. Using the laptop’s built-in keyboard proves tricky as you must divide your attention between the two screens. A wireless keyboard, however, lets you focus on the external monitor without distraction.
As a handy bonus, a typical external keyboard is larger and more comfortable than a compact laptop keyboard. This more spacious layout reduces repetitive strain injury and improves productivity.
Purchase a portable laptop stand for optimal ergonomics on the go. Laptop stands lift the screen to eye level to improve posture and ergonomics. HP doesn’t manufacture these accessories, but you’ll find numerous reputable third-party products. As your laptop keyboard will sit on a slant, you’ll also need an external keyboard.
On a budget? You could use a laptop stand instead of an external monitor at the office or home. An external monitor/keyboard is the preferred option, though, as it requires less setup time and offers more on-screen real estate, especially with dual monitors.
Users incorporating a keyboard and mouse into their setup should spring for a wireless combo. Why? Not only do these affordable, two-in-one deals work out a tad cheaper, but you can connect both devices via the same USB dongle. That functionality streamlines the setup process and frees up more ports.
Budget-minded users might like the HP 230 Wireless Mouse and Keyboard, a sleek matt black combo with long-lasting batteries and quiet tactile keys.
230 keyboard and mouse
Investing a bit more gets you the HP 655 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. The keyboard is a pleasure to use, boasting an adjustable stand and contoured keycaps with 2 mm of travel. Its ergonomic mouse suits both left and right-hand users and has a sophisticated sensor to work on virtually any surface.
655 keyboard and mouse

Speakers & headsets

Let’s be frank: even the best in-built laptop speakers don’t offer optimal audio quality. Although fine for everyday use, stock speakers won’t give you the crisp clarity you crave for multi-media consumption or conference calls.
Adding a quality Bluetooth speaker will enhance the streaming experience for your favourite movies and TV shows. Likewise, a conference call speaker bar or headset facilitates clear, professional-level communications when working remotely.
For a versatile audio solution you can take on the road, check out the HP 350 Bluetooth Speaker. Weighing just 180 grams, this ultra-portable wireless speaker is perfect for pool parties, camping trips, ad-hoc car stereo replacements, and hooking up to your home laptop. A built-in microphone lets you make calls on the go.
hp bluetooth speaker
Consider the HP Z G3 Conferencing Speaker Bar for optimal audio quality in business meetings. HP designed this wide-frequency, dual stereo device with conference calls in mind. Rest assured, you won’t create any ear-piercing feedback.
hp speaker bar
Headsets more your style? The ergonomically designed Poly Blackwire 5220 USB-A Headset offers crystal-clear clarity and long-lasting comfort in one stylish device.

Hardware upgrades

Due to size and weight constraints, a typical laptop can’t match the raw processing power of a similarly-priced desktop. Unfortunately, upgrade opportunities are limited as the CPU and GPU come soldered onto the motherboard.
However, you can usually slot more RAM into a laptop for an instant temporary memory boost. Insufficient RAM is a common PC bottleneck, so an extra chip could make a massive difference to your laptop’s overall performance.
Another commonly upgradable laptop component is the storage drive. Should your laptop not offer internal storage upgrades, you can always plug in an external drive from a third-party provider.


From external monitors to wireless keyboards and Bluetooth speakers, a myriad of accessories can make your laptop feel more like a desktop. Some are light enough to lug with you, while others you’ll want to leave at the office or home.
Whether you’re a student or a hybrid employee, simulating the desktop experience enhances ergonomics and optimises workflows.
Take a closer look at our recommendations or see what else is available in the HP UK Store. With a stockpile of desktop-mimicking accessories at your disposal, your humble little laptop will transform into a productivity powerhouse.

About the Author

Harry Stewart is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes covering everything from laptop reviews to how-to guides.

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