Which are the best accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+ and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra? I have tested the three tablets for two months now and will continue to use them as my everyday companions. And as such, I have quite a few useful accessories as well. These include keyboards, another S Pen, USB C hubs, cases, headphones, and much more.
By the way, just like the three tablets, I bought all the accessories myself, so it’s nothing sponsored or anything. You can find links to the S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra versions in the description.
Samsung Book Cover Keyboard
I think the best keyboard for the tablets is the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard. This is a pretty good keyboard cover that consists of two parts. There is a back with a built-in kickstand and protection for the S Pen. You can also use this back with a kickstand without the keyboard, to watch Netflix, for example.
Then there is the keyboard, which also connects magnetically and protects the display when folded. The keyboard is well sized even in the smaller S9 and the travel is good. I only think it’s a shame that they do not have a backlight.
Below the keyboard is a touchpad that is quite large for a tablet. It works just as it should and it’s especially handy if you like to use Samsung’s DeX desktop mode. But also in general if you write a lot, because in a Word document, it’s easier to jump between lines and words with a mouse than with your finger.
Samsung Book Cover Keyboard Slim
A cheaper and lighter alternative is the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard Slim, which is also available for all three models. This one is more of a typical keyboard case that has a keyboard build in on the inside. The keyboard is also pretty good here, but it lacks a touchpad.
You can prop up the tablet inside the cover, of course, but only ever together with the keyboard. Thus, the slim version is not as flexible as the normal Book Cover Keyboard. However, it’s great that there is also a place for the S Pen here.
S Pen Pro
The S Pen is included when you buy the S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra. And it works great. But you might have noticed that it is relatively thin – especially compared to good pens, but also compared to the Microsoft Surface Pen or Apple Pencil. So, the pen is not as comfortable in the long run.
If you want a better S Pen, you can buy the S Pen Pro, which is what I did. Technically, there are almost no differences, because the S Pen Pro also supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, reacts very quickly, and is precise and also supports active gestures. Unlike the normal S Pen, however, the Pro is a bit thicker, just like a good ballpoint pen.
The S Pen Pro works with all S Pen devices, but also with the Z Fold and some Chromebooks and Windows laptops from Samsung. The only drawback is that the battery has to be charged via USB C and not via induction. However, since I almost never need the battery anyway, this is not a problem for me.
Infiland Case for Galaxy Tab S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra
The official protective case from Samsung is too expensive for me. Instead, I opted for the Infiland case, which is available for all three tablets. I chose this one mainly because of the design, because I think the tablets look a bit classy with this case.
It’s a typical protective case that keeps the devices protected from all sides when folded, and there’s a built-in stand feature. Space for the buttons, cameras and the S Pen is cut out.
JETech Screen Protector for S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra
Especially with expensive devices like these, it’s a bummer when the display gets scratches. That’s why I chose the JETech screen protector for the Galaxy Tab S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra. The package includes 2 of each, in case one breaks or you stick the first one on the display incorrectly. Don’t worry, the S Pen also works with the screen protector applied.
When buying, make sure you don’t mix up the S9, S9+ and S9 Ultra, depending on which one you have, otherwise it will be too small or too big.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB MicroSD Card
If the internal storage is too small for you, you can expand your tablet’s storage with a MicroSD card. Many are good enough, especially if you mainly want to store data. I have the SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB MicroSD, which works great and isn’t too expensive.
Anker 555 USB-C 8-in-1 Hub
If you want to connect more than one USB C accessory to your tablets, you’ll need a USB C hub. I have the Anker 555 USB C Hub, which combines 8 ports in one. You can connect an external monitor via HDMI, even Ethernet, but also SD cards and other USB C or USB A accessories such as external SSDs.
I got the Anker USB C Hub because it was recommended by a comparison portal and it actually works pretty well.
Uni USB C SD card reader
My hobby is photography and that’s why I often edit photos on tablets with Adobe Lightroom. And since cameras usually support large SD cards only, I have an extra SD card reader because I only use the USB C hub at home. For years I’ve been using the Uni USB C SD card reader and it works well not only with Samsung tablets, but also with smartphones and laptops.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Premium tablets like the Galaxy Tab S9 series haven’t had headphone jacks in years. Too bad, but it’s just the way it is, so you’ll have to use wireless ones. When I’m not doing sports, I use the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700. They’re already a few years old, but there are really good deals on them every now and then. They’re nice and comfortable, suppress ambient noise really well, and have a really good sound.
When I’m doing sports and watching a movie or don’t want to take the big headphones from Bose, I use the Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones. They are from Sony, but also work very well with Samsung tablets. I like them and they are comfortable, have good sound quality, and also noise cancellation. I got these again because comparison sites like The Wirecutter had recommended them.
Logitech MX Master 3S
If you want to work with your S9 at home, it makes sense to use a decent keyboard, monitor, and mouse. I use the Logitech MX Master 3S with all my devices, which is very precise, fits ergonomically in the hand, and is just comfortable and works well. Here’s handy that you can connect the mouse to three different devices and switch between them with the touch of a button.
Dell S2722QC 27″ 4K monitor
When I use the Galaxy Tab S9 with an external display, I connect it to the Dell S2722QC 27″ 4K monitor. I got that one again because good tech blogs recommended this exact one. It’s a very good monitor that’s not too expensive, and you can connect the S9 either directly via USB C or via USB C hub and HDMI cable.
If you want to work with the S9 series on the go, I definitely recommend the official keyboard covers. However, if you work at home, you can use a better desktop keyboard. Almost all of them are supported either via USB C or Bluetooth. I use the Logitech K780, which works very well and can connect to three different devices, just like the mouse. But it is also useful that a stand for tablets is built in.
Samsung T7 Shield SSD
If you want to process large data with your Samsung tablet – and that is certainly possible thanks to the powerful hardware and, for instance, video editing programs like LumaFusion – then it makes sense to connect an external SSD. I always have external SSDs from Samsung and SanDisk for this, and my latest is the Samsung T7 Shield SSD, which is built a bit more rugged, is fast, and works well.
PeakDesign Everyday Backpack 15L Zip V2
Let’s move on to a backpack that I like to use with my tablets, and that’s the PeakDesign Everyday Backpack 15L Zip V2. PeakDesign is actually a pretty trendy brand of camera accessories, including camera backpacks, and this is one of them. However, it doesn’t have to be used as a camera backpack, it’s also great for everyday stuff.
I use this 15L Zip V2 mostly when I want to work outside with the Galaxy Tab S9+ or S9 Ultra. Both fit well in the laptop compartment on the back. And in the front, either my sports stuff can go when I go to the gym, or camera and lenses, or even groceries from the supermarket.
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