Microsoft announces Surface Docking Station

Microsoft has officially announced the Surface Docking Station for its Surface Pro tablets, which will be arriving later this year. The dock will connect to the port on the bottom of the Surface and will offer additional ports.

The new dock provides three USB 2.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 port, MiniDisplay Port, Ethernet, Audio In, Audio Out and a power button. Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft's Surface team, said two monitors can be powered from the docking station. Surface Pro tablets simply slide into the dock and are connected through the bottom input.

While the dock may not be as useful to some as say, the Power Cover, it will allow the Surface Pro to be a more complete desktop replacement. By utilizing a dock, the Surface is quickly able to transform between a tablet and a desktop with a simple connection.

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3 USB 2.0 and still only 1 USB 3.0? Quite underwhelming. my Acer R7 have 2 USB 3.0 ports built-in and when it's connected to external touch monitor, I have total of 4 USB 3.0 ports. Sure, I won't need that much of them anytime soon and I only have HDD dock station that actually require the 3.0 port, but it's still nice to have most of the ports up-to-date in advance.

Rather underwhelming. I paid $130 for my Plugable UD-3000 USB 3 dock, which provides two USB 3 ports, four USB 2, Ethernet, mic, headphones and DVI/VGA/HDMI.

Looks good! Though if they want it to be a true option for business the docking station should have an Ethernet port, but otherwise looks good!

Ben Macrow said,
Looks good! Though if they want it to be a true option for business the docking station should have an Ethernet port, but otherwise looks good!

ok so I take it back, it does have an Ethernet port so kudos ms

este said,
Nice! Should have been there from the beginning!

I think they had the idea for all of these accessories from day 1 but not enough time to design them all. The Surface team is probably on the small side compared to other teams at MS.

Why mini-displayport? That just means everybody who wants to use this with a monitor needs to go and buy a new cable or adapter. Surely they could've put a full size displayport in the dock?

TCLN Ryster said,
Why mini-displayport? That just means everybody who wants to use this with a monitor needs to go and buy a new cable or adapter. Surely they could've put a full size displayport in the dock?
So? Because its small. Of course I think HDMI would have been better.

MikadoWu said,
displayport - Superior to HDMI.
Firewire was superior to USB, but it seemed to not have mattered much...right?
HMDI is a standard that is more easily supported an cheaper.

TechieXP said,
Firewire was superior to USB, but it seemed to not have mattered much...right?

Nice you forget to mention the technical/security problems of FireWire…

TechieXP said,

HMDI is a standard that is more easily supported an cheaper.

DisplayPort is a standard too and it's not heavy in fees compared to HDMI…

TechieXP said,
So? Because its small. Of course I think HDMI would have been better.

So mini display port on the tablet itself, but HDMI on the dock? How about no. If you've got the cable for the tablet, then you simply need to reuse it in the dock. Why on earth would you recommend having different things like that? That is stupid.

The way it works now is you can plug it into an external monitor with or without the dock; no need for extra cables, providing you've already got a working solution for it.