Microsoft Surface Pro Docking Station now on sale ahead of schedule

When Microsoft first announced it would sell a Docking Station accessory for its Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, it indicated that it would not be available for purchase until sometime in early 2014. Now it seems that the company is selling the Docking Station on the Microsoft Store website well ahead of schedule.

The site shows the $199.99 product and a quick click on the "add to cart" button shows that people can get the Docking Station shipped to them the next day as an option. ZDNet has confirmed that some people who have already ordered the Docking Station have received their units.

The Docking Station will only work with the Surface Pro and new Surface Pro 2 tablets, and not with the original Surface or Surface 2. In addition to charging up the tablets, the Docking Station has one USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, 3.5 mm audio input/output connections and one mini DisplayPort.

Microsoft is also selling the new Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 accessories for the Surface family, along with the Arch Touch Surface Mouse. An exact release date for Surface line's Power Cover has yet to be announced, however. That cover will offer an extra battery for those products and is scheduled for release sometime in early 2014.

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I'd love to see a Thunderbolt port on a Surface at some point and for a Thunderbolt dock to have a beefy graphics chipset to use along with a 4K monitor (dreaming...).

Steve Mulcahy said,
I'd love to see a Thunderbolt port on a Surface at some point and for a Thunderbolt dock to have a beefy graphics chipset to use along with a 4K monitor (dreaming...).

Panos stated that the Surface Pro supports driving 3849x2160 Max Resolution on a Daisy Chained DP (1.2). That means surface is a 4k device. Ipad android cant.

Nice! I'm glad it's ahead of schedule. This is primarily for business users which is why the price is a bit steeper, but for what you're getting it's pretty good. Tried one of these out a demo days, and it's sweet.

the mini DisplayPort in this dock and Surface Pro 2 supports MST for daisy chaining multiple monitors through the single DP cable

If this is true, this would be perfect. For my setup, I kind of envisioned having the dock sit out of the way (of my main desk w/ 2 monitors on it), then I just slap the Surface into the dock, and bam...full work station, not planning to use the Surface touch screen at that point, just kb, mouse, and dual monitors. But When they announced that it only had 1 monitor port, I was like, that setup was kinda screwed.

If the Surface Pro 2 had a Thunderbolt port you could use docking stations from other manufacturers.

Ace said,
If the Surface Pro 2 had a Thunderbolt port you could use docking stations from other manufacturers.

Nobody uses thunderbolt....

AWESOME! I was so down having to wait until next year to hook up the surface to all my devices specially since I have the 8gb of ram high end model and routinely run more apps that an ios/android device could ever dream of.

I ordered the Power Cover two weeks ago in a shop and yesterday they told me, that it will come on the 29th. Hopefully thats true.

Very cool.

But it is a bit too costly for what is basically a plastic stand with a few additional ports.

I would have liked it to come in at $99.

Hambone72 said,
Very cool.

But it is a bit too costly for what is basically a plastic stand with a few additional ports.

I would have liked it to come in at $99.

Hoping microsoft did it right, its probably made out of the same magnesium that the surface is made out of. Which I wouldn't call cheap plastic. I do wish the price was lower because it only comes with 1 USB 3. The replicators i've seen out there are cheaper and do the same job, just not as pretty.

Hambone72 said,
Very cool.

But it is a bit too costly for what is basically a plastic stand with a few additional ports.

I would have liked it to come in at $99.

Kind of my problem as I consider buying this stuff. If I go with a Surface Pro 2. I will have to buy USB 3.0 stuff to have eh 4 monitors I want. The dock just allows me to have a quick cable hookup experience at that point.

Sikh said,

Hoping microsoft did it right, its probably made out of the same magnesium that the surface is made out of. Which I wouldn't call cheap plastic. I do wish the price was lower because it only comes with 1 USB 3. The replicators i've seen out there are cheaper and do the same job, just not as pretty.

Is it made out of the vapormag like the Surface? I didn't know that. If so, that does justify the price somewhat. I guess I'm not the target customer.

Can someone who's handled one of these comment on the material from which it is made?

Hambone72 said,

Is it made out of the vapormag like the Surface? I didn't know that. If so, that does justify the price somewhat. I guess I'm not the target customer.

Can someone who's handled one of these comment on the material from which it is made?

its made from plastic not VaporMg

nathanme said,

its made from plastic not VaporMg

So $200 is a bit steep, in my opinion.

In fact, I would say that every single Suface model and accessory is priced about $100 above where it needs to be to grab market share.

Hambone72 said,

So $200 is a bit steep, in my opinion.

In fact, I would say that every single Suface model and accessory is priced about $100 above where it needs to be to grab market share.

I agree, especially since Surface's entire marketing campaign revolves around an extra $120 accessory that isnt included with the tablet.

Lord Method Man said,
umm the Surface already has a charging connector and a display port, this just provides a pass through for them

So? My laptop doc does the same. I don't want to plug neo every day. That is the point of a dock ...or I guess you didn't know?