Microsoft's docking station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for pre-order

The latest addition to Microsoft's tablet line-up, the Surface Pro 3, has gone on sale today. Alongside the highly anticipated release, a docking station designed exclusively for the device is now available for pre-order on the Microsoft site. 

The accessory claims to "transform your Surface Pro 3 into a complete desktop workstation" with features such as a Mini DisplayPort connection, five USB ports and Ethernet access. The docking station also includes a 48-watt power supply allowing for a quick recharge while you work.

Interestingly, the Mini DisplayPort connection is capable of a 4K output, which could future-proof the dock for quite some time. A 3.5mm audio jack enables you to hook your Surface Pro 3 up to an audio rig, which could be a welcome feature to a media based setup. An included security slot will let you attach it to your desk with a cable lock and the entire station weighs in at 1.43 pounds. 

The Docking Station will set you back $199 but could really enhance the Surface experience, which now includes an intuitive Surface Pen and an updated Type Cover; only time will tell whether the masses will flock to the accessory.

It appears as if the product is limited to the US at the moment, but we'll keep you updated on availability. The dock is set for release on August the 15th.

Source: Microsoft Store

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the whole 1.4 lbs thing to me seems too light for a dock, you want a dock to have some weight to it so it doesn't move around... these newer light as heck docks get annoying because of how much they can move

ACTIONpack said,
What's the deal with all these preorder products with all the companies now?

They want to make sure Samsung can get one for their next commercial... :p

utomo said,
For Docking only it is too expensive.
Microsoft must not charge this high.

you do know how much docks usually cost right?.... Thinkpad docks can range from $120 to $300!

Grumphus said,
Think it would have been more reasonably priced if it had an HDMI port too.

that's why it has a displayport.... HDMI until 2.0 didn't have the bandwidth for 4K, displayport does right now and you can easily convert displayport into HDMI via a simple dongle or DP to HDMI cable

MrHumpty said,
The pen is larger than the thickness od the tablet itself. :/

I meant the housing for the pen in the dock...

Display port allows daisy chaining. So I assume you can run two 1080p monitors if the dock can drive a 4k monitor. Just depends on what GPU is doing the work and what your doing on it. For office work I dont see it being a problem.

Yes it does. Thanks for pointing that out. I assume people would know but thats not a good thing to assume because the old dock made use of all of the ports. Which means the SP3 Dock is actually an improvement. Leaves you the USB3 and MDP on the device itself and then you have the extras on the dock.

Microsoft took 2 tries to get the dock perfect, but 3 for the Pro. I guess I cant complain.

i7 SP3 will drive two 4k monitors plus the Surface display.
i5 SP3 will drive two 2k monitors plus the Surface display.
i3 SP3 will drive two HD monitors plus the Surface display.

Brandon Live said,
Apparently it also leaves the device's DisplayPort available.

Microsoft hinted in the Reddit AMA that the power port is actually a Thunderbolt port. I guess it was true if all of this is driven by just that port.

Sikh said,

Microsoft took 2 tries to get the dock perfect, but 3 for the Pro. I guess I cant complain.

Until they offer docks that have TB->PCI-E for eGPU, it is not perfect.

I currently have a i7 3rd gen custom built desktop and this will be my last desktop. When I buy new, it will definitely something that has eGPU support.

Crimson Rain said,

Until they offer docks that have TB->PCI-E for eGPU, it is not perfect.

I currently have a i7 3rd gen custom built desktop and this will be my last desktop. When I buy new, it will definitely something that has eGPU support.

Maybe a third party will make one?

If everything goes over just the one port I wonder why bother with this kind of docking station? Connecting one magnetic cable isn't a hassle at all, can't be any worse than lining the Surface up to slide it into this thing.

Nik L said,
Any way to dual monitor from this?

What hasn't been mentioned yet is that you can get any number of USB -> VGA adapters. My first-gen Surface Pro is currently running monitors off of its DVI port, a (third-party) dock's VGA port, and one USB -> VGA port. All three of my monitors are 1920x1200, and I haven't noticed any slowdown whatsoever, even when playing full 1080p video.

So including the Surface's own display, I'm up to 4 displays and everything runs fine.

I *would* love to find out though if the original Surface Pro can support 4K.

mrp04 said,

Microsoft hinted in the Reddit AMA that the power port is actually a Thunderbolt port. I guess it was true if all of this is driven by just that port.

Looking inside that port, there's no way it's just for power - there are a LOT of conductors. I'll try to get a picture of it.

_dandy_ said,

What hasn't been mentioned yet is that you can get any number of USB -> VGA adapters. My first-gen Surface Pro is currently running monitors off of its DVI port, a (third-party) dock's VGA port, and one USB -> VGA port. All three of my monitors are 1920x1200, and I haven't noticed any slowdown whatsoever, even when playing full 1080p video.

So including the Surface's own display, I'm up to 4 displays and everything runs fine.

I *would* love to find out though if the original Surface Pro can support 4K.

It has DisplayPort. It should support 4K.

Forjo said,

Looking inside that port, there's no way it's just for power - there are a LOT of conductors. I'll try to get a picture of it.

We already know it's for more. This dock uses only that port. But is it Thunderbolt or is it just some extra pins for USB and another DisplayPort connection?

Awesome. Out of curiosity, would this version of the docking station fit the first or second generation Surface Pro's? My thinking is no, since it's size is bigger to fit the SP3, and the connector on the SP3 is different than the first and second generation...

Edit: I think I answered my own question.

dbam987 said,
Awesome. Out of curiosity, would this version of the docking station fit the first or second generation Surface Pro's? My thinking is no, since it's size is bigger to fit the SP3, and the connector on the SP3 is different than the first and second generation...

Edit: I think I answered my own question.

The size is one thing but the biggest thing that stops you from using it with earlier generation is the pass through port they use via the sp3 charging port.