New Surface video gives us info on its ports

It seems like a simple thing to give a tablet lots of ways to connect to other devices. However, many tables don't have those standard connections and slots that we see on desktop and notebook PCs.

In a newly released video from Microsoft, the company goes over the many different ports that it has put into the new Surface tablet. This has been one of the biggest plus points for the Windows RT tablet since it was officially launched one week ago.

The video goes over the fact that it has a full USB 2.0 port, which of course can be used by standard Flash drives to transfer files or for cell phones to both transfer items and to charge them as well.. it also has a mini-HDMI port for connecting the Surface to a big screen TV.

It also has a MicroSD card slot for increasing the amount of storage space for the Surface, up to 64 GB. Of course, it comes with a stereo headphone jack. Perhaps the most interesting port is the power slot, which uses a magnetic power cord to firmly connect it to the Surface. The cord even has a light on top to show users that it is indeed charging the Surface.

Source: Surface on YouTube

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Anyone purchased a good micro-hdmi with long cord and from where? I just screwed up and bought the wrong one from Newegg. 16ft would be nice.

jimmyfal said,
Anyone purchased a good micro-hdmi with long cord and from where? I just screwed up and bought the wrong one from Newegg. 16ft would be nice.

Isn't there a micro hdmi to normal hdmi adapter one could buy?

Shikaka said,

Isn't there a micro hdmi to normal hdmi adapter one could buy?

Search amazon or ebay for "type d to type a hdmi cable"
I would suggest a thicker cable, not the cheap cheap cables.

Tyler R. said,
It could use a few more USB ports...

It's a tablet, what do you expect?

But my question is, I can buy a portable HD and use it on the tablet?

Dinggus said,

It's a tablet, what do you expect?

But my question is, I can buy a portable HD and use it on the tablet?

What if I want to copy files between two drives? Copy it too my desktop then to the other drive? What if the file for example is 10 gig file or larger?

Tyler R. said,

What if I want to copy files between two drives? Copy it too my desktop then to the other drive? What if the file for example is 10 gig file or larger?

Use a USB hub

Tyler R. said,

What if I want to copy files between two drives? Copy it too my desktop then to the other drive? What if the file for example is 10 gig file or larger?

not sure if that single usb port has enough power but you can do it through a usb hub (up to 127 devices, daisy chaining.).

Dinggus said,

It's a tablet, what do you expect?

But my question is, I can buy a portable HD and use it on the tablet?

Yes, you can plug in a portable HD and use it on the tablet. Should work with quite a few USB devices out of the box.

Dinggus said,

It's a tablet, what do you expect?

But my question is, I can buy a portable HD and use it on the tablet?

Portable hard drives work with Surface. I bought a Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB Portable. The only cable it comes with is the USB 3.0 cable. It powers up and opens a File Explorer window on Surface RT just fine. The Surface wasn't even charging at the time - and the hard drive, which was BitLocker-encrypted on another system, was able to open just fine on the Surface RT after entering the BitLocker password.

My only gripe with portable storage, and with BitLocker especially, is that you can't enable automatic unlocking of BitLocker-encrypted drives on Surface RT. I even tried using the "manage-bde -autounlock -enable" command line tool. It said that version of Windows doesn't support automatic unlock. Oh well - I'm still happy with the fact that it can unlock them at all.

There is still a minor annoyance in plugging things in. Probably due to being used to plugging things in perpendicularly on a flat panel vs an angled one on the surface.

ekw said,
There is still a minor annoyance in plugging things in. Probably due to being used to plugging things in perpendicularly on a flat panel vs an angled one on the surface.

that's weak

neonspark said,
I have had little luck with the mini hdmi. it keeps falling off and loosening the connection....

Where did you purchase your mini-HDMI cable? Monoprice, Microsoft's part or...?

neonspark said,
I have had little luck with the mini hdmi. it keeps falling off and loosening the connection....

MICRO-HDMI, not mini. (Just so nobody accidentally gets the wrong thing.)