Surface Dock: The peripheral we have all been waiting for

Over the past few days, Neowin has been able to bring you new details about Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and the new Power Cover that will extend the battery life of the device. If you are wondering if Microsoft’s is going to be introducing any other peripherals for the Surface Pro 2, then we have some good news for you.

Neowin has learned that Microsoft is building a dock for the Surface Pro 2. The dock, as you can imagine, was heavily requested feature as it makes attaching a keyboard and mouse much easier (via USB, 3 in total on the dock); in addition, you will be able to attach an external display to the dock as well.

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.

As with the other leaks, we don’t have a price or a firm release date yet for the dock but it would make sense that it would arrive around the time of the launch of the updated devices.

Also, the Surface Dock (which may not be the final name) will work with the existing Pro, much like the Power Cover, as the current Pro does have the pins needed to support the device. Not to mention, the Pro 2 and the current Pro, are nearly identical in terms of the chasis and the team had hinted about creating this product a few months back.

We are still digging around on more information about the Surface RT 2 (or what will likely just be called the Surface) and will provide that information as soon as we can get confirmation on our information.

Per his usual, Paul Thurrott has nabbed a few more details which you can read about here.

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Absolutely agree with the need to support 2 monitors via the dock. Although I've not tried a USB 3 hub with a Surface Pro, we did try one with a brand new powerful PC and found that the CPU rendering of video was choppy at best.

Whilst the other post shows that it can be done, surely 3 of those monitors have to be running on CPU based processing and I would have thought that the video performance would not be great. Happy to be proven wrong, though.

I do hope the Dell tablets are effectively Latitude E-Docks so that I can just go from desk based working with multiple monitors, to laptop style with keyboard to tablet with pen.

DisplayPort easily supports two 1080P monitors, either via daisy-chaining newer DisplayPort models or via a DisplayPort hub. An example of daisy-chaining capable monitors are Dell's 2013 and later UltraSharps.

This is good news.

I know there is a lot of resistance to the Surface tablets, but if MS wants to get passed that resistance, they need to do stuff like this. Pushing forward with more accessories that people want and improving the Surface device itself are ways to grow adoption.

I have been waiting for such device (surface pro II and peripherals) for a year. Last year I was a hair close to buy surface pro but there were barriers which eventually turned me away from it and I decided to wait another year. one was battery life, one was it was getting hot after several hours use. all of them is resolved as far as I see here and there. dock was a definitely missing thing. this is now a complete package. I wish they could make it a little lighter\thinner. so it would be perfect.
again from what I see from leaks I will definitely buy it.

The Surface is in now way a tablet. It is a touchscreen laptop with a crappy keyboard. Now it is going to have a dock that makes it even more like a laptop. Which leads me to my point, what is MS doing with tablets? Almost nothing. MS don't really have a tablet, not compared to Android and iPad. MS thinks people want it all in one, people think (most people, not people here) they want android or iPad and sales prove this. Microsofts tablet strategy is all wrong.

Why is MS even releasing a Surface 2 when the first Surface did not do well, RT was a failure. Tell me this is not ZUNE all over again, This is so frustrating to watch.

derekaw said,
... what is MS doing with tablets? Almost nothing. MS don't really have a tablet, not compared to Android and iPad.

Oh my, I must be touch-surfing my knees, again. Thanks for your observation Del, I feel quite silly.

So by this logic, Google et al should have given-up based on the relative success of the Motorola Xoom? It was, based on my experience, a vastly inferior product to the SRT (relative to the times & price). My last tablet, a Nexus 7, is but a paper-weight.

Rather than worry about pointless stats, I'm just enjoying the experience.

I really hope it comes out soon... this was the one feature I wanted in a tablet was the ability to easily dock it when home but have it be a real pc.

A nice laptop will be the much better device. The supposed "advantages" of a tablet over a laptop are minimal at best and what few there are would be in the category of "what difference does it make? Let's think the real world, not some "it would be nice" situations.

You don't own a tablet, do you? I once thought the same thing, that the "supposed "advantages" of a tablet over a laptop are minimal at best", but after having my tablet for a year, I would never again want a form factor other than a tablet. My real world example is winding down as I write this, having just flown overseas and used my tablet, with keyboard battery, in five different airports and 2 hotels. Not only do I still have sufficient power, but relaxing on the plane with a small form-factor tablet is far easier than handling a laptop in my sleeper pod. Sure, the new Haswell PCs will have longer range, but I would still want to be able to remove the keyboard - that is the reason people buy tablets. It is the reason you may buy one some day too. Or a phablet!!

Correct. I don't own a tablet. The very few situations where a tablet might have sufficed instead of laptop do not justify having both a laptop and a tablet. Even less so, when one already owns and uses both a desktop and laptop. (As for flying in a sleeper pod, that would certainly be a very small and select part of the population of PC users.)

" The very few situations where a tablet might have sufficed instead of laptop do not justify having both a laptop and a tablet".

Tell that to the gazillion of people who bought an iPad and ALSO still use a laptop......

I'm still just happy to see that they are keeping their word to support the current surface pro. I'm more interested in the future accessories than the pro 2.

Microsoft maybe good on software.
But they need to learn a lot on Hardware market.

Microsoft must release the surface pro 2
1. Thinner
2. More memory
3 Cheap
and release it in all country

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