Microsoft Releases a Surface USB-C Dongle for People Who Love Dongles

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft Surface with 20 Comments

It’s a USB Type-C dongle.

For people who love dongles.

Connects via the Surface Connect.

Only for the Surface Pro and Laptop.

Charges your Surface.

Supports USB-C docks.

Powers one 4K display at 60Hz or 2 at 30Hz.

90 grams.

82mm x 40mm x 20mm.


That’s it.

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Microsoft Releases a Surface USB-C Dongle for People Who Love Dongles”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    HA! Love it. :)

  2. dontbe evil

    People who loves dongles like apple and apple fans?


      In reply to dontbe_evil:
      First you need to embrace 802.11 AC wireless and bluetooth and above all iCloud and DropBox. Then get a Type-C to Display Port cable for using your MacBook Pro as a desktop. Finally expand your mobile storage with a Samsung T5 portable SSD. Unless you have that very specific legacy USB or HDMI device .. you won't need no stinking dongles.
  3. djross95

    $80? As Paul would say, "yikes!".

  4. MikeGalos

    The STILL unanswered question that I asked in the last "lot's o' snark but no actual data" report on this dongle is what protocols it actually supports.

    As Microsoft pointed out, saying you have a USB C connector means almost nothing since that means you may or may not support USB 3.1 and you may or may not support USB Power Delivery and you may or may not support any specific combination of the various USB Alternate Modes such as HDMI or DisplayPort or Thunderbolt and virtually all of those Alt Modes have some compatibility issues with standalone versions of the same protocols, sometimes even by design.

  5. harmjr

    We should call this the King of Dongles.... This thing looks as big as a surface dock.

  6. Jason Peter

    Thats no dongle. Thats Thors hammer ?

  7. jds4

    Instead of criticizing this, maybe everyone should consider that this replaces the standard Surface power brick with a much smaller, lighter device? OK, so, you replace one brick for another. But now you can charge your Surface and modern Android phone with a single standard USB-C cord. For people who travel constantly, this is not a bad deal when you consider it from that perspective is it?

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to jds4:

      Actually, the existing Surface power brick also has a USB power socket specifically designed so you can plug in your standard charging cable and charge your phone (from any platform) while you charge your Surface.

  8. cbshelton

    "Powers one 4K display at 60Hz or 2 at 30Hz."

    is this a limitation of the dongle or the USB implementation on the Surface Dock connector (currently)?

    Surely something's going on it that box...


    I think it is important to specifically emphasize that this does not work on the SP4 or earlier models of the Surface Pro, only the Surface Pro (2017) and Surface Laptop.

  10. markbyrn

    This is what Apple has wrought.