Kensington Announces a Surface Studio-like Dock for Surface Pro

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 27 Comments

PC peripheral maker Kensington today announced a $300 dock for Surface Pro that looks an awful lot like Surface Studio.

“The SD7000 Dual 4K Surface Pro Docking Station and optional Lock Module [is] the ultimate docking solution for Surface Pro,” The Kensington announcement notes. It “offers users best-in-class connectivity, performance, and design to support the desktop of the future.”

As you can see from the shot, the dock provides a Surface Studio-like look and feel, plus it works a bit like that bigger device by allowing the user to adjust the Surface Pro and display for viewing or writing.

It supports two 4K external monitors, wired networking, and USB expansion, Kensington says. And it is built on Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect technology for seamless syncing and charging. This is still relatively rare for some reason.

What’s not clear is when this dock will be released to the public. I would imagine by the fall.

 

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27 responses to “Kensington Announces a Surface Studio-like Dock for Surface Pro”

  1. curtisspendlove

    Hmmm. I actually quite like this.

  2. MikeGalos

    It's a nice design but without the ability to tilt back and become a drawing surface it's hardly like the Surface Studio. It's more like the first generation Surface Dock but with the ability to raise and lower the display.

  3. yangstax

    Surface Studio 2 could adopt this concept so it would be upgradable with the CPU built into the base or the display.

  4. bbold

    Amazing!!! Why Microsoft didn't make this, nobody will ever know. Not only is this 'dock' so much more impressive than the dock offered up by MS for $200, but this transforms your SP into a full desktop experience for muuuuuuch cheaper than $3K. I'll buy one yesterday!


    BB

  5. bassoprofundo

    Am I the only one bugged by the differences in color temp between the SP itself and the monitors? #firstworldproblems

  6. darrix

    Would love to see something like this for the Surface Book as well, esp the 15".

  7. Alexander Rothacker

    Puts on the Kensington lock, but doesn't log out, or lock the screen. Amateur.

  8. JamesMcwindows

    Per Kensington own product page https://www.kensington.com/ce/ca/4491/62917/sd7000-dual-4k-surface-pro-docking-station-dphdmi-windows-10 The dual 4k is only at 30 hz which is still unacceptable for any sort of work application that has any movement.

  9. bluvg

    Kudos to Kensington. If reliable, this is a significantly better dock than Microsoft's own.

  10. VancouverNinja

    Would be amazing if you could plop the Surface Go into it.

  11. jaredthegeek

    I wish they had thrown in a wireless charging plate on top.

  12. nexsoft

    Come On Paul STOP posting cool stuff on here - Now I just gotta have this! - It looks great so I think I can get this past the wife too or i will just not tell Her.

  13. SYNERDATA

    Gorgeous! Which models does it work with and what is the price.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to SYNERDATA:

      It's the first sentence. I think they called the latest Surface Pro the Surface Pro. I think most people call it Surface Pro 4 around here though.


      "PC peripheral maker Kensington today announced a $300 dock for Surface Pro..."

  14. VancouverNinja

    That looks sweet!


    About time a dock like this was created for the device.

  15. Chris_Kez

    I was a little disappointed the video doesn't show someone actually writing on the screen and using this in a drafting position. They should also mention that dual 4K is limited to 30Hz, unless they've somehow overcome this limitation (in which case they should be really tooting their horn).

  16. lvthunder

    Is this the first 3rd party accessory that uses Surface Connect?

  17. Darekmeridian

    I want this. I like this.


    The video made me want to throw up in my mouth a little, but the product got me excited. One thing I notice it had the Kensington Lock on the base but what stops someone from just snapping out the Surface Pro and walking away with it?


    ----- Correction!


    I re-read the notes again cause it didn't make sense, So, if you have the lock module version it secures the tablet as well! Yay!!


    • Polycrastinator

      In reply to Darekmeridian:

      Wait, people actually use those Kensington locks? I thought they were some sort of collective delusion that everyone added to hardware but that no one ever used.

      • SRLRacing

        In reply to Polycrastinator:

        When I worked for a government contractor we were required to use them as part of our security protocol so people could not just walk away with a PC filled with classified information. Server racks were welded to the floor as well.

      • Darekmeridian

        In reply to Polycrastinator:

        I work for an elementary School District and yes we use Kensington locks and lojack some of the other equipment or we wouldn't have any computers in the library or classrooms... kids steal things just for giggles in elementary and Junior High schools.


        Not so funny story, in the music department we were missing some electronic keyboards, someone had an idea who lifed one of them the music teachers spotted the kid using the keyboard on his YouTube channel, when confronted he ended up turning in his friends and we recovered the other missing two.


        So yeah we have to keep things locked down best we can.




      • eeisner

        In reply to Polycrastinator:

        I used it in college because dorm theft was a thing. But that's about it.

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to Darekmeridian:

      I like the skateboard hook next to the door.

  18. Martin Sjöholm

    Leaving the computer with a hardware lock is one thing - leaving it without software lock is a no-no