USB Type-C Dongles Coming to Surface Pro, Surface Laptop

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Considering companies like Apple push USB Type-C ports harder than Dwayne Johnson promotes rebooted movie franchises, it was surprising not to see any of those ports on Microsoft's recently announced Surface Pro and Surface Laptop hardware. But fear not,  Microsoft is more than willing to accommodate fans of the future-facing port.eb766aa42b87126a12c326a3f1d187a0

Surface chief Panos Panay told The Verge that the company plans to ship a USB Type-C adapter that plugs into the Surface Pro and Laptop. The dongle will arrive later this year, but Microsoft isn't announcing a specific ship date or price.

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Panay's explanation for the lack of switching to Type-C is simple, and lands a solid swipe against the most-recent MacBooks: "The last thing I want is to take away the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day to achieve a technology milestone where I then put a barrier in front of my customers."

Panay also explained that Microsoft wouldn't switch out the mini DisplayPort connector for Type-C, as that would have taken away "another port that matters," and led to similar grievances. 

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3 comments
  • Jack Quinn Says:

    Do we know if this will support Surface Book as well?

  • Samuel Says:

    They'll have an adapter to allow you to plug a USB C device in but where will it plug in and will it provide the same benefits as USB C. Power, most likely not. 40Gbps transfer rates? Connection to an external graphics card? My thought is no to all of these.

  • Joshua Vargas Says:

    THIS IS GOOD NEWS.
    Perhaps it might have been better to put the Type C port directly in the Surface Pro, but at least they're going to accommodate Type C eventually.
    The Surface Book refresh must have Thunderbolt 3 to remain competitive though. Perhaps anti-fry technology similar to the newer Lenovo ThinkPads' Type C ports?

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