Can Surface Pro 8 power dual 4K displays?
Connectivity changes for the future
The Surface Pro 8 is the latest in the family lineup from Microsoft, rocking USB-C 3.1 with Thunderbolt 4 support. Since Microsoft included Thunderbolt 4, it's possible to connect directly to a maximum of two 4K monitors with nothing but a Thunderbolt cable (if supported as an input on the monitor) or a small adapter, as demonstrated in the above official video.
Doing so improves productivity while traveling with the Surface Pro 8 or creating a mobile office. There are numerous 4K monitors, depending on your requirements. There are some portable screens that can connect to a Thunderbolt 4 port directly and then you have the usual monitor affair that can range between budget friendly to professional grade.
More pricey monitors like the BenQ PD2725U (one of the best 4K PC monitors we've reviewed) will come with Thunderbolt support, allowing you to connect it directly to the Surface Pro 8. But some more affordable screens may only have HDMI and DisplayPort, which is when you'll need an adapter. We've got two from Cable Matters, one for hooking up a single monitor and another for two.
Latest and greatest
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
11th Gen Intel CPUs and USB-C connectivity
Thanks to a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4, you should have no issues connecting dual 4K displays to your Surface Pro 8.
Thunderbolt 4K monitor
Professional-grade 4K display
BenQ's PD2725U supports Thunderbolt so there's no need for an adapter, and it supports daisy chaining too to keep the other port free for other accessories.
Single 4K adapter
Cable Matters USB-C to DP adapter
With this affordable adapter, you can connect a DisplayPort monitor to the USB-C port on your Pro 8. From there, you're free to daisy-chain to a second display.
Dual 4K adapter
Cable Matters 4K USB-C hub
The right adapter for the job
This adapter can be connected to a single Thunderbolt 4 port and manage more than a single display.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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