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Does Microsoft Surface Pro X support Mini DisplayPort?

Surface Pro X back
Surface Pro X back (Image credit: Windows Central)

Does Microsoft Surface Pro X support Mini DisplayPort?

Modern connections

The Surface Pro X doesn't have a Mini DisplayPort, but it does have both a USB-C port and a Surface Connect port. Microsoft decided to switch out the older Mini DisplayPort for the more modern USB-C port to work with more devices. The USB-C port of the Surface Pro X supports USB-C 3.1 connectivity, which means that it can connect to two 4K displays at 60Hz using just one port.

Additionally, the Surface Pro X has a Surface Connect port that can handle many connections as well as charge the device. It isn't as universal as a USB-C port, but some people already have docks or dongles based around the Surface Connect port, so it's nice not to have to switch hardware.

Grab a dongle

If you still need to use a Mini DisplayPort, you can grab a dongle that allows you to connect your USB-C port to a Mini DisplayPort. Mini DisplayPorts aren't as common as they used to be, but they are used frequently in offices and corporate environments. This affordable USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter (opens in new tab) from Answin allows you to connect to more devices.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • I'm wondering if my lumia 950 dock will work. I suspect it should.
  • So, can the Surface Pro X (or Surface Pro 7, for that matter) support three monitors - maybe two through USB-C and one through Surface Connect or all three through a station connected to Surface Connect, etc.? I.e., could the graphics card do more than two and it's just a limitation of the USB-C implementation Microsoft provided?