What you need to know

  • Now that Microsoft has jumped on board with USB-C with the Surface Pro X, it's offering an adapter for 3.5mm audio jacks.
  • The dongle lets you connect your headphones to the USB-C port on Surface devices.
  • The Surface USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter is listed for $12 at the Microsoft Store.

It's been a few years since USB-C ports started to become more and more common across all areas of tech, but Microsoft stepped fully into the arena today with the Surface Pro X, along with the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 7. And with that move to USB-C comes — you guessed it — dongle life.

Like Apple and several phone manufacturers before it, Microsoft is now offering a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter to help ease the transition. While you won't need the adapter with the Surface Pro 7 or Surface Laptop 3, it'll be vital with the Surface Pro X if you want to keep using your favorite pair of 3.5mm headphones.

The adapter costs $12, so it's not too expensive. For comparison, Apple's dongle currently goes for $9.The adapter is currently listed on the Microsoft Store, but it's listed as out of stock.

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Dongle life

Surface USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter

Yes, you too can now join the dongle train with your Surface Pro X and Microsoft's new USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter.

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