Microsoft has a Surface USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter — and it's $12

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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 (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab), but it's listed as out of stock.

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  • Looking back I haven't plugged a pair of headphones on any of my surface devices. The speakers were enough. All else I plugged my bluetooth speakers a few times for better audio quality. I guess its not too bad. But for this first gen refresh I think its poor business practice to not have an adapter dongle as part of the package deal. You have to start somewhere, in essence leaving your customer to investment more into the accessories, increasing first time overhead costs. So again, when you buy Surface you should know upfront as sound and cautious advice you're paying way more than the main advertised price.
  • Lol when I got my m18x r2 had no idea it had a mini S/PDIF called dell they sent me an adapter no charge(even though they had overpriced cans with the connector)
  • Just to add back when their accessories line was tactx
  • But isn't that a headphone jack on the picture? It also says in Microsoft webpage that they have headphone jacks
  • The author wasn't clear but the Surface Pro X doesn't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. No clue why anyone would want this for a device with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, like the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Pro 7.
  • For use on an airplane it any other travel you don't want to interrupt others during
  • 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. It's literally at the top of the article ;-)
  • If your editor thinks that's clear, great. But your readers apparently don't. Have you considered: "The Surface Pro X ditches the headphone jack"?
  • There is literally a picture of a device with headphone jack at the top of the article ;-)
  • Lol the era of no description under the main caption & its apparently not clickable for the purpose either
  • Aaaaaaand I'll be avoiding Surface now. Way to lessen convenience
  • Because it's difficult to keep a dongle inside a pouch on the case that you likely carry your tablet around in anyway. Or, you know, switch to Bluetooth which is significantly more convenient than wired.
  • It's only on the Surface Pro X, all other new Surfaces have the jack
  • People still use cables? How quaint.
    I've got some VHS tapes to sell you
  • No thanks. I'm never buying a device without a 3.5mm jack.
  • same goes with me
  • Im surprised they haven't tried to revise the sig keyboard to incorporate this. Id take this over a fingerprint reader any day