What you need to know
- Microsoft's new Surface Dock 2 and USB-C Travel Hub are available for order.
- Both devices feature USB-C ports, at least one USB-A port, and Ethernet ports.
- The Surface Dock 2 and USB-C Travel Hub are available for order for $260 and $100, respectively.
Microsoft announced a sequel to the Surface Dock and a new USB-C Travel Hub recently, and both are now available for order. Both support connecting devices to modern devices utilizing USB-C ports while also having legacy ports. The Surface Dock 2 works with newer Surface devices whereas the USB-C Travel Hub works with any device that supports USB-C. The Surface Dock 2 costs $260 and the Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub costs $100.
The Surface Dock 2 is the sequel to the original Surface Dock that had not been refreshed in years. The Surface Dock 2 is built as a desk companion, allowing you to plug your Surface device into a single port to connect to several peripherals that you leave set up at your desk. The Surface Dock 2 has faster charging and higher data transfer rates than the original Surface Dock. It also has enterprise management tools.
Here are the ports included on the Surface Dock 2:
- 2x front-facing USB-C ports.
- 2x rear-facing, video-enabled USB-C ports
- 2x rear-facing USB-A 3.2 (10Gbps) ports
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1x 3.5mm audio in/out port
- Kensington compatible lock
The downside to the Surface Dock 2 is that it only works with certain Surface devices. To use a Surface Dock 2, you need a Surface device made in 2017 or later. Based on this Microsoft support document (opens in new tab), the following Surface devices are supported by the Surface Dock 2:
- Surface Book 3
- Surface Book 2
- Surface Pro 7
- Surface Pro 6
- Surface Pro (5th Gen)
- Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced
- Surface Pro X
- Surface Laptop 3
- Surface Laptop 2
- Surface Laptop (1st Gen)
- Surface Go 2
- Surface Go
- Surface Go 2 with LTE Advanced
- Surface Go with LTE Advanced
- Surface Studio 2
The Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub is built for people on the go and works with more devices. Unlike the Surface Dock 2 which is restricted to specific Surface devices, the Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub works with any modern PC with a USB-C port. It also works with macOS, Google Chrome, and Android devices that use USB-C. The hub is also much smaller than the Surface Dock 2.
Here is a look at the ports that the Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub has:
- 1x USB-C (10Gbps data transfers and pass-through accessory charging)
- 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps data transfers and pass-through accessory charging)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1x HDMI 2.0 port
- 1x VGA port
- 1x 3.5mm audio in/out jack
Both new devices became available on the Microsoft Store today and should be available through other retailers soon. You can read more about the Surface Dock 2 and Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub in our post covering the announcements of the devices.
Dock on demand
The Surface Dock 2 brings much-needed updates to the original, adding in four USB-C ports alongside the usual Ethernet, USB-A, and 3.5mm jacks.
Ports on the go
For all modern PCs
The Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub lets you take more ports on the go, expanding all modern PCs with extra USB-A, VGA, HDMI, and VGA ports in a small package.
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 email@example.com.
Don't forget the Dock 2 has a big power brick as big as the Dock itself accompanying it.
Jesus, big-brand docks and dongles are so expensive.
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