Is the new Surface Pro's lack of USB-C a deal breaker?

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Surface Pro 5 (Image credit: Windows Central)

One of the most common complaints, and really one of the very few gripes, about the Surface Pro (2017) is the 2-in-1's lack of USB-C ports, which is the newest port standard for laptops. The Surface Pro is modern in just about every way, so the lack of USB-C is notable.

Why Microsoft's new Surface Pro doesn't have a USB Type-C port

But what does it really mean? And does the average person need USB-C? That's the question that's being tossed around in our Surface Pro forum right now.

I have a Type-C port on my Pixel. Beyond that given time things will start to use Type-C over what most people are familiar with. Such is evolution. There'll probably be a new one out, as well

Chris Knopff

The Surface Pro has one Mini DisplayPort port for connecting an external display, which is probably good enough for most users. And if you need another display connector, you can purchase the $200 Surface Dock. It also has one USB Type-A port. However, there's no USB-C port and no Thunderbolt 3 port. I use my new Surface Pro along with the dock and two big ol' HD monitors, and I have no complaints.

Of course, USB-C is more versatile because it can be used for many other purposes than connecting displays, such as providing power and data transfer. And it's more "future proof," meaning it will be compatible with future generations of accessories and peripherals.

I wish the new Pro had USB-C but it's definitely not a deal breaker — as I stated already, I bought one after all. What do you think? Does a modern laptop or PC really need USB-C today? Why or why not? Jump on over to the forums via the link below and let us know how you feel.

Al Sacco

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