Review - StarTech.com adapter bundle for Surface Pro 3

StarTech.com's adapter bundle could be just the thing for you, whether you use your Surface for work or play.

The StarTech.com adapter bundle comprises three pieces: a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, and a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter with USB passthrough.

While the pack is useful for most Surface users, it is especially ideal for those who tote their device between the office and home.

Suppose you are home on the couch and want to watch a movie or some videos that reside on your Surface on your TV. The HDMI adapter lets you connect to the big screen in seconds. It's also great for catching up on your Netflix shows while travelling and hanging out in your hotel room.

Giving a presentation at work? Chances are that the projector has a VGA input. Or you can use it hook up to your monitor at your desk.

The Ethernet adapter gives you a bit more throughput for working with large files and networks drives, whether they are on a server at work or a media PC at home.

The good

StarTech.com's trilogy of adapters fits in just about any bag, briefcase, and even sleeves with side pockets, making it convenient for travel.

Each piece installs effortlessly. The two display adapters do not require any driver install; they simply work. As for the Ethernet plug, there is a rather brief installation process. Although StarTech.com includes an installation CD in the box, my Surface Pro 3, which was connected to the internet, ran through the setup in a minute or so without needing it.

The Ethernet adapter's USB 3.0 passthrough means that you can plug into a high-speed network jack without losing the ability to use another USB device. So you can still work from a flash drive or hook up a mouse or keyboard.

The best thing about the StarTech.com adapter bundle is that it is just an easy way for people who bounce around with Surface to be prepared.

The not so good

What disparaging remarks can you really make about something so straight-forward as an adapter bundle?

I guess the only knock is that, like many accessories, StarTech.com's adapter set isn't for everyone. For instance, if you only use your tablet at home or at the occasional coffee shop, you may benefit more from a docking station instead.

As I mentioned above, the people that I can really see benefiting from this set are those who often travel or power users who go between home and office.

So if you find yourself needing to connect to different displays and networks, then the StarTech.com adapter bundle is worth a look.

It is available in the Windows Central Store{.nofollow} for $79.95, 10% off the retail price.

21 Comments
  • Only thing I can see that's dumb is the Ethernet adapter should've also contained a few additional USB ports rather than just a "pass through"... A pass though is not a real thing (it basically contains a hub that turns one USB into 2 and uses one internally for the Ethernet device)... That said it wouldn't have added more than a couple $$ at most to the price to include a couple more ports and would have added another piece of functionality.
  • WiFi isn't always an option - my WiFi at work is flakey at the best of times, so ethernet is essential. But I'm more than happy to use an adapter on my SP3, as I have solid WiFi everywhere else.
  • The "passthrough" is the only reason to choose this over the official surface adapter.
  • So pricey
  • No name / generic versions of all three can be bought separately from amazon for far less than that. I bought mine back when the surface pro first came out some years ago and they still serve me well. I even bought a optionally-powered USB 3.0 splitter and it was still cheaper than what this bundle costs.
  • Why multiple adapters? I have one mini display port to vga, dvi, hdmi adapter. Its just one adapter you can get for about $20-25. Simpler and more compact.
  • Does any know how to charge their SP3 with a 12 volt accessory plug (cigarette lighter) that you find in a car or boat?
  • What I find to be a great adaptor for me is a USB Display adaptor.  I have a docking station for my surface pro3.  The docking station only has one display port, I believe 5 usb ports, ethernet jack  and the only other way to use dual monitors was to plug a display port directly to the surface pro 3... Thats cool, but it kinda defeats the purpose for a quick dock and undocking solution when I have t plug a cable in.  With the USB display adaptor, I can run 2 monitors plus my surface pro 3 screen with all connections for a clean and efficient desk work station. 
  • StarTech and Accell both offer mDP hubs which allow you to drive multiple monitors.  In fact, you can get a 3 port mDP hub to drive three external monitors with one cable.  USB Display adapters are known to be very flakey and take up processor resources.  mDP hubs are the way to go.
  • Thanks!  I was worrired that the USB display adaptor would be flakey, but it has not been so far.  It alwasy works... Problem is... The is only thing is the fan is on constantly
  • Thank you Seth for using "comprises" correctly. :) I probably see at least one or two articles every day where it is used incorrectly.
  • I have personal experience with numerous StarTech devices, including video and gigabit adapters. In general they perform well enough, but they do tend to fail after about 6-12 months of heavy use in my office. If you only casually use the product you will probably never have an issue.
  • Yeah, but for the same price (incl shipping to Australia) I can buy 49 adapters from ebay ($1.96 each, free shipping). I can guarantee 49 adapters will last longer than 6-12 months, even if they're cheap rubbish :P
  • I agree with you, I doubt most users on this site will be running these adapters 16 hours a day for 5 days a week as I do. Buying two at a time and keeping one as a failsafe is probably a good idea.
  • I use the startech mini displayport to VGA/DVI/HDMI adapter on my SP3 for business.  While it works, I can definitely see it failing after repeated use.  The problem is, there is so much weight that the mDP plug bears with the big box at the end of the cable, and then the VGA/HGDMI/DVI cable you plug into the box considerably adds even more weight.  If they made the mDP plug right angled, it would probably last a lot longer. 
  • Where can I et that sticker?
  • I found it online somewhere, but they weren't the Microsoft Store, Amazon or eBay. So I didn't order it. I'm hopeful one of those 3 would get it. I'd order it today for my SP3.
  • StarTech has not been reliable in our office, we have been through 3 of the dp to hdmi adapters in the last 6 months in our conference room.
  • Microsoft Ninja Unicorn Cat FTW!
  • Am I the only one who finds it amusing that it includes a disc?
  • I'm working with the startech accessories and I have to tell you that they are working as promised but... the USB to Ethernet should be equipped with at least an additional USB port. So this can be turned in to a usb hub aswell. For what I use it, project screen, connect ethernet cable it's great. I forgotten to use my notebook as an IT pro that's great.