Surface 3 docking station unboxing & hands-on

I love the size and weight of the Surface 3. It feels just right when holding it while I'm in the sofa, browsing the web or watching videos. But there are times when a bigger screen and a mouse on the side can provide a better experience. Fortunately, there's an accessory that can help. The Surface 3 docking station can transform the tablet into a complete desktop workstation. Watch our unboxing and hands-on video for a closer look.

Surface 3 Docking Station specifications

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Dimensions12.24 x 5.51 x 3.74 inches (311 x 140 x 95 mm)
Weight1.76 pounds (800 grams)
PortsPower supply input, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, 3.5mm audio input/output connection, Mini DisplayPort video output, Security lock slot
Additional featuresPen storage

What's inside the sales packaging

  • Surface 3 Docking Station
  • Power cord
  • User guide
  • Warranty information

To use the docking station, move the sides away from the center and place the Surface 3 in the middle. You can then move the sides back towards the Surface 3. The docking station lets you attach more accessories and more importantly, a bigger screen. For example, I can have Twitter and email on the Surface 3 display, while watching Netflix on the bigger monitor.

The Surface 3 Docking Station costs $199.99. It's not cheap, but you're also not required to buy it to use the Surface 3. If you want to connect several peripherals like a keyboard, monitor, mouse, external hard drive, and more, this is going to make things easier for you.

What do you think? Will you get this with a Surface 3? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.