The wait is almost over for Microsoft's USB-C dongle for Surface devices. Speaking with The Verge, Microsoft has confirmed that the dongle will be available initially for commercial customers starting June 29 for $79.99.
The dongle will serve as a way to add a USB-C port to devices that lack one, like the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop. You'll be able to connect the dongle to the standard Surface charging port for use with either USB-C accessories or for charing. However, there are some caveats, as Microsoft explains:
Display output and data throughput capabilities are dependent on the USB-C docking solution used. Requires external power source with a minimum power output of 27W and 12V.
It isn't clear exactly when the dongle will make its way to the retail stores, but commercial customers should be able to get their hands on the connectors starting June 29 through business channels.
Given Microsoft originally announced the adapter more than a year ago, it's about time it starts trickling out to consumers. As for the future, it's likely we could see USB-C ports included on future iterations of the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro. Currently, the Surface Book 2 is the only Surface with a built-in USB-C port.
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