Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Pre-Orders Start
Microsoft has been pretty successful with its Surface Pro tablets. The sleek tablets that are a just a little more than a tablet and a little less than a laptop have boasted raving reviews and fiery sales. To put the cherry on the cake, The Surface Pro tablets can be made into a “full-blown desktop PC” with a docking station.
The 12.9 inch x 3.8 inch x 4.4 inch docking station is connected to the Surface Pro 3 tablet which can render the Surface Pro tablet external connections and accessories such as a mouse, printer, keyboard, monitors, speakers and various other devices connected via USB. Moreover, the dock also offers a security lock, Gigabit Ethernet port and 3.5 mm audio input and output connection.
You all must be wondering how the Docking stations offers all the connections mentioned above. The Docking station has two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports, making a total of 6 USB ports, as one is on the Surface Pro 3 tablet itself; hence, 6.
Furthermore, Microsoft has started taking orders from UK for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking station. In the U.K. the Docking station will be officially be on sale on 12 September for 164.99 Pounds, and in the U.S. the Docking station will be on sale on 15 August for $199.99. The first version of the docking station came last October.
There have been improvements in the latest version of the Docking station than the last one. The older version had 1 USB 3.0 port, 3 USB 2.o ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, a Mini DisplayPort. In contrast, the latest version has, as mentioned previously, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, a Mini Display Port and also a Security Lock that the older version does not have.
The Mini DisplayPort delivers HD video resolution up to 3840 x 2600 dpi, with three screens (one of the Tablet and 2 external monitors) and also the 48 W power supply charges the Surface Pro 3 tablet while it is docked.
The Surface Pro 3 tablet is to go on sale in UK by the end of August in what is seen as diligent efforts by Microsoft in competing with Macbook Air in a head-to-head tussle. I believe the Docking station is a pretty kick-ass accessory itself as it allows more accessible accessories to be connected to the Surface Pro 3 tablet. Moreover, it is a near-laptop-replacement tablet and Microsoft is rightly advertising it as such.