Surface Pro docks and docking stations
The Surface Dock 2 is the best dock you can buy for the Surface Pro (including the new Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go right now, featuring an excellent design and plenty of ports, but at a high price. Even so, you get what you pay for. Also check out our list of best Thunderbolt 3 docks too!
Who should buy the Surface Dock 2?
This docking station is built for people who use their Surface Pro or Surface Go as their only PC. It’s a great desk dock that makes it super easy to dock up your Surface Pro to a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other USB accessories you might want to be plugged in.
Is it a good time to buy the Surface Dock 2?
Yes! Although the Surface Dock 2 is over a year old, we understand that Microsoft has no plans to release a new model soon. That means the Surface Dock 2 will be the latest Surface Dock from Microsoft for many more months to come, and will continue to get software and firmware updates, and can be had with a Microsoft warranty too.
Reasons to buy:
- Excellent built quality
- Contemporary design
- Plenty of ports including multiple displays
- Perfectly matches other Surface Pro accessories
Reasons to not buy:
- Somewhat expensive
- No SD card slot
- No Thunderbolt support
A great all-around dock that looks stylish too
The Surface Dock 2 is Microsoft’s official product for all Surface products with a Surface Connect port, meaning it works great with any Surface Pro or Surface Go, including the new Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, and Surface Go 3. It features four USB-C ports, two of which can be used for video out, two USB-A ports, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm audio out jack, meaning it has plenty of ports for most use cases.
For the best Surface Pro dock, the Surface Dock 2 is where it’s at.
It’s all housed in a simple, elegant design. It’s heavy and premium feeling so it doesn’t slide around on your desk, and uses the Surface Connect proprietary standard to connect to your Surface Pro or Surface Go, making for a super easy docking and undocking experience.
Alternatives to the Surface Dock 2
If the Surface Dock 2 isn’t to your liking, or you don’t want to spend that much on a dock, check out or alternative options for Surface Pro docking stations.
The Kensington SD7000 is interesting, as it attempts to mimic the design of the Surface Studio base. It features one USB Type-C, four USB Type-A 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort++ v1.2, HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm combo audio port, making it a jam-packed dock with all the ports you could ever need.
This is an excellent option if you’re looking to save a few bucks and don’t want to shell out too much money for the more premium docks. Compatible with all Surface Pros with a USB-A port.
The Microsoft USB-C travel hub connects using USB-C on the Surface Pro itself. It sports 1x USB-C port with passthrough charging, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, VGA, HDMI 2.0, and Ethernet. Since it’s not a true dock, it doesn’t require its own power supply and doesn’t charge your device while in use either.
We think the Surface Dock 2 is the best docking station you can buy for the Surface Pro right now. It’s classy, modern, has all the ports most people are looking, all housed in an elegant design that matches other Surface Pro accessories perfectly.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.
Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.
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