Microsoft Surface Dock
|Cable Matters Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Male to Female Adapter - Eyefinity Compatible
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7e)
|Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Cover R9Q-00001 ultra-thin backlit keyboard
Microsoft Surface Dock (Compatible With Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pro, and Surface Laptop)
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460 of 477 people found the following review helpful.
I pretty much confirmed my suspicions in that most were doing ...
I must admit that I was leery at first reading all the of the negative reviews, but I really needed the option of a dock and I couldn't help but think that Microsoft, while not infallible, wouldn't put out a product so inferior as described by others. Once again, let me state that I know Microsoft puts out software with issues, etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, I chose to have a little faith in them. Well, it is my opinion that the majority of the negative reviews are user error. After I read some of the success reviews, I pretty much confirmed my suspicions in that most were doing it wrong. You must use an "active" mini display port adaptor if you have older monitors. Following the suggestions of others I used the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDSZYII?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00 adapters and works like a charm. I now have 3 monitors (the surface screen and two external monitors. I just simply connected them, went to my display settings and arranged them in the order I wanted them and that was that. The scaling is perfect, it simply just works. Again, I suspect that those with issues are using "passive" mini display adapters. Passive don't have the electronics built into the cord and the signal gets lost and compromised creating a failure.
2/5/2016: update- still performing flawlessly.
124 of 127 people found the following review helpful.
Works great with the right display adapters
By Techno T
The Surface Dock is really the only quality option for docking your Surface. Microsoft discontinued the Surface Pro 3 docks that locked in on the sides, so this is our only choice for a dock that charges the Surface and outputs to multiple displays, etc. Here is my pros and cons:
- With the right mini display adapters it works great. Tested many adapters and only Fosmon brand worked every time (VGA - Fosmon HD1826 Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to VGA Male to Female Adapter, White, or DVI - http://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-HD1823-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Adapter/dp/B0056403DE). I have no ties to the company, but I have used a ton of adapters and these just work with everything.
- Dock should be future-proof for Surface Pro 5, 6, etc. as long as they keep the main charging port the same, even if it's a larger Surface.
- Nice having two mini-display ports in the dock over one from the previous generation dock.
- Smaller foot print than previous dock.
- Charges Surface while docked (same as previous gen).
- No mouse lag at all (if you have ever tried a dock that connects through USB and noticed the mouse-lag, you know how annoying that can be)!
- Scaling is still whonky, but this is more of a Surface thing than a dock thing. If you dock/undock a lot, be prepared to reboot or sign-out A LOT. Like every time, unless you don't mind your resolution being all messed up. Microsoft really needs to figure that out.
- Very picky about mini-display adapters. I tried half a dozen and only Fosmon brand would work. With the right ones it does work great, but still it can be a pain figuring out what works.
- Screen occasionally will flicker very briefly if you unplug and replug from USB ports.
My setup is: 2x 1080p screens with the Surface on as a 3rd monitor. I've not tried higher resolution monitors. Overall, I like the dock. The cons can be a little frustrating, but the pros out weigh them in my opinion. It's possible the issues will get fixed down the road as Microsoft does release firmware updates through Windows 10 for the dock. I will update my review if/when that happens.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Brilliant. Use Surface tablet as desktop PC
I have this connected to a LAN, one widescreen monitor, a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic wireless keyboard/mouse combo, a set of Bose computer speakers, a WD Book hard drive, and a USB hub. I interchange my Surface Pro3 and Pro4 on this and everything is working perfectly after I played around with the display settings on both tablets.
It works great because there is just one connector to attach to your computer which supplies the connections and power. Very simple to hook up and disconnect on the fly.
This Surface Dock has two display ports, so eventually I'd like to try two monitors.