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The Surface Dock 2 is Microsoft's apology for the lack of Thunderbolt 3

The Surface Dock 2 expands the I/O of Surface devices with four USB-C ports and more. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Dock 2 expands the I/O of Surface devices with four USB-C ports and more. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft still refuses to equip its Surface devices with Thunderbolt 3 ports, precluding many compatible third-party docks from being compatible with the likes of the Surface Book 3 or Surface Go 2. The Surface Dock 2, on the other hand, uses the proprietary Surface Connect port, allowing Microsoft to outperform the competition. Microsoft has released a new USB-C Travel Hub too, which is compatible with non-Surface devices.
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Launched alongside a trio of new Surface devices today, the Surface Dock 2 somewhat makes up for Microsoft's continued lack of Thunderbolt 3 support. Citing security concerns, Microsoft's decision to omit Thunderbolt 3 restricts Surface hardware from using many third-party docks.

With that said, the Surface Dock 2 uses Microsoft's proprietary Surface Connect port to get around the bandwidth required to include so many ports. Not only does the new Surface Dock offer improved data transfer speeds compared to its predecessor, but it also introduces USB-C ports.

Specifically, the Surface Dock 2 has four USB-C ports, two of which can be connected to external monitors. Effectively, these two have replaced the two mini DisplayPorts that the original Surface Dock had. The dock also includes two USB-A ports, along with Ethernet, a headphone jack and a Kensington lock slot.

The Surface Dock 2 retails for US$259.99 and will launch on May 26. If you do not fancy spending that much on a dock, then Microsoft has also developed the USB-C Travel Hub, pictured below. Still priced at US$99.99, the Travel Hub will also work non-Surface devices as it connects via USB-C.

(Image source: Microsoft)
(Image source: Microsoft)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-05- 6 (Update: 2020-05- 6)