The universal USB-C connector has been gaining traction for some years now, making Microsoft’s 2017 release of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop without the increasingly ubiquitous connector quite puzzling.
At the time Microsoft said they would help correct the obvious omission by releasing a USB-C dongle “for those who love dongles,” with Microsoft’s Panos Panay famously saying:
“I love the technology in Type-C, I believe in Type-C. When Type-C is ready for our customers, to make it easy for them, we’ll be there. If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles. We’re giving a dongle to people who love dongles. If you want to charge a device with a Type-C charger, you can. If you want to put data back and forth with a Type-C peripheral, you can.”
Now 13 months later the company has finally announced pricing and availability.
The dongle is set to hit the market on the 29th June for the extremely pricy $79.99. Of course, the dongle will do more than just replicate USB ports. It will allow users to connect their Surface to USB-C docking solutions with external displays, power, and more.
The dongle will support the newest Surface Pro (models 1796 and 1807) and Surface Laptop (Model 1769) and will only be available initially via business channels.
See all the tech specs at Microsoft here.
Via The Verge