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Microsoft’s new Surface Dock 2 is made for the USB-C era

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Together with the slew of different Floor-related bulletins Microsoft made at present — together with the Floor Ebook 3, Floor Go 2, and extra — the corporate can also be introducing a brand new Floor Dock 2 docking station and a standalone USB-C journey hub.

The Floor Dock 2 isn’t a lot of a design departure from Microsoft’s authentic mannequin, which launched a handful of years in the past; it’s mainly a minimalist black slab. That mentioned, it’s completely filled with USB-C ports — 4 of them, to be exact. Two exchange the earlier pair of Mini DisplayPort ports for transmitting video to a monitor, whereas the set on the other aspect of the Dock 2 can be utilized to attach or cost some other USB-C gadgets you’ve got.

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Along with its fleet of USB-C ports, the Dock 2 additionally has an Ethernet jack, a headphone port, two USB Kind-A ports, and a Kensington lock. The round port close to the Ethernet jack is for the Dock 2’s personal energy provide. When it’s plugged in, not solely can it present sufficient energy to attach a bunch of gadgets to your Floor, but it surely additionally allows quick charging for any Floor gadget in Microsoft’s present portfolio. Moreover, Microsoft claims that the Dock 2 can ship larger information switch charges.

The Floor Dock 2 solely works with Floor computer systems, as its cable connects through the Floor Join port. Robin Seiler, an government with Microsoft’s gadgets workforce, instructed The Verge that, in comparison with the previous-generation Floor Dock, the newest mannequin has elevated cable size so that you simply gained’t really feel tied down as a lot.

Microsoft’s new Floor Dock 2 prices $259.99 and, in line with the corporate, can be launched in sure markets on Could 26th.

Microsoft’s new USB-C journey hub.
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If the Floor Dock 2 is a bit of expensive or large on your wants, Microsoft’s new USB-C Journey Hub additionally launches later this month for a extra cheap $99.99. It has 5 ports, together with one USB-C port, one USB Kind-A port, and an Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA port. (That’s one we don’t see usually today.) In contrast to the Floor Dock 2, the Journey Hub plugs in through your Floor’s USB-C port. Which means it excludes most older Floor gadgets that don’t have that sort of port.

There are different USB-C hubs with extra ports accessible for a lot lower than the journey hub, however in order for you one thing mild sufficient to take with you, together with VGA video enter and the great construct high quality that Microsoft’s {hardware} normally brings, this looks as if a pleasant resolution.

The Ergonomic Desktop bundle.
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Lastly, Microsoft has debuted two new reasonably priced keyboard and mouse kits: one wired and the opposite wi-fi. The wired combo, the Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop, is likely one of the firm’s signature ergonomic keyboards, with an prolonged wrist relaxation and a curvy format that permits for a extra pure hand posture. Along with being a full-sized keyboard with a quantity pad and a perform row, it additionally has a row of media keys, a devoted Microsoft Workplace key, and an emoji button. Additionally included on this bundle is an ergonomic wired mouse that has two aspect buttons. This bundle prices $89.99.

The Bluetooth Desktop bundle.
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The wi-fi Bluetooth-ready bundle is cheaper at $59.99. You’re nonetheless getting a mouse and keyboard, although it’s a a lot less complicated (but nonetheless absolutely featured) providing. On this extra easy keyboard, Microsoft has merged the perform and media keys on the highest row, however there’s nonetheless a quantity pad. The wi-fi mouse has two buttons and a scroll wheel. Like all the different equipment introduced at present, it has a clear, minimalist look.

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