Microsoft is reportedly making available its Surface USB-C dongle on June 29 for business customers. The new adapter will be priced at $79.99, and it’s compatible with the new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro to connect accessories using USB-C technology.
Aside from its clunky design, the dongle is simple enough. It’s an accessory that includes only one USB-C port, and it connects to your device using the proprietary Surface Connector.
However, it’s still remain to be seen who will need and benefit from the steep $79.99 adapter. The reason is because anyone can get USB 3.0 to USB-C adapters that will connect any USB-C peripherals to your Surface for a lot cheaper.
Also, the Surface USB-C adapter, according to Thurrott.com, doesn’t include support for Thunderbolt 3, and it does not offer any advantages for docking and expansion. Even further, the Surface Connector still remains a USB 3.0 port, so technically, you’re getting a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.
Unfortunately, the dongle isn’t compatible with older Surface Pro devices, just with the 2017 model and Surface Laptop. On the other hand, Surface Book 2 includes both a USB-C and Surface Connector.
While the Surface USB-C dongle is expected to arrive in June 29, it’ll be available for business customers, and the company has yet to reveal a release date for consumers.
Update June 29, 2018: The Surface Connect to USB-C adapter is now available for purchase in the Microsoft Store.