Friday, February 28, 2014

Finally...Surface Docking Station

After much anticipation and waiting, I was finally able to get my hands on the hard-to-find, always-out-of-stock, back ordered, docking station for my Microsoft Surface Pro 2.  How did I get a hold of such a mythical item? Just walked into a Best Buy store and by chance caught a glimpse of the box in the cabinet with the other Surface accessories. What was even better was that it was marked down because it was an opened box item. Even the Best Buy employee was surprised that they had one. It amazes me that this is such a hard item to obtain.

The docking station has a display port, an Ethernet port (100 Mbps), an audio input/output jack, a USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. Pair it with a decent monitor (mine is connected to a Dell ST2220T monitor right now) and it's pretty much all you need to use your Surface as a desktop workstation.

Before getting the actual Surface docking station, I was testing and using the JUD500 Ultra Station by j5 Create as a docking station solution for my Surface. It actually worked well and I do recommend it not just for the Surface but as a docking station solution for a laptop as well.

JUD500 Ultra Station