The Surface Laptop, that was announced by Microsoft yesterday, looks to be a nice computer. The spec is solid and, if the current family of Surface devices is anything to go by, the build will be of a high quality. But unlike almost every other computer market on the planet today, they have omitted USB-C ports. Why have they done that?
USB-C might be a little frustrating but it’s clearly the connectivity standard most devices will move to. One connector that can manage power, video and data should reduce manufacturing costs and make life easier for users.
But none of Microsoft’s Surface products include a USB-C connection. All stick with legacy USB-A ports and mini-DisplayPort. It’s a good thing when most of our peripherals are still dependent on older standards but it would make sense to provide both USB-A and USB-C to assist customers to make the transition. For example, a USB-C-to-HDMI dongle will likely be useful for many years to come whereas a DisplayPort adaptor has a much shorter useful life.
Where are you at on the USB-C transition? Perhaps a device like the Belkin USB-C Mini Hub can help ease the transition for you?