Where Is The USB-C On The Surface Laptop?

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?


Comments

    I get the Type A port but the mini-DisplayPort could definitely have been a Thunderbolt 3 jobbie. For me it is the difference between usable and not interested. I need more than one USB port but I doubt I'll ever need the mini-DisplayPort so if that were a Tb3 port instead, I could use it as a second USB port, which is something I could work with.

    Type A or Type C will almost always come down to what cable you use. I only have two Type C peripherals and both of them came with cables that are Type A at the other end. I actually had to go out and buy a couple of Type C to Type C cables so I could plug them into the Type C port on my XPS 13. So if you are only going to offer one USB port on your laptop, then it should absolutely be a Type A port.

    Last edited 09/05/17 3:26 pm

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