Surface Pro 3 Dock Owner Review. Excellent!

surface pro 3 dock review rear ports

Rear View of the Surface Pro 3 Dock

The surface pro 3 dock is exactly what I needed.  Lightweight and sturdy, the dock is easy to use and enhances the abilities of your Surface Pro 3.  If you’re not a “dock person”, or have limited budget then I certainly hope you’d take a pass, but for me this is a great product that fits my needs perfectly.  I believe that if you’re a Surface Pro 3 owners and in need of a docking solution, you will be satisfied.

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WHY GET THE SURFACE PRO 3 DOCK ? IS IT WORTH IT?
There are a few reasons why you would want the dock.  I fall into category #2, but if the dock fits your needs, then yes, it’s worth it.
  1. You don’t travel daily with your Pro 3, but at home you simply prefer it docked.
  2. You travel daily with your SP3, and you’re tired of constantly plugging & unplugging power over and over.
  3. You need/want more ports for whatever reason.
  4. You have budget, and love gadgets.
surface pro 3 dock with keyboard

surface pro 3 dock, ready for connection but not locked in yet

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EASY DOCKING MECHANICS
It’s very easy to actually dock your Surface Pro 3.  You “lightly pull apart” (left and right )  on the dock.  Then you slide in your Pro 3 ( with or without the type pad keyboard ).   There is a groove on the bottom that makes it easy to slide the pro 3 into position.  Once placed, you just “PUSH” the Left and Right Sides to lock into place.. Voila.

 

KEY FEATURES, THE GOOD THE BAD, AND THE 1 “GOTCHA”
  • Fixed Docking Angle..
    • Although the dock angle doesn’t adjust, I don’t see it as an issue.
    • If the engineers could keep the sturdy feel and allow adjustment of the docking angle that would be even better. But fixed angle is OK.
  • Cost ( estimated: $160-$200 **at the time of this article..)
    • I think the price is “fair” for early adopters.
    • Like any other gadgets, time reduces price, as does aggressive deal searching.
  • Dock Power Cable Length
    • I prefer a longer power cable length. I also prefer how the SP3’s original power brick has a USB port on it unlike the dock’s power cable.  However having the port on the brick is not necessary with all the additional USB ports on the dock itself.
  • PHYSICAL: The pro 3 dock is lightweight, sturdy, and easy to “operate”.  By operating, I mean, locking the pro 3 in place is simple, easy, and fast.
  • As mentioned above, it’s super simple to dock and lock the surface pro 3.
  • The existing  Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.0 port on your device are available for use even when docked ( very smart )
  • ***  Gotcha–> Don’t forget you have to install windows update for the dock to function as expected.  ***
surface pro 3 dock manual

surface pro 3 dock manual showing all ports

FORMAL TECH SPECS

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports AND 2 USB 2.0 ports..(Plenty of ports, great to have )
  • Gigabit Ethernet port… (nice to have)
  • 3.5mm audio input/output connection.. (nice to have)
  • Mini DisplayPort.. (Nice)
  • Security lock slot..  (I never use this)
  • Once docked, all ports are still available, except for power of course :)

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About the Author: I'm am a multi-platform tech enthusiast with Droid, Windows, and Mac / iOS, and some Linux and Raspberry Pi etc.. Published a few windows phone apps, and android apps. I love tech and gadgets. Professionally I typically work in I.T. as a SQL developer.

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