Microsoft just officially presented a Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock hours after the device was leaked. Priced at $299.99, the new Surface Dock will connect via USB-C instead of the proprietary Surface Connect port. Microsoft plans to continue selling its Surface Dock 2, complete with the Surface Connect port that’s designed for Surface devices that don’t have USB-C or Thunderbolt 4.
This new Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock will support non-Surface devices for the first time. You can connect to it via USB-C and it supports data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps and 96W charging thanks to Thunderbolt 4. On the front, there is a single USB-C port along with a USB-A port. but sadly no SD card slot. The back of the Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock has two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, a 2.5 gigabit Ethernet port, an audio jack, and a security lock slot.
While this doesn’t mean the immediate end of the Surface Connect port, it’s clear that Microsoft is headed in that direction. Recent Microsoft Surface devices like the Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 come with USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 4 along with the proprietary Surface Connect port. It now seems likely that we’ll soon see a Surface device that drops the Surface Connect port in favor of USB-C only. Microsoft shipped the Surface 3 with just a Micro USB charging port, instead of the proprietary Surface Connect charging.
The new Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock will be available today from Microsoft’s own online store, priced at $299.99.