What’s new in Surface Dock

Surface Dock 2, the next generation Surface dock, lets users connect external monitors and multiple peripherals to obtain a fully modernized desktop experience from a Surface device. Built to maximize efficiency at the office, in a flexible workspace, or at home, Surface Dock 2 features seven ports, including two front-facing USB-C ports, with 15 watts of fast charging power for phone and accessories.

Full device management support

Surface Dock 2 is designed to simplify IT management, enabling admins to automate firmware updates using Windows Update or centralize updates with internal software distribution tools.

General system requirements

  • Windows 10 version 1809. There is no support for Windows 7, Windows 8, or non-Surface host devices. Surface Dock 2 works with the following Surface devices:

    • Surface Pro (5th Gen)
    • Surface Laptop (1st Gen)
    • Surface Pro 6
    • Surface Book 2
    • Surface Laptop 2
    • Surface Go
    • Surface Pro 7
    • Surface Pro X
    • Surface Laptop 3
    • Surface Book 3
    • Surface Go 2
    • Surface Laptop Go

Surface Dock 2 Components

Surface Dock 2 Components

USB

  • Two front facing USB-C ports.
  • Two rear facing USB-C (gen 2) ports.
  • Two rear facing USB-A ports.

Video

  • Dual 4K@60hz. Supports up to two displays on the following devices:

    • Surface Book 3
    • Surface Go 2
    • Surface Pro 7
    • Surface Pro X
    • Surface Laptop 3
  • Dual 4K@ 4K@30Hz. Supports up to two displays on the following devices:

    • Surface Pro 6
    • Surface Pro (5th Gen)
    • Surface Laptop 2
    • Surface Laptop (1st Gen)
    • Surface Go
    • Surface Book 2.

Ethernet

  • 1 gigabit Ethernet port.

External Power supply

  • 199 watts supporting 100V-240V.

Comparing Surface Dock

Table 1. Surface Dock and USB-C Travel Hub

Component Surface Dock Surface Dock 2 USB-C Travel Hub
Surflink Yes Yes No
USB-A 2 front facing USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 rear facing USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 rear facing USB 3.2 Gen 2 (7.5W power) 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2
Mini Display port 2 rear facing (DP1.2) None None
USB-C None 2 front facing USB 3.2 Gen 2
(15W power)
2 rear facing USB 3.2 Gen 2 (DP1.4a)
(7.5W power)
1 USB 3.2 Gen 2
3.5 mm Audio in/out Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet Yes, 1 gigabit Yes 1 gigabit Yes, 1 gigabit
DC power in Yes Yes
Kensington lock Yes Yes
Surflink cable length 65cm 80cm 20cm
Surflink host power 60W 120W N/A
USB load power 30W 60W
USB bit rate 5 Gbps 10 Gbps 10 Gbps
Monitor support 2 x 4k @30fps, or
1 x 4k @ 60fps
2 x 4K @ 60fps 1 x 4K @ 60fps
Wake-on-LAN from Connected Standby1 Yes Yes
Wake-on-LAN from S4/S5 sleep modes No Yes Yes
Network PXE boot Yes Yes Yes
SEMM host access control No Yes No
SEMM port access control2 No Yes No
Servicing support MSI Windows Update or MSI
  1. Devices must be configured for Wake on LAN via Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM) or Device Firmware Control Interface (DFCI) to wake from Hibernation or Power-Off states. Wake from Hibernation or Power-Off is supported on Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro X, Surface Book 3, and Surface Go 2. Software license required for some features. Sold separately.

  2. Software license required for some features. Sold separately.

Streamlined device management

Surface has released streamlined management functionality via Windows Update enabling IT admins to utilize the following enterprise-grade features:

  • Frictionless updates. Update your docks silently and automatically, with Windows Update or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, (formerly System Center Configuration Manager - SCCM) or other MSI deployment tools.
  • Wake from the network. Manage and access corporate devices without depending on users to keep their devices powered on. Even when a docked device is in sleep, hibernation, or power off mode, your team can wake from the network for service and management, using Endpoint Configuration Manager or other enterprise management tools.
  • Centralized IT control. Control who can connect to Surface Dock 2 by turning ports on and off. Restrict which host devices can be used with Surface Dock 2. Limit dock access to a single user or configure docks so they can only be accessed by specific users in your team or across the entire company.

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