Some modern laptops and tablets have nothingĀ butĀ USB Type-C ports. Most of Microsoft’s Surface devices, meanwhile, don’t even have a single USB-C port.

But the company promised last year that it would eventually launch an adapter for folks who need one. And now The Verge reports that an official Microsoft Surface USB Type-C dongle will be available June 29th.

It’s expected to cost $80.

Update: The Surface Connect to USB-C adapter is up on the Surface business website. As expected, it’s designed to work with the latest Surface Pro and Surface Laptop, and it’s kind of chunky, at 82mm x 40mm x 20mm plus a 284mm cable. It weighs 90 grams.

The adapter is designed to work with a Microsoft Surface Laptop or Surface Pro tablet, and it plugs into the charging port, which means that you can use it to charge your device with a USB Type-C charger or connect peripherals like a keyboard, mouse, printer, gamepad, or display.

With a $80 price tag, this isn’t necessarily something everyone’s going to want: Microsoft is targeting business/commercial customers at first, although it may be available for the consumer market in the future.

Or you absolutely need a USB-C port and don’t want to buy an overpriced dongle, you could just buy a Microsoft Surface Book 2. The 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard is one of the only Surface products to have a USB Type-C port built in.

Then again, it’s not like the $80 adapter would be the most expensive Surface accessory you could buy. Microsoft charges $200 for a dock that adds Ethernet, DisplayPort, USB, and audio jacks to a Surface device. A Surface Pen will set you back $100. And Surface Pro keyboard covers sell for $130 – $160.

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8 replies on “Microsoft’s USB Type-C adapter for Surface coming this week… for $80 (Updated)”

  1. Again…Microsoft is the new Apple. These prices are a sick joke. I LOVE my HP Spectre x2 12. Can’t say it enough…and since it came with two usb-c ports…HP was kind enough to put an usb-a adapter in the box. For free. Sixteen months later it still looks brand new.

  2. I didn’t know USB Type-C accessories were so prevalent now to warrant such a thing.

  3. Funny how Microsoft feel’s they don’t have enough of a monopoly on the software market to charge that! My Samsung Galaxy mobile phone cost me $20 CA for the same kind of thing!! BRAND NEW!! Given that I can connect any USB to my mobile through that now…maybe it is time to leave Microsoft like it was Hyperdisk.

    1. Being expensive became a feature in recent years. IPhones are selling not in spite of being expensive, but _because_ they are. With the price you get the feeling of buying quality and ease-of-mind, and belonging to an “elite” club. It’s also a protection for the company against buyer’s remorse, you’d have a harder time to admit you were wrong to buy a $1000 phone. All products that directly compete with Apple’s brand must employ this tactic, so they can build their “cult” against Apple’s. A cheap Surface Book could be every bit as good as a competing Macbook, but if it were cheap, people would “feel” it’s cheap. So being expensive directly means quality for most consumers.

  4. It’s interesting that it connects to the charging port. That should make it more versatile and quicker than if it simply connected to the USB or display port. I still don’t need it.

    1. Yeah u don’t need it either but I could see a use case for it. If you have a pixel phone and travel often you can bring along only one charger versus 2.

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