Should you buy a Surface Dock for Surface Go or Surface Go 2?

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Best answer: Along with a new Surface Go 2, Microsoft has released a Surface Dock 2 with modern ports. It’s a great addition to the Go 2. It is only compatible with newer Surface hardware, however, and will not work with the original Go. If you need a dock for the original Surface Go, there are alternatives to the original Surface Dock, which is showing its age.

The Surface Dock 2, released alongside the Surface Go 2, brings a much-needed update to ports and overall design. It hooks up to the Go 2 with the proprietary Surface Connect port, leaving the Go 2’s USB-C port free. Unfortunately, the Surface Dock 2 doesn’t work with older Surface hardware, including the oriEthernet. It will work with the Surface Book 3, Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, and, of course, the Go 2.

On the front are two USB-C 3.2 ports, each capable of 15W of charging. The back of the Surface Dock 2 includes two USB-A 3.2, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack, and dual USB-C 3.2 ports for external video. It appears the dock should push dual 4K displays at 60Hz or dual 5K displays at 30Hz through the rear USB-C ports. The side also has a Kensington lock slot for added security.

While connected to your Surface device, the Dock 2 is capable of delivering up to 120W of charging. For the Surface Go 2, this is far more than enough to keep the battery topped up for when you need to leave home or office.

If you’d like to keep the built-in USB-C port on your Surface Go 2 free for other needs, the Surface Dock 2 should be an excellent choice. Whether you need added connectivity or boosted external display support, it will get the job done.

What about the original Surface Go?

The Surface Go 2 is no doubt taking all the limelight with its more substantial display and more powerful Intel Core m3 processor. However, the original Surface Go is still an excellent device. It won’t work with the new Surface Dock 2, but there are docking options availaEtherEthernetm the outdated original Surface Dock.

Something like the CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock will make a beautiful addition to the original Surface Go. It offers two DisplayPort 1.2, three USB-A 3.2, USB-C, a UHS-II SD card reader, Ethernet, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It will also charge your Surface Go through the USB-C port when connected.

Best part? It costs about $60 less than the Surface Dock 2, making it a viable option for either Go or Go 2 (as long as you don’t mind losing the USB-C port).

As an alternative to a docking station that requires a power source, Microsoft has also released a USB-C Travel Hub that connects to the Go or Go 2 with the USB-C port. It’s smaller, making it easier to take with you, and it offers USB-C, USB-A, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and 3.5mm audio ports. It’s not as powerful as the Surface Dock 2, but it’s far more convenient to use on the move.

Updated Surface Hardware

Microsoft Surface Dock 2

Updated with modern ports

The Surface Dock 2 brings much-needed updates to the original, adding in four USB-C ports alongside the usual Ethernet, USB-A, and 3.5mm jacks.

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