Price (RRP): $from about $500 if you shop around
The Kensington SD7000 for Surface Pro 4, 5 and 6 adds so much to the Microsoft Surface Dock that there really can only be one winner.
The Kensington SD7000 for Surface Pro is everything I needed but until recently was unable to get from my Surface Pro – dual 4K monitors (HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2++) and USB-C.
Let’s segue a little – the Surface Pro is the best Hybrid – tablet cum desktop replacement ever made. With a choice of i5 and i7 processors, it’s now legendary 3:2, 3000 x 2000 screen and great battery life it is both the reference design that other brands try to beat and perhaps the best Windows 10 PC. Just as Google Pixel is the best Android Smartphone.
The Surface Pro does have some shortcomings.
The proprietary Surface Ribbon data/charge connector (no USB-C data/charge), 1 x miniDP out and 1 x USB-A 3.0 out make expansion choices limited.
Microsoft’s Surface Dock has its limitations too
No USB-C, and supports 2 x 1920 x 1080 FHD monitors. OK, with a firmware update you can run one [email protected] and another off the Surface Pro miniDP port, but that is messy. I tried two [email protected], but it was not the best experience and often did not bring up one monitor.
Still, you can use the Surface Dock with Surface Pro 3/4/5/6, Surface Laptop, Surface Book 1/2, and Surface Go and it is more portable.
Review: Kensington SD7000 For Surface Pro 4, 5 and 6
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OK, it costs a little more – Skycomp has it at $490 plus $15 delivery but compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro dock the extra features are well worth it.
Out of the box – a big box
Whereas the Microsoft Surface Dock and its equal-sized power adaptor could be considered portable – this is not.
It follows the Surface Studio design cues with a heavy base; two chromes articulated infinitely adjustable lifting arms and a cradle with a Surface Ribbon connector. It even has a magnetic Surface Pen dock. It looks like Microsoft Surface matt magnesium accessory.
It comes with a 15V/6A, 90W power adaptor (Same as the Surface Pro Dock adapter) to charge the Surface and provide power to the USB-C and other ports. PS – don’t believe other reviewers who have complained that the battery is always charging. The Surface Pro is intelligent and only charges when it needs to – same as the Microsoft Dock.
One thing – this works with current Surface Pros. We have no inside information on future Surface Pro designs apart from a strong rumour that it may go to USB-C data/charge as the Surface Go has.
It looks like a genuine Microsoft accessory. It won the prestigious 2019 Red Dot Award: Product Design for products that feature an outstanding design. Its heavy – 3.32kg
- USB-C 3.0 gen 1, 5Gbps (does not support ALT DP mode for an extra screen) with downstream 5V/3A power
- 4 x USB 3.0, each supporting 5V/.9A power
- 3.5mm combo audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Display Port 1.2++
- HDMI 2.0
- Kensington Lock slot or optional lock kit
OK, it would have been ideal to support 2 x [email protected], but the Surface Ribbon only supports 5Gbps, and that is just enough to support 2 x [email protected] or one 4K at 60Hz. It will also support 2 x [email protected]
With both configurations, the image/s was rock solid and came up every time the Surface Pro docked.