Earlier this week I posted an article about the versatility of my Surface Pro 2. Actually it was a combination of an article (Battery Up- Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2) and a Facebook status update (See here). I bragged not only about the battery life, but also how cool it is that I can take a single device from tablet – to laptop (just add keyboard) – to complete workstation (plug the Surface Pro 2 into the docking station in my office, and it instantly extends to take advantage of the two large screen monitors, full sized keyboard, and regular mouse).
A Twitter follower named @Deskcovery asked if I had any pictures of the setup, because he wanted to see it in action. Great idea!
Here’s the problem… my desk is usually a bloody mess. I call it my secure, well-managed disaster zone. It wasn’t always like that, but I don’t spend a lot of time there, so I don’t maintain it the way I used to.
Having said that, I try to do what I can for my readers… so your wish is my command. Mr. @Deskcovery, here it is… I walk into the office and drop the device into the dock. After a few beeps and blips, this is what I see:
Over the next few weeks you can expect better pictures (and possibly even a video) of the area and the versatility of the device, but from this picture it is hard to see anything except the finished product. As such, here are the components:
- A Surface Pro 2 256 with 8GB of RAM
- A Surface Docking Station
- Two LG 21” monitors
- One Microsoft Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard (not once has it ever been used to play a game)
- One Logitech MX Revolution wireless rechargeable mouse
Now here’s the problem that I found… I have far too many devices to settle for four USB ports. Rather than mussing about trying to plug and unplug devices as I needed them, I decided to leverage the USB 3.0 port on the Surface dock to connect… another docking station! Actually that’s not entirely accurate… I connected the Lenovo port replicator that I bought with my X1 Carbon… seeing as that device is now listed for sale on eBay it won’t miss its port replicator.
Now, instead of simply having three USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port, I have:
- 4x USB 3.0 ports
- 3x USB 2.0 ports
- 2x (mostly unused) Ethernet ports
- DVI port
- Mini-DV port
- Audio out jacks
In other words… everything I need.
Don’t get me wrong… all of the USB ports are already accounted for, so if I do want to plug in another device I will have to unplug something… but the USB speakers and extra hiigh definition webcam are extraneous… I can unplug them any time I want…
I swear, I am NOT addicted!