In May, Microsoft surprised everyone with a brand new iteration of its Surface Pro tablet, just six months after the launch of the Surface Pro 2. The device was unveiled at an event in New York City alongside a newly designed Type Cover and a new Surface Pen. Both of these accessories were made available to shoppers when the device officially launched in Canada in June (the pen actually comes with the device, while the Type Cover is sold separately).
One accessory unveiled at the launch but not made immediately available in the US or Canada was the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, which Microsoft claims will turn your Surface Pro 3 into a desktop machine. That all changes this week, as the dock hits general availability in Canada as well as the U.S. The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station slips onto the bottom of your Surface Pro 3 (with or without the Type Cover attached) and offers 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio I/O connection, and a Mini DisplayPort that allows you to output video at 4K.
Available through Microsoft Canada, the docking station will add another $200 to your bill if you’re buying it at the same time as your Surface Pro 3. That puts the cost of the entry-level Surface Pro 3 (Core i3, 64 GB of storage) with keyboard and dock at $1178.98.