Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub Review

Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub Mini Review

Last week Microsoft started shipping the new Surface Dock 2 and the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub. Since I usually do a lot of presentations at events, I ordered a Microsoft or Surface USB-C Travel Hub, which allows me to replace many of my Surface adapters for HDMI, Ethernet, or additional USB-A ports. I got the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub a couple of days ago, and I want to share my first impressions as well as a mini review, right here.

You can buy the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub here.

The Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub is designed for professionals who travel, so this adapter can give you the extra ports and connections you need when you work on-the-go. It works with PCs and Surface devices that have a USB-C port. It works with different versions of Windows, macOS, Android, Chrome OS.

The Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub can be connected to a USB-C port on your machine, which needs to support USB-C alt Mode. It provides you with the following ports:

  • HDMI 2.0 (supports a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • VGA
  • USB-A 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps) USB-A port with pass-through accessory charging
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps) port with pass-through accessory charging

You can buy the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub here. If you need more information about the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub capabilities, check out the Microsoft support page.

Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub Mini Review

These are the ports I usually use when I am on the road presenting. VGA or HDMI to connect to a projector, wired ethernet connection, and a USB-A port for my PowerPoint remote clicker. So instead of carrying now multiple adapters, I can now carry a single adapter for all my Surface devices.

Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub Adapters

Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub Adapters

I tested the Surface USB-C Travel Hub with a couple of my Surface devices, like the Surface Go 2, Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and the Surface Book 2. That said, it should also work fine with other devices running Windows, macOS, or Android. For a full list of compatible operating systems, check out the tech specification page.

With the USB ports on the travel hub, you can charge other devices like your phone, but you can’t charge the laptop you are using the travel hub with.

Travel Hub

Travel Hub

One of the nice design features of the Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub is that the end of the USB-C cable stores magnetically inside the travel hub itself.

You can buy the Surface USB-C Travel Hub here.

Conclusion

I am pleased to finally have a first-party adapter, which allows me to have all these ports. I know that many other vendors are offering similar adapters for years, but I never really felt comfortable using thrid-party adapters for critical presentations. I hope this Microsoft Surface USB-C Travel Hub mini review gave you a quick overview. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. If you want to learn more about what other Surface peripherals I use, check out my blog.

Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft, but I am not part of the Microsoft Surface team.