1. xtophe's Avatar
    Hi!
    I wonder : is there gonna be a new version of the surface dock for the surface pro 2017 or do we have to buy the one for the surface pro 4? (I've just bought an i5/256/8 surface pro). If so, when is it going to be available?
    Same question applies for the type cover BTW. Is the new alcantara type cover specifically designed for the SP 2017?
    I know that the pen is different, don't know when it's going to be available though...
    And ... what about screen protectors ? Are those for the SP4 compatible with the new SP?
    Thx for your answers.
    06-17-2017 04:57 PM
  2. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    There probably won't be a new Surface Dock, as the current one works just fine and is cross compatible with the Surface Pro 3/4/2017 models.
    The Type Cover is also cross compatible with the models mentioned above and is nearly identical to the Pro 4 Alcantara Type Cover aside from new color options.
    The Pen is a marked improvement but the new Pro will see all the improvements while the Pro 3/4 will still see improvements, but not nearly as noticeable.
    Screen protectors that worked with the Pro 4 should definitely work with the new Pro but I always recommend using screen protectors made specifically for your device as they tend to be more reliable.
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    06-17-2017 05:40 PM
  3. ajcletus500's Avatar
    I don't there is gonna be new dock but there were talks about a new dongle that would give USB C capabilities.
    06-19-2017 09:21 AM
  4. xtophe's Avatar
    Ok, thanks for the answer! I agree with you about the screen protectors. Going to wait a bit.
    I'll just buy a pro 4 dock for the moment, wait for the new type cover and pen to be available. Still don't know if i'll use skins to protect the device. Don't like the look of them, but don't want scratches either... Thanks again !
    06-19-2017 03:49 PM
  5. xtophe's Avatar
    @ajcletus500 : yeah, good thing there is still that possibility. We might need a USB C option in the future.
    Last edited by xtophe; 06-19-2017 at 04:28 PM. Reason: typo
    06-19-2017 03:51 PM
  6. convergent's Avatar
    I haven't used a screen protector in many years and haven't had a problem with scratches. Unless you are in a harsh environment, I'm not sure the reason why you'd need it.
    06-19-2017 03:52 PM
  7. xtophe's Avatar
    @convergent : I had one on my SP2 (still have BTW). Thought that was the sensible thing to do, but you might be right. So, maybe I won't get one after all. And anyway, was just checking them out on Amazon but can't really decide on which one to buy : many very different prices, don't know if they're the same quality, or wether they will alter the touch sensitivity...
    06-19-2017 04:34 PM
  8. onlysublime's Avatar
    the new Type Covers are going to be the new covers. Once the older covers are gone from stock, they will no longer be available. So you'll be stuck with either black or the new Alcantara keyboards. No more of the amazing teal or blue colors. No more red.

    You don't need a screen protector. I have had pretty much all the Surface models and have never developed a scratch on any of them for the screen. However, the magnesium body does scratch fairly easily so if you're going to protect something, protect the body.
    06-19-2017 08:12 PM
  9. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I don't think you need a screen protector unless you plan to be rough on the tablet. The Type Cover does a good job of protecting the screen when you're not using the tablet. Just keep it clean.
    06-22-2017 12:59 PM
  10. xtophe's Avatar
    Thanks. And what about scratches made by the pen on the screen? No problem with that?
    07-09-2017 01:17 PM
  11. astondg's Avatar
    Thanks. And what about scratches made by the pen on the screen? No problem with that?
    I haven't noticed any pen related scratches on my SP1, SP3 or 2017 SP so far. The tip is quite soft, much softer than the glass.
    07-09-2017 10:20 PM
  12. astondg's Avatar
    I don't there is gonna be new dock but there were talks about a new dongle that would give USB C capabilities.
    I was hoping for a new dock with USB-C ports, because I won't be able to use the dongle while I'm connected to the dock (both use the Surface Connect port).
    07-09-2017 10:21 PM
  13. xtophe's Avatar
    Exactly what I was thinking. Only solution : a new dock with USB-C ports...
    07-10-2017 06:48 PM
  14. DCW1000's Avatar
    @astondg, @xtophe

    Or get an adapter, male USB-A to female USB-C.

    By the way, the old Surface Pro 3 docking station, which supports the tablet in an inclined position, works for the new Surface Pro, though you may need a positioning adapter to get the connector to mate properly. (You could also use folded strips of paper to position it.) You are not limited to the brick-like Surface Dock that was supplied for the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. At Amazon the A-C adapters cost about $6 US.
    Last edited by DCW1000; 07-21-2017 at 08:26 PM.
    07-21-2017 08:10 PM

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