A new report claims Microsoft is building a docking station for the Surface Pro 2. The dock will allow for easy attachment of a keyboard and mouse. There will be three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port on the dock as well as the ability to attach to an external display via a mini DisplayPort. It will also feature a 1 Gbps Ethernet port, dedicated microphone and headphone/speaker ports.
This will allow the Surface to be a complete desktop replacement for many users. It will be compatible only with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2.
Sources have not provided timing or price at this time, however speculation is that it may launch with the Surface Pro 2.
Thurrott confirms many of the details:
Pro only: It will be compatible with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but not Surface RT or Surface 2.
Design: The Docking Station is kind of a hulking device where the Surface Pro/2 slides in at an angle and is held in place with by arms on the side that are pulled out to release the tablet.
Video out: The Surface Docking Station provides a mini DisplayPort port for video-out.
USB: It provides one USB 3.0 port (on the side) and three USB 2.0 ports (on the back).
Networking: The Docking Station features a 1 Gbps Ethernet port.
Other ports: It also includes dedicated microphone and headphone/speaker ports.