As my blog readers and Twitter followers know, for the last month and a half I’ve been a very happy Surface owner. At TechEd in New Orleans I got both a Surface Pro and a Surface RT at the Crazy Larry prices of $399 and $99 respectively. I know that a few thousand of my closest friends have also snatched up some cheap Surfaces at similar events. I thought I’d blog about some cheap accessories that I’ve picked up.
While I haven’t used the Surface Pro as much, I’ve been using the Surface RT constantly and I really like it. One thing I don’t like is the expensive video adapters for each. Because I travel like a vagabond and do a lot of presentations I routinely need share my screen with a room full of people. In order to be able to leave my massive laptop at home, my Surfaces will have to pick up the slack. Both the Surface Pro and RT can do this, but the official video adapters from the Microsoft store are as expensive as the Surfaces themselves were cheap. Both the VGA and the HDMI adapters for either the Surface RT or the Pro are $40. I’m sure they’re worth it, but I wasn’t quite ready to move to acceptance and pay that for them. Off to the Internet!!
A little research (very little) uncovered that the video jack on the Surface Pro is nothing but a Mini DisplayPort adapter. The Surface RT is simply a micro HDMI adapter in disguise. My next stop was Amazon to see what it had in the way of those kinds adapters. There were a bunch of cheap no name solutions to my problem. Here are the three I settled on:
I personally verified that all three of these work. I did find a couple of adapters that did not work. I don’t know if the adapters I got were faulty, or if those particular adapters have been hearing all the badmouthing about Surfaces and just don’t like them.
I hope this saves some of my fellow Surface owners save a few dollars. Feel free to use some of that extra money to buy my latest book, Professional SharePoint 2013 Administrator.