USB charging port on power adapter

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  1. r0b123

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    I didn't realize there was a USB charging port on the power adapter. Nice! Too bad the SP3 doesn't see a device when its on, but I guess that would be a bit of technical aspect to implement some data transfer.

    The good news is when the SP3 is off and you connect a USB device that needs charging, it will charge. Maybe in the SP4 or a new adapter device data recognition might happen.
     
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    Or a second USB port on the Surface itself? Nah! :mad:
     
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    That kind of blows my mind a little, surely they must have stayed with 1 USB port for space issues. But is surprising all the same, that with a bigger SP3, that they still only have room for 1??
     
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    They need something for the next generation.
     
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    There are two USB Ports on the Surface Pro line since the Gen 1 device, but the second is the Spine where the cover connects....
     
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    Interesting ... So a custom USB dock could be made then that you just sit the Surface on and it magnetically attaches or a custom USB cable could be made.
     
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    You would get much data bandwidth through the Spine as IIRC it is USB 1.1 (designed specifically for the Keyboard, Trackpad)
     
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    Well... hardly worth mentioning its USB then ... perhaps on a future model... with separate controller so you have two full Super Speed buses.

    BTW: is there a document, partner document, or resource kit available that covers the Surface in detail? info in a DDK, hardware device spec, etc. ?
     
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    Nothing public facing....
     

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