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The Surface Laptop Almost Had USB-C Ports

During Microsoft’s event yesterday, the company unveiled the new Surface Laptop that’s a pretty standard laptop but with Surface-like features including a touchscreen, a fabric-coated keyboard, and Surface Pen support. It also runs Windows 10 S. But what’s most surprising is it’s IO – Microsoft has opted for standard USB ports on this guy rather USB-C which is obviously the future. But why?

The company, via The Verge, says they think their target audience for this device would get more use out of standard USB and a mini DisplayPort rather a bunch of USB-C ports. This is true, as the Surface Laptop is targeted towards average consumers who probably have a bunch of USB 3.0 cables lying around. But the company definitely did explore the idea of USB-C ports on their laptop as the above video leaks a prototype which includes at least two USB-C ports.

Again, their reasoning for opting for standard USB is their audience, but it still would’ve been nice to see USB-C reach the average consumer on this level. Regardless, I guess we’ll have to wait until the Surface Laptop 2 comes out to see whether Microsoft ever adopts the technology.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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