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The Surface Laptop Almost Had USB-C Ports

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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┬áthe 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.


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