5 simple ways a Kensington Docking Station can help you get the most out of your Surface.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 earns plaudits whenever people talk about tablet devices that can match the functionality of a traditional laptop. Powered by an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and running Windows 8.1, the Surface can match the majority of laptops for speed and performance, while its lightweight 12-inch HD Plus touch display brings all the convenience and sleek good looks of a tablet.

There are numerous Microsoft Surface accessories and apps on the market that have been designed to maximize its power and versatility. Here at Kensington, we wanted to show you five simple ways that a Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station can help you get more done and make the most of the Surface and Surface Pro.

1. Extend Your Work Space

With a crystal clear 2160 x 1440 pixel display, the Surface Pro’s 12-inch screen is perfect for watching video and editing images, while the interactive touch screen technology is ideally suited to note-making in meetings and presentations with apps such as OneNote. However, there are always going to be some office tasks which are easier and faster on a larger screen. By utilizing the extend mode on a Kensington USB Docking Station, it’s easy to divide your desktop across multiple screens, making it simpler to manage and work on a number of applications simultaneously, from detailed spreadsheets to web browsers and online apps.

2. Increase Your Connection Speed

The increasing popularity and connection speeds of Wi-Fi networks have transformed the working environment. Paired with the portability of the latest tablets, it’s now easier than ever to take your work – and all of your data – with you when you’re on the move. Despite the ever increasing speeds available, a wired Ethernet solution still tends to be a faster and, in many cases, more cost effective option. The Kensington USB Docking Station enables you to access faster internet with a Gigabit Ethernet connection.

3. Improve Your Presentations

Presentation programs let businesses tell their story in bold and striking ways, and the introduction of tablet technology has allowed clients to participate directly in meetings and presentations. In contrast, laptops can sometimes feel big and clunky in meeting rooms or on the move. With a USB 3.0 Docking Station you can connect your Microsoft Surface to two 1080p HD monitors, giving a flawless image and helping you to bring the very best out of the slides and videos stored on your Surface. And, if you want to make your presentation even more dynamic and memorable, a wireless presenter remote lets you walk around the room while still staying connected to your tablet device.

4. Make the Most of Your Peripheral Devices

In addition to the Surface’s HD touch display, the Surface Typing Cover has right- and left click buttons and supports various gestures, making it an ideal substitute for a mouse. However, there are still some tasks where a mouse can simplify your workflow. The four USB 2.0 ports on the Docking Station let you plug in the Nano receiver of your favorite mouse when using your Surface, as well as allowing you to run all your other peripheral devices, whether it’s a printer, wireless dongle or switchable keyboard.

5. Transfer Data and Charge Devices More Quickly

There are always times in business when circumstances put a premium on getting something done quickly. Equipped with two front USB 3.0 ports, a docking station is a valuable tool whenever you need to charge your Surface or transfer large amounts of data in a hurry. So with your Surface fully charged and with all your data on hand, you can fully exploit its productivity – and take everything the day throws at you in your stride.

Do you use a Microsoft Surface at work? What tasks do you conduct on it the most? Let us know below…