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Vertical Surface Docks

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Vertical Surface Dock Installation directions




Required tools and parts:
  • Philips (+) #0 screwdriver (#1 screwdriver may work but may be a tight fit on the smaller screws)
  • Microsoft OEM Dock electronics (brick-style dock)
  • VESA monitor arm with 100mm x 100mm mounting plate


  1. Unpack the Dock from its protective bubble-wrap and sleeve. Inside is the main dock body and the hardware/accessory kit:

  2. Depending on the model ordered, protective paper may cover much of the product. Unless you intend to return the product unused, peel the paper off both sides:

  3. Open the hardware/accessory kit and take note of the parts:
    • 1 MS OEM dock electronics cage
    • 2 short VESA bars with pre-installed M4 nuts (if the nuts are not pre-installed, check the bag to make sure they haven't dislodged due to vibration during shipping)
    • 1 long VESA bar with pre-installed M4 nuts (if the nuts are not pre-installed, check the bag to make sure they haven't dislodged due to vibration during shipping)
    • 4 M4x14mm screws (these may arrive pre-threaded on the VESA bars or separate in the bag)
    • Some models include a spring-loaded security hinge mechanism that needs to be installed
    • 5 or 9 #4 1/2" screws (9 are included in models that require the separate security hinge mechanism to be installed
    • 1 cable-tie

  4. If your model included a separate spring-loaded security hinge mechanism, fit the mechanism in place and secure with 4 included #4 1/2" screws:

  5. Here is a side-view of the spring-loaded security hinge mechanism for the Surface Pro. Different models have differently shaped hinge mechanisms.

  6. Gather your MS OEM dock electronics, the dock cage, and the main dock body.

  7. Feed the MS OEM dock connector and cable through the cutout in the dock cage.

  8. Place the MS OEM dock electronics into the cage. Gently bend the cable to clear the edge of the cutout. The MS OEM electronics will fit snuggly within the cage and may not drop in easily at first.

  9. You can flip the electronics upside-down and gently apply outward pressure to the left and right edges of the cage to ease fitment. If you need to remove the MS OEM dock electronics later, you can reverse this process. Do not apply too much pressure otherwise you can crack the plastic.

  10. Dock electronics in cage with cable routed:

  11. Fit the Surface docking connector into the bottom of the dock and route the cable in the channel:

  12. Ensure the Surface docking connector is fully seated and protrudes through the top:

  13. Lay the main dock body and the MS OEM docking electronics + cage on a flat surface. Use 5 #4 1/2" screws (included) to fasten the dock cage to the main dock body. Ensure the dock cage snugs up against the main dock body but do not over-tighten. Over-tightening can crack the plastic.

  14. Use the provided cable-tie to cinch up the MS OEM dock electronics cable out of the way. Do not cinch the cable too tightly otherwise you may damage the cable.

  15. Select two VESA retainer bars to fasten the Dock to a VESA monitor arm. The two short bars can be used for vertical docking. To enable horizontal/landscape mode, use one of the longer bars in the top position on the Dock. The smooth long bar is designed to secure the Surface Pro 3. The bar with an extra notch is designed to secure the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Pro 2017. All models include 4 or more M4x14mm screws and matching nuts:

  16. Place 4 M4x14mm screws (included) through the back of your VESA monitor arm 100mm x 100mm mounting plate:

  17. To attach the Dock to your VESA monitor arm, carefully hold the Dock and a retainer bar in place while turning the screws from the rear of the VESA monitor arm attachment point to engage the nuts. Having a second pair of hands can make installation go much quicker. Refer to the manual for your VESA arm for specific instructions. While the provided screws have been tested on a variety of VESA monitor arm styles, we can't guarantee they will work for *all* VESA arms. Depending on the thickness of your manufacturer's VESA arm mounting plate, you may need longer screws than what we have provided. If the screws don't reach far enough, M4x16mm screws from a hardware store may work better. The reason we don't provide longer screws in the box is that if they are used when not needed, they may protrude too far and scratch your Surface device when docking.

  18. Here is the final assembly in Vertical-only docking mode:

  19. Optional: To enable Landscape mounting, swap the top VESA retainer bar for the longer bar. Ensure that the extension-clip portion of the part points to the right. When rotating the Surface into landscape mode, this clip will support the bottom of the Surface (Note this photo shows an older Dock model that used elastic bands instead of a spring-loaded mechanism to secure the Surface.) Depending on the model ordered, the longer VESA bar may have some lateral adjustment to allow fine-tuning of the fitment. To fine-tune the, loosen the M4x14mm screws by 1/2 turn, slide the VESA bar left or right to find the best position, then re-tighten the screws. Make sure to test in both vertical and horizontal mode to ensure you have the fitment correct.

  20. Recommended: use the Custom screen resolution guide to match the size of Windows UI and applications on your Surface screen to the size on your desktop monitors.



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