A downside of slimming (≠ miniaturization) of today's notebooks and tablets is loss of multiple connectivity, to enhance portability. Ultrabooks and tablets featuring USB ports may have unintentionally created a market for connectivity-expanding docking solutions, from the likes of DisplayLink, the authority on USB-connected VGAs. The company announced driver support for Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, which runs Windows 8 Pro.
Docks from the company, such as the one pictured above, use a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection, to provide as many as two 1080p-ready display outputs over HDMI and DisplayPort, pairs of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed and USB 2.0 HiSpeed ports, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and stereo HD audio, all of which shares the 5 Gb/s bandwidth of USB 3.0. Find the new Surface Pro drivers here.