Tech Tip: Video Port on Surface RT vs. Surface Pro


hdmi cableThe Video Ports on Surface RT and Surface Pro are not the same!

I learned the hard way that the display ports on the two Surface tablets are not the same.  In retrospect, it was right there in the technical specs but, I missed it when I placed my order.

The RT has a MicroHDMI and the Pro has a Mini Display port. The connection slots are different and so they are not interchangeable. Don’t make the same mistake I did and order the wrong one for your Surface RT.  The ports look very similar at first glance but one is smaller than the other. So, to help you out, I made the following table along with some of the cables/adapters I tried and found to work well.

For External Monitor hookup you will need:

VGA adapter DVI adapter HDMI adapter
For Surface RT MicroHDMI to VGA MicroHDMI to DVI  MicroHDMI to HDMI
For Surface Pro Mini display to VGA Mini display to DVI  Mini display to HDMI


Hope this helps you avoid the mistake I made.  None of these are super expensive but it’s still a pain if you have to return one. To see more tech specs for the Surface tablets check out my post on iPad vs Surface RT and Surface Pro.


is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director). He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.


    • Sorry to hear. In my case, Tim has a Pro, so I just gave him the adapter and I bought the right one for my RT. A bit of a waste because he already had a Mac adapter that worked for him but oh well.


  1. FYI, your link for the Surface Pro’s “Mini display to DVI” links to a product on Amazon that is instead a Mini display to HDMI product. Funny enough, it’s not the same product as you have linked as the Surface Pro’s “Mini display to HDMI”.

  2. Thanks, I actually just read this post after ordering a adapter. I was able to cancel my order and order the right adapter thanks to you guys!

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