The 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.
Tim Rolston 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.