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Transform a Surface Pro tablet into a Surface Book rival with this amazing docking station

Brydge 12.3 Pro+ docking station - $149.99

Brydge 12.3 Pro+ docking station - $149.99 $129.99 direct
(£129.99/AU$199.99)
With this smart-looking docking station from Brydge, you can effectively turn your Surface Pro tablet into a 2-in-1 laptop. And it's currently available at a discount - so check it out.

A start-up called Brydge has unveiled a keyboard docking station for Microsoft’s popular Surface Pro tablet that converts it into a 2-in-1 laptop not unlike the Surface Book.

The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ doesn’t come with any USB ports, unlike some of its competitors, but it's available for Surface Pro 4, 5, 6 and 7 models.

Available at just under $130, some might say it's just a glorified wireless Bluetooth keyboard - and to some extent it is - but there are a few clear improvements. For a start, once the tablet is docked, it can close and open like a proper laptop, then there’s the fact it uses an actual touchpad that supports multi-touch natively (up to four fingers).

The keyboard is also backlit (with three levels of brightness) and its bezels contain an active antimicrobial ingredient that keeps out the nasties.

It's also worth noting that you can’t lock the function (FN) keys and the manufacturer claims the keyboard docking station will last up to six months on a single charge.

While the Surface Book 3 costs around $1,600, the Surface Pro 7 can be had for a much more palatable $899.99 with a similar processor and system memory. As for the Surface Pro Signature Type cover, it is unlikely to offer the same typing experience as the Brydge 12.3 Pro+ due to the differences in design.

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Desire Athow

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.