USB-C on Surface Pro X comes at a cost — there’s no headphone jack

Arif Bacchus

Surface Pro X Slim Pen Surface Pen

The new Surface Pro X is downright beautiful. We were impressed and just pre-ordered one for ourselves for a full review this November. However, there’s one thing we neglected to mention in all our coverage so far. Apparently, USB-C ports on the Surface Pro X comes at a small cost —there is no headphone jack.

Going the way of the Google Pixel Slate and the Apple iPhone, the absence of a headphone jack is a first for a Surface product. All Surface devices typically have the 3.5 mm headphone jack as standard, as do most Windows 10 PCs.

It was something that slipped our mind during the hustle and bustle of yesterday’s Microsoft show. We only just noticed it when we went to pre-order the device at the Microsoft Store Online. As part of checkout, the online store recommended for us to purchase a Surface USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter for $12.

Curious as to why, we went back and checked Microsoft’s tech specs for the Surface Pro X, and, indeed, there is no mention of a headphone jack. The Surface Pro X only keeps 2 USB-C ports, 1 Surface Connect port, the Surface Keyboard connector port, and one nano-SIM tray.

Alongside the limitations of Windows 10 on ARM, this might be a concern for some Surface users. Otherwise, it is nothing a dongle, or Bluetooth headphones can’t fix. Do you feel violated by the lack of a dedicated headphone jack? Let us know in the comments below.