Extended and Dual display on Surface Pro 2?

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  1. tablet guy

    tablet guy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi, is it possible to use an external monitor as an extended(not merely emulated) display on the Surface Pro 2? And is it possible to use a dual monitor setup on the Surface Pro 2 or will I neex to purchase the Surface Pro 3?

    Do I need a dexication gpu to perform an extended and/or dual display?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    SP2 will support 2 additional display via the Display Port assuming the first DP enabled Monitor support Display Port 1.2 Daisy Chaining, the second can be Display Port 1.1a compliant it just needs to be at the end of the chain.
     
  3. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes Scribbler - Standard Member

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    You can have multiple display setup with the Surface Pro 1, 2 and 3.
    They be in extended or clone mode.

    The Surface Pro 1, 2 and 3 features mini DisplayPort, which is backward compatible, via an adapter, down to HDMI or single link DVI or VGA.
    The max resolution of the Surface Pro 2 and 3 that they can output is 4K at 30Hz, with the exception of the Surface Pro 3 Core i3 model, which can only output at best: 2560x1600 @ 60Hz. The Intel integrated graphics solution is not powerful enough to handle faster. If you plan to use an adapter look at their max resolutions.

    The Surface Pro 1, 2 and 3 support daisy chaining as well. This is a DisplayPort 1.2 feature, which allows you to connect multiple monitors from 1 plug from the system, where all monitors can be set to be in extended mode or clone mode.
    The monitors needs to support DisplayPort daisy chaining, as you need the monitor to have a DisplayPort OUT plug, so that you can connect the next monitor.

    Refer to this table to know the limitation of it:
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    For more information on it, and table source: Driving Multiple Displays from a Single DisplayPort Output | DisplayPort
    Keep in mind that you need to consider the Surface Pro display as a monitor as well; meaning if you have 2 desktop monitor, your total is 3. the 2 that you installed, and the Surface Pro one.
     
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  4. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    One little correction, the SP1's Hardware is 1.2 compatible but Intel never released a video driver for the iteration of their GMA (HD4000) that was compatible with the 1.2 standard so it is limited to 1.1a....
     
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