Earlier this year, Microsoft launched a new premium product called the “Audio Dock” which is designed to enhance calls in Teams, Slack, Google Meet, and more. It’s packed with ports and a healthy set of speakers, but it usually comes with a pretty hefty $250 price tag, except for right now. In what might be deal of the year, Amazon has the Audio Dock on sale for a whopping 81% off for Cyber Monday, bringing down to just $48.61 while stocks last!
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What happens when you add good speakers to a dock?
The Microsoft Audio Dock is a kinda weird product on paper. Microsoft built a pretty good PC dock, and added an excellent speaker setup to it. Why? To enhance your meetings, of course! It works best with Teams, as there are dedicated Teams controls on the Dock itself, but it also works great with other meeting apps like Zoom, Slack, and Google Meet.
The Dock itself is built out of premium materials, and I think it looks excellent. From a design perspective, I have no notes.
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As a PC dock, it comes with all the ports you’d expect. Around the back, we have two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, and a power connector. The dock uses USB-C to connect to your laptop, meaning it should be universally compatible with most PCs on the market today, not just Surface PCs.
On the top, there’s a dedicated button for launching Teams, a play/pause button for music, volume up and down, and a mute button for your microphone. The dock will supply 60W worth of power, which should be more than enough for more Ultrabooks.
Regarding the speakers, it has one tweeter and one subwoofer, which delivers a good audio listening experience that those using it for conferencing will have nothing to complain about. It’s clear, with a surprising amount of bass for a speaker this small. You’ll definitely feel it vibrating your desk at anything over 70% volume.
Microsoft normally sells the Audio Dock for $249, which is a lot of money. I honestly thought this Cyber Monday deal was a pricing error, because you just don’t see $250 docks on sale for just $48, unless they’re old. This was released earlier this year! It’s an 81% saving, which I was only able to find on Amazon, so grab it while you can.