The Surface Dial is a puck-like device powered by Bluetooth that can display contextual radial menus on supported Microsoft PCs that users can interact with on the display itself. It’s part of Microsoft’s push to bring more creators on to its platform. The company initially promised to support the Surface Dial fully on the Surface Pro 4 in October 2016 but the release date went into 2017. It went the whole of last year without releasing full support for this peripheral but Surface Pro 4 owners can now rejoice as on-screen Surface Dial support has finally arrived for this device.
The Surface Dial was introduced alongside the Surface Studio all-in-one and it made sense for an accessory such as this which would enable creators to get the most of out their PC.
Granted, there’s a significant difference in screen size between the Surface Studio and the Surface Pro 4 but the radial menus that the puck can display on the screen itself will likely prove to be useful for those who have been waiting for this support to arrive.
A new firmware update is being rolled out by Microsoft for the Surface Pro 4 this week which brings on-screen support for the Surface Dial. Microsoft sells the Surface Dial as a separate accessory for $99.