Microsoft shows off early version of Surface Touch Cover

No matter what people may think of the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft, the Touch Cover that Microsoft made for the tablets has been a standout feature from the moment it was announced. In a new post on the Surface blog, Microsoft has shown off some early prototypes of what would eventually evolve into the accessory that's now on sale.

The blog post first shows an image of a full-sized PC keyboard but with the thin pressure-sensitive input hardware, seen above, that would make its way to the Touch Cover on the Surface.

Another image shows a prototype of the Surface Touch Cover, complete with the cover's tactile material. Microsoft said that it was important for the team that the Touch Cover also include a full trackpad, adding, "Navigate your Surface with ease simply by moving your finger and clicking. You can switch between programs, right click to a new browser tab, and copy and paste with ease."

As far as the different color choices for the Touch Cover (cyan, red, magenta, black, and white), Microsoft said, "We knew including black and white would be helpful for those who wanted to keep it simple and straightforward. For the bright and colorful personality, we included our fun colors of red, magenta and cyan."

Microsoft is also still selling the limited edition Touch Covers, each with laser-etched designs that have been created by some acclaimed designers and artists.

Source: Surface blog | Image via Microsoft

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Got a touch cover for the Surface RT. It works fairly good but you lose the location of where your fingers are when doing touch typing. The F and J keys should have raised bumps instead of the slight dips they placed on the keys. I found the touchpad to be a bit rough to do two finger scrolling on as well. Overall it is fairly functional and gets the job done but I wouldn't want to use it full time.

I have a type cover on my Surface Pro and found it to be much better. The keys actually press down and the F and J keys do indeed have raised bumps on them, allowing you to know where your fingers are on the keyboard without looking down. The touchpad also is smooth and can easily be used for two finger scrolling - really found this touchpad to be one of the better ones on a Windows computer.

Played around with one today at Best Buy. It took a couple minutes to get the needed pressure right, but after that, I could type pretty well on it.

I think I'm gonna pick a Surface Pro up once my tax refund comes.

If you're looking for a nice machine, if you're not too bothered about giving up the Digitiser, you should definitely have a look at a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. Infinitely better keyboard and trackpad, generally more powerful and much better battery life.

~Johnny said,
If you're looking for a nice machine, if you're not too bothered about giving up the Digitiser, you should definitely have a look at a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. Infinitely better keyboard and trackpad, generally more powerful and much better battery life.

The digitizer is a HUGE deal for me.

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