Original Surface Touch Cover reduced in price again

Love them or hate them, Microsoft has done a good job of letting the world know about their Surface tablets. While not everyone knows why they may want one, it seems that even non-tech folks have seen the "clicky" keyboard attach to the tablet. Considering they're pretty bare-bones keyboards, the covers have traditionally been fairly expensive.

For those of you who have not yet purchased one due to the price, you may be in luck: Microsoft has reduced the price of the covers in the UK from £65 down to the low price of £44.99. While it lacks some of the advanced features of the Touch Cover 2, for those who don't need the latest and greatest (and want to save over 50%!), this is a great deal. For those of you who complain about things that are exclusive in the United States, take heart: The Touch Cover still costs $79.99 in the United States, making it more expensive than it is in Europe.

Unfortunately the more popular Type Cover and Type Cover 2 is still priced at £109.99.

Source: Microsoft Store via tip by dopydope

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Headline details on the main page, a Touch Cover is on sale in case you need a Type cover?:

"Original Surface Touch Cover reduced in price again"

"Still need a Surface Type cover for your Surface RT/Pro? Well you're in luck because Microsoft has once again reduced the price, although we don't know if this is a sale or a permanent reduction. More... "

You really have to put in some serious time with the Touch Cover to reach a level of accuracy. But it is possible. One of the keys is to be consistent with your finger placement -- use the indents on the J and F keys (if I'm not mistaken) each time you put your hands down. Once you learn to be consistent with your pressure and not rely on the feel of the keys for placement you can type pretty fast.

Ironically, most of my errors seem to be in finding the backspace key. But it's not a key I usually press a lot I guess.

Because it's absolutely horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Even to just type a simple web address occasionally. Horrible.

* The second one is pretty decent though.

MrHumpty said,
Because it's absolutely horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Even to just type a simple web address occasionally. Horrible.

* The second one is pretty decent though.


I read a review awhile ago where someone had the same opinion - but let their teenage (?) kid use it and he loved the touch cover. Go figure... (for the record, I agree with you )

I guess if you're already a horrible typer/chicken pecker it probably works ok. I'm a very fast no-look typer and it was brutal to try and use. I had to be so deliberate with every press it made me nuts. Bought a Type Cover 2 for my RT and I'm in heaven.

I'm finally picking up my Surface 2 in probably a week or week and a half, I spent half an hour typing on it at best buy WITHOUT the touch cover. I think I'll be ok and buy the cover later on. Makes it so much easier. However typing can be rather good without it.

thealexweb said,
Given that it costs around $12 to manufacture thats still a rip off frankly.

So you conveniently ignore distribution, marketing, R&D, and regulatory costs?

Forjo said,

So you conveniently ignore distribution, marketing, R&D, and regulatory costs?

Factor in all those things and the markup is still excessive.

Good. These things are way too expensive for now.

MS should also lower the price for the Surface as well.
Looking at my friends, the biggest hurdle for switching from a iPAd/Android tablet is the price.

Waiting for the 'power cover' myself. Hoping it will be released in a couple of weeks, not months......

Galaxy Tab is £400, iPad £450, Surface 2 £350. How is price an issue?

And if you want smaller the Dell & Toshiba 8" devices are £250. So really price isn't such a factor. Sure you can get a Nexus 7" for less but they aren't as well spec'd.

And a Surface (Pro especially) can be your main computer; with an Android/iPad you still need a laptop for a lot of work related tasks (sure you can do some work with an iPad, but it's still too limited for most people). So I think it really comes down to your needs, if you just want to browse and use a few apps then a thin tablet is best, but as soon as you want to do a bit more it's worth moving into Windows World.

oops, sorry. Was basically talking about the combo deals.
A lot of people I know find the combo of Surface -and- keyboard a tad on the high side.

And I have to agree with them.

Yes, typing on one plugged into my Surface 2 right now. I think the main difference is that it's not backlit but surely that saves battery power not having it anyway.

kravex said,
Yes, typing on one plugged into my Surface 2 right now. I think the main difference is that it's not backlit but surely that saves battery power not having it anyway.

The new touch cover is not only back lit but it has way more touch sensors that makes it way more accurate compared to the original.

Still too expensive, it should be free wity the option of the type cover. its a nightmare to use, we got our first surface at work with one, and have paid for the type one ever since, which is a no brainer when the difference was £10

Wait long enough and it will be free, like it always should have been.
To be honest, if a device needs a keyboard I don't see how you can call it a tablet. Don't tell me you can use office or the desktop successfully without a keyboard. The new Windows machines have some tablet capabilities but they are not real tablets.

derekaw said,
Wait long enough and it will be free, like it always should have been.
To be honest, if a device needs a keyboard I don't see how you can call it a tablet. Don't tell me you can use office or the desktop successfully without a keyboard. The new Windows machines have some tablet capabilities but they are not real tablets.

MS including Kinect with the Xbox: Give the users a choice!
MS not including keyboard with Surface: Stupid, make everyone pay for a keyboard!

Fact: You can use a bluetooth keyboard, USB keyboard, etc, if you prefer. You don't NEED the keyboard, although it is a nice to have.

derekaw said,
To be honest, if a device needs a keyboard I don't see how you can call it a tablet.

I don't know about needing a keyboard, but I've yet to encounter a tablet that didn't work much better with one. I'm saying this as an owner of two Android tablets, a Playbook, and the original Surface RT and Pro. Also tried some iPad and didn't care for it enough to justify the price.

Yeah but the Galaxy Tab is just a tablet, it's more suited to games and browsing so a keyboard is less required. With the Surface it's an ultrabook first so should come with a keyboard. That said many people already have a Bluetooth or even a wired keyboard (for home use) so I think it's fair that MS do sell it separately as not everyone will want it (or go 3rd party). But they should be cheaper.

derekaw said,

To be honest, if a device needs a keyboard I don't see how you can call it a tablet. Don't tell me you can use office or the desktop successfully without a keyboard. The new Windows machines have some tablet capabilities but they are not real tablets.

You're right... Surface RT/Pro are convertibles. Really the natural evolution of the Netbook. That's why I bought one. I hardly ever use my RT as a true tablet... on-screen keyboards are just annoying compared to a real keyboard (I got the type cover). Maybe if I didn't know how to type with all ten fingers I wouldn't need a real keyboard as much. I guess I don't have much use for a "true tablet". Besides, at least half the people I know with iPads bought a keyboard for it...

domboy said,
You're right... Surface RT/Pro are convertibles. Really the natural evolution of the Netbook. That's why I bought one. I hardly ever use my RT as a true tablet... on-screen keyboards are just annoying compared to a real keyboard (I got the type cover). Maybe if I didn't know how to type with all ten fingers I wouldn't need a real keyboard as much. I guess I don't have much use for a "true tablet". Besides, at least half the people I know with iPads bought a keyboard for it...

A lot of people don't seem to realize the Surface is much more than just "your average tablet", and somehow seem to find fault in the fact that you can hook up your traditional devices to it.

If all you want is to dick around with touch apps like those on Android or the iPad, the Surface is not any less useful with those without a keyboard. The desktop apps that have always existed aren't suddenly going to be perfect without any change just because you now have desktop environment that responds to touch events, which the older apps were never designed to work with.

If you need them, there's still nothing that beats a mouse and keyboard.

If you don't, the capability to run them doesn't mean it's a problem.