ProKASE for Surface Pro adds USB ports, card readers

Microsoft has an intriguing product with its Surface Pro tablet/PC hybrid. It's a hard device to pigeonhole because it's capable of many different tasks – it's not a pure tablet, it's not a pure PC – but it's still a great device, and given the recent supply shortages, appears to be gaining popularity.

A plethora of first-party attachments have already been announced with more on the way, but there's no reason enterprising individuals can't create their own. Enter the ProKASE, a crowd-sourced case for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 on Indiegogo. In addition to protecting the device, it has a few tricks up its sleeve. The most obvious is that the ProKASE allows the display to be tilted at different angles, the keyboard is tilted up, and the sturdier base may improve the ability to use the Surface on your lap.

Additionally, the device has some technical improvements, including a built-in USB hub that adds a few more USB3 ports as well as an SD and CF card reader. The extra ports aren't automatically active though: Users have to connect a built-in cable to the USB port on the Surface Pro itself.

The project has raised $1,700 so far and has a goal of $11,000. Unlike Kickstarter, however, projects on Indiegogo can be funded regardless of whether they meet the funding goal, and the creators of the ProKASE say that they've already begun producing them and will be ready to ship soon. In addition, the creators say this is their first "Designed for Surface Pro" project and that they are dedicated to creating more Surface products (as well as other "Designed for Microsoft" products) in the future. There have been plenty of successful businesses launched on crowdsourcing sites, and we hope this one succeeds.

Source: Indiegogo | Image coutesy of ProKASE

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This case would add bulk *all the time* to the rather slim Surface Pro.

Why not just use a tiny USB hub and a tiny card reader *when you need it* ??

On their Indiegogo page they show a Surface Pro with a hub and card reader attached with a bunch of cables. They say "Most people want their devices to just work seamlessly with their daily lives without the need for bulky accessories or cables."

I'd rather *choose* when I needed those devices... and not double the thickness of the Surface Pro when I don't need them.

Have guys not actually seen how iPads are used in the wild? Almost no one uses them naked. While this kind of accessory will add bulk, there definitely is demand.

Forjo said,
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Except you need it for iPad.

Surface is tough by design.

I like the concept of this. If they only added an extra battery that enabled the expanded slots to run as a powered hub, as well as extending Surface life, I'd be all in.

To each his own.

I thought the whole point in the Surface and tablets were to be light weight and portable. Not staying this isn't portable, but to bulky for my taste for when on the go.

As others have already stated seems bulky and defeats the concept behind these "Slate" form Tablets. I like having more ports etc. therefore I prefer and use Convertible Tablets.

It's a shame that you have to connect to the USB port rather than the magnetic connector to get the extra ports. Regardless, this thing looks big and heavy and I think you'd be better off with an ultraportable than lugging that lot around.

jakem1 said,
It's a shame that you have to connect to the USB port rather than the magnetic connector to get the extra ports. Regardless, this thing looks big and heavy and I think you'd be better off with an ultraportable than lugging that lot around.

I agree, but since it uses the regular Touch/Type keyboards, the magnetic connector is already used.

Ah yes, you're right. I had assumed that the keyboard came with the case but it is just a Type keyboard. Still, it would make more sense for something like this to use their own keyboard with ports built in.