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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Type Cover 2 on Surface RT

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    NoFlames
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    I have used Surface RT for around a year, using the "touch" cover during that time. I found that it was a good solution for a cover, and occasional typing, but for more extensive typing I felt I needed to get something with tactile feedback. When I saw that the type cover 2 had been released with improvements over type cover 1, I decided it was time to get one. This keyboard is almost perfect. In fact it's hard to think what could be improved other than perhaps a lower price. This keyboard acts as a cover so it is always with you when you want it protecting your device, and ready for service. Other tablet solutions have removable keyboards, but with this one I find I rarely need to remove the keyboard since it is so thin and can easily flip it out of the way. Flip it to the back and use the tablet as touch only device, or flip it back with the kickstand out and it acts as a platform for your tablet. I like to sit in my recliner when using my Surface, and this keyboard works perfectly fine in my lap as it is rigid enough to not have any noticeable spring. The first gen touch cover had a bit of give to it so it wasn't as nice to type on and in my dark living room, it was impossible to see the keys you were hitting. I'm a touch typist, but with the touch keyboard I couldn't find the keys to properly position my hands. Not so with this keyboard, it has nice raised bumps on the "F" and "G" keys just like many regular keyboards. The backlight is incredible, it even includes multiple levels of brightness controlled by the press of dimmer control keys. Also this keyboard has function keys, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn keys so it will have the keys you expect. The dedicated arrow keys are nice to have and the caps lock has an indicator light on it, something I wouldn't have expected on a keyboard that is so thin. The touchpad does it's job and has a nice velvet feel to it rather than cold plastic. I find it to be sensitive enough, although it doesn't appear to support pinch and zoom gestures, but for that you can simply reach for the screen. As to the thickness and weight, I don't really notice the difference from the first gen touch cover even though I know it is a bit thicker. If I were buying a new Surface, I would definitely want to pair it with they type cover 2 rather than the touch cover, it's worth the extra money. For those wondering if it works well with Surface RT #First gen model# the answer is yes, I'm typing this review on one right now :) The tactile feedback is almost perfect as a dedicated laptop keyboard. Keyboard removal is simple, although not necessary for all the ways I use the device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty awesome keyboard!

    Posted
    joan
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    Bought this item for myself as preparation for an online review for a board exam. I got the black one just to make sure i dont leave any visible marks or anything on it. I take this and my surface pro with me (of course...lol) to the library, coffee shops, even on trips. It helps me a lot, very efficient, and i really like how powerful the magnet attachment works; i usually just lay it down on the table, put the surface pro close to it, and wallah! you're good to go! its not like all the other tablet keyboards where you have to make sure you align them with the tab or what not... another great thing about it is you dont have to worry about not being able to see at night. Keys have their own backlighting allowing me to use it in dark setting. The feel of the keyboard side somewhat gives it a laminated feel? (excuse me for this description, im not well versed when it comes to material types, composition, etc) so what im trying to say is you know that it has the tendency of protecting itself from dust and dirt, i usually just wipe it off with a cloth with it starts to acquire very little dust; unlike the opposite side which is more "fabricy" (gives a slightly velvet feel) allowing dirt or dust to easily stick to it esp due to constant rubbing/sliding on tables, counters, etc. The only thing that bothers me the most about this item is its mouse pad at the edge part of the board (one closest to the user) it does not really detect clicks double clicks, right clicks right away. You have to sort-of give it quite a harder click in order for it to sense what you're doing, which is why i always use it with my wireless mouse (makes my life easier... lol) I mean, the mouse pointer is sensitive and all, but its just those right and left clicks that make it really frustrating sometimes. The keys are sensitive enough, very nice...i love it, although still, due to having large fingers, i sometimes accidentally hit 2 keys at once (which might be evident right now), which results in committing typographical errors. This might be something to consider for others, others might love the fact that its very compact. So far, I really love it, easy and very impressive! I ended up using more of than my laptop and PC! Its awesome! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cover Keyboard Perfection

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    Silverwinged
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    I have to say. This keyboard is one of the main reasons I chose to go for a Surface over any other Windows 8 tablet. It's just fantastic. It gives you the Smart cover that wakes/sleeps while giving screen protection. At the same time you get a fully functional keyboard that isn't affecting weight, battery, whatever. It's just seamlessly integrated. The hot keys are a fantastic addition and it's just incredible to have windows key combinations on a tablet!! For me the Type cover was absolutely worth the small increase from the Touch cover. The touch cover is great for being what it is and so incredibly thin. However, the Type cover isn't any thicker if not thinner than any other smart cover out there. Also, the magnetic *SNAP* is terribly satisfying. Being able to walk by and swing the Surface close to the Cover and it just snap into place without slowing is incredible. I've heard a lot of people complain about the touch pad, but I haven't had a single problem with it so I can't attest to that. One more point. I can be messy especially with my hands and I was worried having the blue it would get messy easily. I've had a few spots and somehow they just magically go away. The material is incredible and stays looking like new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Useful Surface accessory

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    bredeker
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    I picked this up with a new Surface Pro 2 since the Power Cover wasn't available yet. I opted for the Type Cover since the Touch Cover didn't seem very responsive when I tried it briefly in-store. I initially didn't like the texture of the material around the keyboard, but I've gotten used to it and it's not so bad now. The keyboard keys are smooth plastic and backlit, which is a very nice feature. It didn't take much adjustment to type pretty efficiently on this keyboard, though I can't type quite as quickly as I can on most other keyboards. The trackpad comes in handy occasionally, but it's rather small so you'll probably use the touch display far more. It is sometimes hard to find the touchpad by feel too, since it's covered by the same material as the rest (apart from the keyboard) and there's only a slight indentation to demarcate it. The connection to the Surface Pro is very solid, but not too hard to separate again. You can attach it "backwards" as well so the keys face inward when you fold the cover around the back of the Surface Pro. However, I often just remove it and leave it off when I want to use the Surface Pro as a hand-held tablet. While it doesn't feel cheaply made, it is a bit flimsy. That's pretty understandable given how thin it is. I do feel like the price is a little high for how it feels, and it's almost so necessary to getting the most out of a Surface that I wish Microsoft would just include one in the box (or a voucher for one). Personally, I do think the small premium for the Type Cover over the Touch Cover is worth it. If I didn't care about the keyboard, I think I'd rather have a simple "dumb" cover rather than pay nearly as much for the Touch Cover (unfortunately, though, neither Microsoft nor anyone else makes a cheaper dumb cover yet).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    Nicole

    I use my Surface Pro 2 basically as a very mobile and very convenient business computer. I run a very small home-based business and liked the portability of the machine, but typing on the touchscreen was an absolute nightmare. Purchased this keyboard and have been using it for the past week. Though it certainly makes typing much easier, the touch pad is basically non-responsive and I've been switching between typing on the keyboard then using the touchscreen capabilities, which was an unexpected inconvenience, considering the price of the tablet itself, and that the keyboard cover was an additional (and hefty) cost. And how this has not been mentioned before is amazing to me, but the fabric over the touchpad and surrounding the keyboard is really the most ridiculous surface to keep clean. I imagine after a month, I will be driven so crazy by the swiping marks I see on the touchpad that I'll be forced to buy another keyboard,... which is perhaps their evil corporate plan. For the price of the tablet, the price of the keyboard, and any other number of accessories you'll find you need (and they will be plentiful), this was not at all a wise purchase, unless you have a trust fun or otherwise more money than you know how to spend responsibly. ... Sigh. I wish I had a trust fund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Essential to have with Surface Pro

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    Jollywombat
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    Purchased to go with a Surface Pro 2. Had previously used the Type Cover version 1, they changed a few things with the second version of this. The trackpad was changed to have a sort of "cloth" texture over all of it now instead of the plastic and buttons for the left/right mouse. While some might like this change, I find it much harder to locate the buttons now as there is no physical indicator that you are in the button area and they are harder to depress or register a click. Granted its a touchscreen device, but the trackpad is needed at times and having to constantly fight to find the area to right click and extra pressure needed to get it to register is a setback. The backlighting addition to the keyboard however was a very welcome change and has no noticeable impact on the battery life. The very slight decrease in the thickness of the keyboard vs the gen 1 has had very little impact on typing feel and accuracy as some have complained of due to the small key travel distance. I find the new keyboard quieter which is very nice when in meetings and taking notes or replying to emails without disturbing coworkers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sign-in's a breeze...Protection, too.

    Posted
    NHBBBUYER
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    The keyboard is a great idea. It not only protects the Surface screen, but it makes logging in easier. However, the keyboard and touchpad are so sensitive, that I find while writing, you only need to brush the touchpad, and your e-mail gets sent without finishing, or it may completely jump to a different screen. Many times I find myself removing the keyboard completely. If not on a table or desk, using the keyboard is uncomfortable, as the kickstand on the Surface has a hard edge and cuts into your legs if you are trying to use it on your lap. I have yet to completely use all the functions available, so this review is somewhat limited. I find the issue of the weak area of the keyboard (between the connection and the keys) may become an problem in the future. I do not think this area will hold up and may break due to the extreme flexibility. And these keyboards are not cheap. They are about twice the cost of keyboards available for other brands. Overall this is a welcome addition to the Surface unit. It makes many functions easier (ie: manipulating the small cells in Excel), and gives total protection to the face of the touchscreen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Helps Bridge the Tablet/Laptop Gap

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    JSwish
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    I own both the Touch Cover and the Type Cover 2. I prefer the type cover, heavily, over the touch cover due to the responsive keys that are more like a traditional keyboard. While smaller than most keyboards on laptops it's easy to adapt to it. The backlighting is helpful and nice but is limited in the dimming levels offered. The biggest downfall of this keyboard contains two parts. The first is the touchpad, which is not as accurate as it could be. At times it works well and others it seems to not recognize more than one finger. Of course this is an easy workaround when using a touchscreen device, right? Not exactly - Windows 8/8.1 Pro seems to want to use the onscreen keyboard anytime the touchscreen is used. Utilizing the touchscreen instead of the touchpad only brings frustration as the onscreen keyboard is displayed and then retreats when keys are pressed on the keyboard. It seems that some software programing can fix the latter. Overall, this keyboard is what helped the Surface Pro replace my laptop as my everyday user. If you type a lot and want a traditional keyboard feel I would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    Posted
    jmlefkus
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    This keyboard is an awesome addition to my Surface Pro 2. I can almost type at 100% of my normal speed on a full sized keyboard. My main issue is that the touchpad is a little small, and sometimes when I bring my hand down to use it I accidentally swipe menus in from the sides. The scrolling is mediocre at best as well, sometimes it seems to work really well and other times I end up reaching up and just scrolling on the screen because the touchpad doesn't seem to want to work. There is another odd issue the keyboard has. You can fold it over the screen and it puts the computer to sleep, but when you open it up the swipe gestures on the touchpad don't work correctly and you have to disconnect and reconnect the keyboard to get it working again. I'm not sure if this is an addressable issue on Microsoft's side or if this is just something I'm going to have to deal with for the life of the product, but I wanted to mention it since sometimes it really drives me nuts. In the end, the experiences I have with this are much more positive than negative and as far as I'm concerned it's a requirement to go with your Surface.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Type Cover 2 Gets the Job Done!

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    Seraph79
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    There are many keyboard out there that the Microsoft Surface can support but, there is no other keyboard that works better for this tablet than the one that was made for it.....in my opinion anyways. Yeah, its a small keyboard and many people who love to type on a standard size keyboard would have to get used to using it. However, the Type Cover 2 isn't about being comfortable. It is about the mobility that comes with using the Surface tablet and it gets the job done! When you need a keyboard right away just snap it on to the magnetic connectors and you are good to go. Start up Microsoft Office and and get busy typing. The touchpad mouse on the keyboard ist the greatest but you can make due. If not just use your finger or stylus on the touch screen. An external mouse is always optional. The Type Cover 2 also doubles as a cover for the Surface screen as well. It just folds over the same way as a laptop would which is great. So if you want some very great laptop like functionality with your tablet experience then the Type Cover 2 is highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great although mouse could be better

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    conquest275
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    Overall, its another great product to compliment the Surface line. It not only serves as a keyboard as it does an easy flip up cover to protect the screen when walking around with the device. I was also impressed with the magnetic snap on and off installation so the keyboard can easily be pulled off or snapped on when required. The small keyboard does take a bit of getting used to although it is very responsive an ergonomically correct for form and feel. In most instances I end up back with the pen or an external mouse instead of trying to use the mouse on the keyboard. Don't get me wrong though, it does work, however, it does take sometime to get used to the feel of it. Overall, it is much easier using the keyboard when using word, typing emails, etc. I am happy with the product and it is certainly worth it, however, I do consider it a bit pricey. Around $50 would be more reasonable for a simple keyboard. The last item worth mentioning is it does add a few overall computer functions such as brightness, volume, and settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good keys, not so good mouse pad

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    Goofylunatic
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    This is the must have keyboard attachment for the Surface, regardless of version. The cheaper model is not back-lit and the keys are just touch sensitive squares with no feed-back. This model has back-lit mini mechanical keys that "click" when you type on them and give you the touch feedback of actually striking some keys. Takes a little getting used to, much smaller than regular and even laptop keyboards.. but that is a given due to the screen size. Once in the swing of it, your fingers adjust fairly well. The downside of this product is the mouse pad. It's the same texture as the palm rest so you don't know without looking if you're actually on it or not. Also the buttons, despite the letter keys, are not real mechanical keys! They are merely touch "sweet spots" for clicking and you have no real feedback to let you know you were in the right spot or not. Often results in having to try several times. Easily remedied by using a wireless mouse, or better yet your finger or pen that came with the surface!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good keyboard, bad touchpad

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    batman79
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    Title says it all... the keys are awesome. Also, I like the fact that the keyboard overall snaps into the surface, gives the following advantages: 1.) Draws much less power (battery life) than bluetooth solutions 2.) Keeps free the USB port and bluetooth channels 3.) fits with most existing surface cases (no need for a separate case for the keyboard) The bad: the touchpad just plain stinks. Why Microsoft didn't incorporate the touchpad from the 1st gen surface keyboard (where the touchpad was actual plastic and had tactile buttons for left and right click) is beyond me. It's impossible to consistently touch the button you want to with the touchpad. If you can find a 1st gen surface keyboard, get that instead. The backlight is nice, but not worth sacrificing the touchpad function for, especially at a pricetag of >$100. Otherwise, hopefully the Microsoft engineers will see reason and make a new version that's the best of both worlds.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for serious word processing

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    Teragord
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    This keyboard, as much as I love it for serious word processing, (I'm using it now, by the way.) spends most of its life in my backpack or at home. Why? Well, as much as I love it's backlighting and the feel of those clicking keys--which admittedly give it a slight edge over the touch keyboard--they also annoy me when I have the keyboard flipped behind the tablet so that I can use it like a tablet in my hands instead of like a laptop or netbook. Since I also have the touch keyboard, I find that it is my more usual choice. I get perfectly good speed from it, and I like the way it feels on my fingertips when I flip it behind the SP2. Personal preference, I realize. I have spoken to other SP2 owners who don't mind the feeling of the type keyboard at all, and obviously, if you decide you can't afford both covers and like me find the clicking keys under your fingertips to be disconcerting, it only takes seconds to detach and reattach the keyboard to its magnetic dock when shifting modes of usage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, but the best game in town for the tablet

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    JRuss
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    Pretty much is the best keyboard for this tablet because of the easy on/off magnet feature. The regular keyboard feel of the keys depressing when you type, and the back lit keys with a proximity sensor that lights when you get close to it. Also the keys are disabled when you fold the keyboard to the back of the tablet, (like you would do to a book while reading) along with the way it folds up to protect the screen and turns off the screen really makes this the only option for a dual purpose keyboard/cover even if in my estimation it is Overpriced. (With a capital O.) They also have less costly keyboards that don't depress and are not back lit... for me it was worth the extra for the better keyboard. I also see they sell "power" keyboards, that I was not aware of when I bought mine. It looks as though these keyboards have a battery built into them extending usage time of the tablet. Weight, thickness and added cost would all be factors for myself before purchasing one of these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good keyboard, mostly.

    Posted
    Mysocio
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    This is my third Type cover purchased for my Surface Pro. The first died after debris got embedded under the touch pad after about 10 months of service. My second was a Type 2 with the backlighted keys and sealed touchpad. This one lasted about 11 months until the "I" "O" and "Backspace" keys finally wore out and stopped working. At least they gave me a few months warning before finally going belly up while working outdoors on a sunny afternoon. I use my Surface Pro daily for what could be called road warrior service so it gets lots of typing action and gets moved around a lot but always stored in a padded sleeve during transport. The Type cover is a joy to type on , the size is right for touch typing and the backlighting is a great feature especially on airplanes at night. The drawback seems to be the durability of the components. So figure about one year lifespan. Thanks to BestBuy for keeping an inventory at the stores and on line.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings Microsoft Surface to a whole new level

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    KateRatesThis
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    Although I have had my share of frustrations with the Microsoft Surface RT tablet - this Type Cover 2 is so good that it brings the whole system to a higher level. I love the keys that sort of click (like a regular computer keyboard) - much better experience (for me at least) than the Touch cover keyboard/cover that is so flat it is difficult to know whether you hit the keys. It attaches easily to the Surface tablet and stays attached even when you close it. The keys light up! And the color Purple - it is a very nice Purple. If you are a matchy person get the Plum Purple VG Neoprene Sleeve Cover for Microsoft Surface Windows Pro 8 10.6-inch. Fits both the tablet and this keyboard perfectly and has an outside pocket for stuff. And since the Surface has only one USB port, of course you will want a purple Dynex 4-port hub. Did I say I like purple? To all who are considering, please try out this keyboard at Best Buy and compare - I am very glad that I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a must have for your surface

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    ACLinMO
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    When I first bought my Surface RT I bought and used the touch cover for the better part of a year. While it was perfectly fine for light typing, I never got totally used to its feel or confident that every touch would translate into the intended keypress. As I have done more and more real work on the surface, I decided that I needed a type cover and with the release of he backlit type cover 2 I decided to take the plunge. Now I wish I had bought a type cover from the very beginning. Typing on it feels just like typing on a regular keyboard. I no longer have any hesitation in opening up the surface to work on a word document or excel spreadsheet. The only tradeoff versus the touch cover is a small increase in thickness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Evolution

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    pellegew
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    I had used the 1st Gen type cover for a few weeks before upgrading to my Surface Pro 2 and new 2nd Gen type cover. I really like the improved track pad. The sensitivity is greatly improved. Multi-touch gestures work much better. Two finger swipes for example mimic what your finger does and are context sensitive. On the start screen a side guesture pans around your tiles. An up and down swipe switch between your default start screen and the all apps menu. In IE the side swipes function as forward and backward while up/down scrolls. Swipe from left/right also moves the mouse for you. So you can select your previous app with only a swipe from the left followed by a tap. No need to move the cursor manually to the charms. Back light is great! What more is there to say. And the feel of the fabric is a change I like very much over the first generation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice overall but it seems expensive

    Posted
    ChristianUser1
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    I really like the Type Cover overall. I use it regularly with no problems. It attaches VERY securely to the Surface Pro and does not come loose. It also protects the screen of the Surface very well. It stays shut surprisingly well considering it is does not attach to the Surface at the free end. Pros: Good typing Nice size for a tablet Durable Protects Surface screen Attaches tightly Cons: Touch pad buttons must be pressed very hard to get a response. At first I thought there was a problem with the Type cover but realized I just had to press hard each time I 'clicked' Price Now that I have complained about the price, I will say that it is about comparable to the cost of a good case plus any other keyboards. So, I guess the price is acceptable but I believe that many tablet accessories are overpriced due to the popularity of tablets and not the actual costs of manufacturing.

    I would recommend this to a friend