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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big improvement over its predecessor

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    k9mpnip
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    Pros- 1. Comfortable and accurate typing. 2. Vastly improved touchpad. 3. Backlit keyboard 4. Useful shortcut keys. Cons- 1. Overpriced. 2. Cheap material showing wear and tear. I purchased a Surface Type Cover 3 along with my Surface Pro 3 the day it came out. So far I have enjoyed the keyboard and it has proven to be a very good upgrade over the Type Cover 2 from last year. The keyboard retains most of the good quality from the Type Cover 2 while fixing a lot of the issues that plagued it. Pros- (continuation) 1. The Type Cover 3 provides a very good and comfortable typing experience. It is not the biggest keyboard in the world but it really makes the most out of the space it has. The individual keys are pretty big and they provide a lot of tactile feedback. I find myself making very few mistakes. I also do not have that cramped feeling that I often experience with small ultrabooks. The part of the keyboard where you rest your palms while typing has been increased in size. This makes the typing more comfortable and my palms don’t touch the touchpad and cause the mouse pointer to move all the time. That was an issue I experienced with the Type Cover 2. It was not a big problem but it was annoying. That problem has been fixed. Microsoft also added a magnet to the top part of the keyboard that attaches to the screen. This raises the keyboard which makes it more stable when you are typing on your lap. 2. The weakest point the Type Cover 2 used to have was the touchpad. Fortunately Microsoft listened to the critics and improved it. They improved it a lot. The touchpad is considerably bigger than the previous one. It is also made of a different material that is less prone to discoloration. The touchpad of my Type Cover 2 started losing its color after a few days of use. It looked dirty. The left and right buttons are much better also. The buttons on the Type Cover 2 lacked responsiveness and you often had to click several times in order to make a right click. It was irritating. The buttons on the Type Cover 3 work as they are supposed to. They work all the time with one click. The swipe gestures are also more responsive and easier to use thanks to the size increase. Overall the touchpad is not as good as the one on the MacBook Air but it is a vast improvement over its predecessor. 3. The Type Cover 3 has a backlit keyboard. It is very useful when you are using the computer in dark environment. It is one of those features that you don’t think you are going to need until you actually need it. It comes with three different light setting ranging from barely visible to really bright. The keyboard backlight will automatically turn off after a few seconds of inactivity in order to save battery. It will turn back on when you start using it again. 4. The Type Cover 3 just like most keyboard comes with shortcut keys on the top. However, I find the shortcuts to be more useful than a lot of the keyboards on the market because they are designed specifically for the Type Cover 3 and Windows 8. For example, I am always using the search key because it allows me to search anything on the hard drive or the internet with one click. You have keys to increase or decrease the backlit on the keyboard, mute the sound, as well as the classic scrolling up and down the browser pages. There is also a dedicated keys with shortcuts to settings, sharing documents, as well as the search key that I mentioned before. Cons- 1. The Type Cover 3 costs $130 dollars plus tax. It is expensive and overpriced. The keyboard is specifically made for the Surface Pro 3 and you are paying a big premium for it. Microsoft advertises the Surface Pro 3 as if it an optional accessory, it is not. It is a necessity. If you really want to get work done you need the keyboard. It is a shame that the keyboard is not included with the laptop. The keyboard is not made of any premium material or does anything that any other keyboard doesn’t do. You are paying $130 because Microsoft knows it is the only keyboard that fits the Surface Pro 3 like a glove. 2. The only difference in material that was change from the Type Cover 2 to the Type Cover 3 was the touchpad. Everything else is exactly the same. The keys are the same and the material surrounding it is still the same. It is not metal, it is not plastic, it is a cheap leathery type of material. Don’t really know what to call it. I wouldn’t mind so much if it wasn’t for the fact that the keyboard tends to show discoloration after a few months of use. In fact, I have already started to see a small white discoloration on the magnetic strip that attaches to the screen. In conclusion, should you buy this keyboard? Well, if you really want to purchase the Surface Pro 3 and get real work done then you really do not have much of a choice. It is the only keyboard made specifically for the Pro 3. You can use a cheaper Bluetooth keyboard with the Pro 3 but it will not provide the portability and flexibility than this keyboard does. For the most part it is a very good keyboard and it gets the job done. I am writing this review with it. It is a shame it is so expensive. The keyboard is much better than the Type Cover 2. It is more comfortable to type than ever before and you will find the touchpad to a big improvement. I would still like to see a better material use for the next generation. I hope that this review has helped you decide whether the keyboard is good for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Type Cover Still Falls Short

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    Cynthesis
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    While the SP3 is compatible with the previous Type Cover, the new Type Cover will protect the entire face of the larger screen. It is also designed to fold up onto the screen surface and put the keyboard at a more comfortable angle. This makes it more usable on the lap too. The touchpad is improved, with a larger and smoother surface. But the praise ends there. A common complaint I’ve heard is folding the keyboard at an angle makes the icons at the bottom of the screen more difficult to touch. I haven’t had too much trouble with it and tend to use the pen. If my pen isn’t readily accessible, I just pull the keyboard flat. I don’t mind sacrificing a little inconvenience for screen space, so this is a minor thing. With the larger Type Cover, I would have expected all of the keys to be full size or near-to-it, but the keys are all the same as before. Maybe this is a bigger undertaking than I think, or maybe it’s just more cost-effective for Microsoft to use the same keys. It’s a small improvement that could have been made and may have solved my next issue. The biggest problem is the touchpad is not centered on the Type Cover. When I type normally, I often find my left hand on the edge of the track pad, and the cursor will activate and send my typing off into strange places. It’s happened at least four times while typing this entry. Once, I managed to click something that took me to a completely different page, and I almost lost everything I did here. I have a laptop with an off-center touchpad too, but it has a simple way to turn the touchpad off and on, so I have no problems. I suppose I could program a keyboard shortcut, but it’s well established I’m lazy. And this is a design flaw with which I shouldn’t have to deal. Technically (and financially), the Type Cover is an accessory, so if this is “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” a keyboard is an essential piece of equipment. The only reason I would recommend it to anyone is it's the best option available when using the Surface Pro 3 on the go. I hope there are plans in the works for improvements, because the Type Cover is far inferior to the Surface Pro 3 itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good enough but would benefit from refinement.

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    Character
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    In Summary: It gets the job done and is okay for an OEM solution but could have used more time in the usability/refinement category. The Surface is Microsoft's statement that you can use one device to meet all your needs; if this is true, they need to keep working on the keyboard. As a total package, I find the keyboard compromises to be worth it since the Surface is a great machine, although I think there is more work to be done before Microsoft really hits it out the park. The good: -The keyboard is made for the Surface 3, so it works well in that regard. -When you don't want it, you can flip it around the back of the Surface without removing it, and it automatically deactivates - nice touch. -You do not need to remove it when using the dock, yet another nice touch. -You can keep it at an angle, or lay the keyboard flat. I've met people who prefer it both ways. I normally keep it flat to help mitigate my #1 complaint below. -It has both a backspace and a delete key. This is both important and much appreciated for someone who uses programs that differentiate between the two often. I wish more laptop keyboards did the same. The bad: -Keyboard - It doesn't feel solid when and makes unnecessary noises while typing. After coming from a Macbook Air, I expect more. A friend who was going to buy a Surface 3 tried mine, and immediately went and bought a $400 computer since all she needed was Office apps - the keyboard and trackpad drove her off. -Trackpad - As with the keyboard, this day and time I expect more. It detects phantom touches more than I would like, and if you change the settings to ignore phantom touches while typing, you cannot use the trackpad and keyboard at the same time (there is enough of a delay in switching that it is noticeable). In addition, sometimes I find myself hunting to hit the right mouse button - Microsoft needs to take some lessons from the Mac as to how to differentiate right and left mouse button clicking on a touchpad. -The fabric-like surface attracts dirt horribly. A week in people were commenting on how dirty it looked. To counteract this problem, I started setting a microfiber cloth on the keyboard before shutting it, which fixes two things - it keeps the display clean, and keep the oils/dirt to a minimum. Overall, it is a good fix for the Surface 3, which as a whole is a great device. I really wish they would iterate the keyboard design within the Surface 3's lifetime, but as with all manufacturers, they refine in the Surface 4...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    NOT Bluetooth! Seriously? I mean....REALLY?!?!

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    usthang
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    Ok, seriously...this keyboard is NOT Bluetooth compatible. I cannot believe it! This deducts their stars from 5 to 4! I love the way it types. It's very smooth and my fingers just glide over the keys. I don't have to expend a lot of energy pushing down nor are they too sensitive. The reach is perfect for me, but I have small hands. One other thing that took from the 5 stars is the material. When I saw them in the store, they always looked dirty. Dust clings to it too easily. It's nice and soft...feels great...feminine if you will - but not really feasible, I don't think, for a portable unit as this is designed to be. At home I have control of that; but I'm a student and as we all know, classrooms are not clean! We'll see how it holds up. But the Bluetooth is an issue. As cutting edge as the Surface is in some areas, this is like going backwards in time. I had envisioned having the tablet on a tv stand in front of me at the house and the keyboard in my lap on some occasions. You know looking down in our laps to work all the time is very bad for our posture, etc. I can work quite well with a keyboard in my lap looking up at a screen...but NOT with this!! WTH?? I saw on a shopping site (not to be names ha!) an adapter that can make it wireless, but not sure about it since asking around about it in BB resulted in deer in headlight looks. Anyway, so far so good. It's light, easy flowing to type on, quick connect physically and virtually to the tablet, back light is a nice touch but I don't work in the dark so pointless for me. The magnet feels very secure; it's not a flimsy connect. I haven't used the ports yet, so no comment on that part. The charger has a couple nice features. It can be plugged in either way so you're never fiddling around with it trying to plug is in right side up. And it's magnetic, so when you get close it grabs it and helps you connect it easily and without force. The plug is flush vertically with the tablet - not sticking out awkwardly like most chargers. Long and sleek looking~adds to the overall sophistication look the Pro3 has as a whole. Oh wait.....I just started reviewing the tablet! Sorry!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Match For My Surface Pro 3

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    GalenV
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    First of all I absolutely LOVE Best Buy, so having a Best Buy-colored keyboard for my perfect tablet is a match made in heaven. No joke, Navy Blue is my favorite color so this was a natural selection for me. PROs: *A perfect fit for the Surface Pro 3 (matches the design and overall ascetics of the device). *Backlit keys. This is an invaluable feature as the majority of my work is done in dimly-lit environments. Although this feature also comes at a disadvantage too (see CONs list below). *Huge improvement on the trackpad from previous versions. It allows for less friction and more area to get work with--a huge plus. *Doesn't require charging or a battery which is a huge plus unlike Bluetooth keyboards. CONs: *A bit on the pricey side. While backlit keys are indeed a premium feature on ANY keyboard, this thin keyboard shouldn't really be $130, $89 or $99 would be much more reasonable. You can buy tablets and even a Chromebook for the price of this product. Generally speaking, it feels a little on the cheap side too. *Light bleed. Unlike the touch cover, there is significant light bleed between the keys. I would have much better preferred this light bleed be taken away seeing as though this was a third iteration of this product. *Felt on the bottom is susceptible to dirt and staining easily. *I would have also like a magnetic closure to make it more secure during transport. Overall impressions: This product is a must for any Surface Pro 3, especially of you aim to get any element of productivity from it. While I think it is priced on the high side, I think offering users different colors is nice, I would have like some additional features such as magnetic closure and elimination of the heavy light bleeding from between the keys. I would still recommend this product although it does have it's flaws, so I cannot give it a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Useful Tablet Keyboard For A Change

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    kcdragon
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    I own keyboards for iPads and Android tablets so I know they are subjective. However, I think for a keyboard to be useful it should accomplish a few key things. 1. Easy Connection To The Tablet: The Surface keyboard has the magnetic locking mechanism so you don't have to worry about pairing. For that, I give it points because it really does just lock into place and work. Likewise, it disconnects very easily making the tablet portable again. 2. Keys: Some keyboards feel like mush and some keys have awkward layouts. I'm happy to say this keyboard does neither. It doesn't have the tactile feedback of classic PC keyboards, but it does have nice button that you can actually tell when you press. And the layout is pretty standard so I can find all the buttons easily. Of course, there's a few combinations of keys that take a few seconds to find, but overall it is designed very well. 3. Responsiveness: For me, one of the most frustrating things about a keyboard is pressing the button and it not recording properly. Typing is hampered by constantly backtracking to fill in missed characters. The same is true for delays in processing. I tend to read as I type and thinking ahead of the letters appearing on the screen slows me down as well. I'm happy to say this keyboard doesn't suffer from either of those. 4. Portability: For a tablet to be useful, it has to be portable and that includes the keyboard. This keyboard is lightweight and easy to carry which makes it great for portability. However, the same mechanism that gives it points above hampers its portability. They keyboard cannot be detached from the Surface and still work so I do not have the option of setting up the tablet in one place and moving around with the keyboard. I don't know if it's fair to take away a star for a feature that would eliminate 2 other positives, but it's not perfect and I can't choose a 1/2 star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but could be improved a bit

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    CaptPierce
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    This is a good keyboard for the Surface Pro 3. It is designed to attach directly to the Surface tablet and it functions well. It doubles as a screen cover when closed and does not interfere with the kickstand. It also works well with the Surface Pro 3 docking station - the docking station is designed to let the keyboard attach while the Pro 3 is docked - one word of caution is to remove the keyboard before attempting to take the Pro 3 out of the dock. The location of the charging port on the side requires the tablet to be removed by gently pulling out on the left side first, then pulling to the left, away from the male charging port. When pulling the left side out with the keyboard attached, the keyboard hangs up on the docking station and if you try to force it, it can bend the male charging port and possibly damage the female charger port on the tablet. The only other issue I have found is that the keyboard is a little too flexible at times. When attached and pushed forward (creates the slight angle to the keyboard) the keyboard will flex while using it, with only moderate pressure. I am a light to medium force typer and the flex action of the keyboard annoys me from time to time, especially when my arthritis is flaring up. This does not inhibit the function of the keyboard, but rather just annoys me is all, because I grew up on clunky, hard keyboards (I actually learned to type on an old IBM Selectric typewriter - all you youngsters should google that and be glad you have tablets and computers to use!) Overall, a bit too pricey, but a must have for anyone that is going to be a power user of their Surface Pro 3 tablet. It lets you make use of the whole screen by eliminating the onscreen keypad, and it also allows you to use the kickstand to get 'just the right angle" on the display vs. having to lay the tablet flat and use the onscreen keypad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This a great keyboard for what it is for...

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    ledwardsak
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    The Surface Pro 3 Type Cover is much maligned because of its type-ability of which I am typing this review on. The keyboard is to have a functional keyboard in a thin and lightweight form factor that allows the Surface Pro 3 to maintain an ultraportable weight. Is it the best keyboard in the world? No. Is it supposed to be? No. The ability to flip over the keyboard to back of the device shuts off the inputs of the keys so you can carry it in tablet form without having to disconnect it. It also makes a great cover, the additional magnetic bar allows you to achieve a wedge form for typing and the keyboard is great for what it needs to do. The addition of backlit keys is fantastic. Will this keyboard work for everyone? Maybe not because one of its strengths is a perceived weakness which is the thinness and lightness. Which some complain flexes when you type, however I see that an issue with the typist preference of pressure. It also lacks the weight and thickness that comes with housing a battery and the board of a laptop, but isn't that the reason it exists? Also kudos on Microsoft getting a color that besides black I like. The Best Buy Blue is a good rich color and who can go wrong with it? I give this is an excellent rating because its light, functional, adaptable, backlit, and the click as it connects is just epic. I recommend this accessory!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Neat product with some hiccups

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    DorobantuFamily
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    The Type Cover for the Surface Pro 3 was something I really wanted to get to make the "computer" side of this tablet more functional. Unfortunately, although the Type Cover is great for typing it is not very useful for anything else and it almost seems like Microsoft did not design the Surface Pro 3 with this accessory in mind. Whenever you use your fingers or the stylus on the screen of the tablet it automatically pulls up the on-screen keyboard. This can be very annoying. For example when you are going to unlock the computer and swipe up, then need to type in your password - the onscreen keyboard shoots out even though the Type Cover is connected. The worst feature of the Type Cover though is the trackpad (mouse replacement). This thing just flat out does not work well. Clicking anything is a painstaking process, trying to highlight something is near impossible, and when I work in Word (which I do a lot) it really slows me down when formatting documents because it is like handling a sensitive bomb instead of being able to easily navigate. The problem is - you pretty much have to buy it to make the Surface Pro 3 useful as a computer. The overall Surface Pro 3 concept is great and it is a handy device for traveling, but they need to work the kinks out with this Type Cover to really allow for the best use of the Pro 3. I would advise purchasing a cordless mouse if you really want to be able to navigate smoothly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    better, but not perfect

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    banjoseamonkey
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    While the old Surface keyboard work on the new Surface, they don't quite fit the screen, and I wanted to try the new features, anyway. The ability to magnetically attach to the screen to give an angle for typing is really slick, and works well. However, it does come up just slightly too high on the screen, making it difficult to access the applications running in the task bar if you want to use the touchscreen instead of the trackpad. And you'll probably want to do that. Although it is more sturdy than previous versions, it still is difficult to use effectively. There is a tactile button press that helps, but I never know if I'm clicking left or right by feel. The other thing I don't like is the pen loop. It glues on where you would like. I would have much preferred a more permanent solution, as the poem is am expensive piece to lose. It definitely doesn't give me a feeling of safety to use it, add it could fall off at any time, and there is no warning when tablet and poem are separated like when the galaxy note tablets and phones are separate from their pens. I do like how responsive the keyboard is, and it is quiet. I also really like this color, which is only available at Best Buy. It does what out is supposed to do, better if you use it on a desk or table, and I'd say it is still your best option for the Surface Pro 3. Because of that, I'm giving it 4 stars. While there are flaws, it's still the best you'll get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A generally positive impression

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    SSgtTrap
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    I purchased my new Surface Pro 3, and there really weren't any other options, so this keyboard made it into my bag. Here are my thoughts: The Bad: -The price - This costs way too much, especially when standard Bluetooth keyboards start in the $50 range. I would love to see this come down a bit. If you are a student/teacher you can get a 10% discount, by mentioning the education discount from the Microsoft store. Best Buy will honor this. -The mouse pad - Not the worst I have ever used, but there is only a very small portion of the pad that can be used for right-clicking. I can't count the amount of times I have missed that area. Additionally, If you are using this in your lap, the left-click will have occasional issues, especially when clicking in the furthest lower left corner. -Wear and Tear - I have only had this a few weeks and the keys/mouse pad are already showing signs of wear. I'm curious about how long of a life this thing will have, especially for the price. The Good: -Clicks on an off very quickly! -Does a great job of protecting the screen in transit. -Comes with a stick-on pen holder. -Comfortable size for extended use. I'm working on the second edition of a book, and the keyboard feels great. -Seamless integration - There is something to be said for how well it works while adding very little bulk to the Surface itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Completely happy with purchase

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    Ingress66
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    I read alot of reviews before I bought this keyboard. I liked that it was actually designed to go with the Surface Pro 2 and that certainly has its advantages. Many people didn't like the feel or the material of the keyboard started to wear off. I've had this for about 6 months now and I haven't had any of those issues. To be honest they had probably used it more than I have but I think it's an awesome set up ! I don't mind the loop on the side for my stylus pen...I'm just glad to have a place.to store it so I'm glad the loop came with it. I love the magnetic connection of the Surface and that there is an angle to the keyboard after you connect. I'm not sure if the generic ones do that. I can't comment too much on the TouchPad. I'm a mouse girl...so if I'm not using the stylus or the touch screen ,I'm using a mouse. The last thing is...if you catch Best Buy with an open box deal (which i did )or clearance you can get an amazing deal on things.like this ( I did !) I find when I get a great deal on something that's generally overpriced in my eyes... if there are some little things I dont like , they don't bother me quite as much. That being said....Very happy with this....one last thing...it's backlit..gotta have that !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great improvement over an already solid keyboard

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    BillLoguidice
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    This is a bigger, better version of the keyboard and trackpad combination originally designed for the Surface Pro 2, but now obviously for the Surface Pro 3. The trackpad is no longer a felt-like material, but now slick and smooth, enhancing ease-of-use, and also is "clicky," so you better know when you're press a mouse button. It's still not as good as an external trackball or mouse (none of them are in my opinion), but an improvement is an improvement. The only thing I didn't care for is that I had to stick the pen loop on myself (and while it doesn't exactly need exhaustive instructions, I would have preferred better documentation to make sure I was placing it in the right spot). While the pen loop has adhesive (sticker) on it, I'd much prefer the pen loop to already be attached. While I can understand Microsoft not wanting to do this so the user has flexibility with placement (if they want it on there at all), I'm concerned about how well this will remain in place after heavy use. We'll see. If the pen loop is in no way a concern for you, add back the last star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty basic...for it's price

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    NulodPBall
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    This item should've been included with the Surface Pro 3 that I bought. It's not an accessory, it's needed. It works Ok as a cover...only so/so as a keyboard. Maybe I have high expectations because I'm used to a real keyboard with a number keypad but I do have a few basic expectations: 1. I am used to typing without always looking down at the keyboard. I have to look down at the touchpad when using it because i cannot tell which button I'm clicking...some tactile or visual cue to know when I'm crossing the midline would be nice. 2. I'm using the hunt-and-peck onscreen keyboard to type this because the Type Cover seems to cause the cursor to jump around at random while typing so that if you are typing a sentence, fast, you might end up typing some words in the middle of other words in the sentence. 3. This one is minor but when connecting the keyboard, the first set of magnets connect, then the keyboard wraps up, and the second set of magnets engage so that the keyboard is now at an angle; the wrapped portion of the keyboard now blocks part of the non-active portion of the screen so my fat fingers cannot easily touch an active icon on the Task Bar...I have to use the pen. So overall,the Surface Pro 3 needs the Type Cover keyboard but the keyboard part needs improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed

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    WVL3
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    The Surface 3 is my first Surface tablet, so I can't compare this keyboard to prior versions, but overall I'm quite impressed. The keys are responsive, much more than I figured they would be on such a small design. I had no issues with typing on it. The backlighting is a huge plus as well, very impressed they included it in, again, something so small. I've found the trackpad to be quite good as well and gesture controls seem to work fairly well. The only negative to me is the way the stylus is attached, it's basically just a sticker you put on back of the unit with a loop - it's kind of cheesy for such a premium device - but it works, it holds the stylus in place, so it gets the job done. Also to be clear, and it's not from the pictures, there is not a stylus included. Overall if you're getting a Surface 3, this is something that really should be included with the unit - it's that important. There are some very nice features included and I'm OK with the price. It's not a great price, but I didn't feel ripped off - mainly because of the backlighting and the overall quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I get along well with this keyboard

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    DrConspiracy
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    I'm picky about keyboards, and this is one I like. The keys are the right size and you can easily feel them travel. Since I often use my tablet in dim light, the back-lighted keys are perfect. The keyboard magically snaps on the Surface Pro 3. This one has the innovation of an auxiliary magnet. This allows the keyboard to be positioned two ways: one is flat against the table and the other is a slanting position. With a table, I prefer it flat, and on my lap at a slant. Often specialty keyboards have very "creative" keyboard layouts (read, hard to find, or missing keys). This keyboard layout doesn't cause me problems, and all the function keys are readily available, plus the new Windows 8 keys. Of course, the keyboard doubles as a protective cover, and when folded back (along with the kickstand) makes an ultra-stable stand for hands-free lap operation. I found the trackpad a major annoyance, interpreting the slightest brush as a switch to new application or something. Since the buttons are just part of the touch surface, trying to click a button also repositions the cursor! What were they thinking? I just wish there was a way to disable it automatically when I plug in a mouse (which I do for any serious writing).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Passable

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    Rizza72
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    The previous type covers for the older Surface models were bad. This one is not bad, but it's not good yet. Just passable. It's great typing at night. The F1 and F2 keys control the back light. I like the touch of the keys. They are a little clicky and I find it's too loud to type in bed with a sleeping spouse. It has nice audio controls on it, but it took me a week to figure out why there were no keys to adjust the volume on the keyboard (duh, the volume buttons are on the side of the Surface!). My big gripe is the trackpad. When I type, my wrist often bumps the trackpad, clicking the mouse in some random location. It's very disruptive. I also struggle more than many trackpads to click and drag. I was also confused about where the pen loop went on the floor models. It's a user applied stick-on that the guys as Best Buy missed on the floor models. If you don't look closely in the box, it's easy to miss. I worry it might peel off someday, but a month later seems ok. Overall, it does the job without being too annoying. If used the Surface in laptop mode more I would likely disable the trackpad and just use an external mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Accessory For your SP3

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    thefluxlife
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    Overall, if you get a Surface Pro 3, you essentially have to get a type cover. It protects your device as well as provide a good keyboard for your device. I only have two minor complaints about the device and one complaint I think is more about the overall design of the keyboard+SP3. First complaint is that sometimes the touchpad doesn't register the 2 finger scroll, or is just slow to respond. This doesn't happen too often but when it does, it bugs me. Secondly, when you cover the Surface Pro 3 with the touchcover, the device goes into sleep mode. However the slightest movement will disconnect the magnets that keep the type cover closed to the Surface Pro 3. So I think what happens sometimes is that I will close the Surface Pro 3, it goes to sleep, I put it in my bag, but then when I pick up my bag or go somewhere the slightest movements are opening the type cover from the surface pro 3 which causes the device to 'wake up'. So I will leave my office with a Surface Pro 3 that has a 100% battery, but then when I use the device later at night it has 85-90% battery left. These are only my suspicions though. Overall this is a must have accessory if you get the Surface Pro 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard, takes getting use to

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    Steve
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    I like this keyboard and it works so well with the Surface 3 Pro that I'm hard pressed to find anything I didn't like. But I'm not sure a "thicker" keyboard wouldn't have been better. Most people judge keyboards based on two factors, key travel (The rate and distance the key moves when you type on it, as well as, the resistance to motion) and key spacing (The distance between keys) Travel is limited, but the keys are responsive. If' you're an aggressive typist you might feel the keyboard bend when it's not on a flat surface. It's subtle but it does take getting use to. The key gap is nearly non-existent so you have to adjust your typing style to make smaller motions. That's the part that throws people when they change keyboards, but it's not something that a little diligence can't overcome. If the keyboard were thicker, you could have greater travel which would make some of the people that complain about the "feel" happier, but then they'd be unhappy with the bulk. It's a trade off. It only took me two weeks to get to the point where I type as fast on the Surface keyboard as I do on my laptop. Overall a great product, but you do need to give it a chance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I like it but I don't love it ..

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    nhsugargliders
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    My biggest peeve with this keyboard is that you do not get it with your surface and it really is one of those required items to make the surface fully functional. My second issue is the lack of a decent solution for the pen, a sticky piece of tape? Seriously? I've already had to replace the pen once since the holidays thanks to the inability to store it properly with the tablet and keyboard .. next investment will need to be a case with something but then it takes away from the easy flip and use functionality if I have to keep putting it away in a case .. with such a cool magnetic power supply, you'd think they'd come up with a similar idea for the pen .. oh well .. The function of the keyboard is good, it's easy to use, comfortable for the most part in a variety of settings including putting my feet up and typing whilst relaxing, something you just can't do well on other tablet style machines. I do like how it functions practically with the surface itself, but honestly it is a necessity so again there's that annoyance of having to pay an extra $130 to get the full functionality which takes away from enjoying it completely.

    I would recommend this to a friend