If you are a regular and dedicated reader you are probably aware that I am a big fan of the Microsoft Surface. First released in October of 2012 this little tablet/laptop hybrid has gone through 2 generations in both of of its incarnations. This can be a little confusing but there is basically a “tablet” type version known as the “Surface” line and the full fledged no limitations Windows version known as the “Surface Pro” line. Of course the “Surface Pro” line will cost you a couple hundred dollars more then the “tablet only” line but for me this has turned into my go to mobile work device.
Anyway if there is one area where Microsoft has been slow is the availability of add-on accessories for their Surface line. Other then a mouse, dock and a couple keyboards there has not been much released yet. Unlike the iPad, accessories have been rare.
One accessory that I had been waiting for was the Surface Power Cover which also acts as the detachable keyboard. Although this was released back in March I have only recently been able to get a hold of one. Out of the box, at first glance this looks exactly like the Type Cover 2. However there are some slight physical differences, obviously a result of the battery hiding inside.
At 1.2 pounds this keyboard alone weighs in more then the iPad Air. So like anything else, you give up something (more weight) but you will have more battery life when out and about.
You connect the Power Cover in the exact same was as an other Surface typing cover. The only difference I can see are two large bumps which have little connectors on them that probably transmit power to the device.
The Microsoft Surface Cover self installs the first time you connect it. Afterward when clicking on the battery icon on your taskbar you will actually see 2 batteries. The battery on the new Surface Cover is used first, followed by the tablet iself.
Unlike the other Surface keyboards this one is only available in black and I recommend it if you own a Surface and travel. The added weight is the biggest hurdle here but that aside this is a fine addition for anyone with a Surface.
You can purchase one of these for $199.99 at Microsoft’s website or allegedly at Staples or Best Buy.