Surface Pro 2 Power Cover?

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  1. Sir Face

    Sir Face New Member

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    Has anyone seen any place offering the new "Power Cover" that Microsoft is supposedly introducing here in "early 2014"? I wonder fust how much thicker and heavier it is than the type cover?
     
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    From Microsoft:

    Power Cover

    The battery that you can type on.

    Click in Power Cover to get the speed and comfort of a classic keyboard along with a boost of extra power for your Surface. Power Cover features a QWERTY mechanical keyboard, a full row of function keys (F1–F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls and a touchpad.

    Power Cover lets you take Surface from tablet to laptop and back again with a quick flip. But you also get up to 50 percent extra battery life to help you make it through that late-night meeting or the entire flight. When closed, Power Cover helps protect your screen and shuts down your display to preserve battery life.


    Specs
    Weight 0.55 lbs
    Supported platforms Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2
    Dimensions 7.5” x 10.9”
    9.75 mm thin
    Available colors Black
    Keys Activation: moving (mechanical) keys
    Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1–F12)
    Dedicated buttons for Windows shortcuts and media controls
    Interface Magnetic
    Sensors Accelerometer
    Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty

    $199.99 ERP
    Projected release date of early 2014.

    I'm having a hard time believing it will weigh .55lbs which is very close to what the type cover weighs. The last rumor I've seen says it will end up weighing closer to a pound.
     
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    I want to know when it will be available, I want it.
     
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    Check out this engadget link (link of first take links), to get a better understanding of the product. There are some nice "first look" takes from the media listed on that page.

    Does anyone know if the power cover will have back lit keys like the type cover 2 to make it "through the late night"?
     
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    At CES microsoft said the power cover will be backlit.
     
  6. zurface

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    Have they forgotten the power cover? Feel free to think I'm an idiot but I bought the SP2 pro in late Nov with the intention to get the power cover in Jan. I did not pick up any keyboards along the way and am still keyboardless. It's driving me mad because the surface is incredibly limited without the keyboard (for example, if you start a game and can't hit escape to exit, your only option is to restart the device). Obviously I am not able to do any work on it so my old thinkpad is still my main PC. The only consolation is that it is a great drawing/note taking device so I still get some use out of it. Now I'm too far in to cave and get a regular type cover, it's the power cover or nothing haha...
     
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    To exit a game, you can swipe from left of screen to right, it will open a panel with all open apps and applications. If it's an app, you can swipe from top of screen all the way down, it will close the app.
     
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    In addition to the 'covers', you can use:
    a) any USB keyboard
    b) any wireless keyboard (with it's own dongle)
    c) any Bluetooth keyboard
    Lastly, pre-owned, Gen 1 touch covers should be pretty cheap on eBay
     
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    kayzee Well-Known Member

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    Could you also bring the keyboard in from the charms menu and hit escape?
     
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    bluegrass Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious. Where do you find a keyboard lissted in the Charms menu.
     
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    haha thanks for the tips... I could have sworn I tried swiping the edges on XCOM and was still stuck but some games might work better than others. I've also considered my USB keyboard but with one USB port and no dongles it's either the keyboard or the gamepad... And my keyboard isn't something I want to bring with me everyday.

    I know it sounds impractical but I'm just holding out for the power cover. Until then, the SP2 is still my go to device for drawing, note taking, and general web surfing.
     

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