I have the touch cover 2; pretty cool device, but I use it more for a cover than to type on. Got it as a stopgap waiting for the Power Cover to be released (early 2014 apparently)
When your device arrives, do not install any windows updates from 10th Dec. There's been issues associated with these updates (I think they've been withdrawn, so probably won't be an option for you anyway, but can't hurt for me to mention it).
News Bento is a nice windows store app you might like to try
Wacom drivers can be installed to give pen pressure sensitivity to applications like PhotoShop
Default zoom level in desktop is 150%. I like to work at 125%, good balance between readability and enough real estate for app windows etc
Create a recovery drive on a USB stick (still best to leave the recovery drive on the device as well)