Surface Power Cover Finally Available For Pre-Order; Ships March 19th

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The wait for the Surface Power Cover is almost over, Microsoft is at least finally willing to take your money.  As of today, the Surface Power cover is available on the online Microsoft Store for pre-order in the US, Canada, and Japan for $199 with shipping date of March 19th. The power cover is similar to the type cover but extends the battery life of your Surface up to 70% and doubles as a screen cover.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions

7.4 x 10.9 in 9.75 mm thin

Weight

0.55 lbs

Compatibility

Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2

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

1-year limited hardware warranty

Overview of the Power Cover

Extends battery life while you work

Work with the speed and functionality of a classic laptop keyboard while extending the battery life of your Surface up to 70% with the Power Cover. It also recharges your Surface’s battery while you work. You’ll have plenty of juice to stay unplugged all day in the office, during a full day of classes, or on a cross-country flight.

Windows shortcut, function keys, media controls, and trackpad

The Power Cover has all the standard features of a classic QWERTY keyboard—a full row of Function keys (F1-F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls, and a trackpad make it easy to navigate your Surface without taking your hands off the keyboard. An ultra-thin trackpad lets you control the cursor with your fingertip.

Doubles as screen cover

Fold the Power Cover back like a book cover to get the full touchscreen experience—the keys are disabled when the cover is flipped back. When closed, the Power Cover shuts down your display to preserve battery life, and helps protect the screen from bumps and scratches when you’re on the move.

Pre-Order: Microsoft Store Online

Source: Microsoft Store

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  • hysonmb

    I really wanted one of those before getting a chance to handle one. That half pound and slightly thicker keyboard is a significant gain for the Surface Pro though. It would likely come in handy when traveling but for daily use the power cover makes the Surface Pro a monster.

    • http://mobilechaos.net/ Concept

      True, I only see it coming in hand if you travel 8+ hours per day every day or frequently travel abroad. Other than that, the touch or type cover seems better fit for 90% of consumers.

      • http://lukeja.co.uk/ Luke

        Yeah, the battery is amazing on RT. I have a Lumia 2520 tablet and I used Microsoft Office for over 12 hours non stop with automatic saving to OneDrive before my battery gave in

    • kcmatt

      Same weight as the type cover 2, but much thicker

      • hysonmb

        Once you hold one, you’ll realize that the power cover is also much heavier than a type cover 2. I’ll not drop names as he asked us not to, but, an MS employee who participated heavily in the design of this cover himself called it “a weapon” and an event I attended. Of course, he said it jokingly but it is a heavy cover.

        • kcmatt

          You are right, I was trusting the info on this page, which lists the power cover at .55 lbs (255 grams). It’s actually 535 grams, more than double the weight.

  • Kareem

    Student 10% discount should be available!

  • Willem Evenhuis

    wow, that’s very expensive. Does anyone know if I get a bigger discount if I swap my current typecover for this one? And why doesnt microsoft share specs on the capacity of the battery?

  • jcfan1979

    Note to Microsoft. YOU ARE NOT APPLE! You cannot and should not charge so much for this stuff. Especially when the market for cheaper devices and accessories exist and is killing your business (not implying MS is going broke, just losing the price battle). What happened to the MS that would undercut anyone to sell its stuff? Where’s the aggressive MS? You arguably have the better devices and services and definitely a better foundation for integration than anyone else. Learn to market it.