Type Cover 2 Is Now Backlit; Comes in New Color Purple

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was the successor to the Type Cover, the Type Cover 2 which includes a backlit keyboard and comes in new colors.

Same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but now backlit and available in four colors. With a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1-F12), shortcut keys, media controls, and trackpad. Colors vary by market.

Type Cover 2:

Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black in the coming months. It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking keys. Type Cover 2 will have an estimated retail price of $129.99. It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices are available for pre-order.

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  • Yuan Taizong

    I’m still waiting for a Yellow and Orange covers :-(

    • Azjerei

      I would’ve liked a white one since I use a white touch cover for my Surface RT, however, I do love purple.. hmmm…

  • Richard Durishin

    I wonder if they have made the “buttons” on the track pad easier to “click.” Being more rigid will help a lot – but a smart track pad that worked with simple finger taps and finger combinations – a la the Mac Track Pad – would be better.

    • Bugbog

      It can’t help but be improved. The sensors on the Keyboards have gone up, from 80 to 1092! Which enables predictive typing and gesture recognition.

      • Richard Durishin

        I thought that was specific to the “Touch” keyboard. But, you are right. They MUST be better than what they were.

  • Meekermoloko

    That’s actually a nice shade of purple. More like a plum color.