Microsoft Surface Power Cover-Keyboard Nearing Release
Microsoft will start shipping the battery life-boosting version of it keyboard-cover for Surface tablets next week, perhaps in time for the rumored launch of the Surface 2 with LTE.Microsoft has opened up preorders of the Power Cover for its line of Surface tablets with a ship date of March 19. Like the innovative Type Cover, it provides protection for the Surface's touchscreen and doubles as a full keyboard and trackpad. As its name suggests, however, it has another function that helps the tablet run longer between charges. A product page at the Microsoft Store describes the Power Cover as a "classic laptop keyboard [that] extends the battery life of your Surface up to 70 percent" and can recharge a Surface 2, Surface Pro or Pro 2 while it sleeps. "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," claims Microsoft. According to the company's estimates, the Surface Pro 2 can deliver seven hours of video playback, stretching to nearly 12 hours with the Power Cover. Available only in black, the Power Cover uses mechanical keys like those found on the Type Cover 2. (Surface Touch Cover uses pressure sensitive keys that lack travel.) It includes a capacitive trackpad, but unlike the Type Cover, its keys are not backlit.
Power Cover adds 0.55 lbs. to the Surface and is 9.75 mm (0.38 inches) thick. The Type Cover 2, by comparison, also weighs in at just over half a pound but is nearly half as thick at 5 mm (0.19 inches). At $199.99, it is the most expensive keyboard cover offered by Microsoft.