Click in: Microsoft details Surface Touch Cover keyboard in new video

Daniel Bader

October 23, 2012 5:27pm

With all the attention given to Apple’s iPad mini today, it would be forgivable if you forgot that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is being released this Friday.

In the run-up to the tablet’s launch — which has partly sold out online and will be available at pop-up stores around Canada — Microsoft has released a new video showing off how it produced the 3mm thick Touch Cover keyboard. In what could be considered a miracle of engineering, the pressure-sensitive keyboard clicks into the tablet much like iPad’s Smart Cover. Combined with the Surface’s built-in kickstand, it allows the tablet to be used as one would a laptop.

What do you think of the Surface and its Touch Cover keyboard? Is it more desirable than the new iPad, which was updated today with a faster processor and new Apple’s Lightning connector?

Via: Techcrunch

  • COLONEL GUSTOV

    I like it , very cool

  • Tedds

    I like seeing actual innovation, and not the one that runs purely on media hype and a comany logo.

    • Tedds

      *company

  • Keith

    Looks awesome but I want to see the Pro models. I would also like to see what Nokia is coming out with.

  • Henry

    I like the keyboard but that’s a loud click

  • James

    It’s laughable that the “Lightning connector” is considered a feature. Just there to make people buy proprietary peripherals.

    • Gurnishan

      a million thumbs up :)

  • Swizzlerz

    I cant wait to use mine :) a few more days :D

  • Ron Mexico

    Still overpriced

  • lukeiphone

    This is actually good. I’m willing to ditch my iPad for this.

  • EddieWinslow

    I would greatly consider this if I wasn’t already heavily invested into the Google Ecosystem

  • AppleMan

    “built-in kickstand, it allows the tablet to be used as one would a laptop.”

    Yea I can’t imagine that, it would fall off my lap with that flimsy stand

  • Brian b71

    Very cool indeed. I would much rather have something like that then to purchase an iPad for way more money.

  • Mike

    I’m intrigued. But I also wanna wait and see what other OEMs bring out. If they can make something as cool as the Surface but at a lower price, I just might bite.

  • CanS

    I just wish I knew when mine was shipping…. Its Tuesday night and no shipment notification… Doesn’t look like I’ll have it Friday more like next week. So much for pre-ordering.

  • Graeme

    if the pro version of surface was coming out on the 26th I would probably buy it.

    As it stands I think I will be getting an i5 samsung ativ smart pc pro.

    I have an old toshiba laptop with swivel screen that folds in to tablet config, and I always loved the pen resistive screen wasn’t as optimal as the new capacifitve but for precision required at the time it was all their was.

    point is I loved having a fully functional tablet made to do anyting a full notebook could do.

    to be able to have that in an actual tablet format where the keyboard is an accessory sounds great to me.

    I love using photoshop and coding, and those are things I would prefer to do on a full processor than even on an atom.
    so maybe the ativ pro is the better choice anyway!

    maybe I will get a surface as well come black friday if they go on sale!.

  • Key lime pie

    Now that’s innovation not just marketing and i can’t wait to check out the Intel models later this year.

  • Ron

    Looks amazing! There you go apple out the door! Just finished watching the keynote presentation, and all I can say is “wow nice iMac, so lets go back to my surface pre-order”

  • 5Gs

    So I am paying about 600C$ to buy keyboard.. Wow!

  • SanRuelino

    another innovation that keeps me away from iProducts…. looks cool and awesome!

  • OMG BASEDGOD TYBG #taskforce

    At least the features can justify the price a bit better than another certain company…

    I don’t really have the skrilla for this, but I hope Microsoft puts out a great product that people want and is actually useful.