- 10-20-2012, 04:55 PM #1
I have concern over the touchcover. Mainly, if it is floppy and completely unusable on a lap, it is useless to me and I'd be better served by a bluetooth keyboard or another tablet altogether. Basically, I realize the Surface is not ideal for in-lap use, but I want to know if it is even possible to use in your lap should you be in a situation where no hard surface is available for you to set it up on.
- 10-20-2012, 04:58 PM #2
I suspect it's pretty stiff, since part of its design is to protect the screen. Not sure though.
Edit: From back in June: "And the snug-fitting, rigid cover makes it possible to use the device in this configuration even on a lap."
So yeah, apparently it's rigid.
- 10-20-2012, 05:05 PM #4
With the Touch Cover on, we were able to balance the Surface on a lap for typing like a notebook without it falling forward or tipping over backwards; compare this to the Asus Transformer Prime which always wants to fall backwards, and you'll appreciate this weighting.
Microsoft Surface review | Tablets Reviews | TechRadar
- 10-20-2012, 06:07 PM #7
- 10-20-2012, 08:05 PM #9
Taken from the link I posted:
Typing on the Touch Cover is a little odd at first because the keys don't move under your fingers; but they don't pick up typing until you actually hit the keys so just resting your hand on the keyboard or even putting your fingers in place on the keyboard while you think about what to say doesn't generate stray characters. The soft surface is more comfortable and less slippery than typing on a screen – not to mention being at the right angle. It is harder on your fingers than typing on a keyboard with physical keys that give as you type, so if you type a lot there's the Type Cover. This has the same strokeable soft feel as the Surface chassis itself and the keys go down a surprising distance for a keyboard that's still so thin.
Surface RT - Touch Cover
Surface Pro - Type Cover
- 10-20-2012, 08:25 PM #10
- 10-20-2012, 08:37 PM #12
At least some MS employees say along the lines of like.. 50 words a minute on TouchCover, 60 on TypeCover. Naturally the base value depends on the person, but I think I've seen that mention from 3 diff MS employees and they all got a roughlöy 10 word per minute increase on type cover.
- 10-21-2012, 12:03 AM #14
10-21-2012, 01:41 AM #18
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Well, the device weighs approximately 1.5lbs, so that may depend more on the length of the lecture than the weight of the device (which according to all accounts is incredibly well distributed throughout the device). I keep a 6lb laptop on my lap regularly for relatively decent lengths of time without too much issue, although the weight is distributed across a larger portion of my legs given it's a laptop and not a tablet. I would welcome a 1.5lb device though, I think ;).
- 10-21-2012, 07:51 AM #19
Given how expensive the touch covers are, I'm waiting to see them in person before making a purchase. I don't mind the $500 Surface price, but if I'm gonna pay that much for a keyboard, I need to know it's functional or else spend the $10 more on the Type Cover instead.