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  1. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    I've heard mixed reports on whether or not the Surface Power Cover will be compatible with the Surface 2. Some sources say it will, others say it'll only work on Surface Pro and Pro 2. Does anyone know for sure?

    Also, any ideas on when it'll be out?
    12-13-2013 11:25 AM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    I've heard mixed reports on whether or not the Surface Power Cover will be compatible with the Surface 2. Some sources say it will, others say it'll only work on Surface Pro and Pro 2. Does anyone know for sure?

    Also, any ideas on when it'll be out?
    on a semi-related note, are the 1st and 2nd gen touch/type covers compatible/interchangeable?
    12-13-2013 11:37 AM
  3. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    (1) The Type Power Cover when available will be compatible with Surface 2. But, it will not work with the original Surface RT.
    (2) All currently available covers can be used with all currently available Surface models.
    12-13-2013 12:45 PM
  4. JaiMento's Avatar
    http://i.imgur.com/2bFypylh.jpg

    That's a slide about the Power Cover from an official Microsoft training deck, if you want an official source.

    And kristalsoldier is absolutely correct about the compatibility of the currently available covers. Sorry, I didn't grab screencaps of those slides, though.

    Edit: Some added info. The charger will always charge the Surface device first, then the Power Cover and power will always deplete from the Power Cover first, before the Surface device. No need to hit a switch to turn on charging from the cover or what not.
    12-13-2013 12:56 PM
  5. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    http://i.imgur.com/2bFypylh.jpg

    That's a slide about the Power Cover from an official Microsoft training deck, if you want an official source.

    And kristalsoldier is absolutely correct about the compatibility of the currently available covers. Sorry, I didn't grab screencaps of those slides, though.

    Edit: Some added info. The charger will always charge the Surface device first, then the Power Cover and power will always deplete from the Power Cover first, before the Surface device. No need to hit a switch to turn on charging from the cover or what not.
    This is awesome. Any idea on release date?
    12-13-2013 01:33 PM
  6. JaiMento's Avatar
    This is awesome. Any idea on release date?
    No official release date, but I believe it is slated for Q1 2014.
    12-13-2013 02:07 PM
  7. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    No official release date, but I believe it is slated for Q1 2014.
    Any speculation for an announcement/release at CES 2014? January 7-10th.
    12-27-2013 09:53 AM
  8. Wendy Bautista's Avatar
    Will they keyboard light up as well? I really want that feature! I'm waiting to get a keyboard until the power cover is out
    12-28-2013 09:19 AM
  9. JaiMento's Avatar
    Any speculation for an announcement/release at CES 2014? January 7-10th.
    None that I know of.

    Will they keyboard light up as well? I really want that feature! I'm waiting to get a keyboard until the power cover is out
    Unfortunately, no. The Power Cover is not backlit.
    12-28-2013 09:37 AM
  10. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Unfortunately, no. The Power Cover is not backlit.
    This is why I didn't wait for the power cover. First, it isn't backlit, second, it comes out in 2014, and I can't wait that long.
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    12-28-2013 09:41 AM
  11. Wendy Bautista's Avatar
    None that I know of.



    Unfortunately, no. The Power Cover is not backlit.
    Aww man that sucks, I don't know what to get now!!! I really liked that backlight feature..
    12-28-2013 11:31 AM
  12. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    None that I know of.



    Unfortunately, no. The Power Cover is not backlit.
    That is disappointing. But I'll take a tablet-cover that has ridiculous battery life over one with a backlit keyboard.

    Anyone have price information?
    12-28-2013 12:02 PM
  13. JaiMento's Avatar
    That is disappointing. But I'll take a tablet-cover that has ridiculous battery life over one with a backlit keyboard.

    Anyone have price information?
    Off the top of my head, if I remember correctly, it will retail for $199.99 USD.
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    12-28-2013 01:36 PM
  14. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Unfortunately, no. The Power Cover is not backlit.
    Off the top of my head, if I remember correctly, it will retail for $199.99 USD.
    Hey, JaiMento. This commenter on a WPC article about new Surface 2 accessories claims that Microsoft brought the products to their office a few months ago and demo'd them. He says that the power type cover is backlit. So, maybe?

    Microsoft announces new accessories for the Surface family | Windows Phone Central
    01-06-2014 09:34 AM
  15. JaiMento's Avatar
    Hey, JaiMento. This commenter on a WPC article about new Surface 2 accessories claims that Microsoft brought the products to their office a few months ago and demo'd them. He says that the power type cover is backlit. So, maybe?

    Microsoft announces new accessories for the Surface family | Windows Phone Central
    Either he is mistaken (more likely) or they've made a last minute change to it's specifications. As far as I know, it is not backlit. I have not seen any training materials that indicate the power cover will be backlit.

    Edit: Just realized how old that article is. I am pretty positive now that the poster was just mistaken or misinformed.
    01-06-2014 09:49 AM
  16. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    Hey, JaiMento. This commenter on a WPC article about new Surface 2 accessories claims that Microsoft brought the products to their office a few months ago and demo'd them. He says that the power type cover is backlit. So, maybe?

    Microsoft announces new accessories for the Surface family | Windows Phone Central
    If true, then this is something that I would certainly get. I doubt it though!

    Edit: Well, going by the MS (UK) website, the Power Cover is NOT backlit. See here: https://forums.windowscentral.com/e?...token=h-Z-poUz
    01-06-2014 12:52 PM
  17. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    If true, then this is something that I would certainly get. I doubt it though!

    Edit: Well, going by the MS (UK) website, the Power Cover is NOT backlit. See here: Power Cover - Microsoft Store United Kingdom Online Store
    Good call. It's probably not backlit. I've been using the type cover 2, which is backlit. It's cool. But it's really not that big of a deal for me. I think I'd much rather have the extra battery life. Not to mention it would be a huge boost to the life of the actual battery in the tablet.
    01-06-2014 01:16 PM
  18. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    Good call. It's probably not backlit. I've been using the type cover 2, which is backlit. It's cool. But it's really not that big of a deal for me. I think I'd much rather have the extra battery life. Not to mention it would be a huge boost to the life of the actual battery in the tablet.
    On a daily basis, I probably won't need the Power Cover and the backlit feature, for me, is very helpful. However, on trips away from home and work, the Power Cover would be very helpful. I really wish MS had made it backlit too! I may just end up buying it and sticking it my bag (just in case!).
    01-06-2014 02:24 PM
  19. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    03-10-2014 04:54 PM
  20. Dos101's Avatar
    I ended up pre-ordering it yesterday. $200 is steep (TBH I think Microsoft should be selling all these covers for at least half of what they are now) but I think over the long haul for me it'll be worth it of the 70% additional battery life is true. I'm pretty hard on my Surface, and end up recharging it quite a bit.
    03-11-2014 11:10 AM
  21. g808's Avatar
    I'm debating on pre-ordering vs. trying my luck a MS store when they're released. I'm skeptical if they will be shipped on time and the MS Store tends to have a decent amount of stock of product on release (at least here in Northern California). I've been able to walk into a MS store on release day and they had stock of the 1520 and Lumia Icon. Hoping for the same with the power cover.
    03-11-2014 04:56 PM
  22. immortalmatt's Avatar
    The price seems steep imo. The surface is already more expensive than the iPad.
    03-17-2014 04:40 PM
  23. Dos101's Avatar
    Just got an email that my Power Cover has shipped! Really looking forward to see how much of an increase in battery life I get IRL. It should get here just in time for BUILD.

    The price seems steep imo. The surface is already more expensive than the iPad.
    Surface 2 32GB - $449
    iPad Mini Retina 32GB - $519
    iPad Air 32GB - $619

    Surface 2 64GB - $549
    iPad Mini Retina 64GB - $619
    iPad Air 64GB - $719

    In what world is the iPad cheaper?
    Cobb likes this.
    03-18-2014 11:28 AM
  24. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    The price seems steep imo. The surface is already more expensive than the iPad.
    Surface 2 32gb (449$)
    iPad Air 16gb (500$)

    Surface 2 has more than 16gb worth of space. iPad Air doesn't.
    03-18-2014 11:58 AM
  25. JaiMento's Avatar
    The price seems steep imo. The surface is already more expensive than the iPad.
    How much would it cost to get a quality external battery and a quality keyboard cover for an iPad?
    03-18-2014 12:34 PM
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