1. pseudoware's Avatar
    Anyone use their RT primarily without a keyboard, or have found that one isn't really necessary for what you do on your RT? Just wondering. I just got a "black Friday" RT online w/o the touch cover keyboard and am wondering what other peoples' experiences have been.
    11-27-2013 11:40 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It's probably something that will be user-dependent. Some people might need a keyboard, whereas others will not, depending on what each person does with the device and how comfortable he/she is with touchscreen.
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    11-28-2013 12:22 AM
  3. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Anyone use their RT primarily without a keyboard, or have found that one isn't really necessary for what you do on your RT? Just wondering. I just got a "black Friday" RT online w/o the touch cover keyboard and am wondering what other peoples' experiences have been.
    I'll be bold and say, yes you NEED a keyboard. The RT is an "ok" device when used strictly as a tablet. The 16:9 aspect ratio causes a large portion of the screen to be covered by the onscreen keyboard. Where the RT really shines is when there is a keyboard. And when you start using the RT for those things that the RT can do (that other tablets can't) you'll appreciate having a keyboard.

    Not getting the touch cover with the RT was actually a good thing, IMO. Save your money and buy a Type Cover 2. That thing is amazing. I bought a refurb RT bundle with keyboard a few months ago and while the touch cover was "ok", I felt that it was still lacking. But for nearly the same thickness, to have a keyboard cover with actual keys, made quite a difference. Keep in mind that all of the trackpads on any of these covers are not so hot. :(
    11-28-2013 08:35 AM
  4. martinmc78's Avatar
    I bought my RT at launch without a keyboard. There was a period where I was doing a lot of work on it so went out and bought a MS wedge Bluetooth keyboard which worked perfectly but also meant I could just leave the keyboard at work and use the RT as a tablet on my commute and at home.

    All comes down to how you intend on using it, as Willy mentioned the on screen keyboard takes up a lot of room.
    11-28-2013 08:44 AM
  5. hotphil's Avatar
    I got a touch cover with mine. Couldn't get on with it (personal preference I guess). Grabbed a wedge keyboard, it's awesome. Same reason as martinmc78 - just pick up the Surface out of the "cradle stand" the wedge keyboard cover makes and use it as a tablet, return it to stand I've got a desktop replacement really. I use the wedge mouse with it too. Has made a real difference when moving around - don't have to lug a multi-kilo laptop around with me, but still have access to everything I could possibly need.
    It's a personal choice though.
    11-28-2013 06:29 PM
  6. azcruz's Avatar
    You will find some websites that you can't navigate without a keyboard. That is the moment that you would say... damn.
    11-28-2013 06:52 PM
  7. anon(123856)'s Avatar
    For casual web surfing and email you can get by without a keyboard but the touch cover is nice to have and if you're going to do any sort of serious writing, a must.
    11-29-2013 08:24 AM
  8. 11B1P's Avatar
    You will find some websites that you can't navigate without a keyboard. That is the moment that you would say... damn.
    I have both keyboards. I do a lot of document editing, so a keyboard is imperative to me.

    I find more websites need a mouse/pointer, than a keyboard. A lot of sites have the drop down box, that requires a pointer to hover on to get the selections. More times than not, if a website needs input, the onscreen keyboard will work just fine.
    11-29-2013 11:31 AM
  9. azcruz's Avatar
    I'm sorry, what did i just said. I meant enter text... Although the disappearing on screen keyboard issues have subsided.

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    11-29-2013 05:51 PM
  10. Doom At Last's Avatar
    Do not get the first generation Touch Keyboard, it is complete crap.
    11-29-2013 05:54 PM
  11. azcruz's Avatar
    Do not get the first generation Touch Keyboard, it is complete crap.



    To you. To me it is not.





    Sent from my Windows Phone 8S by HTC using Tapatalk
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    11-30-2013 01:10 AM
  12. 11B1P's Avatar
    Do not get the first generation Touch Keyboard, it is complete crap.
    I have both. They both work fine for me.
    11-30-2013 03:05 PM

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