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  1. Rainar Angelo's Avatar
    I've heard contrasting views on alcantara fabric. While some adore the feeling and comfort, others say it attracts greasiness like a magnet. I have had no experience so I can't say as such...
    05-22-2017 08:31 AM
  2. k1s23's Avatar
    hello. i say depends on your line of work and how much discipline you have. if youre outside all the time or if you use the computer with dirt on your hands, make-up on your palms, crumbs, etc. eventually its going to get very dirty. if youre always at some place clean then you should be fine.
    05-22-2017 10:09 AM
  3. ajcletus500's Avatar
    hello. i say depends on your line of work and how much discipline you have. if youre outside all the time or if you use the computer with dirt on your hands, make-up on your palms, crumbs, etc. eventually its going to get very dirty. if youre always at some place clean then you should be fine.
    this hold true for any laptop. The real question is how much of an effort will it be to clean it and to what extent it will get clean.
    05-22-2017 11:07 AM
  4. GG002's Avatar
    To be honest, my laptop's aluminium chassis is usually dirtier than my alcantara signature type cover. That being said, it's easier to clean my laptop, but alcantara just feels and looks so niiiiiceeee. I'm happy they put that on the Surface Laptop. It gives it more of a human touch, as I've never actually been a fan of cold, lifeless metal feel on computers.
    05-22-2017 06:38 PM
  5. k1s23's Avatar
    this hold true for any laptop. The real question is how much of an effort will it be to clean it and to what extent it will get clean.
    hello. true, no matter what the material things can get dirty. however, my aluminum laptop can easily be cleaned with a paper towel and water but ive never handled the alcantara fabric (and the fabric is special because it is above the brains of the surface laptop) so i would be concerned with cleaning it.
    Last edited by k1s23; 05-23-2017 at 02:52 AM.
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    05-22-2017 08:16 PM
  6. Timbre70's Avatar
    Is it fire retardant/resistant?
    05-22-2017 09:16 PM
  7. Rainar Angelo's Avatar
    Surface laptop above the brains of surface laptop ? Wait. WHAT?
    05-22-2017 11:09 PM
  8. Strike_1's Avatar
    I like the 'feel' a lot!Thre is a sens eof comfort associated with it. It is water n grease resistant, but yes, cleaning is more difficult. So, basically it gets dirty slower, but cleaning is not as easy (recommend a microfiber cloth)..n metals get dirty easier n easier to clean! On balance I would welcome Alcantara.
    05-23-2017 02:10 AM
  9. k1s23's Avatar
    Surface laptop above the brains of surface laptop ? Wait. WHAT?
    hahahahahaha thanks for mentioning that! i edited my previous sentence. :)
    05-23-2017 02:52 AM
  10. Rodgers Momanyi's Avatar
    Alcantara is a GO.....It works great on surface pro so far
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    05-24-2017 07:58 AM
  11. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    According to Panos MS blog, the fabric is treated with polyurethane to help resist stains.
    05-25-2017 03:30 AM
  12. Freddy Grande's Avatar
    Definitely GO for Alcantara.
    I should probably make a video about the Alcantara in my car to show how easily it stays clean and doesn't retain moisture (when treated with an oleo-phobic coating like no the Surface Laptop). Had it for over three years and still looks new.
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    05-25-2017 09:30 AM
  13. k1s23's Avatar
    Definitely GO for Alcantara.
    I should probably make a video about the Alcantara in my car to show how easily it stays clean and doesn't retain moisture (when treated with an oleo-phobic coating like no the Surface Laptop). Had it for over three years and still looks new.
    hey freddy. what car do you have that has the alcantara fabric? i heard about it being offered in cars although i cant remember the source, but its cool to hear someone in the forums has a car with this fabric in it.
    05-26-2017 01:54 AM
  14. k1s23's Avatar
    According to Panos MS blog, the fabric is treated with polyurethane to help resist stains.
    hey there, good to know. thanks! i try to avoid any food or liquids near my computer and dont work in a dirty/dusty environment so i didnt have any concerns about staining but nice to think about this in the back of my mind when i decide to take the laptop out and about.
    05-26-2017 01:56 AM
  15. k1s23's Avatar
    Alcantara is a GO.....It works great on surface pro so far
    hey rodgers. cool! ive yet to feel the alcantara fabric as ive never handled the surface pro type cover but good to know you enjoy it.
    05-26-2017 01:57 AM
  16. SP4's Avatar
    Microsoft’s general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, had this to say:
    "Just like anything luxury that you buy, like great handbags or a pair of shoes or even expensive cars, there is a care that’s needed for the device. And so from the materials perspective, we will ask customers — specifically customers who might stain it or drop something on it — to go ahead and wipe that right away. There’s a simple way of doing that with a microfiber with a soap and water solution on it. You don’t need any special chemical and you can wipe it off. Then just care [for it in the same way] that would go into anything that luxurious. That’s more of a periodical thing, not super frequent, something you might look at doing every six months or something. And so if you think of the livelihood of this laptop, somewhere between four and five years, it’s not that often you have to do it in terms of taking care of it."
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    05-26-2017 05:31 AM
  17. k1s23's Avatar
    Microsoft’s general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, had this to say:
    "Just like anything luxury that you buy, like great handbags or a pair of shoes or even expensive cars, there is a care that’s needed for the device. And so from the materials perspective, we will ask customers — specifically customers who might stain it or drop something on it — to go ahead and wipe that right away. There’s a simple way of doing that with a microfiber with a soap and water solution on it. You don’t need any special chemical and you can wipe it off. Then just care [for it in the same way] that would go into anything that luxurious. That’s more of a periodical thing, not super frequent, something you might look at doing every six months or something. And so if you think of the livelihood of this laptop, somewhere between four and five years, it’s not that often you have to do it in terms of taking care of it."
    hey there. wow so simple, thats awesome. i was worried about cleaning the fabric since below the fabric are electronics, but nice to know just soap and water are whats needed.
    Last edited by k1s23; 05-26-2017 at 10:27 AM.
    05-26-2017 09:38 AM
  18. MoggyMisc's Avatar
    I wish there were black Alcantara Typecover. Maybe MSFT thought it's not fancy enough?
    05-26-2017 10:02 AM
  19. MoggyMisc's Avatar
    Microsoft’s general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, had this to say:
    "Just like anything luxury that you buy, like great handbags or a pair of shoes or even expensive cars, there is a care that’s needed for the device. And so from the materials perspective, we will ask customers — specifically customers who might stain it or drop something on it — to go ahead and wipe that right away. There’s a simple way of doing that with a microfiber with a soap and water solution on it. You don’t need any special chemical and you can wipe it off. Then just care [for it in the same way] that would go into anything that luxurious. That’s more of a periodical thing, not super frequent, something you might look at doing every six months or something. And so if you think of the livelihood of this laptop, somewhere between four and five years, it’s not that often you have to do it in terms of taking care of it."
    A luxuarious PC that needs to be cared like a bag or cloth... It does not sound like a good idea for business or school PC.
    I became unsure whom MSFT is appealing to. Business, or consumer?
    05-26-2017 10:10 AM
  20. k1s23's Avatar
    A luxuarious PC that needs to be cared like a bag or cloth... It does not sound like a good idea for business or school PC.
    I became unsure whom MSFT is appealing to. Business, or consumer?
    hey. when i worked in retail the store i worked at sold luxury bags and we would suggest using water and soap. these 2 are the safest on products. mixing chemicals and applying it to fabric like leather etc can stain or ruin the fabric, so best to clean with safe products and as quick as possible.
    Last edited by k1s23; 05-27-2017 at 12:48 AM.
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    05-26-2017 10:28 AM
  21. Timbre70's Avatar
    Black cover, you can't drink milk while using. If you like red wine 🍷, burgundy is the color of choice.
    05-26-2017 10:54 AM
  22. Surapathi_121-0's Avatar
    It should be 'No' because people, when they spill water or tea or something worse, it would just absorb like a black hole leaving a scar. There should be some type of protector for it.
    05-26-2017 11:40 AM
  23. ttsoldier's Avatar
    People keep talking about the feel of the Alcantara keyboard and I just dont get it.

    The top of the keyboard where the keys are feels so dry and plain. There is no feeling to it. Nothing. And i've seen others complain about this.

    The back of the keyboard, you can actually feel the material but it's still not what I thought it would be based on all the advertisements and the cost.

    Honestly, I expected more. Not to mention mine has gotten dirty. I tried an alcantara cleaner but it didn't help .

    It seems like a photo accentuates the dirtiness because it doesn't look this bad in real. But i still notice it in person

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    05-26-2017 07:43 PM
  24. k1s23's Avatar
    People keep talking about the feel of the Alcantara keyboard and I just dont get it.

    The top of the keyboard where the keys are feels so dry and plain. There is no feeling to it. Nothing. And i've seen others complain about this.

    The back of the keyboard, you can actually feel the material but it's still not what I thought it would be based on all the advertisements and the cost.

    Honestly, I expected more. Not to mention mine has gotten dirty. I tried an alcantara cleaner but it didn't help .

    It seems like a photo accentuates the dirtiness because it doesn't look this bad in real. But i still notice it in person

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    thanks ttsoldier for posting this picture. wow, that is dirty. im shocked it has gotten in that condition, seeing as how the alcatera type covers have only been out for 1 1/2 years or so right? hopefully the newer type covers and the surface laptop have better protection from dirt over the years.
    05-27-2017 12:47 AM
  25. k1s23's Avatar
    It should be 'No' because people, when they spill water or tea or something worse, it would just absorb like a black hole leaving a scar. There should be some type of protector for it.
    hey there. well, you shouldnt be drinking anything near electronics anyways.... especially something this expensive. its best for someone to think, is it really worth ruining electronics because youre thirsty and couldnt take the few seconds to get something to drink?
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    05-27-2017 12:51 AM
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