1. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Has anyone noticed that the magnet part of their Type Cover makes a cracking sound when bended? It's not a huge problem, just wondering if I'll have to replace it in the future. It still works, but it doesn't sound intentional.
    08-20-2015 12:00 PM
  2. BGrewer's Avatar
    Is this the magnet attaching the type cover to the tablet or the other one?
    08-20-2015 01:19 PM
  3. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Is this the magnet attaching the type cover to the tablet or the other one?
    It's between the keyboard and the large magnet that props up the keyboard (so you can hear it every time the keyboard is propped up or moved around in any way while connected to the Surface). It's more like a popping sound.
    08-20-2015 02:48 PM
  4. BGrewer's Avatar
    Yeah I get that when propping up the keyboard, but I think that the popping sound is due to the keys shaking
    08-20-2015 04:54 PM
  5. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Yeah I get that when propping up the keyboard, but I think that the popping sound is due to the keys shaking
    Mine sounds like there's two seperated parts inside the cover, and their rubbing against each other is making a scratching sound. It's not from the keys.
    08-21-2015 11:50 AM
  6. EMitchell's Avatar
    I just took mine off and shook it vigorously, including moving the magnet section back and forth. The very slightest of sound was made, and that sounded like the keys moving a little. No noise at all from the magnet section. I'd say you've got something broken loose, might be worth taking it into a MS store and see if they'll give you an exchange.
    08-21-2015 01:46 PM
  7. gernerttl's Avatar
    Mine sounds like there's two seperated parts inside the cover, and their rubbing against each other is making a scratching sound. It's not from the keys.
    This may sound silly. But what color type cover is it? I went to get a replacement cyan type cover and the Microsoft store rep said that the cyan type covers were all being recalled, so they pulled them off the shelves. He didn't know exact details, just mentioned that they were breaking easy.

    And yes, I think it's kind of weird that Microsoft would pull the cyan type cover for the SP3 and not any of the other colors.
    08-22-2015 01:19 AM
  8. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    This may sound silly. But what color type cover is it? I went to get a replacement cyan type cover and the Microsoft store rep said that the cyan type covers were all being recalled, so they pulled them off the shelves. He didn't know exact details, just mentioned that they were breaking easy.

    And yes, I think it's kind of weird that Microsoft would pull the cyan type cover for the SP3 and not any of the other colors.
    It's the black one.
    08-22-2015 09:13 AM
  9. gernerttl's Avatar
    Well there goes that theory then.

    I have the blue one now and I when I moved my keyboard while is connected I can hear a faint scratching/clicking sound. But it doesn't sound like anything is broke. Just a faint sound that is barely (for me) noticeable. There are ribbon connectors/cables in the hinge area and they are designed with some leeway to allow the keyboard to be bent all the way back. That scratching/clicking sound could be those cables sliding to be able to move with the keyboard hinge.
    Last edited by gernerttl; 08-22-2015 at 01:45 PM.
    08-22-2015 01:34 PM
  10. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Here's what it sounds like
    08-22-2015 04:38 PM
  11. BGrewer's Avatar
    That doesn't sound too good, is it worth getting in touch with Microsoft? Something definitely sounds broken
    08-22-2015 08:21 PM
  12. gernerttl's Avatar
    Mine makes that sound too. Like I said previously, there are ribbon cables inside. There has to be some play in them. I not, you would not be able to bend the keyboard back without breaking.
    08-23-2015 04:42 AM
  13. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Mine makes that sound too. Like I said previously, there are ribbon cables inside. There has to be some play in them. I not, you would not be able to bend the keyboard back without breaking.
    My Surface RT touch cover never made this sound, and my SP3 type cover didn't make this sound until recently. I used it a lot as a tablet for a while, so it was flipped on the back several times, and there was never any cracking.
    08-23-2015 06:11 AM
  14. EMitchell's Avatar
    Doesn't sound good. Mine is a quiet as a (non-squeaking) mouse.
    08-26-2015 06:31 PM
  15. gernerttl's Avatar
    I just got a new cyan type cover and it also made a cracking sound. It is brand new, not used. Both my blue and cyan type covers make it. Like I said, there are ribbon cables in the hinge and the "cracking" sounds just like ribbon cables being bent. So unless it is actually affecting the function then you shouldn't worry too much about it.
    08-26-2015 11:46 PM
  16. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    Doesn't sound good. Mine is a quiet as a (non-squeaking) mouse.
    My Surface RT cover was like that, and as was this cover the first couple of weeks. It's fine though, I take it off when I use it as a tablet anyway. If it breaks, I'll send it back to them, but I plan on getting a SP4 cover if it has a larger trackpad anyway :P
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    08-27-2015 09:16 AM
  17. BGrewer's Avatar
    My Surface RT cover was like that, and as was this cover the first couple of weeks. It's fine though, I take it off when I use it as a tablet anyway. If it breaks, I'll send it back to them, but I plan on getting a SP4 cover if it has a larger trackpad anyway :P
    When's the Pro 4 going to be released anyway?
    08-27-2015 03:12 PM
  18. EMitchell's Avatar
    When's the Pro 4 going to be released anyway?
    The rumor mill has said a major announcement from MSFT will be in October, and the guesses are Pro4, plus the new flagship phones. I saw one that suspected a miniXBox console as well, but an article on Linkedin this morning quashed that.
    08-28-2015 09:54 AM
  19. BGrewer's Avatar
    The rumor mill has said a major announcement from MSFT will be in October, and the guesses are Pro4, plus the new flagship phones. I saw one that suspected a miniXBox console as well, but an article on Linkedin this morning quashed that.
    I hope that a power covers going to be released!
    08-28-2015 12:12 PM
  20. gernerttl's Avatar
    I hope that a power covers going to be released!
    I'm not sure a power cover is needed. At least not with the SP3 or possible SP4. I had a power cover for my SP1 and though it did extend my battery life significantly, the weight made it almost not worth it. Even with Windows 10, I'm getting pretty good battery life on my SP3.

    I would like to see a Chiclet style keyboard though. I believe they work better and have a better feel to them. My opinion though.
    08-29-2015 12:58 AM
  21. Mathias Lindberg's Avatar
    I'm not sure a power cover is needed. At least not with the SP3 or possible SP4. I had a power cover for my SP1 and though it did extend my battery life significantly, the weight made it almost not worth it. Even with Windows 10, I'm getting pretty good battery life on my SP3.

    I would like to see a Chiclet style keyboard though. I believe they work better and have a better feel to them. My opinion though.
    At 50% the Surface Pro 3 lasts me about 6 hours doing web brosing and using Word. It's not very optimal, but if I plug it in at school, I can charge it to full in 1-2 hours from 50%, even while playing a game and doing other things that would reduce the battery from 100% to 0% in 2-3 hours.

    I would also prefer a chiclet style keyboard. The current one isn't too bad, but I make mistakes more often and I can't feel where I am on the keyboard quite as easily.
    08-29-2015 04:19 PM

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