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Needed for significant typing
on January 6, 2013
I bought the Surface to function mostly as a mini-laptop with tablet advantages and have not been disappointed. The Surface does in fact function as a real laptop that allows extensive typing with this keyboard. I type a lot and very fast and knew the touch keyboard wouldn't work for my needs. This keyboard does a great job most of the time. It works best on a hard and completely flat surface. When using it on a tiled table with grooves or an old table with a dipped surface, I had trouble with the keys not responding quickly enough, especially the space bar, but when I put it on a large book, it worked fine. Sometimes there is a small bit of a lag, but I suspect that's when the doc is autosaving or something, because other times it can keep up with me fine.
The keyboard includes volume and mute keys and keys that are useful for Surface functions. The touch pad is great and in fact I like it better than the touch pad on my big laptop. It's responsive, but not so much so that I am constantly moving the cursor accidentally when typing.
Bottom line, while the keyboard is not as good as a standard desktop or laptop keyboard, it's far better than I expected for this sort of thing and I'm very pleased with it.
Update: I upgraded this from 4 stars to 5 when I discovered that my original keyboard had issues. It was pretty good, but not perfect. I thought that was just how this sort of keyboard worked until I happened to try another on a display unit and learned that it functioned as good as any laptop keyboard. Consequently, I exchanged my original one for a new one and it works perfectly. I am delighted because now my wonderful little tablet is truly a little laptop.