|Series||Microsoft - Surface Pro 3 Type Cover - Black|
|Item model number||RD2-00080|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8.9 x 11.9 x 0.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||8.94 x 11.93 x 0.59 inches|
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Type Cover (Black)
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- Backlit, l Qwerty keyboard, Magnetic
- Folds back to prevent unwanted typing
- Turns device off and shields screen when Closed
- Protects the screen against bumps and scratches
- Intended to be used with the Surface Pro 3
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Designed to get work done.
With improved stability to work well on your lap, Type Cover turns Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop. The backlit Type Cover lets you work or play at any hour. One of the thinnest mechanical keyboards available, Type Cover features a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1-F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls, and a touchpad. Flip the Cover back, and take Surface Pro 3 from laptop to tablet in an instant. When closed, Type Cover shuts down your display to preserve battery life. Choose from 3 colors–black, cyan, and purple–to express your own personal style.
Colorful, backlit mechanical keyboard.
Work like you always have in even more places. One of the thinnest mechanical keyboard available, Type Cover has the speed and functionality of a classic laptop keyboard. It’s backlit so you can continue working after the lights go out. Easy attach and disconnect lets you set up and get going right away.
Windows shortcut, function, and media keys, and touchpad.
Type Cover features a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1-F12), Windows shortcut keys, and media controls, so you can navigate expertly. An ultra-thin touchpad lets you control the cursor with your fingertip.
Doubles as a protective cover.
Fold Type Cover back like a magazine for a tablet experience with Surface Pro 3. Type Cover keys are disabled when the cover is flipped back to avoid inadvertent typing. When you close Type Cover, the display shuts down, which helps protect the screen from bumps and scratches.
Express your personal style.
Type Cover is available in three colors so you can express your personal style. Choose from black, cyan, and purple. With improved stability to work well on your lap, Type Cover turns Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop.
|Supported platforms||Surface Pro 3|
|Dimensions||11.6 in (295 mm) x 8.54 in (217 mm) x 0.19 in (4.9 mm)|
|Weight||10.4 ounces (295 grams)|
|Available colors||Black, Cyan, Purple|
|Keys||Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys, Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1 – F12), Dedicated buttons for Windows shortcuts and media controls|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|In the box||Surface Pro 3 Type Cover and Surface Pen Loop|
Designed to get work done. Work the way you're used to working with the Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 3. Enhanced with magnetic stability to keep the cover steady, you can work just as comfortably on your lap as at your desk. When you add Type Cover to Surface Pro 3, it becomes a highly versatile laptop.
Top Customer Reviews
- The most mobile keyboard. I don't care what keyboard you should choose, there is none more mobile than the Surface Type Cover. The keyboard overall adds exactly .2 inches the depth of the Surface Pro 3. It is so compact that it goes everywhere that my Surface does. Bathroom, road trip, bookstore, fast food place, friends house, another country. It goes everywhere.
- A classy feel. This keyboard is built with premium feeling materials. The use of fabric in the keyboard is a very nice change. It reminds me of my soft wrist-saver at home. The backlighting on this keyboard blows my mind. It is as good- if not better- than my MacBook Pro Retina's. It is never blinding, and never too weak. The keys all feel sturdy, and all have a fantastic clicky noise. The trackpad is lightyears beyond what I expected. It is smooth, and my finger glides over it very easily. Even the magnet to prop up the keyboard feels premium. It is strong and doesn't come off unless I want it to.
- Connection to the Surface. The keyboard doesn't "click" on. It LOCKS on. And stays on. The magnets in the connecting hardware are very strong, but not enough to cause any damage. I love how the fabric covers most of the side of the Surface as well. It provides great grip on the device, as well as keeping it soft for people who actually carry the device a lot.
- It is sturdy. This keyboard is very, very durable. Albeit getting a little dirty, mine has held up surprisingly well. I had counted on the fabric tearing or fraying at some point, but so far that has not happened. The material doesn't appear to scratch or scrape. For being so light and so slim, it also has a rigidity that is nice. There is a sliver of play in the keyboard when propped up by the magnet, but not enough that it is annoying. Overall a keyboard built to withstand the hazards of travel.
- Specialized function row keys. I love how Microsoft designed the function row keys with special functions. From left to right, keyboard brightness down, keyboard brightness up, mute, play/pause, search, share, devices, settings, home, end, page up, and page down. My most used is the settings key.
- A caps key light. This may seem like a small thing, but the caps key light was something that I was introduced to with my Mac, and I hate every keyboard that doesn't have one. The light is white, and it is bright enough to see when indoors or out, and in use.
- The pen loop. This loop does lose its grip after a while. It doesn't bother me a lot though. My case has a built in holder for the pen.
- The keyboard gets dirty. The biggest problem that I have found with the fabric material covering the keyboard is that I gets dirty. Mine has been shoved into book bags, placed on tables, and touched by dirty hands. It just gets dirty. This doesn't effect the overall usability of the keyboard however, just the looks.
- Short key travel. Keyboards with short key travel are hard to type on for long periods of time. For long typing sessions a mechanical keyboard would be best. For everyday use however, this keyboard will perform perfectly.
- Small trackpad. Why anyone would want to use gestures on a trackpad when they have touchscreen Surface escapes me, but yes, this trackpad is far too small for gestures. If that is your thing... I don't like switching from my MacBooks trackpad to my Surface's trackpad. The trackpad on the Surface, although as accurate, is half the size of the MacBook's. It's really awkward to use sometimes.
- For some too flexible. For some, the keyboard may bounce too much propped up by the magnet. There is a little play, but not enough that I personally notice.
- It is a obligation. Contrary to what Microsoft claims, this keyboard is absolutely necessary. Not including it is simply a tactic to get the base price of the Surface down to where people can afford it.
This is the perfect match for the Surface Pro 3. It is light, portable, and it feels premium. However, the price is a little much for some, and the device is more of a requirement than an option. Highly recommended, but that doesn't matter if you already own a Surface. You are going to buy one anyway.
1. Comfortable and accurate typing.
2. Vastly improved touchpad.
3. Backlit keyboard
4. Useful shortcut keys.
2. Cheap material showing wear and tear.
I purchased a Surface Type Cover 3 along with my Surface Pro 3 the day it came out. So far I have enjoyed the keyboard and it has proven to be a very good upgrade over the Type Cover 2 from last year. The keyboard retains most of the good quality from the Type Cover 2 while fixing a lot of the issues that plagued it.
1. The Type Cover 3 provides a very good and comfortable typing experience. It is not the biggest keyboard in the world but it really makes the most out of the space it has. The individual keys are pretty big and they provide a lot of tactile feedback. I find myself making very few mistakes. I also do not have that cramped feeling that I often experience with small ultrabooks. The part of the keyboard where you rest your palms while typing has been increased in size. This makes the typing more comfortable and my palms don’t touch the touchpad and cause the mouse pointer to move all the time. That was an issue I experienced with the Type Cover 2. It was not a big problem but it was annoying. That problem has been fixed. Microsoft also added a magnet to the top part of the keyboard that attaches to the screen. This raises the keyboard which makes it more stable when you are typing on your lap.
2. The weakest point the Type Cover 2 used to have was the touchpad. Fortunately Microsoft listened to the critics and improved it. They improved it a lot. The touchpad is considerably bigger than the previous one. It is also made of a different material that is less prone to discoloration. The touchpad of my Type Cover 2 started losing its color after a few days of use. It looked dirty. The left and right buttons are much better also. The buttons on the Type Cover 2 lacked responsiveness and you often had to click several times in order to make a right click. It was irritating. The buttons on the Type Cover 3 work as they are supposed to. They work all the time with one click. The swipe gestures are also more responsive and easier to use thanks to the size increase. Overall the touchpad is not as good as the one on the MacBook Air but it is a vast improvement over its predecessor.
3. The Type Cover 3 has a backlit keyboard. It is very useful when you are using the computer in dark environment. It is one of those features that you don’t think you are going to need until you actually need it. It comes with three different light setting ranging from barely visible to really bright. The keyboard backlight will automatically turn off after a few seconds of inactivity in order to save battery. It will turn back on when you start using it again.
4. The Type Cover 3 just like most keyboard comes with shortcut keys on the top. However, I find the shortcuts to be more useful than a lot of the keyboards on the market because they are designed specifically for the Type Cover 3 and Windows 8. For example, I am always using the search key because it allows me to search anything on the hard drive or the internet with one click. You have keys to increase or decrease the backlit on the keyboard, mute the sound, as well as the classic scrolling up and down the browser pages. There is also a dedicated keys with shortcuts to settings, sharing documents, as well as the search key that I mentioned before.
1. The Type Cover 3 costs $130 dollars plus tax. It is expensive and overpriced. The keyboard is specifically made for the Surface Pro 3 and you are paying a big premium for it. Microsoft advertises the Surface Pro 3 as if it an optional accessory, it is not. It is a necessity. If you really want to get work done you need the keyboard. It is a shame that the keyboard is not included with the laptop. The keyboard is not made of any premium material or does anything that any other keyboard doesn’t do. You are paying $130 because Microsoft knows it is the only keyboard that fits the Surface Pro 3 like a glove.
2. The only difference in material that was change from the Type Cover 2 to the Type Cover 3 was the touchpad. Everything else is exactly the same. The keys are the same and the material surrounding it is still the same. It is not metal, it is not plastic, it is a cheap leathery type of material. Don’t really know what to call it. I wouldn’t mind so much if it wasn’t for the fact that the keyboard tends to show discoloration after a few months of use. In fact, I have already started to see a small white discoloration on the magnetic strip that attaches to the screen.
In conclusion, should you buy this keyboard? Well, if you really want to purchase the Surface Pro 3 and get real work done then you really do not have much of a choice. It is the only keyboard made specifically for the Pro 3. You can use a cheaper Bluetooth keyboard with the Pro 3 but it will not provide the portability and flexibility than this keyboard does. For the most part it is a very good keyboard and it gets the job done. I am writing this review with it. It is a shame it is so expensive. The keyboard is much better than the Type Cover 2. It is more comfortable to type than ever before and you will find the touchpad to a big improvement. I would still like to see a better material use for the next generation. I hope that this review has helped you decide whether the keyboard is good for you.