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Apr 17 2013   9:18AM GMT

Touch and Type keyboard covers for the Surface Pro

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

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Since I’m taking the Surface Pro show on the road and going mobile, Day 20 of the 30 Days with Surface Pro series is about the cool Touch and Type keyboard covers, which seem to be virtually synonymous with the Surface Pro.

I’ll be honest. I don’t really mind typing on the glass. It slows me down a bit, but my chief complaint is that the virtual keyboard uses up half of the display and doesn’t leave me much room to work with. I’d have an issue with a physical keyboard as well if I had to set it on top of my monitor display.

I’m also not a fan, though, of the more notebook-like approach of the Samsung ATIV docking station. At first, I thought it was cool that I could turn the Windows 8 tablet into a legitimate ultrabook. But, then I had a thought–“What do I do with this docking station thing, if I’m hanging out at Starbucks and I just want to use the tablet as a tablet?”

The Touch and Type covers seem to be an effective way to provide a physical keyboard and protect the display of the Surface Pro at the same time. And, they’re thin enough, and fold out of the way so they aren’t an obtrusive burden when you want to use the Surface Pro as a tablet.

Read Surface Pro, Day 20: Touch and Type keyboard covers for more about the pros and cons of these keyboard covers, and which one I prefer to use.

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