The Microsoft Surface is one of the most anticipated tablets at the time. In fact, we would even go to the extent and say, that after the iPad, it is the most talked about tablet at the moment. This can be for many reason, but one of the primary reasons is actually the case, which doubles as a Microsoft Surface Keyboard.
The Microsoft Surface will be the first tablet which will sport Windows 8, and it is having some killer features, including the presence of a USB point, HDMI, amongst other features. But the presence of a keyboard on the Microsoft Surface serves as to fill in a particular niche, which many consumers were in. The Microsoft Surface Keyboard is the physical interface which many consumers were wanting so that they can interact with their tablet with a way other than the touchscreen.
As of now, the touchscreen has become the most dominant form of data input. It has surpassed the keyboard and mouse duo, as it has been accepted universally for tablets, smartphones and with the launch of Windows 8, laptops and computers also. But touch display leave a lot left wanted when it comes to input. Typing is not as fast and accurate, and precision in not as high when selecting small tabs and menus.
This is where the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, which doubles as a case, comes in.
The Microsoft Surface keyboard comes as a thin case which clips onto the Microsoft Surface. It is so thin, that it can be mistaken as a case alone. The presence of a kickstand along with the Surface Keyboard can setup the tablet in a laptop like fashion. Hook up a mouse with the featured USB port and you got yourself a ultra-portable laptop.
Personally, we just can’t wait to get a Microsoft Surface of our own. But when purchasing the Microsoft Surface, we will have two options for the Microsoft Surface Keyboards. One will be a keyboard featuring touch keys, and the other will be a keyboard featuring tradition tactile keys, called the Type Keyboard
Microsoft Surface Touch Keyboard
The Microsoft Surface can be purchased with a unique touch keyboard. The Surface Touch Keyboard will be only .3 mm thick. It has keys which are not actually physical buttons, but just capacitive areas which will feel our fingers. The Microsoft Surface Keyboard
is pressure sensitive. This makes typing on it much easier, and more comparable to an actual keyboard.
Microsoft Surface Type Keyboard
The Microsoft Surface Type Keyboard is a keyboard which will sport actual tactile buttons. These keys will be similar to traditional keys we are used to in our laptops. The Type Keyboard will also have a track-pad akin to those on laptops, so that we can scroll with a cursor on the Microsoft surface. This will be perfect for the x86 version of the Microsoft Surface which will feature Windows 8 Pro. The compromise for this increase functionality is that the keyboard will be marginally thicker. The Microsoft Surface Type Keyboard has a thickness of .5mm, which is not that bad.
At the end, it comes to personal preference as to which type of keyboard you would like to use with the Microsoft Surface. The difference in thickness is marginal, so it should not be much of a factor when deciding which one to buy.
On the same note, one of the best things of the Microsoft Surface Keyboards is that they are thin and double as a case, and do not pack considerable weight themselves, unlike the other keyboards available in the market for tablets now (we are looking at you, Asus Transformer Prime)
Many consider the inclusion of a keyboard to be one of the negative factors for the Microsoft Surface. Come critics are saying that Microsoft is making a mistake, as the attachment of accessories defies one of the main features tablets have going for them, which is portability.
But is should be taken into consideration that the Microsoft Surface Keyboard is not a compulsory accessory, and is to be purchased by those who require it. Although many are saying that the cases-cum-keyboards compromises portability, these people are forgetting that the cases will increase productivity for many, which will counterbalance the portability factor.
Whatever the case (pun not intended) may be, it will be interesting to see how the Microsoft Surface along with its cool new keyboards turn out and how the consumer reacts to them. With the Apple iPad leading the pack when it comes to tablet sales, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s brainchild can come in and shake up the competition.
For those of you who will be purchasing the Microsoft Surface, which keyboard will you go for? Touch or Type?