Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets deliver some cool new features, but not all changes impress.
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Some are no doubt disappointed that Microsoft will continue to sell keyboards and Surface tablets separately, but there's a silver lining: the new Surface keyboards are much nicer than the old ones.
The Touch Cover 2 is slightly thinner than its predecessor, which Microsoft VP Panos Panay said will allow users to type faster. It also now features backlit keys and comes in cyan, purple or magenta, in addition to the original black.
Another keyboard choice, the Type Cover 2, contains over 1100 sensors, which Panay said will ensure it registers what the user intends, despite its nearly paper-thin form. The original Type Cover had fewer than 100. Type Cover 2 also will have backlit keys.
Finally, for those who do a lot of on-the-go typing, or who just don't like fighting over power outlets at Starbucks, the Power Cover will be a welcome addition. It's heavier and thicker than the others but adds only a little depth and weight to the overall package. More importantly, it increases the battery life of the attached Surface by more than 50% -- meaning that even today's energy-hungry Surface Pro would achieve a respectable six hours, and that the Surface Pro 2 should last for around 10 hours.
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