In New York this morning, Microsoft unveiled the next iteration of its Surface line, showing off the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. In addition to the two new tablets Microsoft revealed seven new accessories for the Surface line of tablets, covering everything from touch covers to docking stations.
Three New Keyboard Covers
The revamped tablets will also receive a revamped touchpanel keyboard cover, with what Microsoft is calling Touch Cover 2. Thinner and lighter than the original accessory, this will measure in at a slim 2.75mm thickness and will feature backlit keys. Microsoft claims that the cover will offer an even more rigid design allowing keystrokes to register with great accuracy, and with its new built-in sensor, the cover will also support a variety of gestures across the entire keyboard.
Microsoft also unveiled the Type Cover 2, which will feature the same thin and light-weight design seen from the original. Similar to its predecessor, the device will feature backlit keys and will offer a variety of different colors including Cyan, Magenta, Purple, and Black. The upgraded cover will also feature a more rigid design aimed at offering users a better lap-typing experience and quieter keystrokes.
The Touch Cover 2 and the Type Cover 2 will be available for pre-order starting on Sept. 24 in all markets where the Surface devises will be available. They will be priced at $120 and $130, respectively.
Microsoft introduced a third cover for its tablets, the Power Cover. The add-on will feature the same typing experience found on the Type Cover and will help users to extent the battery life of the Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro by up to 50%, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft is projecting that the Power Cover will release sometime in 2014 for the estimated price of $200.
Microsoft also revealed a new Wireless Adapter that will becompatible with any Type Cover or Touch Cover add-on. The accessory will connect magnetically, allowing users to work with their Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 to a TV or monitor via Bluetooth.
As with both covers, the Wireless Adapter will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 with an estimated retail price of $60.
The Docking Station for Surface Pro will allow users to easily connect either their Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 to desktop PC peripherals. While connected, the tablet will be able to use an external monitor, speakers, and power supply, helping to create a more traditional PC experience. The station will feature a USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 Ports.
The Docking Station for Surface Pro will have an estimated retail price of $200 and it will be released sometime in 2014.
Car Charger & Mouse
The Car Charger will be compatible with most vehicles connecting via the car’s lighter ports. It will not require any additional accessories and will feature a USB port to allow users to charge both their phone and Surface device simultaneously.
With the recent reveal of the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro Microsoft also unveiled a special-edition Arc Touch Mouse, which has been updated to mirror the aesthetic of the surface. The mouse will feature a flattened designed for added portability, and will offer wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 3.0, leaving the USB port free.
The Car Charger will be available sometime in 2014 for the estimated price of $60, while the mouse will be available for pre-order starting on Sept. 24 for the estimated price of $70.
TabletPCReview was at the press event for these tablets — to read our first impressions of them, head over to this article:
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 Hands-On Preview