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Microsoft covers every base with 8 new Surface accessories

Brad Chacos | Sept. 24, 2013
From battery boosts to portable productivity to, um, music mixing, the slew of new Surface accessories covers most everyone's needs.

Loops, mutes, sliders: It's all on the Remix Cover. Unfortunately, the only way to obtain one seems to be by entering the Surface #RemixProject contest--there was no word of retail availability. Still, the Remix Cover seems like an interesting way to promote the idea that Touch Covers could be used for more than just typing.

Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2
 
type cover

Panay showed off a new Type Cover at Monday's event, and the new design seems to be a big improvement over the original, somewhat clunky Type Cover. The Type Cover 2 has been trimmed down to about the thickness of the original Touch Cover, with about 1mm less key travel than the first Type Cover. And you'll have color options beyond black, black, or more black this time around, too: the Type Cover 2 will also be available in cyan, magenta, and purple.

The key travel-less Touch Cover 2, meanwhile, is also slimmer than its predecessor. More importantly, it's also more responsive. While the original Touch Cover packed 80 touch sensors, Panay says the follow-up includes a whopping 1092 sensors. (We still prefer the tactile feel of the Type Cover .)

But I've saved the best for last: Both the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 have backlit keyboards. Yesssssss.

Wireless adapter for Touch and Type Covers
 
wireless adapter

The Type and Touch Cover fun doesn't end there. Microsoft also announced a new $60 wireless adapter for the duo, which allows you to wirelessly connect your keyboard to your tablet via Bluetooth to allow you to type from anywhere in the room. That's a highly specialized need, but it could come in handy if you want to connect your Surface to a TV or monitor and still be able to type from, say, the couch or conference table.

Car charger
 
car charger

No, seriously--Microsoft is really, really focused on battery life. In fact, the company is rolling out a $50 charger to let you charge your Surface in your Suburban (or any other automobile). The charger comes equipped with a secondary USB port to let you charge other devices at the same time.

Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition
 
mouse

The $70 Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition is basically Microsoft's finger-friendly Arc Touch Mouse, only Surfacefied. The look of the new mouse mirrors that of the tablet, and it connects via Bluetooth 3.0 to avoid hogging one of the Surface's precious few USB ports.

 

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