Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 accessories including a docking station, Power Cover and Type Cover 2

Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 accessories including a docking station, Power Cover and Type Cover 2

Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 accessories including a docking station, Power Cover and Type Cover 2

In addition to introducing the Surface Pro 2 this morning, Microsoft also trotted out a smattering of accessories for its new slates including the new Power Cover and a docking station. The former offers up a keyboard for workstation-like setup and extends battery life 2.5 times for the Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro and Surface 2. For those looking to anchor down for a spell, the Surface Pro 2 dock wields three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 jack, a mini DisplayPort, Ethernet connection and audio input / output. The peripheral can also power up 3,840 x 2,160 resolution display — something Microsoft is touting as “the full power of a PC in a tablet form factor.”

There’s also the new Type Cover 2 that’s 1mm thinner (2.5mm total, to be exact) than the previous model and packs a whopping 1,092 sensors for a better typing experience and touch gestures. This one is backlit (the first for a Surface tablet) and dims intelligently with the help of a proximity sensor. At $130, it offers 1.5mm of travel for what should be improved ergonomics for longer typing sessions on both the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2. The Touch Cover 2 is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor while getting the backlit upgrade and a $120 price tag. Rounding out the lot is a $60 Bluetooth wireless adapter for the covers, a USB car charger and a Surface Edition of the Arc Touch Mouse priced at $70.

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