Microsoft Surface RT is available for preorder starting today at 9am PT. Prices start at $499 for 32GB. The Touch Cover keyboard will be sold separately for $120.
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Starting today at 9 a.m. PT, the Windows RT version of Surface will be available for preorder atSurface.com with an actual release on October 26 this year. On the same date, Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar stores also will begin selling the device; however, preorders are only available online. $499 nets you the 32GB version only, while $599 gets you the 32GB version with a Touch Cover keyboard. A 64GB version with Touch Cover will be priced at $699. The Touch Cover will retail separately for $120, with the more tactile Type Cover keyboard selling for $130
Yesterday I toured Microsoft’s Studio B R&D division. During one of our many lab stops I got a few brief moments to type on the Touch Cover while it was connected to a working Surface RT tablet.
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Microsoft was keen to point out that due to Surface’s larger than usual (for tablets) 10.6-inch screen, Touch Cover — which is just as wide — hits the sweet spot for spaciousness, so your hands are less likely to overlap while typing.
now can indeed attest to its ease of typing and the keyboard’s surprising comfort. It’s definitely more spacious than typical tablet keyboards like the Asus Transformer Infinity‘s accessory and thanks to bongo drum-like feedback sound effect, I didn’t really miss that the keys don’t depress.