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Microsoft Fixing Surface Tablet’s Biggest Flaw for One Week Only



Microsoft is addressing one of biggest concerns of users willing to consider it’s Surface tablets over similar products like Apple’s iPad Air and rival 2-in-1s from partners like Lenovo. All Surface tablet buyers will receive a free Touch Cover with the cost of their tablet in a special promotion this week.

Microsoft began offering the deal to Surface buyers through its Microsoft Store website earlier today. A look at the offer’s terms and conditions doesn’t reveal any obvious gotchas. Simply put, users who purchase a Surface, Surface Pro, Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 get to choose a touch cover of their choice at no additional charge.

Surface Touch Cover Deal

These are the same covers that Microsoft introduced alongside the Surface devices, and the company has included them in all of its advertising. Despite this, the company doesn’t actually offer any Surface tablets that come bundled with either version of the Surface Touch Cover. Users who purchase the device are now guaranteed an $80 savings over what users would normally pay for a Touch Cover.

To be clear, these covers aren’t to be confused with the Touch Cover 2 accessories. They’re keys are still touch sensitive, however users can’t do gestures by running their fingers across multiple keys. There’s absolutely no backlighting to speak of on the original Touch Cover either. As such, users who want either of those features will still need to pay $119.99 extra for a Touch Cover 2.

This deal does include the Surface 2 with LTE iPad competitor that Microsoft announced formally last week, and users can choose between black, red, white and cyan Touch Covers for their devices.

If there’s one catch it’s that Microsoft only plans to offer the deal until this coming Saturday, March 29th. After that, the Touch Cover will go back up to its usual price and users will be stuck paying for an accessory that many think should have been actually included with each Surface tablet.

Read: Microsoft Surface 2 Review: Less Confusing and More Viable

A Surface 2 with free Touch Cover sets users back $449, while an iPad Air would cost $499 and a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover would cost another $99. For now, a Surface 2 sounds like a slightly better deal.



  1. t

    03/25/2014 at 8:04 am

    Type cover is far better than touch cover. I’d still pay for the type cover even if they give you a free touch cover. Also get the surface wireless arc mouse which folds flat when not in use

  2. P

    03/25/2014 at 3:13 pm

    Sorry, but I disagree with this tag line as being a FLAW.. Does the Ipad come with a keyboard, let alone cover? Some of the OEM’s that are building Tablets come with a keyboard/cover, but I don’t see that the Surface is Flawed in any way… People love to pick on Microsoft and I am just sick of it. To be very clear there is NO FLAW… It is an accessory like everyone else’s tablet. seems to me it is one heck of deal. The touch cover is great… The innovation is great. you get two items for the price of one.. A cover and a keyboard.

  3. PM

    03/25/2014 at 4:04 pm

    Seems to me like the logic of this article is that the iPad has been flawed since day one and still is because there isn’t even an option to buy an attachable keyboard cover build by Apple. Seriously terrible writing and lack of a decent editing department here. The article should point out that the base model keyboard cover is free for a tablet that runs about as close to a full computer operating system as you can get. I wish I had one of these when I was in college. Sure would have been nice to have free full featured MS Word to type up my papers on something like this vs. a desktop computer!

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