Microsoft's new Surface Pro Type Cover is here, and it rocks fancy Alcantara materials just like its Surface Laptop cousin.

Of course, as we all know, the Surface Pro line has detachable, optional Type Covers, designed to compliment the tablet portion of Microsoft's flagship 2-in-1 hybrid device.

The new Surface Pro Signature Type Covers come with that same Alcantara used on previous Signature Type Covers, and more recently, Microsoft's shiny Surface Laptop. The Alcantara materials are pleasing to the touch, and they certainly give the Surface lineup a unique look that few other devices can boast.

The new Surface Pro Signature Type Covers haven't undergone any radical changes from the previous Type Cover models that debuted with the Surface Pro 4. But the Alcantara colors match the new Surface Pen Microsoft also unveiled. (It's also available in the traditional gray.)

Surface Pro Type Cover tech specs

  • Weight: 310g.
  • Compatibility: Surface Pro devices.
  • Dimensions: 295 mm (L) x 217 mm (W) x 5 mm (H).
  • Material: Alcantara.
  • Colors: New platinum, burgundy and cobalt blue colors.
  • Trackpad: Large glass trackpad, five-finger multi-touch gesture support.
  • Keys: Activation, moving (mechanical) keys with 1.3mm key travel.
  • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1 to F12), four directional keys, Windows, brightness and media controls keys, LED backlighting.
  • Interface: Magnetic.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer.
  • Warranty: One-year limited hardware warranty.

Microsoft was keen to stress that the Surface Pro Type Cover offers more accurate typing and mouse pointing than the trackpad found on the MacBook and keyboard found on the iPad Pro keyboard cover, but we'll have to put those claims to the test at a later date.

The new Surface Pro Type Cover is compatible with all existing Surface Pro devices, but the size makes it best suited to the Surface 3 and up.

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