Are you a fan of the Alcantara fabric on Microsoft's Surface PCs and Type Covers?

Type Covers
Type Covers (Image credit: Windows Central)

Alcantara, the Italian-made fabric Microsoft uses on some Surface accessories and the Surface Laptop, is soft and luxurious. (If you're not familiar with Alcantara, read, "Everything you need to know about Alcantara".)

But people either seem to love it or, well … not love it. That's understandable, and it's not for everybody. There's a discussion going on in our forums right now on that very subject.

So, I just got my new Surface Pro last week. I feel like it's not even a question whether or not you should buy a Type Cover — if you want to get any sort of real work done, you need one. However, Microsoft makes two versions, the regular ol' Type Cover and the Signature Type Cover, with Alcantara fabric. (If you need a refresher on what exactly Alcantara is, and what it's good for, read this.)...

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Personally, I am not a huge Alcantara fan. But I still use it on my Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, because I like it better than the rubbery-feeling plastic on the regular version.

What about you? Do you use any Surface accessories with Alcantara? Do you have strong feelings either way? Hit the link below and let us know.

From the forums: To Alcantara, or not to Alcantara?

Al Sacco

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