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Chime in: What do you think of Microsoft's new Marimekko Surface Pro accessories?

The fashion-forward Surface Pro keyboard covers are made of the Alcantara fabric that's so associated with the Surface lineup these days, and they're available in two different patterns. They don't come cheap, however; they're $179.99, or $20 more than the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover (opens in new tab) and $50 more than the regular Type Cover without Alcantara (opens in new tab).

There are also Marimekko sleeves (opens in new tab) and skins for Surface Pro (opens in new tab).

I'm all for the idea of making more stylish Surface Pro accessories, and I think doing so is a real opportunity for Microsoft, not only to sell more Surface accessories but to bump up the "cool factor" associated with the brand. I also like how the Type Covers are made of Alcantara, so they feel like true Surface add-ons. There's a thread in our forums dedicated to these new Surface Pro covers from Marimekko.

Microsoft's latest Surface Pro accessories feature some fairly flamboyant designs from Finnish-company Marimekko. These new Type Covers definitely aren't cheap ($180), but they're certainly unique. The designs lean toward the feminine side of things, I think, but they're still quite cool. And I like the idea of Microsoft making more stylish Type Covers. What do you think of the Marimekko...

Al Sacco

What do you think? Are the designs worth an extra $20 over the regular Signature Type Cover? If you already own a Type Cover, would you shell out more cash for another more fashionable one? And should Microsoft do more of these types of partnerships for Surface accessories? Hit the forum link below and chime in.

From the forums: Marimekko Surface Pro Type Covers — yay or nay?

Al Sacco is content director of Future PLC's Mobile Technology Vertical, which includes AndroidCentral.com, iMore.com and WindowsCentral.com. He is a veteran reporter, writer, reviewer and editor who has professionally covered and evaluated IT and mobile technology, and countless associated gadgets and accessories, for more than a decade. You can keep up with Al on Twitter and Instagram.