Microsoft Surface Power Cover To Ship Next Week

Even before it ships, MicrosoftEUs Surface Power Cover is getting an upgrade. Set to find its way onto store shelves next week, the tablet cover will boast better battery life than originally marketed.

When Microsoft first discussed the Power Cover, a Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 accessory that promises to deliver a more convenient typing experience, Redmond promised it would deliver up to 50 percent more battery life to the tablet.

Essentially, the cover recharges the SurfaceEUs battery while you work. The latest news out of Redmond indicates the Power Cover will extend the battery life up to 70 percent instead of 50 percent.

Stretching Surface Power

The concept behind the Power Cover is to give power users -- like business professionals that need to make it though all day and all night meetings and international travelers -- more time to use the Surface before the battery indicator bar turns red and the screen goes black. With that purpose in mind, the additional battery life is sure to be a welcome surprise.

EUThe Power Cover has all the standard features of a classic QWERTY keyboard -- a full row of function keys (F1-F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls, and a trackpad make it easy to navigate your Surface without taking your hands off the keyboard,EU Microsoft said on the product site. EUAn ultra-thin trackpad lets you control the cursor with your fingertip.EU

According to the company, the Power Cover also doubles as a screen cover. HereEUs how it works: you can fold it back like a book cover to get a full touchscreen experience. When you flip the cover back it disables the keys. When you close the cover, it shuts down your display to save battery life and, of course, adds a layer of protection from scratches and dings when you are...

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