Surface Power Cover

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Surface Power Cover

Surface Power Cover is rated4.2 out of5 by41.
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Equal parts keyboard, battery charger, and protective cover, the Power Cover is the Surface accessory you're going to want. It extends your Surface's battery up to 70%.*


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Equal parts keyboard, battery charger, and protective cover, the Power Cover is the Surface accessory you're going to want. It extends your Surface's battery up to 70%.*




Surface Power Cover and Surface device

For Surface power users

Extends battery life while you work
Work with the speed and functionality of a classic laptop keyboard while extending the battery life of your Surface up to 70% with the Power Cover. It also recharges your Surface's battery while you work. You'll have plenty of juice to stay unplugged all day in the office, during a full day of classes, or on a cross-country flight.

Windows shortcut, function keys, media controls, and trackpad
The 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. An ultra-thin trackpad lets you control the cursor with your fingertip.

Doubles as screen cover
Fold the Power Cover back like a book cover to get the full touchscreen experience—the keys are disabled when the cover is flipped back. When closed, the Power Cover shuts down your display to preserve battery life, and helps protect the screen from bumps and scratches when you’re on the move.

Note: Windows updates are required prior to first use.**

Tech specs


10.9 x 7.5 x 0.37 in (278 x 190 x 9.5 mm)


18.8 oz (535 g)


Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2

Available colors



Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1 – F12) • Dedicated buttons for Windows shortcuts and media controls






1-year limited hardware warranty

Ratings and reviews

Rated 5 out of5 by fromFinally Released! . . . But NO Backlit KeysI pre-ordered it and it arrived today!If you want a backlit keyboard, buy the Type cover 2. If you want extra battery life buy this cover.The power cover does NOT have backlit keys, for those still wondering.So far it works perfectly. It tells you how much power is left in each battery (internal and power cover) as well as the overall percentage. The surface will draw battery from the power cover first, and then switch to internal power. Folding the power cover up to the screen will be equivalent to "closing the lid" and therefore sleep/shutdown your surface depending on settings. The keyboard will also disable all keys unless it is resting flat and keys facing up.It is lighter than the Surface Pro 2, but only by a little bit. It also feels pretty thick. These are not problems for me, since I treat my Surface Pro 2 like a laptop. But something others might want to consider.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of5 by fromAs expectedFeels like my original Type cover and extends my original Surface Pro's life until Surface III or mini is released. Knew it wasn't backlit ahead of time so that was no surprise. Compared to a plan $129 Type cover- it's just a $79 battery with a better touchpad. Good purchase if it lasts.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of5 by fromGreat Addition to the Surface LineupI was able to preorder the Power Cover and I have been using the Power Cover for about a week now, and it has been great.During this first week, it took time and experimenting to understand how the Power Cover works in multiple situations. I had a handful of question before I bought this, but there were no reviews that explained them. Therefore, I want to let others know what I found out.To start with, the Power Cover shows up as a second battery. Surface will give a percentage of power left for each battery, and then it will give an overall percentage and estimated time remaining. - This many cause some people to take a second look when there is 0 percent power left on the keyboard and 100 percent power on the surface and the overall power left is 40 percent, (because it did for me at first).I am using this Power Cover with the Surface Pro 2 and just doing regular office work I get over 20 hours of battery life, which is amazing. I also have the Surface Pro and I get around 15 hours of battery life. I can go all day using this.The second thing I found is that the batteries can only charge one at a time. I am using the Surface Pro Docking station and the main Surface battery charges first, and then once it reaches 100 percent, then the Power Cover will start to charge. The benefit I have found is that most of the time I do not drain the Power Cover all the way and I only have to charge the Power Cover.The third thing I found was that the Power Cover will only charge when the Surface is turned on. There was two days in which I just attached the Surface Pro 2 to the docking station to charge without turning on the Surface tablet overnight. The Surface Pro 2 battery charged, but the Power Cover did not charge. As soon as I turned on the tablet (while attached to the docking station), the keyboard started charging. This was a surprise to me. While it is not an inconvenient for me (my docking station is setup to use any Cover keyboard) it is important to know if you want to have it charge completely over night for the next day, otherwise the next power that you need will not be there.The fourth thing I found was that the Power Cover battery would be used before the Surface battery. (They first day I used the Power Cover, I did not seen that because I think the Power Cover got disconnected during transportation and the batteries where reading different percentages.) It was after the first day that I started to do testing by making note of what causes what. Since then every time I use the Power Cover and Surface Pro 2, the Power Cover battery is used first.The fifth thing that I found out, which was the first question I had about the Power Cover (Ironically) was if the Power Cover battery would work if the flipped over the back. I use the Surface Pro 2 and the pen to hand write notes in the One Note App all day long, and I have the keyboard flipped over the back a majority of the time. There is great news here; yes, the battery in the Power Cover is used first, even when it is flipped over to the back and the keys are inactive.While the Power Cover is heavier and thicker, the extra battery life is worth it. I have the Type Cover 1 and 2, and Touch Cover 1 and 2. The Power Cover is just like the Type Cover 2 with the same keys and track pad. However, it is twice as thick and heavier. It is different from the Type Cover 1, just so everyone knows. The keys and mouse track pad has a different feel. (In my personal option, I like the Type Cover 2 keys better, and it hides the smudges from the fingers and palms better. There are some reviews about how the Power Cover does not have backlit keys; all I will say is that when the Power Cover was first shown at the Surface 2 unveiling, the information was given that it would NOT be backlit, so I was not even considering that as an issue. (I do know that not everyone can have multiple covers like I have, so all I can say is pick the cover that has the feature that is the most important to you, more power or backlit keys).On another note, the thickness of the Power Cover makes typing on it feel easier. With the cover thicker, the keyboard feels more stable and solid. (I did not even think about this as a possible feature). I also am using the Incipio Sleeve and yes, I can get the Surface Pro 2 and Power Cover into it relatively easily. This was another question I had because it was snug with just the Surface Pro 2 and Type Cover 2. Since I have been using the sleeve a lot, it is becoming easier to slide in and out of over time. I was worried that I would have to get another sleeve. (I am glad I do not).I hope this review helps with possible questions you may have while looking into which Type or Touch Cover to get for your Surface Tablet. Each cover has a unique feature, and that is what you should choose when picking the right one. I have been very fortunate to have all the different covers. For me, being able to go over 20 hours on my Surface Pro 2 on one charge is by far the most important feature for me. However, the time that I do use the keyboard at night, the backlit feature is very nice; I just do not type that often in a dark area. As far as lightweight, the Touch Cover is the great, but it will take time to get proficient with it. If you do get a chance to test them out at the store, I would highly, highly recommend that first. They are not cheap and it is important to pick the right one.Good luck with picking the right cover and if you get the Power Cover, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of5 by fromGreat coverI've been using this for two days now. I also have a first gen touch cover and second gen type cover. This is my favorite of them all - the extra weight and thickness is noticeable, but on the other hand it makes the typing experience much better by its rigidity. Adds ~ 2:30-3:00 hours battery to first gen Surface Pro.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of5 by fromAwesome KeyboardI was so excited to get my power cover yesterday morning!Here is my first-hand experience.1. Battery: After the full charge, the Battery of my power cover can last three and half hour when I used 50% brightness with WIFI open and Bluetooth connected with my mouse. Also, several apps like mails, OneNote and IE browsers were open as background. The battery was decent and it was as strong as claimed by MS. I noticed that both battery of power cover and surface are charged together once you plugged in, and the battery of surface was not used until the power cover was used up.2. Keyboard: the keyboard buttons were smooth and responsive. It have been great experience to type using it! The locations of the buttons were slightly different from the standard keyboard. So, a little bit learning curve for the new user to be familiar with these button locations. It just took me couple of hours to get familiar with it and I was typing this review using using this power cover3. Touch pad: my major complaint would be touch pad. The right and left click buttons were NOT PHYSICAL button. They had the pretty much same color as the touch pad background. So, when you want to right click something, you have to look down to see where these buttons were. Also, these buttons were very narrow down the touch pad. But it will be better if you get familiar with those locations. Another problem was that the touch pad was not responsive to the two finger gestures like going down or up the page. Well, I have been using the Arc mouse and it was not a big problem for me tough4. The power cover was not backlighted and if you think this is important, you may wanna consider type cover. Overall I was happy with this case because of that extra battery and awesome mechanic keyboard.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 4 out of5 by fromFirst impressionsJust received my power cover today. First impression was that it is heavy. It appears to be based off of the Type Cover 1. And it is not backlit even though many sites seem to have contradictory statements on this. I'm sure it weighs what it states and I'm sure that it is as thick as it states but it does make my Surface Pro seem much bulkier than I anticipated. With that said it is still a fraction of the size and weight of my laptop and just as powerful. I was anticipating that this would be my daily use keyboard but I now think I will use this when the extra battery power is needed and continue to use my Touch Cover 1 for daily use. I'm excited to see the improved battery life. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase and it will serve the need of extending the battery life when that is what I need.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of5 by fromA must buyI got thrower cover today, after charging it with my surface pro , my battery went over 15 hours . One of the best purchases you can ever do.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of5 by fromHeavy duty!I bought my Power Cover yesterday, from the Microsoft Store in SF. Man, is this one great addition to my arsenal. Yes, as everyone has said, it's "heavy". But strangely, once you begin to use it you realize that it's also solid, and somehow, makes typing on it even better than the stock Type cover. I use my Surface Pro at work, at cafes, at libraries and at home. It's gets a lot of use and I'm always looking for an outlet for the very short ac adapter (often, in cafe's, it's a chore to get close enough for the cord to reach). Not having to use a cord -- except when home or at work where it's not an issue -- is just plain freeing. As for the price, yeah, it's up there, but I've nearly that much for replacement laptop batteries in the past and didn't get the benefit of a new keyboard in the deal. All in all, very happy with my purchase and recommend it for original Pro users.
Date published: 2014-03-25
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