Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, March 19, 2018

Microsoft has a new keyboard for their Surface tablets.  The Touch Ccover 2 has a fast response time and is a sleek 2.75mm thick.  Bonus, it's backwards compatible, so if you purchased an earlier Surface, it will work just fine. The really innovative part behind the new TC2 is the number of sensors in the keyboard. The old one had 80 sensors, the TC2 upped it to 1092. That translates into a keyboard with far greater touch sensitivity, which in turn means greater speed and accuracy.

If your finger doesn't hit a key squarely on, the TC2 will be able to read your finger touch and know which key you are tapping. The sheer number of high speed/high res sensors makes it possible to type faster and not keep missing keys. 

The TC2 is gesture ready. If you've mastered a number of gestures on your phone, you can port that skill to your Surface.

The built in mouse pad  also benefited from the improved sensors. The  text selection is easier and not so frustrating.  Anyone who's suffered through the agonies of trying to select a body of text to move, will instantly like this feature.  Text select has a couple of improved features as well, including a text select for deletion, using two fingers on the number row. Small things, but they all decrease the amount of tapping needed for simple jobs.

The Touch Cover 2 has illuminated keys, like the Type Cover 2, which go a long way in improving keyboard visibility.  If you are in a slightly dim area, or like many of us, crap eyesight, this improvement will make a big difference in overall useability.  The slimmer thickness makes it a bit lighter, which is important to road warriors.

You can pick any colour you want for the TC2, as long as it's black. Unlike the other keyboard covers, which come in a number of migraine inducing colours, the TC2 is issued in the standard Model T black. 

The real surprise is the price $119, a little cheaper than it's multi-coloured brethren.

Touch Cover 2

Text Size

Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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