Microsoft's Surface tablets now come with free keyboard

News Dean Quinn 11:59, 3 Jun 2013

Microsoft Surface tablets now ship with a free keyboard

Microsoft has begun to provide keyboard peripherals that accompany its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets free of charge in North American territories.

Customers purchasing either of the Windows 8-powered tablet devices in the US or Canada will receive a Touch Cover or Type Cover click-in keyboard free of charge from last Friday.

Both tablet devices launched with much fanfare in the US with the Surface Pro recently hitting shelves in Britain nearly a year after its announcement.

Previously, the keyboard add-ons were sold separately at a retail cost of around £100. Microsoft will be shipping the keyboards for free for a limited time only although it's not yet clear when the offer closes. 

Whether or not a similar initiative will be launched in other markets is unclear at present. 

Initial reviews of both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro lamented Microsoft's decision not to include a keyboard accessory as standard. To get the best out of Windows 8 you really do need a keyboard. Perhaps this is why Microsoft has changed its tune?

Aside from the extra cost of buying the keyboard accesoories, the Surface Pro has generally been recieved favorably since it made its UK bow last month thanks to a raft of impressive specs including a 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor and 10.9-inch ClearType HD screen. The device's build quality has also been lauded along with its ability to run full Windows 8 apps, something that the lower-specced Surface RT was incapbable of.

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