Microsoft's Fancy Tablet Keyboard 'Works Well,' But You Have To Look At Your Fingers As You Type

Microsoft Surface tablet

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When Microsoft revealed its home-made Surface tablet, the number one thing that had people buzzing was the slender touch keyboard accessory.It looked like a cool way to type without adding a lot of bulk to the tablet overall. The only catch? Microsoft didn’t let the press use the keyboard that day, so no one knew if it actually worked.

Well, Citi analyst Walter Pritchard met with Windows executives and got a chance to play with the keyboard.

His verdict? Pretty good, but not as good as full on keyboard. From his note:

At the meeting with MSFT Windows execs, we were able to try the Surface touch keyboard (we weren’t at LA launch) and also use it conjunction with new Office (RT- version). All works well. The keyboard is responsive and natural (same size as laptop keyboard), with only downside being there is only slight raised delineation between keys, meaning you have to look at your fingers while you type. With short words, we were able to type accurately, although longer words were more error- prone.

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