This deluxe accessory was first promised to us back in late 2013, and now Microsoft is gearing up to launch the Surface Power Covers for its Surface line of tablets.

The Surface Power Cover can extend the battery life by up to around 70 percent.

Microsoft has put the accessory up for preorder at its very own page, and it can be yours for the sweet, sweet price of $199. It weighs in at just 249 grams (0.55 inch), and is 9.75 mm thick. Or thin. Expected shipment date is set for March 19.

Here is the official description that Microsoft has put up:

“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.”

So far so good, but this accessory is for power users, through and through.

Compared to the traditional Touch and Type Covers for the second generation Surface family, the Power Cover does not come with backlighting — it simply acts as a protective cover, while doing the important task of extending the battery life, so users can recharge their tablets while they work.

Compatibility is limited to the Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2. The original Surface RT misses out once again, expectedly one might add.

And it only comes in black, for the time being at least.

Microsoft plans to sell the Power Cover in the United States, Canada and Japan, while the remaining markets will get the accessory at a later date. Chances are that Redmond will offer up more details in the coming days and weeks.

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  1. The battery life feature is awesome. It adds convenience to practicality. A little bit on the expensive side and I do think they should add more colors, which they will eventually, but all in all, I think this will be a success.

    • I’m pretty much in agreement. A charger/keyboard is great, but seems like something I think is worth $99 and not $199.

  2. Jake Phillips / March 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm /Reply

    As someone who uses a tablet on my commute everyday, this is a godsend. I would pay $199 gladly to have this during my work week. It would be so nice to not have to worry about battery life while I’m doing work throughout my day!

    • Emily Williams / March 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm /Reply

      I have to disagree, Jake. I understand your point, but portable chargers shouldn’t be this much in my opinion, even though it include the keyboard. More and more people are using touch typing anyway, so I think the keyboard is kind of a novelty for a tablet.

      • Rodney Longoria / March 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm /Reply

        Too bad these new keyboard/chargers doesn’t have back-lit keys, too. I love a back-lit keyboard.

  3. Bill Franklin / March 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm /Reply

    I think there is something to be said for the color. I prefer black and it wont stop me from using it, but all of the ads that show different colored keyboards may make people disappointed that this particular keyboard only comes in black.

  4. Fahad, what are your thoughts on the one color to start? As Bill recently stated, it seems contradictory to their advertisements.

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