Defect found in Microsoft Surface tablet Touch Cover

When Microsoft unveiled the Surface tablet, one of the major features it has apart from the new operating system is its key accessory, the Touch Cover, which features an integrated keyboard. However, early adopters of the tablet who have this accessory are facing some issues with the Touch Cover where it splits at the seams, exposing some of its internal wiring in the process.

A report by The Guardian states that early users of the Touch Cover of Microsoft’s Surface tablet say one of the edges that magnetically connect to the device split at the seam, and this case has been witnessed by a number of users a few days after they started using it.

The report states that it is unclear whether the problems that people have encountered are due to a faulty batch or are a subtle problem that will become more apparent as more people use it for longer. The fact that users in the US and the UK have reported the problem suggests that it is not isolated to a single manufacturing batch.


A few defects noticed with the cover


The report notes that Microsoft appears to be addressing this issue by offering replacements for these covers at no extra cost. However, with the Surface tablet aiming to make a mark for itself in the tablet segment, this may deter buyers from purchasing this accessory that can come in extremely handy while using this slate.

At the Windows 8 event, Microsoft announced the launch of the Surface tablet and it stated that it designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows RT as it is unique and represents value, providing an entertainment experience, and a foundation for getting things done.

First unveiled in June, Surface has a light, durable casing, integrated kickstand, Touch Cover, a USB port, a 16:9 widescreen, and a high-definition display with a 22-degree angle. Microsoft claims that Surface lets customers seamlessly make the transition between entertainment and content creation.

There is no official word yet on the availability of the Surface in India. However, one can pre-order its 32GB version from eBay. The eBay seller, cart2india2010, has put up the listing as a pre-order. From the look of it, cart2india2010 has quite a few tablets in stock. The tablet is available through a ‘Buy it Now’ option, and comes with free shipping. The different modes of payment for the tablet include PaisaPay, Credit Card, EMI, and Debit card. The seller notes that the pre-orders will ship from November 2012, and time extension will be requested for after the order is received. The seller is located in New Jersey, United States, and is selling the 32GB variant at Rs 38,490.

Here is a look at some of the features of the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT:


  • OS: Windows RT
  • Weight: 676g
  • Depth: 9.3 mm
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
  • Battery: 31.5 Wh
  • Connectivity: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Productivity apps: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Accessories: VaporMg Case and Stand
  • Available in 32GB, 64B memory capacity

Published Date: Nov 10, 2012 10:08 am | Updated Date: Nov 10, 2012 10:08 am