Wednesday, 13 April 2016 09:37

Alcantara is not from cross bred Alpacas

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If you want a premium finish for your Surface Pro 3 or 4 consider Microsoft’s new Alcantara type cover.

Alcantara is a covering material manufactured and marketed by Alcantara SpA in Italy. It is produced by combining an advanced spinning process (producing very low denier bi-component "islands in the sea" fibre) and chemical and textile production processes (needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc.) which interact with each other.

It looks a little like suede but being made of 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane – a synthetic microfiber - it is a lot harder wearing and is washable. It is primarily used in the design, fashion, accessories, consumer electronics, automotive and marine industries and gained acclaim as the flame resistant seat in many Formula One cars or as the steering wheel and trim on many AMG Mercedes.

So back to the Surface Pro 3 or 4 type cover, covered in Alcantara.

It is called a two-tone grey mélange with aesthetic, sensory, and technical qualities unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Its hard wearing yet soft and ages beautifully over time.

Technically it covers the new Surface Pro 4 keyboard design that is a quantum leap over the Surface Pro 3. It has a better key layout (size) and uses island style chiclet keys. It significantly increases typist productivity. Overall weight is 285g and it adds about 4.65mm to the overall thickness of the Surface. It features:

  • Thinnest and lightest Surface type cover
  • Mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and fluid typing
  • Enlarged track pad for precision control and navigation
  • Sturdy with enhanced magnetic stability along the fold, so you can adjust it to the right angle and work on your lap, on the plane, or at your desk
  • Clicks into place to go from tablet to laptop instantly
  • Backlit, so you can continue working after the lights go out

Of course premium does not come cheap – at A$249.95 you may just opt for one f other colourful – bright blue, blue, teal, or black rubberised poly covered versions at $199.95 – both will do the same thing.

It will be avaailble from Microsofts Pitt Street Mall store in Sydney from today and at retaliers from early May.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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