Microsoft launched its Surface Pro 4 tablet back in 2015 and has ever since stood as a competitor against the Apple iPad Pro. The Surface Pro 4 comes with accessories like the Type Cover and the Surface Pen. Speaking about its accessories, Microsoft had launched the Alcantara Type Cover for the Surface Pro 4 last April, priced at $160 (Rs 10,400 approximately). While this cover does not have any special functionality, it is made of two-tone gray Alcantara which is a luxury synthetic material. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and moreAlso Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
Alcantara material is known for providing increased durability and stain resistance as well. The material is also mistaken for suede in terms of appearance and touch. This cover is made by the Milan-based company with the same name, Alcantara. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft s general manager of Surface Engineering Pete Kyriacou discussed the polyurethane coating on the Alcantara fabric, and how it helps in not staining the cover, as long as one quickly wipes the spills.
Kyriacou further explains how Microsoft worked with Alcantara to make sure that the cover maintained a balance in evoking a luxurious feel. He says that one can use something like Scotchguard to wipe the stains, but that would only make the fabric rubbery and remove the luxury tag from it. He then compared the Alcantara Type Cover for the Surface Pro 4 with luxury handbags and shoes and even expensive cars which need a great deal of care. Advising on how to wipe the stains, Kyriacou suggests using a microfiber mixed with soap and water, but emphasizes on doing it right away without any delay. ALSO READ: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 hands-on and first impressions
The Alcantara Type Cover for a power-packed device like the Surface Pro 4 seems unwise since it would need proper care and attention as one would give to any luxury product of theirs. Also, Alcantara which is known for its luxurious tag and used in BMWs and Lamborghinis indicates that the cover would indeed need very special care. ALSO READ: Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Apple MacBook Air: The battle of ultra-portable, lightweight laptops
Coming to the Surface Pro 4, the tablet features a 12.3-inch PixelTouch display and Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. The tablet is powered by sixth generation Intel processors (m3, i5 or i7). The Surface Pro 4 comes in three variants with 4GB RAM and 256GB storage, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage, and lastly 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. In the photography department, the Surface Pro 4 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Furthermore, the Surface Pro 4 comes with stereo speakers with Dolby audio, USB 3.0 support, and TPM chip for enterprise security. ALSO READ: Microsoft Build 2017: It s likely to be all about Windows 10 with a bit of mixed reality