Originally Posted by onlysublime
were you the one that had the Surface? I can't remember...
Did you buy one of the keyboards? I played with both keyboards at the Microsoft Store for like 20 minutes. But I never thought about using the keyboard for gaming. How are they for gaming? They felt great for tying text. But with gaming, you need multiple keys held down constantly, and I never put the keyboards through that kind of testing (since the only games on the tablets at the store were touch games). I'm interested in the thinner keyboard but I honestly have no idea how it'd work for gaming.
Yes, and I actually have both keyboards. The thinner one (Touch Cover) is okay for typing. It's much better than I thought it'd be, and I'm very impressed with the technology. It's just not for me. I slow from 90WPM to 60, and more importantly have many more errors. Some of that is from my brain not adjusting, but the indents on the F and J keys to signal where your fingers are also aren't pronounced enough. The thicker one (Type Cover) with real keys is perfect for me for typing though. I actually don't even bother with the Touch Cover anymore just because its conveniences (smaller size, more comfortable feel if you fold it behind the tablet) aren't enough to overcome the issues I personally have with typing on it.
Anyway, for gaming, it's tough to say for sure. Since you can't run desktop apps on it other than Office, I can't exactly download an n-key rollover test program. And Flash is limited to whitelisted stuff, so I can't do a test that way. One of the more classic tests that I've seen is to hold down both shift keys and try typing on all the keys. With the Type Cover (actual keyboard), the X, 1, and 4 don't work using that test method. The Touch Cover has no such issues. And since the Touch Cover makes a clicking noise when it recognizes a button press, I can know for sure that it recognizes as many as three keys at once.... with ANY combination of modifiers (shift, left ctrl, left alt, right alt, and right control) added to those three keys.
From empirical evidence from screwing around with the SNES emulator in the Windows Store, the Type Cover is slightly worse with this issue than my laptop keyboard. I mapped the arrows to WASD and the actual SNES buttons to Y, H, J, and U (figuring that using buttons closer to each other would amplify the problem) and if I was holding down A and D, the H button didn't do anything.