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October 30, 2012

Incipio Announces Line of Protective Devices for Surface Tablet Launch

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

With the Surface tablet from Microsoft (News - Alert) now launched, it's not too surprising to see the peripherals begin to emerge as well. To that end, earlier today, Incipio announced a line of protective solutions geared toward keeping the Surface tablet protected from the standard array of problems that normally plague touchscreen devices.

Available now, and found in Microsoft Stores as well as online through both Microsoft and Incipio, the line includes three primary devices, all officially licensed by Microsoft: the Incipio PLEX Self-Healing Screen Protector, the Incipio PLEX Privacy Screen Protector and the Incipio Sleeve.

The Incipio PLEX Self-Healing Screen Protector not only provides protection for the Surface's screen itself, it also provides protection for itself by virtue of a thin film over the surface of the screen protector that automatically fills in gaps caused by small scratches, nicks, and similar issues. A pack of screen protectors includes two of the devices in each pack, and a pack costs $29.99.

The Incipio PLEX Privacy Screen Protector, meanwhile, offers less of protection for the screen itself -- though it does appear to at least offer some protection for the actual screen surface -- and more of a protection for what's on the screen. While it allows perfect clarity while looking at it straight on, it provides a four-way privacy filter to prevent others from seeing what's on the screen when looking at it from any of the sides other than straight on. There's only one of these in a pack, and they cost $59.99 apiece.

Finally, there's the Incipio Sleeve, a device designed to protect not so much the screen as the whole tablet. It's a small case, with a nylon exterior--thus an element of water-resistance is likely--and a faux-fur lining to keep the casing and screen from taking scratches from being put in and taken out of the sleeve. It even boasts a side pocket for additional accessories, and sells at $49.99.

While the Privacy Screen Protector might be a bit overpriced -- especially given that it costs more than the sleeve does, and only comes in one to a pack unlike the Self-Healing Screen Protector -- it's likely to prove a welcome help for users who do a lot of traveling and would rather keep what's on their tablet's display largely to themselves. The remaining product line looks at least reasonably solid, and should find plenty of takers interested in picking up protection for their new devices.

Only time will tell just how extensive the sales are for Incipio's line of protective gear, and how many competitors it's likely going to have to face down, but still, it's a safe bet that Surface owners--however many there ultimately end up being--will want to protect their device, and will look to Incipio and the like to serve that purpose.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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