Microsoft began selling the admittedly very expensive Surface Duo bumpers this week in various colors. While everyone who plonks down $1,400 for the Surface Duo itself gets a “free” Glacier white bumper in the box, if you want a different look, it’ll cost you $40.
I ordered up the Ember (red) and Ice (blue) versions of the bumper to give them a spin. There’s a third color too called Graphite (dark grey) that is also available. Here’s what I think with some quality photos.
Surface Duo Ice bumper ❄
There is nothing wrong with Ice, but it didn’t seem all that different to me after installation, compared to Glacier. And a few people who have tried it were left a bit disappointed as expectations were for a more distinct blue.
Basically, Ice is the safe, albeit boring, bet.
Surface Duo Ember bumper 🔥
Ember is bold, bright, and it calls attention to Surface Duo. Do you often misplace your phone? Don’t worry, with this red outline, you’ll see Surface Duo from across the room.
Ember is an acquired taste. Not everyone is going to like red, nor how highly visible it makes Surface Duo. But if you’re looking for the most jarring shift from Glacier, Ember is the one to get. While I thought Ice would be my choice, I ended up sticking with this vibrant red.
What about Graphite?
Although I did not get the dark-grey Graphite, I feel this one aligns closer to Ice than Ember.
That said, Graphite already seems to be popular, so maybe that is the one to get.
Surface Duo bumper gallery
Adding and removing the Surface Duo bumper is easy. But if you remove your Glacier one and want to go back later, you will likely need some new adhesive. I wrote a quick guide on reapplying the Surface Duo bumper for that. Protip – don’t use too much tape, as it can be a pain to remove.
And for those wondering about mixing colors between Ice and Ember? Don’t. It just looks too goofy.