Microsoft Quietly Unveils Modern Keyboard and Mouse

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 39 Comments

Microsoft has quietly introduced a new keyboard, the Microsoft Modern Keyboard, which features a Fingerprint ID key for Windows Hello sign-ins. There’s also a new Modern Mouse coming too.

There’s been no official announcement that I can find: I only discovered this because I get YouTube notifications on my phone for some reason, and Microsoft uploaded three videos just now. And one of them is for the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID.

As you can see, the Microsoft Modern Keyboard looks virtually identical to the Microsoft Surface Keyboard that debuted last fall with the Surface Studio. It has the same look and feel, the same aluminum top cover, and the same basic key layout.

But there are two key differences: the Microsoft Modern Keyboard includes a special Fingerprint ID key, as noted. And it can work in either wired or wireless mode; that Surface keyboard is wireless (Bluetooth) only.

In addition to the keyboard, Microsoft has also introduced a new Microsoft Modern Mouse that looks identical to the Surface Mouse. In this case, literally. I see no difference at all between these mice.

And then there’s the new Microsoft Arc Mouse, which we did know about previously because it debuted at the Surface Laptop event last month. This one features a sleeker , curvier design than the older Arc mice but still folds flat for travel.

Not sure why they were introduced this way, but there you go.

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Comments (39)

39 responses to “Microsoft Quietly Unveils Modern Keyboard and Mouse”

  1. Polycrastinator

    What's the feel of the previous version like? Similar to typing on a Surface Book/laptop, or is it pretty far from that?

  2. Corbey

    Doesn't look like it's back-lit either. Too bad.

    • Nyghtfall

      In reply to Corbey:

      Yup, deal-breaker for me, too. I've used the Logiteh K740 for a few years now. I'm on my second one. Beautiful, slim, stylish design, built-in wrist-rest, back-lit keys, and fantastic response. I don't imagine I'll ever try anything else again.

  3. jboman32768

    I have the previous bluetooth version of the keyboard - and it took a like while to adjust but I really like it now. One down side is that the oil from your fingers seems to be visible on it quite easily, and it always starts up with the numlock off for some reason.

    • Delmont

      In reply to jboman32768:

      My keyboard always starts up with the Numlock off too. I should stop being lazy and Google to see if there is a switch for this. How do you like the key travel?

      • Narg

        In reply to Delmont:

        If using Windows 10, there is a power feature you need to turn off to make the numlock stay one after booting/rebooting. Right click Start, "Power Options", "Additional Power Settings", "Choose what the power buttons do", uncheck the "Turn of fast startup (recommended") and save settings. Ta-da!

  4. Maelstrom

    Wired or wireless and a fingerprint scanner... Too bad it isn't an ergonomic keyboard à la Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop.

  5. burog25c

    Kinda reminds me of my Logitech Solar keyboard, at least as far as thickness and probable key travel. Mind you, I like the solar option. The first one I had lasted several years with no need for a battery. On the other hand, this MS board looks pretty spiffy to me.

  6. Delmont

    Looks cool. For this price for me to buy: needs to be back-lit and Microsoft needs to offer an ergo slightly curved version like the Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000. There is no way I'd spend $129 for a keyboard that isn't even back-lit.

  7. videosavant

    Is the keyboard backlit?

  8. bbold

    Why aren't these things backlit? I'm guessing because it would kill battery life for a wireless device such as this. They should include a detachable cord you can plug in to attach to constant power and include backlit option, with the option to unattach it and go wireless as well. Giving us both options wouldn't have hurt anything, except maybe raised the price.

  9. kmfurr

    Instead of being made with Alcantara fabric, it's made with Rich Corinthian Leather.

  10. Dashrender

    I'm sure it's just me, but the new mouse looks hideous!

  11. robincapper

    I hope they do a Sculpt set with the fingerprint reader. Microsoft converted me to use split ergo keyboards and no way I would go back to the straight ones given a choice

  12. Narg

    I love the keys and their travel/feel on keyboards like this. But I must have separate media control buttons, and a few macro buttons. Still waiting for _that_ perfect keyboard to appear.

  13. CaedenV

    cant quite tell if that us micro USB or USB-C... really hope it is C

  14. Breaker119

    They need to give us the same keyboard style, but ergo, and the mouse has no navigational buttons/gestures. I guess they're not for me. They look great, though, from a styling perspective..

  15. wbhite

    I haven't used one of these new MS keyboards yet, but they look like the typing experience would be similar to that of a standard Mac keyboard, which I find completely terrible. Are these any better?

  16. cybrtitan

    hmm.. That looks about what I want for when I dock my surface .. How was the typing experience on it

  17. JacobTheDev

    I'd love one of those keyboards if it came in an ergonomic variety. Fingerprint sensor on the keyboard is a very cool idea!

  18. rameshthanikodi

    i'm kinda mad that Microsoft seems to have discontinued all of their mice except for the arc touch and the comfort mouse. It's a shame because I loved the more unique mice they used to make like the touch mouse and the sculpt touch, which I use now.

  19. Daekar

    I love my arc mouse. Fantastic design, and really draws peoples' attention when I use it out in the wild.

    I've been in the market for a new keyboard for a while, and would love to use the fingerprint button. Do we know if this keyboard is backlit?

  20. James Rainey

    Hoping for an Ergonimic Option.

    Now showing as "Coming Soon" at the Hardware page for Keyboards for $129 US.

  21. Spineless

    I detest all of the current Microsoft mice. I used to love them, but then they went plaid. Now none of them are comfortable for me, and it's not like my hands changed size.

    • Mestiphal

      In reply to Spineless:

      My all time favorite was the Explorer mouse. And you're right, they all suck now, I am currently using the Logitech Performance Mouse Mx which is the closest match I can find to the old Microsoft Explorer

  22. Waethorn


    Come on. Necessary details....


  23. stephen888

    Microsoft has quietly unveiled the Modern Mouse and Modern Keyboard, its next generation of Windows 10 input devices that match the latest surface Model in design and finish.

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