Microsoft Modern Keyboard and Mouse Are Now Available

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 30 Comments

Two years later, Microsoft is finally selling a Windows Hello-compatible peripheral, the awkwardly-named Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. The Microsoft Modern Mouse is now available as well.

“The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID i a premium quality keyboard that brings the convenience and security of Windows Hello fingerprint sign-in to any PC running Windows 10,” Microsoft’s Jennifer Thompson explains. “And the Microsoft Modern Mouse is a sleek simple complement to the keyboard.”

The Bluetooth-based Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID and Modern Mouse closely resemble the Surface Keyboard and Surface Mouse that Microsoft shipped last Fall alongside (and with) Surface Studio. In fact, they’re almost identical. But the Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, as its name suggests, has one unique improvement over Surface Keyboard: A “hidden” fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.

I like that feature—using a fingerprint reader is my favorite way to sign-in to Windows 10—but I wish these devices weren’t so non-ergonomic. Or that Microsoft would at least make ergonomic versions too.

Anyway, they’re available now at the Microsoft Store in the US, Canada, and China. The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID costs $130, while the Microsoft Modern Mouse will set you back $50.

 

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31 responses to “Microsoft Modern Keyboard and Mouse Are Now Available”

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    Polycrastinator

    I wish the keyboard wasn't quite so expensive, I would consider one for work if it was half the price, at least for a test run. But at that price, when there's a good chance I'll go back to my clacky mechanical keyboard instead? No.

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    Minok

    The amazon reviews seem to indicate the fingerprint reading speed is not modern performance - its slow, so much so that typing ones password is likely faster. Anyone had similar experiences?

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    BMcDonald

    I sense this will be dead in the water at that price point.


    There are a lot better options out there from less than 129 dollars (USD). I can only assume it will be closer to 150 or 160 here in Canada.


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    KingPCGeek

    They both look like items that were meant to be seen but not used, I could not imagine using that tiny keyboard with no wrist support all day long. The mouse is way too flat and needs thumb buttons.

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    jwillis84

    That bluetooth mouse looks terribly close to the former one which had a terrible (non BLE) chipset and constantly lost pairing with its (one) slot for pairing. I still own one and it is a sunk cost. The Logitech M557 (marathon family) bluethooth BLE mouse is what I bought to replace it and its compatible with everything and runs on one set of batteries for 12 months. The microsoft plastic shapes are nice.. almost Apple like.. but the choices in hardware.. or testing of the product electronics before mass production.. is usually lacking in the extreme. Please hire more [email protected]

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    Thayios

    I need ergonomic, neat feature but until then I'll be passing the time with my Sculpt/MX Master.

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    Tommy

    100% I want this in an ergonomic variant.

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    Tony Barrett

    Sorry, double take, HOW MUCH for a keyboard and mouse. Un F-N believable.

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    SvenJ

    $130 may seem high, but it is cheaper than a Surface keyboard with fingerprint reader. I have one of those and love the convenience.

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    MutualCore

    How is the fingerprint sensor 'hidden'. It's right there on the keyboard! Typical MS marketing fail.

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      Wolf

      In reply to MutualCore:

      And what's the point anyway? Seems a little silly to "hide" it in amongst the other keys.

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        Ukumio

        In reply to Wolf:

        Because not everyone wants a fingerprint reader that is obvious and says "Look at me!!!".


        There's a trend of fingerprint readers being discreet, such as being implemented in power buttons or the home button, so this just seems to be following that trend.


        It also means you don't have to move your finger away from the keys in order to use it.

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      Ukumio

      In reply to MutualCore:

      I assume its "hidden" because it looks like just another key rather then being an obvious feature, it'd be quite easy to miss if someone came up to your PC. I do agree that its not entirely hidden, but its not completely obvious either.

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    dcbCreative

    Nice looking keyboard... ...Shame it has no backlight option.

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    skane2600

    Who would have thought that a PCjr-inspired keyboard would be considered "modern".

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    wspaw

    As I need a keyboard now, I would probably buy this immediately if it was backlit. But, alas, another premium product at a premium price missing a key feature.

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    Waethorn

    Whatever happened to Bluetrack technology anyway?

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    Waethorn

    These are all too expensive.


    It used to be that you could get a quality Microsoft Bluetrack cordless mouse and keyboard set for around $50.

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      Corbey

      You can still get a Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse for around $50, just not this one.


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        Waethorn

        In reply to Corbey:

        I said a "quality" model. The prices have gone way up. And you can't get Bluetrack models anymore, which offered far better power efficiency and DPI. The new models are crap compared to the older, cheaper models. I'll be switching to Logitech or other brands in my store from now on. Logitech has bundle units that are still in the $25 price range whereas the same quality from Microsoft costs twice as much. I'm actually looking at some off-brands too. Rapoo has some really nice-looking sets, some with aluminum keyboards. This is another business that Microsoft is pricing like Apple, but they'll lose customers over it.

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    Andrew Jackson

    I have been looking to buy a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard (L5V-00001) which was recently recommended on The WireCutter but it seems to be out of stock at most 'reputable' sellers - including directly from Microsoft.


    I wonder if Microsoft is getting ready to announce a new Ergonomic keyboard?

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