Microsoft Quietly Delivers New Surface Keyboards, Mouse

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Microsoft Surface with 27 Comments

While Surface Studio and Surface Dial got all the Surface love at today’s Microsoft Windows 10 event, the firm is actually shipping other Surface hardware soon, too.

Yes, I’m talking keyboards and mice. Well. Keyboards and mouse.

Here’s what’s coming.

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Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

When: November 10, 2016
Price: $129.99
What it is: A Surface-colored version of the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard I currently use. At a premium price-point.
What’s unique: The Palm rest is covered in “stunning two-tone grey mélange Alcantara,” Microsoft says. I think it’s beautiful.

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Surface Keyboard

When: November 10, 2016
Price: $99.99
What it is: A Surface-colored version of keyboard Apple ships with the iMac. At a premium price-point.
What’s unique: It’s Bluetooth-based, so no dongles.

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Surface Mouse

When: November 10, 2016
Price: $49.99
What it is: A Surface-colored version of the Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Mouse. At a premium price-point that is 2.5 times the price of the original.
What’s unique: A metal scrollwheel and Bluetooth 4.0. Sorry, I’m stretching.

Plus…

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Surface Dial

When: November 10, 2016
Price: $99.99
What it is: A “completely new way to interact with technology,” you can “click and hold Surface Dial to display a radial menu of tools, making it easier and faster to do the things you love.” But it only works with certain apps right now, including Bluebeam (Revu), Drawboard (Drawboard PDF), Mental Canvas (Mental Canvas Player), Silicon Benders (Sketchable) Smith Micro (Moho 12), Spotify, Staffpad, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote (UWP version), Windows Maps, Plumbago, Sketchpad, Groove Music, PewPew Shooter, Microsoft Photos, Paint, and, yes, Windows generally.
What’s unique: Pretty much everything. Plus it works with all supported Surface devices.

 

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago

    Maybe I am the only one here, but I just wish just one of these keyboards would allow me to attach it via a cable. Keep the built-in bluetooth and don't even bundle the cable, but give me a microusb port on the keyboard so I can make that choice myself. I hate battery operated peripherals even if they have great battery life.

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      TomKer Alpha Member #399 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Not to mention Bluetooth being disabled in our overly-locked-down environment. :(

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      bbold Alpha Member #669 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      I agree. We've come so far with technology and conserving space - making everything "thin" and "light" and "beautiful" - but at what cost? Functionality?

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    VladimirGeorgiev Alpha Member #2330 - 1 month ago

    The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is amazing. I am ordering one when it becomes available in Bulgaria.

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      bbold Alpha Member #669 - 1 month ago
      In reply to VladimirGeorgiev:

      I have the Surface Pro 4 Signature Type Cover, made of the same material. I think it's a little overpriced, lol but it's actaully very beautiful. Almost too beatiful, if that's possible. I've gone back to my more 'manly' teal ;) But ocassionally I'll whip on the Alcantra Surface Sig Cover just to be cool.

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    gsmith-plm Alpha Member #1599 - 1 month ago

    I think Paul already mentioned this in a prior column, but I'm not sure I see any real value in "diluting" the Surface brand name with general purpose peripherals.  If a device isn't Surface specific (like the pen) or the Type Cover, then don't call it a Surface something.

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    chrisrut Alpha Member #193 - 1 month ago

    To voice a Minority Report: I'm interested in the standard keyboard. Small, straight, and wireless, just the way I like em.

    Just hope the keys feel as good as a Surface Book...

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    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 month ago

    Re: Surface Dial

    Didn't some company make these for Mac's a long time ago?  I remember that they lit up blue on the bottom.

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      wocowboy Alpha Member #1809 - 1 month ago
      In reply to Waethorn:
      Yes, it was the Griffin PowerMate.  https://support.griffintechnology.com/product/powermate/  It connected via USB and could control whatever app you told it to via mapping the various functions it had.   They were very cool at the time. 

       

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    aparlette Alpha Member #1541 - 1 month ago

    Paul, you mention that the ergonomic keyboard is the same as the sculpt; do you know if it also has the optional stand on the front to back-tilt the keyboard? Obviously here the numpad is attached which I could argue either way.

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      Erik Alpha Member #1810 - 1 month ago

      I don't see any way to back-tilt the keyboard on the pictures on Microsoft's site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/accessories/surface-ergonomic-keyboard

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      nordyj Alpha Member #1237 - 1 month ago
      In reply to aparlette:

      I'm hoping the tilt-back stand is there as well.  I absolutely love my Microsoft 4000 keyboard, and the stand not being there would make this purchase much more difficult.

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago

    I don't see a way to switch the keyboard to ergonomic with the Studio pre-order :/

    So the 3k+ device will come with a keyboard, pen and dial that I don't want that have a retail value of $260, can I please just get a store credit instead?

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      Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      I don't understand why you'd buy the Studio if you didn't want to use the pen and dial, though. At $3000, this device only makes sense if you're a specialist who needs those sort of functions. There are plenty of other great desktop PCs that are as capable at less than half the price if you don't need that pen/drawing funciton.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago
      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      Yours is a reasonable assessment, I however do not claim to be reasonable.

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      Cavorter Alpha Member #403 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      The Dial is only sold seperately and not bundled from the descriptions in the store.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago
      In reply to Cavorter:

      I already pre-ordered and it is bundled, it is a $0 additional item.

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      bbold Alpha Member #669 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Awesome. Jealous! Which model did you get?