Microsoft Quietly Delivers New Surface Keyboards, Mouse

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Microsoft Surface with 23 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 mĂ©lange 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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28 responses to “Microsoft Quietly Delivers New Surface Keyboards, Mouse”

  1. 7191

    Okay, so these look... boring. This is a real missed opportunity to have a premium keyboard with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

  2. 5337

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

    • 699

      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.

  3. 5477

    I have to be honest, the keyboard is really bland looking. It reminds me of grey commercial carpeting like inside of an office building.

  4. 3216

    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.

  5. 3025

    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.

    • 1217

      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.

    • 4263

      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

  6. 5592

    No. The Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is actually quite different from the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard.

    1. No optional elevated wrist pad
    2. Number pad incorporated rather than separate
    3. No gap between the two keyboard halves
    4. No Ergonomic Mouse option
    5. Totally different communications method

    If anything it's closer to a gray version of the old wireless version of the Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

     

  7. 5234

    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.

    • 4261

      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. 

       

  8. 214

    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...

  9. 7193

    Who would get such a keyboard, if you can go for a good (!) mechanical one at that price?

  10. 5530

    "What’s unique: A metal scrollwheel and Bluetooth 4.0. Sorry, I’m stretching."

    Never change, Paul

  11. 1753

    Still waiting for the Ergonimic version to be released. The normal version was released this week, here in Germany, and I sprung for one.

    It is the best keyboard I've had of this type (chicklet keys). The quality of the typing experience is excellent. Not up there with Cherry mechanical switches, but this is Bluetooth, so no cables, and it is queit.

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