Microsoft has announced their new Modern Keyboard, a familiar design that mimics their Surface Keyboard and looks surprisingly a whole lot like something from Apple (but who am I to judge). The new keyboard features a simple, and well, modern look (so the name really says it all), allowing it to both function well while also complimenting your desk’s layout.
What sets this keyboard apart from the Surface Keyboard (or most any other keyboard for that matter), is the fact that they have added a fingerprint sensor in the form of a key. Conveniently nestled between the right-side alt and menu key (to the right of the space bar). This effectively allows you to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature to quickly unlock your keyboard with, while not sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Modern Keyboard can also function both via wireless and wired, and will even automatic the Bluetooth pairing process (if your PC supports Bluetooth) the first time you plug it in (allowing you to easily go wireless from there).
It isn’t available just yet, but it will be releasing soon, at a retail price of $129.99. You can keep an eye on it via Microsoft’s website here. It will function Windows, Mac OS/iOS and Android operating systems, that support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.
- Connection Interface: Bluetooth Low Energy compatible 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2
- Wireless frequency: 2.4 GHz frequency range
- Wireless range: 33 feet (10 meters) in open air. Up to 17 feet (5 meters) in office environment typical
- Compatibility: Windows 10, Mac OS/iOS, Android (Device must support Bluetooth® 4.0 or higher)
- Length: 16.57 inches (420.9 millimeters)
- Width: 4.43 inches (112.6 millimeters)
- Height: 0.76 inches (19.3 millimeters)
- Weight: 14.58 ounces
- Battery: Rechargeable battery (included)
- Battery Life: Up to 4 months on full charge
- Warranty: 1-year limited warranty