Often, Microsoft unveils its newly manufactured products with great fanfare to make it a commercial success, but the launch of new Modern Keyboard marks a departure from this rule. The Modern Keyboard from Microsoft is the successor to the Surface Keyboard. It looks much identical to the latter. Differences that can be readily discerned include, a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of wireless.
Microsoft Modern Keyboard
First look impression suggests the slim keyboard is designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment. It is sleek and buildup of virtually indestructible aluminum. Keys are shallow compared to other traditional desktop keyboards. It doesn’t have the normal curvature either. However, the typing experience on this device, in comparison to other traditional desktop keyboards is good.
Modern Keyboard has built-in fingerprint scanner
Most Windows apps these days are designed to take advantage of Windows hello and biometric login. As such Modern Keyboard finds its utility. How? Microsoft has integrated fingerprint reader into the into the second Windows key on the right-hand side of the keyboard that can be used to log into Windows 10 or websites using Windows Hello. I, particularly find this method more suitable and secure than passwords which are susceptible to interception or key loggers. You’ll agree, it’s become a little inconvenient to regularly to type passwords at your desktop computer to gain access to files and folders on it.
What about its battery power? Microsoft claims the keyboard should last four months on a single charge. Moreover, the battery is rechargeable, so you do not need to dish out for new batteries every so often. The product description is as follows:
- Length: 17 inches approximately (420.9 millimeters)
- Width: 5 inches approximately (112.6 millimeters)
- Wireless frequency: 2.4 GHz frequency range
- Connection Interface: Bluetooth Low Energy compatible 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2
- Wireless range: 33 feet (10 meters) in open air. Up to 17 feet (5 meters) in office environment typical
- Height: 0.76 inches (19.3 millimeters)
- Weight: 15 ounces approximately
- Battery Life: Up to 4 months on full charge
- Battery: Rechargeable battery (included)
- Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
The selling point of the keyboard – in addition to Windows, the Modern Keyboard is compatible with MacOS, and other platforms such as Android. The product is available via the Microsoft Store in the US for $129.99, Canada and China, which is $30 more than the standard Surface Keyboard.