Just can't bring yourself to like the Surface Pro Type Cover? That's okay, here are some other options for your typing pleasure!
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 are versatile devices that you can use as tablets or laptops. While Microsoft's Type Cover remains the best fit for its Surface line because of the benefits it confers, it is expensive and might not be for everyone.
Here's our roundup of some awesome third-party Bluetooth alternatives that are compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and 4.
- Logitech K810 keyboard
- Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard
- Zagg Slim Cover
- iClever keyboard
- Arteck keyboard
Logitech K810 keyboard
The K810 keyboard from Logitech is a light Bluetooth keyboard designed for portability. Although it doesn't attach to the Surface Pro and doesn't have a trackpad, it does have some advantages over Microsoft's Type Cover.
One of them is versatility. You can use it with any Bluetooth device, such as your smartphone or another tablet, something you can't do with the Type Cover.
Other features of this keyboard are its thin form-factor, which makes it easy to store and carry with you, even in a sleeve case, and its stylish appearance — it's made with a brushed aluminum finish and is back-lit for late night typing.
Reviews for this keyboard are overall positive however one user as stated that the keyboard was a little bit small for their large hands.
Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim keyboard
If you're looking for a set-and-forget keyboard, Anker's Ultra-Slim may be your best choice.
Unlike any of the other keyboards on this list, this one uses two AAA batteries instead of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. According to Anker, these batteries will last 3 months before requiring replacement.
Similar to other third-party keyboards, you can't attach Anker's keyboard to the Surface Pro nor does it have a trackpad. However, it does offer advantages over the Type Cover, one of them being that it can be used with other Bluetooth devices as well.
Zagg Slim Cover
If you're looking for an alternative to the Type Cover that attaches to the Surface Pro and also has a trackpad, then the Zagg Slim Cover is the one you want. As of this writing, it's the only third-party keyboard that functions exactly the same as the Type Cover.
Unlike Microsoft's Type Cover, the Slim Cover connects via Bluetooth, so it will work with other Bluetooth devices as well.
The most unique keyboard on our list comes from iClever. It folds up to be no larger than a large smartphone, such as the Lumia 950 XL. While unfolded, however, it is large enough to type on comfortably.
Made with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, it is durable, so don't be afraid to take it with you pretty much anywhere you want to go.
Like all the other keyboards on this list, this one uses its own power source, which in this case is a lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the battery can last up to six months on a single charge.
Reviews for this device are for the most part positive; though one person noted that those with big hands might find the keyboard cramped.
Arteck's keyboard is a good choice for those who love style and pizzazz in their technology.
Stylishly pretty, this keyboard comes with seven unique backlight colors, each with two brightness levels.
Like the other keyboards on this list, it works with the Surface Pro and other Bluetooth devices and at only 0.37 pounds, it's easy enough to carry around, even in a sleeve case.
This keyboard has its own lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which Arteck claims will last up to six months on a single charge.