What is the best keyboard for your Surface?
The Surface Book and Surface Studio's keyboards, as well as the standard Type Cover you can get for the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, provide fine typing experiences. However, there are plenty of reasons you might want a different option. Many people like to use their laptop with a dock to make it feel more like a desktop. Others want to use their Surface from a distance, and still more people just want something with a bit more style or function.
To help you decide how you want to type on your Surface, we rounded up the best keyboards available.
Surface Type Cover with Fingerprint ID
Windows Hello is an awesome feature that's exclusive to the Windows ecosystem, but the Surface Pro 3 does not come equipped to handle it. In order to log into your device with a fingerprint, you can grab this Type Cover with a built-in fingerprint reader.
If you'd like to add an extra layer of security to your Surface, grab one of these Type Covers that's compatible with Windows Hello; it starts at about $160. Also, don't forget about the regular Type Cover that is also compatible with Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.
Many people these days employ numerous devices in their everyday lives. Sure, you can use a Surface for pretty much anything, but you probably have a phone in your pocket and you might also have a Mac at your office. In this case, you probably want a keyboard that can be used for multiple platforms.
Selected as the best overall Bluetooth keyboard by The Wirecutter, that site stated:
The K380 is comfortable and responsive; it's also solid enough for desktop or lap use, while being small and light enough for you to slip in a bag and use on the go.
The rounded keys are comfortably spaced and have a decent amount of travel for a keyboard that's so cheap; it starts at about $30. You can connect up to three devices at once, and switching between them is as easy as pressing a button. Appropriate keys are branded with both Windows and Mac wording, making the switch as painless as possible.
If you want a Bluetooth keyboard that can work on multiple platforms alongside your Surface, check out the Logitech K380.
Surface Signature Type Cover
Microsoft knows it's hard to beat its Type Cover, so it created plenty of options for people who want something more than the standard offering. This Signature Type Cover has the same backlit keys and Precision touchpad for comfortable typing and pointing, but it's made from Alcantara fabric sourced from Italy.
The two-tone gray is a perfect match for your Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4, and it is comfortable to rest your hands on while typing. If you love the Type Cover but want something a bit more deluxe, check out this signature offering from Microsoft. It starts at about $160.
Corsair K95 RGB
Chosen as the best gaming keyboard and best overall keyboard by PCMag, this is a great choice for anyone with a Surface Studio or anyone who likes to use a dock to turn their Surface laptop into a desktop. PCMag had this to say in its review:
With the switch to individual-key backlighting and an expanded selection of macro controls, the Corsair K95 RGB offers a significant improvement on what was already one of the best keyboards available.
This keyboard employs Cherry MX switches to ensure a smooth, comfortable typing experience for gaming and writing, and it offers millions of color combinations. Toss in 108 macro commands, and you have a deluxe mechanical keyboard that will fit right in on your desk and starts at about $180.
Standalone wireless keyboards are useful when you can't be next to your Surface, but you usually have to also find a wireless mouse. That is unless you grab a keyboard with a touchpad built in.
The Logitech K400 is exactly that. You plug the wireless dongle into your Surface, and you're pretty much ready to go at a range of up to 33 feet. The touchpad is located to the right of the keyboard, but the whole package remains relatively compact. Worried about quality? This keyboard has a 4.5-star rating with over 2,000 reviews on Amazon, and it will only set you back about $26. If you plan on using your Surface from a distance, this keyboard should likely be your first choice.
MoKo Type Cover
Why grab a nearly-identical Type Cover from MoKo rather than one straight from Microsoft? Two reasons: the Type Cover from MoKo is significantly cheaper — it costs about $70 — and it connects via Bluetooth, meaning you can use it with multiple devices rather than just a Surface Pro 3 or Pro 4.
The only downside is that it doesn't have a Precision touchpad. If that doesn't matter to you, this keyboard still feels great to type on and costs half as much as the official one from Microsoft.
If you want a wireless keyboard but don't want to take up a USB port on your Surface with a dongle, you need to look at Bluetooth. Chosen as The Wirecutter's top pick for the best Windows Bluetooth keyboard, the site had this to say about the Logitech K810:
The Easy-Switch keys are satisfying to type on, with deep enough travel and springy feedback. Compared with typing on the K380, using the Easy-Switch feels smoother and less clacky.
Yes, the K810 is more expensive than many Bluetooth options, but not without reason. As stated, the keyboard is super comfortable to type on, it has a customizable backlight, its keys are specific to Windows, and the rechargeable battery lasts about two weeks of regular use.
If a Surface is your only device, and you use it to type a lot every day, the Logitech K810 is an enticing option at about $70.
Surface Type Cover NFL Special Edition
The Type Cover built exclusively for the Surface is hard to beat when it comes to build quality and design, but some people like to add a bit of personality to their laptops. In this case, Microsoft offers official NFL-branded Type Covers.
Your favorite team's logo is featured on the underside of the keyboard, and when closed the logo is prominently displayed over a gray background. This Type Cover has the same backlit keys and Precision touchpad as the standard Type Cover, making it a great addition for diehard football fans. It starts at about $160.
The clickety-clacking doesn't stop here. Check out our other roundups for more great keyboards.