Like all things Surface, Microsoft's Pro Type Covers can be quite pricey, especially the ones covered in Alcantara fabric. It's tough to find an official Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Type Cover for less than $100. And $100 is not chump change. Thankfully, a group of third-party manufacturers stepped in to offer some more wallet-friendly options. That means you can get one of the best Surface Pro keyboards for your 2-in-1 that's much more affordable, whether it's the new Surface Pro 7 or a Pro from a few years ago. These are our favorite Pro keyboard alternatives to Microsoft's Type Covers. (Note: The Surface Pro keyboards featured here will not work with the new Surface Pro X.)

Multicolor backlit keys: Fintie Backlit Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Staff pick

Fintie's version of the Surface Pro Type Cover has backlit keys that light up in seven different colors and at two brightness levels. It packs a built-in 750 mAh battery to help support the backlight and Bluetooth, and the layout of the keyboard is designed to be a bit more spaced out than Microsoft's keyboard, according to the manufacturer. It also connects via Bluetooth wirelessly, so it doesn't have to connect physically to your Surface Pro. It tops our list of best Surface Pro keyboards on a budget.

$78 at Amazon

No backlit keys: Arteck Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Best budget pick

The Arteck Surface Pro keyboard is the cheapest choice recommended here, and for the most part, it has all the features of the others, minus the backlit keys. It connects via Bluetooth. And it should deliver up to 50 hours of continuous use on a single hour of charging. Arteck also offers a two-year warranty if it doesn't meet your expectations. It's a quality keyboard for a reasonable price.

$42 at Amazon

Money-back guarantee: Tomsenn Lightweight Surface Pro Type Cover

This keyboard is one of the more affordable options with backlit keys featured here, though it comes in two models: one with lit keys and one without, and you'll pay $5 extra for the LEDs. It has a built-in battery, supports Bluetooth, and it comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee, something no other product here offers. Unfortunately, this keyboard has the odd upward charging port that some users dislike.

From $48 at Amazon

USB-C and mechanical keys: FERRISA Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard and Type Cover

One of the more affordable best Surface Pro keyboards in this roundup, FERRISA's option, boasts most of the same features as the others and few unique ones. It has a built-in battery (350mAh) to support Bluetooth wireless, which lets you use it when not physically connected to your Surface, it charges via USB-C, and it has mechanical keys for a better typing experience. It has an 18-month warranty. And it was recently updated for 2020.

$48 at Amazon

Affordable and functional: MoKo Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

MoKo's keyboard is backlit, which should help when using it in dim or dark environments. Because of that backlight, which comes in seven colors and two brightness levels, the keyboard has a built-in battery (750 mAh) that charges via Micro-USB.

$70 at Amazon

Keyboard case combo: Chesona Surface Pro Case with Keyboard

This case-and-keyboard combination features a removable Bluetooth keyboard and costs about the same amount as the other keyboards featured here. The case can also be set to position your Surface Pro at three different viewing or working angles, and it's made of PU leather with a microfiber interior. However, this keyboard does not have a trackpad, so it's best paired with an external mouse. This one also recently got a $10 price cut.

$69 at Amazon

If we had to pick ...

Even though Microsoft's Signature Type Cover costs $160 and its regular Type Cover costs $130, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent keyboard for your Surface Pro. Every keyboard cover in this post is significantly cheaper than Microsoft's official offerings, and most offer similar functionality. That includes a quality typing experience, some protection when closed, backlit keys (except for the second Fintie option), and general good looks.

But if we had to pick just one, Fintie's Backlit Surface Pro keyboard is our selection for the best Surface Pro keyboard on budget because it's reasonably priced, mostly matches the quality and features of the others, looks beautiful, and has an excellent rating on Amazon based on hundreds of customer reviews.

If money is your main concern, the Arteck Surface Pro keyboard or Tomsenn Lightweight Type Cover could be for you. It's worth noting the Arteck version is "Amazon's choice," with a solid user rating.

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