At Windows Central, we're generally fans of Microsoft's Surface Pro Type Covers, whether it's the standard plastic-y Type Cover ($129.99), the "Signature" Type Cover with Alcantara fabric ($159.99), the Cover with a fingerprint reader ($159.99), the sporty Special Edition NFL Type Cover ($159.99) or the fancy Marimekko keyboard cover ($179.99).

However, like all things Surface, the Pro Type Covers are pricey. In fact, it's tough to find an official Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover for less than $100. Thankfully, a set of third-party manufacturers have stepped in to offer some more wallet-friendly options, and for less than half of what Microsoft charges you can get a decent Surface Pro 2017 keyboard cover.

1. Fintie Microsoft Surface Pro Backlit Type Cover

Price: About $50.

With an average Amazon customer rating of 3.8 out of five stars, based on more than 130 reviews, Fintie's Surface Pro keyboard covers is one of the highest rated options on Amazon.

Fintie's version of the Surface Pro Type Cover has backlit keys that light up in seven different colors and a 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. And it connects via Bluetooth wirelessly so it doesn't have to be physically connected to your Surface Pro.

Common praise for the keyboard includes the relatively low price, good look and feel, the backlight, and long battery life when the not using backlight, though it needs to be charged separately. The most frequent complaints relate to the trackpad, reliability issues, poor battery life when using the trackpad, and some questionable durability.

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2. Fintie Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Price: About $40

With 4.1 out of five stars based on more than 20 customer reviews, This Fintie Surface Pro Type Cover is the highest rated in this roundup. It's also the most affordable option. It's very similar to the keyboard described above with one key difference: it does not have backlit keys, which translates into much better overall battery life. And it connects via Bluetooth.

Common praise for the keyboard includes the reasonable price, Bluetooth support, key placement and travel, and good battery life. The complaints cited most often are trackpad issues, and some potential charging problems.

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3. Brydge 12.3 Bluetooth Keyboard for Microsoft Surface Pro

Price: About $100.

With an average rating of 3.6 stars out of more than 100 reviews on Amazon, Brydge's Surface Pro is mostly well-rated on Amazon. However, at $100 it's also one of the more expensive alternatives to Microsoft's official Surface Pro keyboard cover. Unlike, Microsoft's Type Cover, this keyboard uses a hinge to balance your Pro's display instead of a kickstand. It also has backlit keys and a built-in battery. The trackpad is made of glass. And it connects via Bluetooth.

Common praise for this keyboard cover includes its durability, build quality, key travel and versatility. The biggest complaint seems to be the weight of this keyboard, which could potentially cause damage to your Surface Pro's screen, according to one reviewer. Overall, Amazon customers have more positive things to say about the product than negative.

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4. MoKo Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Price: About $50

With an average customer rating of 3.2 stars out of five stars, based on nearly 300 reviews, MoKo's Surface Pro Type Cover is clearly popular on Amazon. MoKo's keyboard is backlit, which should help when using it in dim or dark environments. And because of that backlight, which is comes in seven colors and two brightness levels, the keyboard has a built-in battery (750 mAh) that charges via micro USB.

Common praise this keyboard includes the reasonable price, the backlight, Bluetooth support, key travel, and the customer service if a problem is encountered. The most frequent complaints relate to build quality, the trackpad functionality, and general connection and reliability issues.

Free Prime shipping is also available.

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5. 1byone Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Price: About $50.

With an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars, based on 160 Amazon ratings, 1byone's Surface Pro Type Cover is a popular option that costs less than half the price of Microsoft's Surface Pro keyboard. Its keys are backlit with seven different colors, like the other two backlit keyboards featured here, and like those, keyboards it has a built-in battery (750mAh) to support the backlight and Bluetooth, which lets you use it when not physically connected to your Surface Pro.

Common praise for 1byone's Surface Pro keyboard includes quality look and feel, good key placement and travel, support for Bluetooth, and the reasonable price. Complaints include trackpad issues, poor battery life when used with backlight, and occasional connection problems.

Free Prime shipping is also available.

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