Like all things Surface, Microsoft's Pro Type Covers can be quite pricey — especially if they're 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 8 or a Pro from a few years ago. These are our favorite Pro keyboard alternatives to Microsoft's Type Covers.
Multicolor backlit keys
Fintie's version of the Surface Pro Type Cover has backlit keys and a Bluetooth connection that allows you to use it even when it's detached from your Surface Pro 8/X. It packs a built-in 750mAh battery to help support the backlight, and the layout of the keyboard is designed to be a bit more spaced out than Microsoft's keyboard. It's also pretty affordable, which is always a bonus. Without a doubt, it's our favorite pick.
If you don't like using the kickstand on Surface devices and would prefer to turn your Surface Pro 8/X into a more traditional clamshell laptop, the Brydge SP+ Surface Pro Type Cover will be right up your alley. Its premium design features an aluminum chassis, a precision touchpad, three different brightness levels for its backlit keys, and a battery life of over six months. It may be an expensive alternative compared to other options on this list, but it's worth every penny — and it's still slightly more affordable than Microsoft's official Type Covers.
No backlit keys
This version of Fintie's excellent Surface Pro 8/X keyboard doesn't come with backlighting of any kind, making it more affordable than the backlit version. The lack of backlighting also gives this board better battery life than the original, though you can simply turn the lighting off with the standard keyboard to achieve similar longevity. Overall, we recommend this variant of Fintie's board if you don't need backlighting and want to save some money.
This keyboard is one of the more affordable Surface Pro 7-style 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.
USB-C and mechanical keys
One of the more affordable Surface Pro 7-style keyboards in this roundup, FERRISA's option boasts most of the same features as the others and a 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, has mechanical keys for a better typing experience, and has an 18-month warranty.
Keyboard case combo
This case-and-keyboard combination for Surface Pro 7-style devices 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.
If we had to pick ...
Even though Microsoft's Signature Type Cover costs $160, and its regular Type Cover is only $30 cheaper, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent keyboard for your Surface Pro. Every keyboard cover featured in this list is significantly cheaper than Microsoft's official offerings, and most have similar functionality. That includes a quality typing experience, some protection when closed, backlit keys, and general good looks.
If we had to pick just one, though, Fintie's Backlit Surface Pro 8/X keyboard is our selection for the best Surface Pro keyboard on a budget because it's reasonably priced, looks beautiful, and has an excellent rating on Amazon based on hundreds of customer reviews. The fact you can use it while it's detached from your Surface Pro 8/X thanks to its Bluetooth connection is also a sweet bonus. Brydge's SP+ Surface Pro 8/X board is also a fantastic option if you plan to use your Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X in a clamshell-style configuration.
If you're using an older Surface Pro, such as the Surface Pro 7, we strongly recommend opting for FERRISA's board. It comes with mechanical keys that feel great to type on, and like Fintie's Surface Pro 8 keyboard, it can be used while detached via Bluetooth. Alternatively, there's also the CHESONA case and keyboard combo that provides you with a stylish PU leather case and a magnetic Type Cover keyboard in one value-packed package.
For more keyboard options, don't forget to check out our roundup of all the best keyboards for Microsoft Surface. Also, if you'd like some accessories to go with your Surface Pro, don't miss our list of all the best Surface Pro accessories available.
Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.
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