6 best Surface Pro keyboards that cost less than Microsoft's Type Covers

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.

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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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