Like all things Surface, Microsoft's 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 keyboard cover for your 2-in-1, whether it's the new Surface Pro 6 or a Pro from a few years ago.

Best overall: 1byone Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

Staff pick

1byone's Surface Pro Type Cover is a popular option that costs less than half the price of Microsoft's Surface Pro keyboard, and it's tied for the title of cheapest keyboard featured here. 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.

$50 at Amazon

Multicolor backlit keys: Fintie Backlit Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

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 be physically connected to your Surface Pro.

$52 at Amazon

Slightly smaller and lighter: Fintie Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

This Fintie Surface Pro Type Cover is very similar to the keyboard described above with a couple of key differences: it does not have backlit keys, and it's both slightly smaller and lighter. It also connects via Bluetooth so you can use it even when it's not physically connected to your Pro.

$50 at Amazon

Made of metal: Brydge 12.3 Bluetooth Keyboard for Microsoft Surface Pro

Unlike Microsoft's Type Cover and any of the other keyboards in this roundup, this one is made of aluminum and 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. There's even a version with built-in storage, though it costs more than Microsoft's Type Covers.

$129 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.

$51 at Amazon

If we had to pick ...

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent keyboard for your Surface Pro. Microsoft's Signature Type Cover costs $160, while its regular Type Cover costs $130. 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, we'd go with 1byone keyboard, because it is reasonably priced, mostly matches the quality and features of the others, looks nice and has a good rating on Amazon, based on hundreds of customer reviews. If you're looking to stand out or pack some extra storage space in your keyboard, however, the Brydge keyboard is your best option.

Our favorite Surface accessories from Microsoft

Every one of these valuable Surface accessories is Windows Central Approved and guaranteed to please.

Surface Precision Mouse ($77 at Amazon)

The Surface Precision Mouse is not only one of favorite Surface accessories, it's one of our favorite mice for any PC. It's packed with valuable features and customizable buttons. Its scrolling and tracking are seamless and spot-on. And it's rechargeable so you never have to buy new batteries for it.

Surface Pen (From $72 at Amazon)

Every Surface owner needs this Pen. Period. It supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support for shading density, and enjoys supremely low latency. When paired with a Surface PC, the potential is endless. And it comes in a bunch of cool colors.

Surface Dock ($136 at Amazon)

With two Mini DisplayPorts, four USB-A 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio jack, this dock gives you the ports you need to stay connected to all your favorite devices. Plus, it easily turns your Surface into a desktop power hub. We highly recommend it.

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