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.

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.

$60 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.

$63 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.

$95 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.

$50 at Amazon

Most affordable

1byone Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover

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 the 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.

$46 at Amazon

If we had to pick just one keyboard

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. But if we had to pick just one, we'd go with 1byone keyboard, because it offers the most value and mostly matches the quality of the others.

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