Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and latest Surface Pro are versatile devices that you can use as tablets or laptops. While Microsoft's Type Cover remains the best fit for its Surface line because of the benefits it confers, it is expensive and might not be for everyone.
Here's a roundup of some awesome third-party Bluetooth alternatives that are compatible with the Surface Pro 4 and latest Surface Pro.
Logitech K810 keyboard
The K810 keyboard from Logitech (around $70) is a light Bluetooth keyboard designed for portability. Although it doesn't attach to the Surface Pro and doesn't have a trackpad, it does have some advantages over Microsoft's Type Cover.
One of them is versatility. You can use it with any Bluetooth device, such as your smartphone or another tablet, something you can't do with the Type Cover.
Other features of this keyboard are its thin form-factor, which makes it easy to store and carry with you, even in a sleeve case, and its stylish appearance — it's made with a brushed aluminum finish and is back-lit for late night typing.
Reviews for this keyboard are overall positive, though you may find the keyboard a little on the small side if you happen to have larger hands.
Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim keyboard
If you're looking for a set-and-forget keyboard, Anker's Ultra-Slim may be your best choice. This accessory comes from a reputable brand behind some killer products so you know you're going to enjoy a solid typing experience. The best part? It's only $20.
Unlike any of the other keyboards on this list, this one uses two AAA batteries instead of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. According to Anker, these batteries will last 3 months before requiring replacement.
Similar to other third-party keyboards, you can't attach Anker's keyboard to the Surface Pro nor does it have a trackpad. However, it does offer advantages over the Type Cover, one of them being that it can be used with other Bluetooth devices as well.
A unique keyboard on our list comes from iClever. It folds up to be no larger than a large smartphone, such as the trusty Lumia 950 XL. While unfolded, however, it is large enough to type on comfortably.
Made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, it is durable so don't be afraid to take it with you pretty much anywhere you want to go. It's also on offer for only $36.
Like all the other keyboards on this list, this one uses its own power source, which in this case is a lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the battery can last up to six months on a single charge.
Reviews for this device are for the most part positive; though one person noted that those with big hands might find the keyboard a little cramped (a familiar theme with some of these keyboards).
Arteck's keyboard is a good choice for those who love style and pizzazz in their technology.
Stylishly pretty, this keyboard comes with seven unique backlight colors, each with two brightness levels.
Like the other keyboards on this list, it works with the Surface Pro and other Bluetooth devices and at only 0.37 pounds, it's easy enough to carry around, even in a sleeve case.
This keyboard has its own lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which Arteck claims will last up to six months on a single charge. It's also on sale at around $20, slightly cheaper than the Surface keyboard.
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Updated March 30, 2018: This guide has been refreshed to reflect what's available now for the Surface Pro.
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