Best Keyboards for Microsoft Surface in 2018

The keyboards designed specifically for Surface products provide fine typing experiences, but there are plenty of reasons you might want to get something a bit different. Many people like to use their laptop with a dock to make it feel more like a desktop. Others want to use their Surface from a distance, and still more people just want something with a bit more style or function.

To help you decide how you want to type on your Surface, I've rounded up the best keyboards available.

Surface Type Cover with Fingerprint ID

Type Cover with Fingerprint ID

Windows Hello is an awesome feature that's exclusive to the Windows ecosystem, but the Surface Pro 3 does not come equipped to handle it. In order to log into your device with a fingerprint, you can grab this Type Cover with a built-in fingerprint reader.

This keyboard is otherwise the same as the standard Type Cover. You still get backlit keys, a Precision touchpad, and it attaches easily to your Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Pro.

If you'd like to add an extra layer of security to your Surface, grab one of these Type Covers that's compatible with Windows Hello; it starts at about $160. Also, don't forget about the Signature Type Cover that is also compatible with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Pro.

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Logitech K380

Logitech K380

Many people these days employ numerous devices in their everyday lives. Sure, you can use a Surface for pretty much anything, but you probably have a phone in your pocket and you might also have a Mac at your office. In this case, you probably want a keyboard that can be used for multiple platforms.

The Wirecutter chose this as the top Bluetooth keyboard, stating:

The Logitech K380 offers the best balance of comfort, features, and price.

The rounded keys are comfortably spaced and have a decent amount of travel for a keyboard that's so cheap; it starts at about $30. You can connect up to three devices at once, and switching between them is as easy as pressing a button. Appropriate keys are branded with both Windows and Mac wording, making the switch as painless as possible.

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Corsair Strafe

Corsair Strafe

The Corsair Strafe is loved because of its relatively cheap price (about $70) and quality build.

This keyboard employs Cherry MX switches to ensure a smooth, comfortable typing experience for gaming and writing, and it offers tweakable red lighting. For those who like to control things their own way, you can reassign any key for any purpose, making you feel like a macro master. If you're going to be gaming on your Surface, this is a great choice.

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Logitech K400

Logitech K400

Standalone wireless keyboards are useful when you can't be next to your Surface, but you usually have to also find a wireless mouse. That is unless you grab a keyboard with a touchpad built in.

The Logitech K400 (about $25) is exactly that. You plug the wireless dongle into your Surface, and you're pretty much ready to go at a range of up to 33 feet. The touchpad is located to the right of the keyboard, but the whole package remains relatively compact. Worried about quality? This keyboard has a 4.2-star rating with more than 3,100 reviews on Amazon. If you plan on using your Surface from a distance, this keyboard should likely be your first choice.

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MoKo Type Cover

MoKo Type Cover

Why grab a nearly-identical Type Cover from MoKo rather than one straight from Microsoft? Two reasons: the Type Cover from MoKo is significantly cheaper — it costs about $48 — and it connects via Bluetooth, meaning you can use it with multiple devices rather than just a Surface Pro 3, Pro 4, or the latest Pro.

The only downside is that it doesn't have a Precision touchpad. If that doesn't matter to you and you'd like the option to change the backlight color, this keyboard still feels great to type on and costs less than half as much as the official one from Microsoft.

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Logitech K810

Logitech K810

If you want a wireless keyboard but don't want to take up a USB port on your Surface with a dongle, you need to look at Bluetooth. Yes, the K810 is more expensive than many Bluetooth options (about $70), but not without reason.

The keyboard is super comfortable to type on, it has a customizable backlight, its keys are specific to Windows, and the rechargeable battery lasts about two weeks of regular use. If a Surface is your only device, and you use it to type a lot every day, the Logitech K810 is an enticing option.

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Surface Type Cover NFL Special Edition

Type Cover NFL Special Edition

The Type Cover built exclusively for the Surface is hard to beat when it comes to build quality and design, but some people like to add a bit of personality to their laptops. In this case, Microsoft offers official NFL-branded Type Covers.

Your favorite team's logo is featured on the underside of the keyboard, and when closed the logo is prominently displayed over a gray background. This Type Cover has the same backlit keys and Precision touchpad as the standard Type Cover, making it a great addition for diehard football fans. It starts at about $160 and is compatible with Surface Pro 3, Pro 4, and the latest Pro.

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Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Do you type all day long? Are you usually positioned in front of a desk for hours at a time? Do your wrists hurt at the end of a workday? You're not alone, and Microsoft recognizes the market for people who'd like to keep their joints healthy. The Surface Ergonomic (about $130) is a full-size standalone keyboard that connects with Bluetooth.

It has a palm rest finished with Alcantara fabric for a comfortable feeling, and the entire deck is sloped (with a split keyboard) to put less strain on your fingers and wrists whether you're on minute one or hour five of a writing binge. While it's certainly a bit of an investment, it's no doubt worth it if you're already experiencing some discomfort.

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More keyboards

The clickety-clacking doesn't stop here. Check out our other roundups for more great keyboards.

Updated January 29, 2018: This list has been refreshed to ensure you're still looking at the best keyboard options for your Surface device.