FCC photos reveal the new Microsoft Surface Keyboard destined for your desktop
The Surface Keyboard has made it through the FCC. New photos for the filing confirm its design and soon you will be able to get the same typing experience from your home PC as your Surface tablet.
Earlier this morning, I reported that Microsoft had two new desktop keyboards headed to the market. Both are wireless with one being a clean minimalist design, while the other follows the ergonomic Sculpt keyboard. There is also a redesigned Designer Mouse now called a Surface Mouse. All the components have a gray finish, and the keyboards have been reworked with Surface technology to make typing an even better experience.
The minimalist Surface Keyboard takes two AA batteries that can last up to 12 months. The device will be compatible with all Windows PCs, as well Mac OS, iOS, and Android thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 LE technology on board.
Microsoft has not officially confirmed these new desktop accessories, but we have heard they could be announced as early as this week.
Later this month, the company could also announce its rumored Surface All-in-One PC, which makes more sense once you consider these reworked and re-branded Surface desktop accessories.
No word on pricing but the existing Designer Bluetooth Desktop kit is $99.95 for the keyboard and mouse. The new Surface-branded version is re-engineered with optimized feedback and return force to provide a superior typing experience.
Incidentally, there looks to be an FCC application for the Surface ergonomic keyboard as well, but there are no photos or details. However, 'Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard' is also mentioned in those documents.
Thanks, Gianluca P., for the heads up!
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