Microsoft's Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID now available for $129.99

Microsoft has just released an updated version of its Surface Keyboard, dubbed the "Microsoft Modern Keyboard," that features a built-in Windows Hello enabled fingerprint reader for PCs that may not have a Windows Hello enabled webcam.

The Modern Keyboard is now available via the Microsoft Store in the US for $129.99 (opens in new tab), Canada and China, which is $30 more than the standard Surface Keyboard of the same design but without the fingerprint reader. The new Modern Keyboard is Bluetooth, but can also be used with a wire if you prefer.

Microsoft says the keyboard should last 4 months on a single charge, and is in fact rechargeable, so you shouldn't need to dish out for new batteries every so often. The product description is as follows:

Long and complicated passwords are a thing of the past with this beautifully designed keyboard. The fingerprint sensor is subtly hidden in a normal-looking key and uses Windows Hello to let you sign in instantly and more securely with one simple press. It can be used wired or wirelessly with Bluetooth.

Microsoft tells Windows Central that it has nothing to announce regarding availability of the Modern Keyboard outside the US, Canada and China, which is unfortunate for those outside those countries who were interested in this product.

Will you be buying Microsoft's new Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID? Let us know!

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Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • That price is ridiculous.
  • Nah. It's a premium product. You pay a premium price for a premium product. I'm okay with it.
  • I got almost the same keyboard for fifteen dollars. I'm okay with that. Honestly, if it keeps the option to stay usb connected and finally has backlit keys, I'd think paying fifty was probably worth it.
  • But you really didn't get the same keyboard for $15, I assure you that. I've used $15 KB's, you get what you pay for.
  • price tends to be a clear indication, but I'm sure you have also experienced incredibly cheap products that could easily pass for a very expensive one, zac's recent nuvision article is a good example, this ms kb could very well be another case of "diminishing returns" just wait for the competition to show up
  • I'm quite tempted by one of these for my desktop PC, as it doesn't have any form of Windows Hello at the moment. Thing is, I love my ergonomic keyboards, so maybe should consider a camera instead - I use the SP4 Fignerprint ID keyboard on my SP3, and Iris on my 950 so just want to "Hello all the things"
  • Does your $15 keyboard have fingerprint ID?
  • Nothing about it is premium, stop fooling yourself; its a plain keyboard that costs couple of dollars to manufacture and the only reason for the insane price is the "Microsoft" logo on it. For that price you can get a top of the line gaming (or ergonimic) keyboard that actually has the features to justify such a price, unlike this thing, which at best should be priced around $50-70.  
  • Lies. Go test 20 keyboards and come back and say that. Is there a markup? Sure, this is a free market, welcome to the age of companies wanted to make money - but typing on these keyboards is better than the ones they throw in the box when you buy a knock off PC. I don't need to fool myself, either. I have a box of keyboards running from "free" to $300. AMA about the differences, because there ARE differences. If you don't notice them, that's cool, it just means you don't type a lot an d need a good keyboard
  • There's huge differences between cheap and premium keyboards - As a developer full time I have tried a lot of them and can confirm they make a huge difference. I can even see the difference before I touch the keyboard in most cases. I feel lucky that for me $130 (or whatever the UK price will be) isn't a huge price to pay for something I'd use for hours every single day - There is a market for and reasons to choose cheaper keyboards for many people. If you're a professional programmer, journalist or anything that requires you to type to earn your living a decent keyboard is the single best investment you can make to improve your everyday life (after exercising regularly and getting more sleep)
  • If my knowledge serves my right then this one either has a a single piece machined magnesium or aluminium body ( probably the latter ).
    Good luck to you finding such a feature on a sub 100.- Keyboard and twice the luck from a billion dollar company like Microsoft or Apple.
    I have the old MS Wedge Keyboard also featuring a machined body and in terms of rigidity you just can't beat such a construction.
    I could battle any premium price naysayer with it and would emerge victorious every time.
  • actually, i think it's just plastic.
  • I want the travel to be way deeper if I am paying 130 for it. And fully customizable backlighting. It should be mechanical, for that price.
  • But there are plenty of mechanical keyboards with RGB for that price, this isn't trying to compete with those
  • It's the same price as Apple's Magic KB without a fingerprint scanner and it looks & feels better too!
  • Nah, price is standard fair for premium keyboards. I dropped $100 for a backlit keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches, so I'm not getting the MS one, but I'd happily order one for my office if I could expense it. 😁
  • Is the keyboard backlit? If yes, then I'm getting it. I need a backlit keyboard for when I'm slinging code around late at night in the dark.
  • no don't see it on the web site
  • No, unfortunately this isn't back-lit.
  • I would pay 150 for a backlit ergo one with a front riser
  • Yeah, backlit is a big deal for me too, agree. Not sure why they can't pull that off besides they don't want a mandatory wire.
  • If they offer the option of backlit in a wired mode and not backlit in a wireless mode I would go for that.
  • On a side note ... If and When do you see peripherals switching to USB C charging ports instead of the ubiquitous micro USB that currently exists?
  • Logitech seem to be the only ones who are able to do it - Their wireless keyboards only light up when you put your hands over them to type which is a good battery saver. Like others, I'd be happy for backlighting to be for wired mode only if necessary
  • Totally wish they put the fingerprint reader on the ergo model.
  • Given that this is basically the same as another keyboard without the fingerprint reader, you may yet see a version of the ergonomic with it too. It may depend on how popular this one is.
  • I was wondering, what percentage of pc's can actually use Windows hello? I replaced all our desktop pc's for hp desktops early 2016 and none can use windows hello. I walked into my local media market, and they had not one piece of hw that was windows hello compatible, except for the surface products. Worse still, the staff did not even know what windows hello was. I would think windows hello would be a big thing, but apparently in the real world the possibilities for using windows hello are very limited. What is your guys experience with this?
  • Off topic, but I love windows hello. Even if the PC's you buy don't have hardware that natively supports it you can buy add-on hardware that does whether it's the camera or fingerprint reader.
  • every windows 10 pc can use it, as long as you use hardware that supports it like this keyboard
  • For the 3D cameras (or at least certain ones) you need specific generation of Intel CPU or newer too, but for most that is fine. Fingerprint should be supported for all AFAIK
  • I understood from one of Daniel his articles that you need to have specific hw inside the pc to make it work. Can't find that article anymore. But, if I start up windows hello on my laptop or on my desk top I get the notification that my system does not support windows hello. Why is this if you guys say that windows hello works on all hw.
  • Windows Hello is simply the name given to the biometric authentication support built into Windows 10. You can get a Windows Hello-compatible USB fingerprint reader for any Windows 10 PC.  This ketboard should work with any Windows 10 PC too.  The RealSense cameras require particular processors to support facial recognotion though. I bought an SR300 developer kit from Intel before I knew that so, when I built a new system, I switched from AMD processors to Intel.  I'm not sure whether there are other cameras that don't require specific CPU support or not.
  • Oh and yes, I would have gotten this keyboard. Had it been for sale here and if the hw in my company had been windows hello compatible. Unfortunately windows hello will have to wait until we replace all our pc's again. And since more and more is happening in the cloud, this won't be for a few more years.
  • I'd get this, but as a gamer I need the durability that comes with mechanical keyboards.
  • it's a near exact copy of Apples keyboard that has had this design for the last 10 years.  I am trying to decide between This ( since it's like my mac keyboard ) or the Ergo Sculpt set with the little blobby ergo mouse and separate numeric keypad.  I think it's priced fine. Quality costs more. I doubt MS cheaped out anywhere on this keyboard. 
  • Again, US only.
    And then they wonder why Europe f*cking hates them. It's deserved.
  • FYI, it's also available on the Canada site
  • I sling code all day, but I doubt I'll be shelling out $100+ for a keyboard anytime soon. I'm usually fine with what comes in the box, but if not I have enough alternates on hand to swap out for one that feels better.
  • Hey wpguy you're a real cool dude. Sling that code around. Respect.
  • If this was backlit I would have got one
  • For me. No back-lit feature = Epic Fail. Especially for the price.
  • Agreed
  • Would buy one immediately if it was backlit... 
  • amazing that this keyboard is not backlit. But I always run my SP4 in tablet, not desktop/external monitor mode, so I have backlit keys, even nicer now that I'm using a Brydge 12.3 aluminum keyboard with my SP4. The key travel is superior to the type cover keys, and as being aluminum, it's rigid like a real laptop as opposed to the floppy type cover. The type cover is really nice, but the Brydge is superior in every way.
  • I wish these companies would choose ergonomics over style, these keyboards are so uncomfortable to use.
  • I'm getting this keyboard. My workstation doesn't support windows hello, so with this keyboard I will be good to go. Backlit is not a concern to me, I never look at the keyboard.
  • Of course they have nothing to announce for other countries, US is the only country there is... sigh... M$ should really stop with this US only crap. International company my hiney.
  • Well I went out and bought it and it's pretty damn awesome. The fingerprint reader is flawless it has lights for numlock and caps lock. They solved a big issue with Bluetooth as well, before if you needed to get into the BIOS you had to go looking for another keyboard with this one you just plug it in.
  • Fingerprint scanner is almost perfect but it needs to be plugged in for lastpass to see it