What you need to know
- FCC filings show a new Surface Mouse and Surface Keyboard could be on the way.
- New Surface hardware is expected at the Surface event on October 2, 2019.
- The test dates for a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse are in July and August respectively.
A new Surface Mouse and Surface Keyboard could be on the way according to recently discovered FCC filings (via WindowsBlogItalia). The filings don't show many details of the devices themselves, but the testing dates for the keyboard and wireless mouse are in July and August respectively. There's a chance that the new hardware could be unveiled at the Surface event on October 2, 2019.
The filing for the keyboard and the filing for the mouse show testing dates, the dates that applications were received, and confidentiality statements asking certain details to not be revealed. One of the short-term confidential treatment pages requests that information remain confidential until February 10, 2020. This could indicate that the new hardware would come out long after the Surface event in October 2019, or it could just give Microsoft a window to reveal and release the device.
In our breakdown of what we expect to see at the Surface event, we highlighted rumors of keyboards with dedicated Office buttons. These filings may or may not be for those devices.
This ergonomic keyboard has media keys, Bluetooth SMART support, and delivers an excellent typing experience.
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May point towards a Surface desktop ala Mac Mini...
I would really love the Studio Display as a standalone. Can't really justify the price of the studio as I have many machines already, but would love to 'dock' them to it.
I'd love a Surface Monitor. Put an eGPU in the base and let a Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, or Surface Book take advantage of the extra power. Or you could just use it as a monitor.
I don't think the economics would work out. Right now a Surface Studio 2 - 1TB / Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM is $3,499.00. I imagine the PC part of that is the $499. The rest is the monitor and engineering. Still want the monitor at $3000? If you add an eGPU into the box instead of the PC parts, you are back up to $3500. You want a $3500 eGPU and Monitor that you still need your $1500-$2500 Surface to use? I don't figure the volume would justify the effort. Lots of things we want, but MS needs to be able to make money on it before it is likely.
They're supposed to be working on releasing the monitor separately, but you're right, people are going to freak out when they see the price. It's going to be really, really expensive.
This October Microsoft Event sounds like a lot, maybe too much. They should split it into two events. One for November.
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