Is Surface Go's keyboard too small to be useful?

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Is Surface Go's keyboard too small to be useful?

Best answer: The Surface Go's official keyboard, what Microsoft calls a "Type Cover," though small in size to match the tablet, is perfectly functional with 1.0 mm of key travel and a sizeable touchpad that makes it easy to use Windows 10 gestures.Official Type Cover: Surface Go Signature Type Cover (From $130 at Microsoft)Compact Surface: Microsoft Surface Go (From $399 at Microsoft)

Does Surface Go come with a Type Cover?

Buying the Surface Go, you get just the tablet. Any accessories, including Surface Pen and Type Cover, are sold separately. This means that you can save money if you don't think the Type Cover will work for your needs.

Surface Go Type Cover has decent key travel

Considering the Surface Pro's official Type Covers have 1.3 mm of key travel, the Surface Go Type Cover with 1.0 mm is not bad. You'll no doubt notice a difference for the first couple hundred words you type, but you shouldn't have any issues with discomfort from shallow travel. That said, the Surface Go is pretty small. So people with larger hands will obviously struggle a bit more than those with smaller fingers.

The keys have two levels of backlight to help you pick them out in dim lighting, and they use the same scissor mechanism as other Surface keyboards for a satisfying click.

Surface Go Type Cover has a large touchpad

Small keyboards will often sacrifice touchpad space — just look at the Surface 3's small touchpad — but not here. The Surface Go makes good on the space available below the keys, offering up something that's about the same size (56 mm x 101 mm) as on the Surface Pro's Type Cover.

Microsoft's Precision drivers allow for the full gamut of Windows 10 three- and four-finger gestures, meaning you don't lose any functionality.

What about keyboard alternatives?

There currently aren't any alternative keyboards that connect to the Surface Go through the bottom port, but like the Surface Pro and its third-party Type Cover alternatives, it's expected that there will be a few available in the near future.

If you'd rather not use the Surface Go's Type Cover, you can always connect a full-size external keyboard and mouse.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.