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
Windows Hello is an awesome feature that’s exclusive to the Windows ecosystem, but the Surface Pro 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.
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 $125. Also, don’t forget about the Signature Type Cover that is also compatible with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and newest Surface Pro.
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.
The HAVIT HV-KB395L is a stunning mechanical keyboard and not a bulky slab. The shorter key travel makes it feel as though you’re typing on a TypeCover or laptop keyboard, but you’re really using a dedicated peripheral. We previously reviewed the mechanical keyboard favorably, noting its great value, detachable cable, and lightweight design.
This keyboard employs low profile Kailh Blue switches to ensure a smooth, comfortable typing experience for gaming and writing, and it offers RGB 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 for $79.99.
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 $26) 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.
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.
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 $75), 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.
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.
The clickety-clacking doesn’t stop here. Check out our other roundups for more great keyboards.
Updated May 29, 2018: We updated this list to ensure you’re still looking at the best keyboard options for your Surface device.