Microsoft's new and pricy Modern Keyboard has a hidden fingerprint sensor built into it
Last year, when Microsoft announced the Surface Studio, it also introduced the Surface Keyboard to go along with the all-in-one PC. While the Surface Studio isn’t available here in Malaysia, the Surface Keyboard is.
Late last week however, the Redmond company has quietly introduced a new keyboard called the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. From the pictures, it looks just like the Surface Keyboard: it has the same key layout, the same gray finish, the same aluminum frame.
But there are differences, of course. For a start, the new keyboard has a fingerprint sensor that masquerades itself as a key and takes the place of the second Windows key on the right of the keyboard. Like the Surface Keyboard, the Modern Keyboard works in wireless Bluetooth mode; but unlike the former, it can also be used in wired mode.
To go along with this new Modern Keyboard, Microsoft is also making a new Modern Mouse, which, again, looks like the Surface Mouse. We’ve looked at the spec sheets, and we couldn't tell what’s changed between the two.
In the U.S., the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID and Modern Mouse are priced at US$130 (approx. RM555) and US$50 (approx. RM213) respectively. No word yet on whether both would be sold here.