Microsoft Reveals Wireless ‘Modern Keyboard’ And ‘Modern Mouse’

Both devices are built to visually match the company's line of Surface products and connect to Windows PCs

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Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new keyboard, called the “Modern Keyboard” with an integrated fingerprint reader. And also unveiled “Modern Mouse” With a sleek, simple aesthetic and soft silver finish.

Both devices are built to visually match the company’s line of Surface products and connect to Windows PCs, but the Modern Keyboard will also connect to any macOS and iOS device that supports Bluetooth 4.0.

Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID

The Modern Keyboard has a low profile with an aluminum frame that Microsoft says is “virtually indestructible,” while still remaining sleek.

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It comes with dimensions 420.9×112.6×19.3mm and weighs roughly 420 grams. The wireless Microsoft Modern Keyboard runs on two AAA alkaline rechargeable batteries.

Microsoft claims a battery life of up to 2 months on full charge. The Redmond giant will be offering one-year limited warranty on the keyboard.

Microsoft said that its goal was to seamlessly blend the fingerprint sensor into a key on the keyboard, “so it would appear to be any other key.”

Our vision was to blend the Fingerprint reader into a keyboard, so it would appear to be any other key.

We iterated relentlessly to improve each layer, making sure they came together to create a flawless typing experience that felt like any other key.

These Keyboard will allow Windows 10 users to enable Windows Hello fingerprint authentication on their devices.

The fingerprint scanner has been placed on the second Windows key on the right side of the keyboard, and can be used for signing in to the system or any website using Windows Hello.

Availability & Price

The Modern keyboard will be available shortly, priced at $129.99. It’s a surprisingly quick release schedule after Microsoft only debuted the Surface Keyboard for $99 recently.

And $129.99 is a lot to pay for a keyboard, but it is one of the best desktop keyboards on the market at the moment if you like laptop-like key travel.

Specification

Connection Interface   Bluetooth Low Energy compatible 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2
 Wireless frequency  2.4 GHz frequency range
 Wireless range  33 feet (10 meters) in open air. Up to 17 feet (5 meters) in office environment typical
 Compatibility  Windows 10
Device must support Bluetooth® 4.0 or higher
 Dimensions  

Length: 16.57 inches (420.9 millimeters)

Width: 4.43 inches (112.6 millimeters)

Height: 0.76 inches (19.3 millimeters)

 Weight  14.58 ounces (413.5 grams)
 Battery Type and Quantity  Rechargeable battery (included)
 Battery life    Up to 4 months on full charge
 Warranty    1-year limited warranty
 Operating System  Compatible with Win 10 64 bit &  32 bit

Microsoft Modern Mouse

With a sleek, simple aesthetic and soft silver finish, the Microsoft Modern Mouse is an ideal complement to a well-planned workspace.

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The Mouse is made out of similar metal material as the keyboard and includes “premium precision pointing and clicking,”

According to Microsoft, but it lacks compatibility with macOS. It also uses AAA batteries with a battery life of around 12 months.

Availability & Price

The Modern mouse will be available shortly,  for $49.99.

Specification

Connection Interface Bluetooth® 4.0
 Wireless frequency 2.4 GHz frequency range
 Wireless range 32.8 feet (10 meters) in open area and 16.4 feet (5 meters) in office environment
 Compatibility  Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8
Must be BT4.0 enabled.
 Dimensions   4.53 x 2.52 x 1.32 inches
 Weight   3.21 ounces (including batteries)
 Battery Type and Quantity  2 AAA alkaline battery (included)
 Battery life   Up to 12 months
 Warranty   1-year limited warranty
 Operating System   Compatible with Win 10 64 bit &  32 bit , Win 8.1 32 bit & 64 bit , Win 8 32 bit & 64 bit , Win 7 32 bit & 64 bit , Win RT 8.1 , Win RT 8

 

Summary

Both devices are “coming soon”. Modern keyboard for priced at $129.99 and Modern Mouse for priced at for $49.99.

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