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Microsoft Modern Keyboard comes with a fingerprint sensor

Microsoft Modern Keyboard comes with a fingerprint sensor


All too often, Microsoft unveils its newly manufactured products with great fanfare to make them a commercial success, but the launch of the new product modern keyboard It is an exception to this rule. Microsoft Modern Keyboard is the successor to Surface keyboard. It looks very much like the latter. Easily identifiable differences include a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of a wireless one.

Microsoft Modern Keyboard


First impressions are that the slim keyboard is designed for ergonomics and efficiency. It is smooth and made of virtually indestructible aluminum. The keys are shallow compared to other traditional desktop keyboards. It also lacks a natural curvature. However, the typing experience on this device compared to other traditional desktop keyboards is good.

aluminum case

The modern keyboard has a fingerprint scanner.

Most Windows applications these days are designed to take advantage of Windows Hello and sign in with biometrics. As such, Modern Keyboard finds its usefulness. How? Microsoft has integrated a fingerprint reader into a second Windows key on the right side of the keyboard that can be used to sign in to Windows 10 or websites using Windows Hello. I especially find this method to be more convenient and secure than passwords that are vulnerable to interception or a keylogger. You agree that it has become somewhat inconvenient to regularly type passwords on your desktop computer to access files and folders.

Fingerprint Scanner

What about his battery? Microsoft claims the keyboard should last four months on a single charge. In addition to the fact that the battery is rechargeable, there is no need to distribute new batteries from time to time. Product description as follows:

  1. Length: about 17 inches (420.9 mm)
  2. Width: Approx. 5 inches (112.6 mm)
  3. Wireless Frequency: 2.4GHz
  4. Connection interface: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2 compatible
  5. Wireless range: 33 feet (10 meters) outdoors. Up to 17 feet (5 meters) in a typical office environment
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Other specifications

  1. Length: 0.76 in (19.3 mm)
  2. Weight: approx 15 ounces
  3. Battery life: Up to 4 months on a full charge
  4. Battery: Rechargeable battery (included)
  5. Warranty: 1 year limited warranty

Keyboard selling point – In addition to Windows, Modern Keyboard is compatible with macOS and other platforms such as Android. The product is available through Microsoft Store In the US for $129.99, and in Canada and China for $30 more than the standard Surface keyboard.

Click the notification message in the lower right corner of your Windows 11 device. Your Windows 11 device will automatically pair with Microsoft Modern Keyboard with your Fingerprint ID when the keyboard driver is installed.

Where is the pairing button on my Surface keyboard?

Next to the battery cover at the bottom of the keyboard, you’ll find the pairing button. To search for Bluetooth and other devices on your computer, click the Start button, then select Settings > Devices.

Microsoft Modern Keyboard