This week was a big week for Microsoft. The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book came out. Along with them came a host of new accessories including a new Type Cover for the Surface Pro 4. This keyboard/cover is also compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and that is why I was so excited about it and got one.
As I may have mentioned earlier, this keyboard is full size chicklet style and utilizes Microsoft’s vast knowledge of building keyboards. It is an amazing addition to my Surface Pro 3. The action on the keys is perfect for me, and the key spacing is the same as we get on full size keyboards. The keys are backlit and it has a function lock key so that the function keys can be active all the time and not just when pressing an Fn key.
This keyboard that I got also includes a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. What does that mean? I can sign into Windows with just the touch of my finger, and it is fast too. The Surface securely stores my fingerprint and allows me to sign into Windows by touching the fingerprint reader. I’ve used fingerprint readers in the past, just they were always a bit slow in the processing time. Windows Hello, however, is lightning fast. It is certainly much faster that typing in my password every time I unlock my PC.
There is also IR and Iris scanners that work with Windows Hello. In fact the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 come with the IR camera needed for this feat. The new Lumia Phones, the 950 and the 950XL, also come with the IR camera needed for Windows Hello on the phone. With the camera you just look at your phone or computer and you are signed in.
This new keyboard is amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone with a Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4.