Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 - Black - English
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- Surface Pro Signature keyboard features a full mechanical keyset, backlit keys, and large trackpad for precise navigation and control
- Keyboard delivers fast and accurate typing like a traditional, full-size keyboard, plus natural on-screen writing
- Keyboard clicks into place instantly and stays securely attached so you always have your pen and keyboard with you
- Optimum key spacing for fast and accurate typing
- Surface Slim Pen 2 recharges in the built-in storage tray so it's always ready to be used
- The haptic motor in Surface Slim Pen 2 brings the natural feeling of writing and drawing on paper when used with Surface Pro 8.2 (sold separately)
- Use with Surface Pro 8 (sold separately) or Surface Pro X Kickstand (sold separately) for a full laptop experience
- Close to protect screen and conserve battery, or fold back completely for a tablet
- Surface Pro Keyboard
- Surface Slim Pen 2
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Of the 60 reviewers who responded, 57 would recommend this product.
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- Absolute Must-Have for Surface Pro 8- October 27, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] If you have purchased (or are considering a purchase of) a Surface Pro 8, I would strongly recommend you factor in the cost of this Signature Keyboard (either this one with the Slim Pen or just the keyboard by itself). The Surface Pro 8 is a great device, but it is severely limited in its capabilities and function without adding this keyboard. Given the cost, Microsoft really should have included the keyboard with the Surface Pro 8. Regardless, this keyboard is probably the best keyboard that exists for any tablet (with the possible exception of the iPad Magic Keyboard). It is thin, lightweight, very sturdy, and the keys are nicely spaced. === PROS === - The keyboard is very slim and adds minimal bulk to the Surface Pro 8 when closed. - The keyboard is covered in a very soft Alcantara material that resists fingerprints and smudges. - All the keys you would need are included on this keyboard, including an Escape key, function keys, a Windows key, and keys to adjust volume, brightness, etc. - The keyboard is backlit with three levels of backlight brightness. Brightness can be adjusted using the F1 key. - You can use the keyboard in two positions: at a slight angle with the Slim Pen storage tray hidden, or flat with the storage tray exposed. In the angled position, the top of the keyboard perfectly hides the bottom bezel of the Surface Pro 8 screen, with your Windows task bar directly above the keyboard. - The typing experience is great: not too cramped, and there is a nice amount of travel in the keys. The keyboard does not flex or bend in either position (angled or flat) - it remains sturdy while you type. - The inclusion of the Slim Pen storage tray is a nice addition, especially if you don't use the Slim Pen very often. It's nice to be able to hide it away and not worry about it falling out or getting lost. - The trackpad is very responsive and functional and works perfectly with Windows gestures such as pinching and swiping with multiple fingers. - The Slim Pen works very nicely and is perfect for taking notes, drawing, etc. I have used it in a couple of work meetings now to take notes in Microsoft Whiteboard. For this purpose, it's great, but I wouldn't necessarily use the Slim Pen just to navigate around Windows 11. It really excels as a writing or drawing tool. === CONS === - The keyboard must be attached for it to work (it is not wireless). Not a huge deal, but it would be nice to have use of the keyboard if you plan to connect the Surface Pro 8 to an external display. - I like the trackpad, but I wish it were just a bit larger. Also, it has a "diving board" design, meaning that only the bottom portion of the trackpad is easily clickable. I wish the entire trackpad were clickable. - The backlighting is nice to have, but it doesn't get very bright. - I wish Microsoft would have found a way to include an additional USB-C port on this keyboard that could be used for charging, similar to what Apple did with the iPad Magic Keyboard. === OVERALL === This is an absolute must-have accessory for the Surface Pro 8. If you don't think you'll use the Slim Pen, save yourself a bit of money and buy just the keyboard (instead of this package with the keyboard + pen). As I mentioned previously, the Surface Pro 8 is severely limited as a Windows device without the addition of this keyboard. Luckily, Microsoft has created arguably one of the best tablet keyboards on the market -- one that should have been included with the Surface Pro -- so you will not regret your purchase. Highly recommended.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Refinement for an Already Great Keyboard- October 23, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I absolutely LOVE the refinement Microsoft has done to the new Surface keyboard and pen! The keyboard itself is mostly the same as previous generations. It attaches to the Surface via magnets, can lay flat, or angled via magnetic attachment. The keys have a soft feel and are very pleasant to type on. The size feels that of a full sized desktop keyboard. The alcantara fabric is always such a pleasure to wrest palms on. It does not require batteries as it gets power from the Surface it is attached to. The keyboard can illuminate in the dark too for easier typing in low light situations. The real innovation here is the changes made to the pen. The pen is now much flatter and fits into a new "cubby" at the top of the keyboard. It attaches magnetically and sits flush with the keyboard so it can be stored here when the keyboard is closed or angled up against the Surface screen. The pen charges when connects to it's cubby. Clicking on the top of the pen can be set to open Whiteboard, OneNote, or really any app of your choosing. The pen pairs to the Surface simply by being in it's cubby and they keyboard attached to the surface, I had to do no setup otherwise. The response I got when writing on the display felt very natural. The pen was easy to hold and if I sat it on the desk, it would not roll away. It was light and had a subtle grippy feel to it. Much of the response was due to the Surface itself, not the pen, but the overall experience was exceptional making this a must have accessory for the Surface X or Surface Pro 8.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Requisite Accessory for Microsoft Surface Computin- October 27, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Pros: * Material Design. The keyboard (and my selected color) perfectly complement the Surface Pro X with which it is paired. I've owned previous versions of the keyboard (with older versions of the Surface) and think this material will hold up better to wear. To be clear, the material of any Surface Keyboard I've used has been exceptional; but they don't always clean well. I think this keyboard will do fine and only time will tell. * Pen. Though it is an included accessory I didn't anticipate using much, it is definitely is pretty well designed. It is even more responsive and intuitive than predecessors and tucks away nicely into the keyboard (accessory). It is magnetic and can be placed on the side of a Surface computer or kept safely in the cubby located on the Surface Keyboard. The pen's tips can be replaced as needed depending on the use. It also features buttons along the side and at the end. These buttons serve to execute short-cuts. The end, depending on the application, can be used as an "eraser" with even greater ease than a real pencil and its eraser end. I'm glad the pen is included as I really forgot about how convenient it can be to draw up sketches or jot down notes in OneNote. * Strong Magnets. The Surface Keyboard is connected to a Surface computing device along the long edge using a proprietary connector, some guidance tabs, and strong magnets. The keyboard in previous iterations could fall off with enough centrifugal force when handling the Surface. This version is significantly stronger and is almost too difficult to remove. I'm not worried about it falling off when I don't expect it to. * Comfortable. The keyboard itself has nice tactile feedback while using. Though it has been a while since I have used a mobile computing device like a Surface, I have to say that it was quite easy to get into the groove typing away. I've always been a fan of desktop ergonomic keyboards but switched to a traditional keyboard a few years ago for work reasons. I think this made the transition to the Surface Keyboard easier as the keyboard and its keys are spacious enough to feel like a full-size keyboard. * Large Touchpad. I've never been a fan of touchpads. In fact, I paired my Surface Pro X with a Microsoft Arc mouse for regular use. But before I purchased the Arc mouse, I got a lot of time in with the touchpad. I have to say that the increased surface area, the haptic feedback for button interactions, and the gesture movements work quite well. While I prefer the use of the Arc mouse for some functions (easier for me to play some games or interact with Excel cells), I think I could comfortably say that I don't need it. The touchpad is better than I expected (remember). Cons: * I really can't think of any cons for this accessory. Wish: * Though the materials used to construct this keyboard I am sure will wear well, I think it would be fun if Microsoft offered a keyboard with a metallic backside. That would be neat. Although I am sure there are weight implications, etc. Use: I use this device when I am on the go and need a full computing device. The Surface Keyboard is a necessity for use of this device as a work computer, IMO. You could pair Bluetooth keyboards or make use of a dock via the USB-C connector on the Surface computers, but a regular keyboard would be too unwieldy and not travel well. The Surface Keyboard provides svelt form and function with the added benefit of providing protection for your Surface.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Completes your tablet experience and well made.- October 20, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] A new generation of Surface Pro tablets have reached the market, and are excellent Windows 11 machines on their own. But for me, I need a keyboard to do certain things on to be most comfortable, and I’m trying to get back into drawing as well, so a digital pen is something I also needed to make a complete two-in-one system. Years ago, I tried an older model Surface and keyboard and frankly didn’t like it. The keyboard was squishy and gave too much – the new Signature keyboard is WORLDS better than those older versions. This one is much sturdier and doesn’t give when typing so long as you don’t have lead fingers. It connects to your Pro tablet via two very strong magnetic connections that fit right up to the tablet, which powers the keyboard as well. It’s size fits with the Surface tablet at around 11 inches wide by 8 ½ inches tall, but it shrinks by an inch to 7 ½ inches tall when you “fold” the top of it into the tablet, which hides the Surface Pen 2 from view in the slot it sits and charges in. A very neat idea, as when folded, it also raises the tablet slightly to give you a better typing angle, while hiding the pen. A felt-like material covers the keyboard and feels nice, and a good sized glass touchpad give you plenty of room for maneuvering around your screen. There’s a good sense of feedback when typing – they are not flat or mushy… they give you a good sensory feedback that you are indeed, typing. There is a back light available with various brightness settings, so typing in lower light areas isn’t a problem. When closed, the keyboard protects the screen, but does not cover the back in any way, so I still suggest using a case or sleeve. The keyboards are available in Black, Poppy Red, or Ice Blue. I tend to get a little dirt on my stuff (oops), so usually pick black to hide it, but you do have those choices. The Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2 is an oval-shaped digital pen at around 5 ½ inches in length, with a solid tip, and button on the pen itself as well as one at the other end that “clicks”. It came as a bundle with the keyboard (you save money this way as opposed to ordering them separately, though you don’t have to order them together – a separate usb charging cradle is available for it if you like, too). It charges within the keyboard in a dedicated slot, and you can get up to 15 hours of use on a full charge; I have tried it out for a few hours at a time and it didn’t show any signs of running out of juice. When you remove it from it’s charging cradle, a tiny menu will pop up on your screen for a few seconds where you can pick a White Board to write on, or a snipping tool for screen shots, as well as pen settings and more info keys. Otherwise, you can click the top “eraser” button and a white board app will appear on your Windows 11 screen so you can take notes or doodle to save for later (or use in other ways via settings). The side button will allow for “select” and right-clicks in certain applications. With over 4,000 points of pressure, you shouldn’t have an issue when drawing on your tablet with this, giving varying levels of light/dark and effects with this level of control. There are haptic feedback vibrations in this pen, but they work (for now) only with Surface Pro 8 and Studio tablet and devices, (Mine is an X). I have fairly chunky hands, and find the pen to be pretty comfortable to use. I mean, I like HUGE pens when I write but no digital pen is that big – in terms of styluses and digital pencils/pens, this is one of the more comfortable ones I’ve used, and is the most fluid and natural feeling when using on a tablet surface. As I said before, the Surface tablets are very nice, but I think you get the best out of them when used with the Microsoft Signature Keyboard and Pen 2. I recommend both of these to compliment the tablet if your budget allows.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very nice keyboard cover.- October 25, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The keyboard is responsive. I also appreciate that it is backlit, so if you're working in limited light, you can still work without interruption. There's good feeling to the response of the keys. It's not mechanical, which is the type of key's I'm accustomed to using on a daily basis. The Pen is a bit of a mixed bag. I find it a bit awkward to hold due to it being flat versus the natural styling of a pen. It's also very responsive and accurate. I'm a terrible writer but the handwriting recognition has come a ways since the last time i used a Windows based tablet that used a pen. I like that the pen sits in a spot inside the cover so it's tucked away when you're not needing to use it. The Alcantara is a nice touch as well and gives a feel of quality to the keyboard.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.