Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 - Platinum - English

Model Number: 8X6-00061
Web Code: 15742723

Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 - Platinum - English

Overview

Enjoy next-level versatility with the premium Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard and Slim Pen 2 combo. It helps you transform your Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X into a full laptop. Sleek and compact, the keyboard has a large trackpad for precise control and navigation. With Surface Slim Pen 2 stored, charged and close at hand, it delivers typing and on-screen writing in one.
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Overview

Enjoy next-level versatility with the premium Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard and Slim Pen 2 combo. It helps you transform your Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X into a full laptop. Sleek and compact, the keyboard has a large trackpad for precise control and navigation. With Surface Slim Pen 2 stored, charged and close at hand, it delivers typing and on-screen writing in one.
  • 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
Colour
Platinum
Material
Fabric
Form Factor
Front Cover
Built-in Stand
No
Built-in Battery
No
Built-in Keyboard
Yes
Accessory Pocket
Yes
Stylus Holder
Yes

Keyboard Features

Keyboard Language
English
Bluetooth
No
Solar Powered
No
Battery Life Indicator
No

Dimension

Width
22.61 cm
Height
0.49 cm
Depth
28.91 cm
Width (Inches)
8.9 in
Height (Inches)
0.19 in
Depth (Inches)
11.38 in

Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts
1 Year
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labour
1 Year
  • Surface Pro Keyboard
  • Surface Slim Pen 2

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Reviewer Recommendation

100%

Of the 33 reviewers who responded, 33 would recommend this product.

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  • Great Addition to Surface Pro
    Reviewed by BADog - October 21, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Microsoft has released a new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 to go with the new line of Surface Pro tablets/laptops. This package includes the keyboard, pen, and thin cardboard information sheet which shows some quick facts about the product. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty. PROS: --------- * Connects easily to the Surface Pro using magnets (I'm using the X with 8GB RAM). * The keyboard has a small slot to put the pen in which is held in place when the keyboard is closed. * The keyboard is quite convenient for us that use typing skills instead of typing on a screen. Add in the mouse capability and that's even better at times. * The "felt" surface of the keyboard allows for one side of the Surface to be placed on a table without it feeling like the Surface is going to get dented or scratched up. * The keyboard keys do light up if needed. * Protects screen when not in use. CONS: --------- * The keyboard is flimsy, and though responsive, does feel a bit cheap. If you don't have a flat surface while typing, it may bend a bit while doing so. A more rigid back side would be great. * Would like more protection that might wrap around the whole PC if needed, not just the keyboard/screen side. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------ * I do not typically use a pen for much on my PCs, but after using, I can see how it can come in handy for drawing and designs in certain programs. I used it a few times; however with my profession, I likely won't get a lot of use out of it. They keyboard will be used more than anything. CONCLUSION: ============ If you get the Surface Pro, just get the keyboard. There are so many times where you need one, and it's simple to hook up and use. It will also protect your screen at the same time when closed. If you need a better mouse, you can always use the USB-C port (with USB-C hub/adapter) to make that happen. It's a simple product but offers a lot.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Boost Your Surface Productivity
    Reviewed by Xephyroth - October 21, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] INTRO: The Surface Pro lineup of tablets aims to showcase Microsoft’s vision of portable computing, but to take your productivity to the next level, Microsoft has developed the Surface Pro Signature Keyboard as well as the Slim Pen 2. Compatible with the Surface Pro 8 as well as the Surface Pro X, these could be must-haves for anyone wanting to take their productivity on the go. UNBOXING: In a world where packaging is often incredibly thick and bulky, Microsoft has opted to make their packaging thin and simple, just like the products in the box. Inside this bundle, you’ll find both the Signature Keyboard and the Slim Pen 2, as well as a paper insert explaining how to use them. In terms of materials SETUP: As the paper insert describes, the setup is simple. Attach the keyboard via the magnetic hinge to the bottom of your Surface tablet. As you bring them close together, they simply snap together with no real effort. I’ve had no issues connecting the keyboard to the tablet. When using it, you’ll want to prop open your Surface tablet’s kickstand before or after snapping the keyboard on. And when you’re done, you can fold the surface over the keyboard like a normal laptop. Alternatively, you can also lay the tablet and keyboard completely flat on a table if you have a strange use-case for that. Meanwhile, the Slim Pen 2 can rest in the wireless charging tray located just above the keyboard deck. More interestingly, when you angle the keyboard at a slant for ergonomics, this can completely hide the Slim Pen 2 from view while you’re focused on keyboard tasks. KEYBOARD: One of the first things I was concerned about with the Signature Keyboard was the Alcantara texture. For those who weren’t aware (as I certainly wasn’t), Microsoft says Alcantara is a “unique and innovative material used in high-end luxury products to bring an unparalleled level of design and sophistication.” I don’t personally know that I care, and I’m sure that if a cheaper non-fabric option was present that delivered a functionally identical experience, I’d probably just buy that. Unfortunately, the Slim Pen 2 wireless charging tray is not available on the original Surface Pro keyboard. I advise you to research experiences from others who have used Alcantara keyboards on other Surface products for much longer than myself. From what I understand, it can get discolored over time, and cleaning it will be more difficult compared to a traditional rubber, plastic or metal keyboard deck. So while I’ve yet to experience this discoloration in my very short time, I should also mention that I don’t typically put my laptop near food or use my laptop with dirty hands. My advice is that you’ll want to baby this keyboard if you want to keep it looking good. But that may also prove to be very challenging for some. Moving on, I really like that this keyboard can be angled up slightly. It’s just a bit more comfortable, as opposed to typing on a completely flat surface. And while I wasn’t sure how quickly I’d catch on to the Signature Keyboard, I’m very pleased to say that I’ve had no learning curve issues. Most of the time, I’ve typed on mechanical keyboards and Apple’s Magic Keyboards, so this is the first time I’ve experienced a Surface keyboard. It’s definitely one of the best in the industry, in my experience. The key spacing is perfectly to my liking. The keys aren’t too far apart, nor are they too crammed. They’re very reasonably spaced, and I can reach my typical speeds of 105+ wpm with very few mistakes and consistent pacing. In terms of key travel, I also feel it’s very good for a chiclet style keyboard. The Signature Keyboard has a nice physical feedback when you bottom out the keys, so you can type with confidence. As for sound, this was clearly designed to be quiet, and it definitely does that very well. The sound is more emphatic in delivering a low-end thunk rather than a typical clicky chiclet sound. This is the kind of keyboard that won’t annoy people around you, which is great for environments where being quiet is absolutely necessary. For those of you who spend time in darker environments, you’ll be glad to know that it does have backlit keys with 3 brightness levels as well as the option to turn off the backlighting, entirely. Another feature I like is that simply tapping the Fn key will toggle the F-keys to be the primary actions over the multimedia keys. So those of you who use F-keys for hotkey functions won’t have to struggle to press Fn every single time. A small LED will light up on the Fn key when you want to use the F-keys, as well. When disabled, the multimedia keys become the default actions, so it’s nice that you have the freedom of choice without having to change a setting in software. Lastly, it should be mentioned that this keyboard operates exclusively via the Surface Connect port on the bottom of your Surface tablet, so it cannot be used while detached from the tablet. PEN: While I haven’t spent nearly as much time with the Slim Pen 2, I will say that it can certainly be useful depending on how you use it. For handwriting to text recognition, I did find that after a short period of time, the handwriting recognition was pretty good, but is prone to some mistakes as both you and the software are acclimating to each other. Drawing on the other hand is much more useful with the Slim Pen 2, whether it’s drawing diagrams using OneNote or doing a Whiteboard session, the Slim Pen 2 does a decent job at being responsive to user input. However, there were times where my screen was a bit smudgy, and that caused friction while trying to draw using the pen, so I recommend having a clean display while using the Slim Pen 2. I also like that it has a shortcut button that you can program to open apps based on a single click, double click, or press and hold. However, this button only works while Bluetooth is enabled on your Surface tablet, so bear that in mind. The Slim Pen 2’s button end also functions as an eraser like a #2 pencil for the apps that support it. Without knowing this, I made a joking attempt to use the blunt end to erase some drawings in Microsoft Whiteboard, and to my surprise, it worked! This is the first time I’ve personally seen this implemented in a digital pen. This all being said, the Slim Pen 2 still has that “plastic against glass” feeling. But there do exist some screen protectors that promise to provide a more paper-like experience for those who frequently use their tablets with a pen. Even so, I found the Slim Pen 2 comfortable to hold, and for me it was best used with the Surface tablet set flat or with the kickstand nearly maxed out. But you may have different preferences. And of course, the fact that it stays magnetically secure in the wireless charging tray within the Signature keyboard makes this combination more seamlessly integrated into your Surface experience. You don’t have to remember to charge it as long as you stow it away in the tray while the keyboard is connected to your Surface Pro tablet. CONCLUSION: I do think that if you are getting a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X tablet and are looking to get both the keyboard and the pen for it, this hardware does a great job. The Signature keyboard is a joy to use, and the integration with the Slim Pen 2 makes it ready-to-use whenever you need to draw a diagram, do some photo editing or drawing, do some math, or draw out a plan for something even more grandiose.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Love the new design, stronger and stiffer!
    Reviewed by TechGeek - October 20, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Love the redesigned keyboard with the pen storage option. Microsoft took into consideration the previous complaints and recommendations from its users on losing their pens, and came up with keyboard storage option for the pen that also charges it. No more batteries! The magnet in the pen storage is very powerful and there is no way the pen is going to fall off if you leave it in the keyboard slot and walk around with the tablet in hand. Also, the redesigned slim pen is amazing, no lag in the response at all and has a real feel to it when using it for notes taking. I am a big fan of One Note and love taking notes with my pen and definitely loved the new design and how responsive it is when you take notes or draw on the screen. Also, it has Haptic feedback which is not that noticeable unless you pay close attention to it. I had it turned all the way up in the settings. Haven't noticed any apps supporting the Haptic feedback on their menus yet. The signature keyboard itself is made of different material (carbon fiber ?) and is lot stiffer than the older generation keyboards and doesn't bend when you put pressure on it. The keys itself has the feel of a real keyboard that I am used to, so definitely a major improvement in the keyboard design. One major fix (that I disliked in the previous gen) is the keyboard doesn't cover the taskbar anymore when in raised position, so I can still use my fingers or pen to tap on the taskbar icons.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • 2 Z or not 2 Z?
    Reviewed by StephenS - October 22, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Surface Pro 8 is mostly usable even without a physical keyboard, but this is a great complement that enables it to shine as a dual purpose device; a full on work-capable PC when you need it, or fold the the keyboard back and away for a more tidy tablet experience -- movies, music, media, reading, etc. The keyboard is fantastic for as thin as it is, I loved the feel and response of the keys. They were satisfactorily tactile for accurate typing but also quiet enough for use in a classroom without broadcasting “Hey everybody, I’m typing over here!” The backlight levels on the keyboard were great for dim-room scenarios. The Pen was impressive too, especially so in Microsoft’s Whiteboard app which you can pull up in seconds simply by clicking the button on the tail end of the Pen. It’s also handy for handwriting-recognition input modes where block or cursive was interpreted very reliably.. except the number 2. Indeed, nearly every time I wrote a 2 it was interpreted as a Z. Even after several days of use I still couldn’t “write” and “get” a 2 reliably. That’s more a function I think of Windows handwriting recognition software than the pen, the pen itself wrote and felt about as natural as could be. In drawing modes the pen provided satisfactory pressure sensitivity for at least basic artistic purposes -- I’m not even especially artistic but I loved the pen and drawing experience so much that I think I drew more pictures and wrote more by hand in the first 24 hours, practicing with the pen, than I have otherwise in the last several years combined. To a real artist I think it’d be a real “love-it or leave-it” scenario. Personally, I loved it and found writing and drawing refreshingly rewarding -- that from someone who otherwise spends 12+ hours a day on a keyboard coding -- BASH, PuTTY, Visual Studio Code, Terraform, etc.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Very nice!
    Reviewed by BamaBubba - October 30, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I love this keyboard and pen combo. THE GOOD ~ Easily attaches ~ Responsive ~ Holder for pen ~ Can be used with pen exposed or securely stowed (see pics) ~ Nice texture OVERALL Normally, in my reviews, I post the Good, the Bad and the Meh (things that could go either way). So far, I haven't found any reasons NOT to like this portable keyboard and pen combo. It attaches to the table very easily. It can be laid out flat or on an angle for those people like me who prefer the keys slightly slanted. One thing I really like is that if you're not planning on using the pen and you have the keyboard out, you can flip up the small portion of the keyboard where the pen nests and it keeps your pen charged, but safe from accidentally falling out. If you look at the two pictures, you can see what it looks like fully open and with the pen stored. The texture is like suede. The grey next to the silver matches well, too. Would I recommend this? Definitely. I think anyone with a Surface Pro should get this add-on. It really adds a lot of functionality and utility to the tablet. Besides that, it helps protect the screen from accidental bumps or scratches.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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