Microsoft introduced a new Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard – a successor of the three year old Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. The new keyboard is available to pre-order now priced at $129. That’s just for the keyboard this time; they are not forcing a mouse on you.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Ergonomic Keyboard’s subtle changes to the key top geometry, split space bar, and naturally arched shape protect you from wrist and hand strain, and improve your typing form to speed up your words per minute. The keyboard’s look has also changed some; it’s now gray, the most obvious distinction.

The key sound, stiffness, and texture provide a stable and quiet typing experience with optimized grip. Optimized feedback and return force prevents accidental presses and allows for smooth, consistent action.

Microsoft said that the palm rest is covered with mélange Alcantara fabric, the same soft material that’s used in the Surface Pro 4 type cover.

The Alcantara—a unique, proprietary material, sourced only in Italy, with aesthetic, sensory, and technical qualities unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

The new keyboard uses Bluetooth to connecting while its predecessor has required wasting a USB port and plugging in a dongle. A number pad is now included in the main layout, making the keyboard’s footprint larger than before.

Plus, the company added space allows for a proper Fn button instead of the toggle on the Sculpt. The Surface Ergonomic keyboard is still powered by 2 AAA batteries. Microsoft claims that the Surface keyboard version can last for up to 12 months on a single pair thanks to Bluetooth LE and smart power management.

The Sculpt keyboard came with a piece of plastic that magnetically latched onto the bottom to raise the palm rest a little higher on your desk, but Microsoft seems to have ditched that option this time.

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard Specs

Specification

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Compatibility Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio
Connectivity Bluetooth
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10, Bluetooth Smart ready deice with HID support
Battery 2 AAA Alkaline batteries
Battery Life Up to 12 months
Dimension 18.11 in (460.14mm) × 9.02 in (229.22mm) × 1.36 in (34.73mm)
Weight 2.23lbs