Microsoft on Thursday silently unveiled the new Microsoft Modern Keyboard. Priced at $129.99 though yet to be on sale as it is listed as “coming soon” on the company’s US website.
The highlight of the keyboard is that it comes with a fingerprint scanner that looks just like any other key on the aluminium framed keyboard which Microsoft claims its sports “highest quality” and is “virtually indestructible.”
“Our vision was to blend the Fingerprint reader into a keyboard, so it would appear to be any other key. We iterated relentlessly to improve each layer, making sure they came together to create a flawless typing experience that felt like any other key,” Microsoft says on the product page of the Modern Keyboard.
The wireless Microsoft Modern Keyboard which runs on two AAA alkaline rechargeable batteries with a battery life of up to 2 months on full charge will allow Windows 10 users enable Windows Hello fingerprint authentication on their devices. The fingerprint scanner, which is placed on the second Windows key on the right side of the keyboard can be used for signing in to the system or any website using Windows Hello.
The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint Scanner will work will Windows 8 and above devices, macOS 10.10.5 and above devices, Android 4.2 and above, and iOS 8 and iOS 9. Users need to make sure that the device should support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher for the Microsoft Modern Keyboard to work. Microsoft will also let users choose between using the Modern Keyboard with wireless/ wired interface.
It comes with dimensions 420.9×112.6×19.3mm and weighs roughly 420grams.
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