Before typewriter was invented, A good pen is very important to a writer. After that, A superb keyboard is a treasure to whoever is work on computer for a long time. With the help of a good designed, well made keyboard, people can enjoy more time in front of computer, improve their productivity, and release the palm stress. At early April, Microsoft released a new one, called “Surface Ergonomic Keyboard“, given its name of “Surface”, it is compliance to their own Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Studio. But not merely to it, the new keyboard can also use for Mac, iOS or Android equipment, etc.
I also purchased one at once, after two weeks daily use, I’d like to share some thoughts with you guys. My main purpose is write articles with office suite. So as its described, very nice to use and really comfortable. I also played games with this, such as Overwatch, Dota2, etc, also acting well in gaming, but obviously not as good as professional gaming keyboard. Below is my detail review, hope these will do have some help before you make your purchase decision. But let me tell you in advance, this keyboard is definitely worth to buy. Check Amazon for price, if you still want to know more, check below content.
Key Features: Alcantara Material
Alcantara is a covering microfiber material which is widely used in many many industry, such as furniture, clothing, jewelry, bags, helmets, seats, sofa, automotive, etc. If you interested in this information, Wikipedia is your good references. Clik here for more. For simple example, you can find this in some high-end sports car like BMW’s, Benz’s, etc. At this time, Microsoft choose this and use on the wide palm rest, and of course it is feeling more soft, more close to your skin than plastic rest. and it is 100% secure to your skin.
As usual, classical Microsoft white and blue color maps, looks simple and clear. At the front, a photo of the keyboard, at the box back, it has detailed introduce of this new Alcantara material. I have explain it above.
At first look of the keyboard, oh, this is just a normal keyboard with split in the middle.
Don’t cheated by Microsoft, when you see in front of it, you will discover there is a natural arc at the middle of the board, which gives your hand a comfortable landing zone. And check the bottom of it, there is a battery house which will cost you two AAA alkaline batteries and don’t worry they were included in the package, and it will last 12 months as they said. I don’t have that long time yet, but I will monitor and update when first pare of battery is out.
Pros：Standard 104 keys design, also has side numeric keyboard, and multi-media shortcut keys. 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.
I pulled key “D” off, and found out this is the most common used “scissor” structure with 2.5 mm press distance. As you can see from the picture, there are two separate plastic parts cross each other like a scissor, a soft but durable silica gel cup placed in the middle. After the key top is placed on, the scissor structure provides an even support to the top, your finger will have great return force. This is the second best key structure in the market, the best one is applied on Gaming Keyboard, called Mechanical X Shaft Structure, The most famous brand is “Cherry” MX series, for example, many many online MOBA, FPS, RTS game player uses this kind of keyboard.
But this is enough for a target customer of personal, office work or word work ergonomic keyboard.
Cons：There is a small problem with this type of key. There are still some spaces between the key cap and main board. Dust, small pieces, crumbs, or chips may fall into it. By that, it is hard to clean. Be aware, the plastic scissor maybe pulled apart if you trying to remove the top to clean by force. And also, be careful not to splash your tea or coffee on it. It’s not waterproof. I ruined several other keyboards by mistake. So sad.
Cons： The overall color is too grey, a little boring after seeing it for long time, feeling no vitality.
Suggestion: I think Microsoft should add some color in it. Such as replace some key with some colorful key like W, S, A, D or arrow key. This will also increase the key identification and easy to remember. Or release more color series, like smart phone, have sliver, red, gold, etc.
Ergonomic Design Review
- The Keyboard changes to the keytop geometry, split space bar, and naturally arched shape protect you from wrist and hand strain, and improve typing form to speed up words per minute. The key top is not as flat as other one, it has slightly low arc just perfectly fit our finger’s top, when you press or slid over different keys, it is very smooth and close to your finger.
- Double-cushioned palm rest uses Alcantara material as mentioned above. To be honest, this is never applied in other brand’s keyboard. And your hand’s feeling is really good.
Important Note: If this is your first ergonomic keyboard, you’d better take your time to get used to it. Because its split keyboard, its Natural arc and Slope, different key distance, and all other features, you will feel different at the first time. It will affect your input habit, but once you are familiar with this one, it will really helps you and you will enjoy it as me.
|Wireless Connect||Bluetooth 4.0/4.1|
|Support||Windows 10/8.1/8; Android 4.4.2-5.0; Mac OS V10.10.5/10.11.1/10.11.4; iOS 8.1-9.2.1|
|Hot key features||Settings, back lit+, back lit-, Search, Task View, Action Center, Screen Lock, Calculator|
|Multimedia key features||Mute, Volume-, Volume+, Pause/Play, Page-, Page+|
|Battery type and quantity||2 pre-installed AAA alkaline batteries (included)|
|Battery life||Up to 12 months|
|Length||18.11 in (460.14 mm)|
|Width||9.02 in (229.22 mm)|
|Depth/height||1.36 in (34.73 mm)|
|Weight||2.23 lbs (1.01 kg) with batteries; battery weight may vary|
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