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Microsoft Modern keyboard with Fingerprint ID now available for purchase

The fingerprint sensor next to right alt is the main feature of the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. (Source: Microsoft)
The fingerprint sensor next to right alt is the main feature of the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has now released the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID in the regional Microsoft stores for the US, Canada, and China. The retail price is US$130, and compared to the Microsoft Surface Keyboard it also features a fingerprint sensor and optional wired operation.

About six weeks ago we reported on the new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID (US$130), a beautiful new aluminum keyboard which is visually identical to the Microsoft Surface Keyboard (US$100). However, you do get a few additional features for the extra US$30.

The most noticeable difference — given the name — is the fingerprint sensor which has replaced the menu key next to right alt. For desktops and laptops lacking a fingerprint reader or Windows Hello compatible IR camera, this provides a way to use Windows Hello to access your PC with the same level of speed and ease as unlocking your phone. Longer and more complicated passwords are also possible without the added frustration of having to enter it every time the screen or computer goes to sleep.

The second improvement is that the keyboard can be used both wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 or wired via USB, in contrast to the wireless only Surface Keyboard. While many people won't care about this option, for die-hard wired enthusiasts this will be seen as a killer feature. When running wirelessly, the keyboard relies on two AAA batteries, with a reported battery life of up to 12 months.

The Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID (try saying that ten times quickly), is now available in the United States, Canadian, and Chinese Microsoft stores. Hopefully, we don't have to wait long for it to be available in other regions.

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Craig Ward, 2017-07-29 (Update: 2017-07-29)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.