Microsoft Modern keyboard with Fingerprint ID now available for purchase
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.