Microsoft without creating much fuss has unveiled its next generation input devices –a Modern Mouse and Modern Keyboard. The new Modern Keyboard which interestingly comes with a hidden fingerprint reader. It looks similar to last year’s Surface Keyboard and is all set to replace it in Microsoft portfolio.
The new keyboard comes with a fingerprint reader which is integrated into second Windows Key on the right-hand side of the keyboard. It supports Windows Hello, therefore it can be used to log into Windows 10 or any other website.
Microsoft says it has used an aluminum frame to ensure slim profile and ensure it’s ‘virtually indestructible.’ It offers ‘Chiclet-style’ keys for comfortable typing experience. Microsoft offers it in silver and gray finish. It can be used as a wired or paired via Bluetooth. The Modern Keyboard supports Bluetooth 4.0 or 4.1 LE at the 2.4GHz wireless frequency range up to 23 feet. It uses a pair of rechargeable batteries and promises it can last for two months on a full charge.
Compatibility-wise, the new Modern Keyboard supports Windows 8 and higher, Mac OS X 10.11.4 or higher, Android 4.2 or higher, and iOS 8 or later. It also works flawlessly with Windows RT 8 operating system.
The Modern Mouse, on the other hand, gets an aesthetics uplift, as it looks more smooth, almost invisible buttons and metallic scroll wheel. Like Modern Keyboard, it also supports Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity. Microsoft claims “exceptional precision.” It banks upon AAA alkaline batteries for power, and the company claims it is compatible with all operating systems and devices which come with Bluetooth 4.0.
The Modern Mouse priced at $50 and the Modern Keyboard costs $130, and both devices are listed as “coming soon” on Microsoft store.