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Meet the new Surface product Microsoft forgot to tell us about

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Surface Ergonomic

Microsoft quietly revealed a new Surface Ergonomic Keyboard at its Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update event – it just forgot to tell us about it.

Ahead of the big MacBook Pro launch, Microsoft threw down the gauntlet to rival Apple when it revealed the next major update to its Windows 10 operating system and a snazzy new AIO in the Surface Studio.

Most notably, the Surface Studio comes with a new hockey puck-like accessory, the Microsoft Dial, but another new peripheral also debuted in New York – the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard.

Representing an upgrade on the existing Surface Keyboard, the Ergonomic Keyboard features a halved design, with even the space bar split down the middle.

It's intended to offer the user a more comfortable typing experience and reduce the strain on your hands and wrists during marathon sessions.

While it's not the first time we've seen such a keyboard layout, it's certainly one of the more radical ergonomic designs out there judging by the first batch of press shots.

The Alcantara fabric-covered palm rest – Italian Alcantara fabric, no less – looks like another nice touch, and the keyboard offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as you'd expect.

Of course, as we learned at Microsoft's October 26 event, while the company continues to churn out lovely looking products, they rarely come cheap, and the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is no different.

Apparently optimised for the Surface Pro 4, Surface Studio and Surface Book, it's set to retail for $130 in the US, so expect it to cost around £119 when it finally lands in the UK.

It's already available to pre-order in the States, but region-specific release dates haven't been confirmed as far as we're aware. We'll be sure to report back when they are.

Related: Microsoft October event highlights

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What do you think of Microsoft's new keyboard? Let us know in the comments below.

PGrGr

October 27, 2016, 8:37 am

I've got two Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000s (one for home, one for work), and I can vouch that as far as the ergonomics are concerned, they're top notch. This new product looks like it has the same sort of curve, so that's promising.

DOSoldie

October 29, 2016, 10:22 pm

I used a similar keyboard and looked at this one closely. The ergonomic approach is thoughtful but the determination of advantages are left to the individual. I prefer a wireless, movable keyboard with full wrist padding. The disadvantage to this keyboard is the learning "curve." Many keys are not in the expected location. I like to save steps by using key combos for some functions rather than right clicking which can be difficult if the key isn't present or is difficult to find. While this keyboard isn't essential, the Surface Pro is about $4225. I suggest trying before you buy.

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