Microsoft unveiled its new line of Surface devices today. The Type Cover is what takes the Surface from a tablet to a fully-fledged laptop, but is it a part of the package? If you’re wondering whether the Surface Pro 7 comes with a keyboard, here’s all you need to know.
Does the Surface Pro 7 come with a keyboard?
Microsoft has confirmed the Surface Pro 7 will not come with a keyboard. You’ll have to buy the Type Cover separately.
As of October 2, the Surface Pro is listed for pre-order on Microsoft’s UK site, though the 2-in-1 won’t reach buyers’ doorsteps under October 22. Microsoft haven’t exactly plastered the additional costs across the page but, if you scroll down to the fine print, you’ll see a sneaky little caveat that states “Type Cover (sold separately)”.
Related: Surface Pro 7
This is fairly normal for Surface devices. The company has sold the Type Cover separately with all its Surface products – and there was no mention of a free Type Cover at the launch event to indicate that anything has changed.
Of course, you do have the option to type (or scrawl, if you have a Surface Pen) directly on to the touch screen. However, if you’re looking to make notes or create documents quickly on a Surface Pro laptop, you’ll still need to splash out an additional £124.99 for the privilege – or £149.99 for the Signature style with backlit keys and a large trackpad.
The Surface Pro 7 was unveiled on the 2nd of October at a Microsoft event in New York. The device comes in black and platinum varieties, with the base model sans keyboard priced at £799.00. It was one of many Microsoft devices to launch at the event sitting alongside the new Surface Pro Pro X, Surface Neo, Surface Duo and Surface Earbuds.
Related: Surface Pro X
The keyboard for the Surface Pro X was announced with some useful updates, including a groove at the top where the Surface Pen can sit and charge. The Type Cover for the X model is also sold separately.