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.
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.
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