NEW DELHI: Microsoft made a big hardware push at its October 26 NYC event. The company announced its first-ever showcased AIO, update to Surface Book and a bunch of new accessories for laptops and desktops including the new Surface Dial. Some of the other accessories launched are Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse and three new keyboard cover for Surface Pro laptops. All three are up for pre-orders.
The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is priced at $129.99. It features a ‘unique’ palm rest, split space bar, and an arch-shape design for easy typing. The palm rest is made of double cushion and goes with the keyboard’s two-tone grey melange Alcantara material.
Compatible with Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Studio, the Bluetooth 4.0-enabled keyboard weighs slightly over 1kg and runs on two AAA batteries. The device measures 460.14×229.22×34.73mm and is said to last up to a year.
The company also launched its Surface Keyboard priced at $99. The keyboard accessory sports the same Grey coloured soft-finish as the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard and connects with the laptop or desktop via Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 connectivity (up to 50 feet). It supports Microsoft Windows 10/8.1/8, Windows 10 Phone, MacOS 10.10.15/10.11.1/10.11.4, and Android 4.4.2-5.0 Lollipop. Measuring 420×112.6×19.3mm, the keyboard weighs 419 gram and runs on dual AAA batteries. The device is said to run for up to a year before getting discharged.
The Microsoft Surface Mouse costs $49.99 and sports a metal scroll for a premium finish. Like the accessories mentioned above, this too connects to devices via Bluetooth 4.0/4.1 and supports the same operating systems like the Microsoft Surface Keyboard. The mouse supports 2.4GHz frequency range and runs on 2 AAA batteries. It is rated to run for 12 months and weighs 90 grams.
The company also introduced three new keyboard covers namely the Special Edition NFL Type Cover, Signature Edition Type Cover and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID priced at $159.99 each.
For those unaware, the company’s Surface Dial accessory is priced at $99.9 and is one of the way to interact with different applications on the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface Studio. The Dial acts almost like as a secondary mouse for the AIO but with some interactive features. Users can put the round puck-shaped Dial on the 28-inch screen of the Surface Studio and hold it to display a radial menu of tools for application such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Bluebeam and others. It can also be used to bring extra menus, adjust brightness, volume and even scroll documents.