Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID £80.58@ eBuyer (also Amazon)
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Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID £80.58@ eBuyer (also Amazon)

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Found 19th MayEdited by:"HotBot"
Nice fingerprint ID keyboard for your Windows 10 PC (must have Bluetooth 4.0 or above). OK a little expensive for a keyboard but the same price as the non-fingerprint ID version.

Has a build and feel like the Apple keyboards, with a nice touch and feel; I have one, as I tried a few others before but could not get on with them!

Note:
  • This can only pair with one device at a time without re-connecting the USB cable (used for setup).
  • Also note if you have Bit Locker enabled you will need the USB cable connected to be able to enter the code using this keyboard (unless your PC BIOS supports Bluetooth keyboards directly).
  • Unlike the non-fingerprint ID model this one has a power switch to prevent operation if you are transporting it.

06/06/16 - Updated as price increased slightly.
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Some other useful features of this keyboard worth pointing out are the tiny LEDs incorporated into the top right of the following keys:

Fn (Function)
Caps lock
ScrLk (Scroll Lock)
NumLk (Number Lock, for the keypad function)

Also there is an LED to indicate charging (battery status).

Other useful features are a single button which locks the PC with a single button press and quick functions, such as volume, via the function keys. All in all a great Windows keyboard.
HotBot25 m ago

Some other useful features of this keyboard worth pointing out are the …Some other useful features of this keyboard worth pointing out are the tiny LEDs incorporated into the top right of the following keys:Fn (Function)Caps lockScrLk (Scroll Lock)NumLk (Number Lock, for the keypad function)Also there is an LED to indicate charging (battery status).Other useful features are a single button which locks the PC with a single button press and quick functions, such as volume, via the function keys. All in all a great Windows keyboard.


I am tempted.

You got any feedback/thoughts regarding this?
Edited by: "superleeds27" 19th May
superleeds2716 m ago

I am tempted. You got any feedback/thoughts regarding this?



Well sometimes you have to press the fingerprint ID button a second time to get it to unlock, especially if woken from sleep (I suppose this is a Bluetooth delay issue).

I love typing on this keyboard and don't often hit the wrong key, but I prefer chicklet style keyboards! Unlike typing on a laptop keyboard this one has no unwanted spring from the whole keyboard flexing as you get with many. Again this is like using the keyboard on an Apple iMac (I use both a Mac and a PC).

Given the current low price it is a good buy for a quality Bluetooth keyboard but has the advantage of fingerprint ID, whats not to like!
Some close up images showing the UK layout and functions:

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The little dots to the top right of some keys (ScrLk) are LEDs, which light up when active.
Does it have the same feel to MacBook keyboard? Little travel but with a firm feel.
Meluk96 m ago

Does it have the same feel to MacBook keyboard? Little travel but with a …Does it have the same feel to MacBook keyboard? Little travel but with a firm feel.



Yes, although maybe a little more travel and a little firmer but hardly noticiable.
Cheers. Do you know any other keyboards which are just like the MacBook ones? I tried every one in pc world (over 20) and there wasn’t one close! This is a bit more than I wanted to spend.
Meluk91 h, 4 m ago

Cheers. Do you know any other keyboards which are just like the MacBook …Cheers. Do you know any other keyboards which are just like the MacBook ones? I tried every one in pc world (over 20) and there wasn’t one close! This is a bit more than I wanted to spend.


I think this is the best priced Apple style keyboard you will find.
Meluk920 h, 34 m ago

Cheers. Do you know any other keyboards which are just like the MacBook …Cheers. Do you know any other keyboards which are just like the MacBook ones? I tried every one in pc world (over 20) and there wasn’t one close! This is a bit more than I wanted to spend.


Which macbook ones? Newer models have halved the key travel (now about 0.7mm down from 1.3mm, which was already short compared to the competition at 1.5mm).

I've recently used a macbook pro 1.3mm keyboard, dell xps 9360 keyboard (1.5mm), and a logitech solar powered keyboard which I think is the K750 and I'd estimate has 2.0mm travel. My preference is logitech, dell, then macbook.

*edit* factor of 10 out on travel, 1.3mm not 13mm
Edited by: "CampGareth" 20th May
It was a brand new MacBook Pro. Surprising to hear the differences.
I guess it’s not just the key travel though that makes the MacBook keyboard feel like it does?

I’ll take a look for the k750 at a pc world for me to see how it feels.

Cheers
I'm looking for something that feels like the Magic Keyboard.

Assume this is as close as it gets?
This is the Windows version of the Magic keyboard. These feels more mushy and closely packed, the Magic keyboard is better by about 20%. They feel very similar, just one has a cleaner click. The delete button on this keyboard is too close and ruins my entire typing flow so I've changed to a sleek mechanical keyboard instead. I'm still not feeling it, I've tried MX Blues, Apple keyboards, this keyboard and a bunch of others but nothing is hitting the sweet spot. I type slower on the above keyboards (100WPM) than I do on a membrane (120-130WPM).
Edited by: "sAmeri" 20th May
Awesome keyboard but not backlit
sAmeri6 h, 24 m ago

This is the Windows version of the Magic keyboard. These feels more mushy …This is the Windows version of the Magic keyboard. These feels more mushy and closely packed, the Magic keyboard is better by about 20%.


The keys on the MS keyboard are actually spaced a little further apart than the Apple Magic keyboard by at least 0.8mm. So from the shift key on the left to the return key on the right the MS Keyboard is about 9.1mm wider. The travel and feel is almost the same, as is the size of the delete key. The average user of these keyboards is not going to be a super fast touch typist so will be very happy with them.
polarone0012 h, 30 m ago

Awesome keyboard but not backlit


I don't think many people sat at a desktop will be sitting in the dark. Also a backlight would really hit the battery life. A backlit keyboard on a laptop makes sense as you may be using it in odd situations but on a desktop keyboard, well that is just for show.
CampGareth11 h, 0 m ago

I've recently used a macbook pro 13mm keyboard, dell xps 9360 keyboard …I've recently used a macbook pro 13mm keyboard, dell xps 9360 keyboard (15mm), and a logitech solar powered keyboard which I think is the K750 and I'd estimate has 20mm travel. My preference is logitech, dell, then macbook.

I think you mean 2mm travel, which is what I measure on both my Apple keyboard and my MS Modern keyboard. I had a play with the Logitech K750 (wireless but not Bluetooth) and the K780 (Bluetooth) in a shop but felt the MS Modern keyboard was better, well at least for me! Ultimately the feel of a keyboard is down to personal preference and in some cases style also plays a part (will it look good on my desk), so you pay your money and take your pick.

Remember, this keyboard has a unique USP of the fingerprint reader built in and, when you factor that into the price, this will sway many.
HotBot15 m ago

I think you mean 2mm travel, which is what I measure on both my Apple …I think you mean 2mm travel, which is what I measure on both my Apple keyboard and my MS Modern keyboard. I had a play with the Logitech K750 (wireless but not Bluetooth) and the K780 (Bluetooth) in a shop but felt the MS Modern keyboard was better, well at least for me! Ultimately the feel of a keyboard is down to personal preference and in some cases style also plays a part (will it look good on my desk), so you pay your money and take your pick.Remember, this keyboard has a unique USP of the fingerprint reader built in and, when you factor that into the price, this will sway many.


oh nuts I might be a factor of 10 off there. Yup, should be 1.3mm not 13mm and the others are probably wrong too. Good catch!

Yeah the fingerprint reader built in does sway me, my main issue is the comparison to an apple keyboard as if that's a good substitute for data on travel, flex etc. Apple make many keyboards and some of them are awful to use (looking at you butterfly keyboard) so it's time to break out the model numbers and names.
HotBot55 m ago

I don't think many people sat at a desktop will be sitting in the dark. …I don't think many people sat at a desktop will be sitting in the dark. Also a backlight would really hit the battery life. A backlit keyboard on a laptop makes sense as you may be using it in odd situations but on a desktop keyboard, well that is just for show.


Yup- awesome keyboard as I said but I do sit in the dark at my desktop -watching movies,TV while working.
worth buying for the fingerprint sensor alone and tbh couldn't find it on Amazon at this price.Wouldn't disagree with the fact that backlit keyboards have poor battery life comparatively
HotBot1 h, 55 m ago

The keys on the MS keyboard are actually spaced a little further apart …The keys on the MS keyboard are actually spaced a little further apart than the Apple Magic keyboard by at least 0.8mm. So from the shift key on the left to the return key on the right the MS Keyboard is about 9.1mm wider. The travel and feel is almost the same, as is the size of the delete key. The average user of these keyboards is not going to be a super fast touch typist so will be very happy with them.


The delete and enter button have no gap, that's what ruins the experience. Otherwise it's a decent keyboard, after typing on the Magic keyboard you definitely feel the difference with the Apple one being far superior, for touch typists and regular users.
I don’t see the benefit of a fingerprint sensor - Well for my anyway. I use the windows pin no. feature to login and I think I can enter my 4 digit pin faster than a fingerprint reader would work.
sAmeri5 h, 10 m ago

The delete and enter button have no gap, that's what ruins the experience.


But is has the same gap as all the other keys and is almost identical to the Apple keyboards. As I have said before each to their own.
Think i'll try it.

Can always return if i'm not happy!
HotBot45 m ago

But is has the same gap as all the other keys and is almost identical to …But is has the same gap as all the other keys and is almost identical to the Apple keyboards. As I have said before each to their own.


They're different. The Magic keyboard which includes the num pad has a gap, the Microsoft one doesn't. It's got the same distance as other keys and that's exactly my point, no keyboards are like that and for most people, it would ruin their typing flow.
Arrived earlier.

It feels amazing! The closest i think we'll ever get to a Magic Keyboard.

Thanks for posting this @HotBot
superleeds272 h, 21 m ago

Arrived earlier.It feels amazing! The closest i think we'll ever get to a …Arrived earlier.It feels amazing! The closest i think we'll ever get to a Magic Keyboard.Thanks for posting this @HotBot


That was my feeling also! After trying quite a few in various shops I did not find anything matched this for quality and feel.
HotBot1 h, 29 m ago

That was my feeling also! After trying quite a few in various shops I did …That was my feeling also! After trying quite a few in various shops I did not find anything matched this for quality and feel.


Agreed. Build quality and feel is really nice.

Haven't got round to trying out the fingerprint login as of yet. Hoping it doesn't let this down!
Hmm.

Having issues with the FP scanner by the looks of it.

Enabled and added my FP. Got to the login screen, placed my finger on the scanner. Nothing.

Clicked sign in options, selected FP, touched the scanner, nothing?

Then it seemed to recognise it, but still asked for my PIN?
superleeds2733 m ago

Hmm.Having issues with the FP scanner by the looks of it.Enabled and added …Hmm.Having issues with the FP scanner by the looks of it.Enabled and added my FP. Got to the login screen, placed my finger on the scanner. Nothing. Clicked sign in options, selected FP, touched the scanner, nothing?Then it seemed to recognise it, but still asked for my PIN?


Did you reboot your PC before trying as I found this fixed my issues and has worked reliably since.
HotBot23 m ago

Did you reboot your PC before trying as I found this fixed my issues and …Did you reboot your PC before trying as I found this fixed my issues and has worked reliably since.


I have yes. I've also removed 'Windows Hello' and re-added it too.

Plugged in via cable. Not using Bluetooth.
Noticed it's gone up by 60p!?
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