Does it irritate you every time you have to type in your password to unlock your computer? Naturally, Microsoft promises it will work particularly well with its new Windows 10 Surface Studio, Pro and Laptop devices. The fingerprint scanner has been placed on the second Windows key on the right side of the keyboard, and can be used for signing in to the system or any website using Windows Hello.
If you closely look at the Modern Keyboard, you'll not be able to discern the presence of the fingerprint sensor on the same.
The Fingerprint sensor on the new keyboard by Microsoft has been embedded in such a way that it stays hidden as it appears ' to be any other key' and functions like one too.
The keyboard will retail for $129.99 in the United States, and features fingerprint ID functionality. Microsoft says it also feels just like any other key, offering a "flawless typing experience". Its Android and iOS compatibility choices are odd, as it only works with iOS 8 and 9, Android 4.2 devices, Android 4.4.4 on the Nexus 5, and Android 5.0 on the Nexus 9.
The sensor being used is the FPC1025, a Fingerprint Cards sensor model that has seen many smartphone integrations. Dimensionally, the keyboard measures 420.9 x 112.6 x 19.3mm and weighs around 420 grams.
The Modern Keyboard (pictured) will set you back $129.99 (around £100), although it has not yet been announced when it will be available. It's unclear if you need to take the batteries out to charge them or if you can just plug the keyboard into a USB port, but either way it's not a bad battery life. The devices must support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.