Surface desktop keyboard discovery hints at inbound Surface all-in-one

Here's hoping it's more comfortable than the Touch Cover.

Rumors of a Microsoft Surface All-in-One PC have been little more than anonymous reports thus far, but some circumstantial evidence just popped up that suggests a Surface AIO announcement may truly be imminent.

German-language site WinFuture recently found a listing for a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s database. The Surface keyboard's presumably a desktop peripheral since ergonomic keyboards usually have large, specialized shapes such as split and curved designs—though Microsoft did create a mobile ergonomic keyboard in 2012. There are no details about the Surface keyboard other than its name, and the fact that it will use Bluetooth v4.2.

The presence of an ergonomic keyboard doesn’t in itself prove that an AIO is coming, but it is suggestive. Rumors of a Surface AIO already point to a late October press event for its unveiling, and all Surface devices thus far have had Microsoft-designed keyboards to complement them.

Plus, a stand-alone keyboard seems an odd choice as the next extension of the Surface brand. That doesn’t mean the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard wouldn’t be available as a stand-alone purchase, but its development and debut is likely attached to an upcoming Surface PC.

One argument against the Surface keyboard hinting at an AIO is that Microsoft already makes a line of keyboards that this peripheral could fit into. These include the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, which first rolled out in 2005, and the Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard from 2013.

The story behind the story: When it comes to Microsoft hardware it’s never a good idea to count on anything until it actually happens. Products like the Surface Mini tablet, not to mention the Courier before it, were also in development and highly rumored before they were ultimately killed. The same could happen to the rumored Surface AIO, and this potential Surface Ergonomic Keyboard.

[via The Verge]

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftWindows 10

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Cygnett 2500 ChargeUp Pocket Lightning Portable Power Bank

Learn more >

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

TerraCycle Zero Waste Box Pens and Markers Small

Learn more >

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?