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  1. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Has it been confirmed that the keyboard is backlit?
    10-29-2016 12:27 PM
  2. Zulfigar's Avatar
    Which Surface?
    10-29-2016 12:40 PM
  3. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    The newly announced Surface keyboard. The one that comes with the surface studio.
    10-29-2016 05:53 PM
  4. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    Don't think so. I don't recall when playing with a demo today. It's not a laptop, no need.
    10-29-2016 09:28 PM
  5. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Don't think so. I don't recall when playing with a demo today. It's not a laptop, no need.
    Of course It's not a laptop. It's a keyboard.
    10-29-2016 10:15 PM
  6. DCW1000's Avatar
    It would be nice if the keys were backlit, but I believe they are not. I have looked for illuminated wireless keyboards in the past, and they are hen's-teeth scarce -- probably because of potential battery impact. I did find one or two, as I recall, but didn't like the design or the price. It would be great if a reliable and attractive version could be made.

    Even with a desktop installation you don't always want the room lights on, and screen illumination is subpar for most keyboards I have tried to use in that situation.
    10-30-2016 08:24 AM
  7. olyar15's Avatar
    According to the fact sheet, the keyboard is backlit.

    http://news.microsoft.com/windows-ev...Fact-Sheet.pdf
    10-30-2016 07:19 PM
  8. Migi2015's Avatar
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=SJhTJAef

    Weird the product page doesn't mention backlit keys.
    10-31-2016 11:06 PM
  9. mtf1380's Avatar
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=2ZGsTXru

    Weird the product page doesn't mention backlit keys.
    F7 looks like a dim function, and F8 looks to be a brightness function?
    11-01-2016 03:04 PM
  10. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Hey everybody It's definitely backlit. Microsoft confirmed it for me.
    11-01-2016 11:06 PM
  11. DCW1000's Avatar
    Let me breathe new life back into an asked and answered question by posing a related one: Is the Ergonomic Surface Keyboard also backlit?

    I suspect not, because any spec sheet I have found does not mention illumination as a feature. But if it should prove to be lighted, so much the better.
    11-03-2016 07:42 PM
  12. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    I was at the MS store again, and it doesn't have backlit. The brightness buttons on it are for on screen brightness. I asked a salesperson too, and she said it doesn't have backlit.
    11-04-2016 04:32 AM
  13. Migi2015's Avatar
    I was at the MS store again, and it doesn't have backlit. The brightness buttons on it are for on screen brightness. I asked a salesperson too, and she said it doesn't have backlit.
    Doh! The spec sheet doesn't mention backlit keys so that's what I thought. I don't know if this is a dealbreaker for me. At night my home office is in darkness except for the display and I do use the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard.
    11-05-2016 03:58 PM
  14. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    My surface keyboard came in the mail. Although Microsoft said it was backlit in the fact sheet and to me online it is indeed not backlit.
    11-11-2016 04:19 PM
  15. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Shame because they definitely said that it was and I ordered it smh.

    11-11-2016 04:20 PM
  16. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I was really pumped for this keyboard but no backlit is a deal breaker.

    Come on Microsoft. Really? No backlight?
    11-13-2016 05:08 AM
  17. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I was waiting and waiting for this keyboard. Now I think I'll just go with the redragon usb "mechanical" keyboard. (https://www.amazon.com/Redragon-K552...pUvbUpU3591195)

    I'm not sure if i'll be impressed with the Logitech k810 and the k830.. well, I have no need for that trackpad.
    11-13-2016 05:45 PM
  18. ttsoldier's Avatar
    My surface keyboard came in the mail. Although Microsoft said it was backlit in the fact sheet and to me online it is indeed not backlit.
    Chris, what keyboard were you using before? I'm trying to find a good keyboard to use while my surface pro is closed, connected to monitor. I really would prefer a Bluetooth one (without the dongle)
    11-13-2016 05:46 PM
  19. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    Chris, what keyboard were you using before? I'm trying to find a good keyboard to use while my surface pro is closed, connected to monitor. I really would prefer a Bluetooth one (without the dongle)
    I was using the Logitech k810. It doesn't have a number pad but I liked it much better than the surface keyboard. The surface keyboard has the perfect layout but the lack of backlight is pretty much killing it for me. Trying to get used to it but I'm ready to return it already.
    11-15-2016 06:58 AM
  20. DCW1000's Avatar
    For those few who may be wondering, the Surface ergo keyboard is also non-backlit -- but the spec sheet never said anything different, so there was less chance of uncertainty.

    I like the ergo keyboard, which UPS delivered on release day last week, but for the moment I have gone back to using a Microsoft 2000 keyboard, a basic wireless unit that has been good enough. I like the key travel of the ergo unit, which is certainly attractive, but I need to retrain some forefinger movements to use it accurately at any great speed. I'm rebuilding my desktop environment in another month, so I will put it back in use at that time and just use it until I get comfortable with it.

    Just to mention, the slightly curved Microsoft Comfort Keyboard 5000 is a easy-to-use quasi-ergonomic keyboard that utilizes a curved unified key field as opposed to the divided key field of the new Surface ergonomic keyboard. These are all full-size keyboards (I use the number pad), and the ones without strictly rectangular keyfield layouts are larger yet. They are big, and they eat up a lot of desktop if you don't have a separate keyboard tray or L-return on your desk. Neither the 2000 nor the 5000 has backlit or illuminated keys. Choices!
    11-15-2016 09:38 AM
  21. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I was using the Logitech k810. It doesn't have a number pad but I liked it much better than the surface keyboard. The surface keyboard has the perfect layout but the lack of backlight is pretty much killing it for me. Trying to get used to it but I'm ready to return it already.
    Thanks. K810 ordered.
    11-16-2016 02:41 AM
  22. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I was using the Logitech k810. It doesn't have a number pad but I liked it much better than the surface keyboard. The surface keyboard has the perfect layout but the lack of backlight is pretty much killing it for me. Trying to get used to it but I'm ready to return it already.
    The only thing I don't like about the k810 is there is no "home" and "end" button. Other than that, I'm enjoying it.

    P.S @greglevenhagen on twitter said the surface keyboard IS backlit when I tweeted him. I'm so confused.
    11-22-2016 08:25 AM
  23. Christopher Lindsay's Avatar
    The Surface keyboard is not backlit. Microsoft ended up giving me $30 because of the mistake as they told me it was backlit and it is indeed not backlit.
    ttsoldier likes this.
    12-02-2016 04:18 PM
  24. cavicord's Avatar
    No i didn't find any backlit options in keyboard
    12-03-2016 01:15 PM
  25. htmiata's Avatar
    You can just use the keyboard on the display....then indeed it is back lite. It isnt a full keyboard, but a partial. So it depends what you need the keyboard for. I havent been able to find the Alt key....grrr....
    12-15-2016 05:35 PM
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