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Like all things Surface, Microsoft’s Pro Type Covers can be pricey, especially the ones covered in Alcantara fabric. It’s tough to find an official Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Type Cover for less than $100. Thankfully, a set of third-party manufacturers have stepped in to offer some more wallet-friendly options, and often for less than half of what Microsoft charges. That means you can get a decent keyboard cover for your 2-in-1 that’s much more affordable, whether it’s the new Surface Pro 7 or a Pro from a few years ago. (Note: The Surface Pro keyboards featured here will not work with the new Surface Pro X.)

If we had to pick …

Even though Microsoft’s Signature Type Cover costs $160 and its regular Type Cover costs $130, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a decent keyboard for your Surface Pro. Every keyboard cover in this post is significantly cheaper than Microsoft’s official offerings, and most offer similar functionality. That includes a quality typing experience, some protection when closed, backlit keys (except for the second Fintie option), and general good looks.

But if we had to pick just one, we’d go with Fintie’s Backlit Surface Pro keyboard because it’s reasonably priced, mostly matches the quality and features of the others, looks beautiful, and has an excellent rating on Amazon based on hundreds of customer reviews.

If money is your main concern, the Tomsenn Lightweight Type Cover or Avedio Surface Pro keyboard could be for you, though the port placement on both may not be ideal.

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