Microsoft discontinues Surface Wireless Keyboard Adapter

Around the same time Microsoft launched its Surface 2 and Pro 2 tablets in the fall of 2013, it also introduced the $59.99 Surface Wireless Keyboard Adapter. The add-on allowed the Type and Touch Keyboard Covers for the tablets to be used from as far away as 30 feet. However, Microsoft has now confirmed that it is no longer making the adapter.

ZDNet reports that, according to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson, "Due to a number of factors, we are no longer manufacturing the Surface Wireless Keyboard Adapter." There's no word on what the specific reasons were for discontinuing the product. Even though Microsoft has stopped sales, a quick search of the Internet has revealed the adapter is still available for purchase from some third-party retail sites.

Microsoft has had some issues keeping other Surface accessories in stock on its retail website. That includes its recently launched $199.99 Surface Power Cover, which quickly went out of stock just a few days after it went on sale earlier this month. The Surface Docking Station has also been hard to get a hold of since it went on sale a few months ago.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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It was definitely a cool and innovative product, but it was pointless for most users, which I'm guessing had not much demand. You don't really see people using a tablet with a blade keyboard far away.

_Alexander said,
"Due to a number of factors" = "It did not sell well"

Probably. Seems kind of a strange product as well. With such a small screen there is no need to put your keyboard further away from the device itself. A wireless connector to a larger display would be more useful. But then you can continue to use your attached keyboard. Even better would be a Surface docking station that connects your Surface to a larger display + charger + keyboatd/mouse. I would definately get one of those.

Ronnet said,

Probably. Seems kind of a strange product as well. With such a small screen there is no need to put your keyboard further away from the device itself. A wireless connector to a larger display would be more useful. But then you can continue to use your attached keyboard. Even better would be a Surface docking station that connects your Surface to a larger display + charger + keyboatd/mouse. I would definately get one of those.

lol. yeah. if only such thing existed.

Obry said,

You mean this: http://bit.ly/1m6BCqm?

Kind of. I was thinking about something that used the connector strip on the bottom and have that nice cliking sound. After which you immediatly can continue working on a larger monitor and keyboard. Although thats probably technically impossible. Anyway, this dock doesnt seem like much of an improvement over my current set-up where I connect the adapter, mini-HDMI and USB HUB (for keyboard & mouse) manually to my Surface.

Antoine Prince said,
small screen? u can actually attach your surface 2 on a big screen, thts why these wireless adapters were needed for that.

When you attach it to a large screen then you might as well attach a proper (wireless) keyboard.

using it hooked up to my tv this was awesome I don't have to get up to change tv shows or switch what im doing. Also having it hooked up to my monitor in my room and tucked away paired with this keyboard meant more desk space for me I did not want to spend 200 bucks on a dock to do that.

I have a Surface and didn't even realize this was a thing until today... when they advertised it on their Facebook page... wtf? Some miscommunication going on over there.

I didn't even know this thing existed lol..
and honestly, I'd never want to use a keyboard so far away from the screen.
It could be useful when....well, no, nvm lol.

Surface connected to large screen or TV, user sitting back and controlling via keyboard using this. Not an altogether unlikely scenario.

I used it a lot and love it. Basically the surface sits near the TV or projector and you control it with it much better than the mediocre xbox smart glass app.

however the needs for this device is disappearing for the admittedly niche market: they leaked the miracast wireless HDMI dongle which lets you do the same but now without giving up the surface.

as great as my setup is, I really sometimes just wanted to reach in and touch the surface screen. now it will all be possible.

Cool and innovative (and really thin, which is great!)... but I'm not surprised since I don't think most consumers or even businesses have a need for this. It's better they use their supply chains for more useful accessories.

I have one and I find it very convenient to use when I want to just grab my surface, do some things that don't require typing and then put my surface back, for instance when I travel, I have an hour commute by train, and I Code in the mornings on the train, when i'm designing I don't have the keyboard attached nor do I need it as i''m using the touch interface to do my designing work. when I need to type more than a sentence I bust out the keyboard turn the thing on and i'm good to go. I have noticed though. getting the Adapter to STAY on, and to have it correctly registered has been a great deal of concern, also in my experience the wireless adapter doesn't stay connected when charging. it seems to be in a semi off state (shows a light and intermittently reports accurately to the surface) when it's charging. and I see that as a design flaw more than anything, you can't soft fix a hard problem.

I used it for meetings all the time. We have a big projector on the other side and the surface could just stay near it while I controlled it with this device. For powerpoint it isn't so useful, but if you're doing presentations that require you to use the PC itself, this remains the best solution short of walking around with a 50ft HDMI cable.

If you needed to use your Surface from a distance, why wouldn't you just get a wireless keyboard? I got one at Walmart for $25 that works perfectly with my Surf RT.

I want one of these bad boys. I'm getting a Nextgear PTV3000 and I'll be mirroring my Surface interface to my 50 inch TV.

There is some much you can do with the Surface, It's a shame MS don't promote all these use case scenarios.

Xbox One Tips and Tricks : Microsoft Surface, Miracast, Antenna TV, and more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zny7iu_hDXU

I guess if you use your Surface in a kitchen or something similar, where your Surface may rest on a higher shelf. You can have the keyboard lay flat on the countertop or something. But otherwise, I guess I don't get it either :\

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