Images leaked of portable Microsoft keyboard designed for Windows 8

A Czech website has released photographs of what it claims are a Microsoft-developed keyboard being designed specifically for Windows 8. The keyboard features Windows 8's new logo and appears to be a companion device for tablets.

According to WinMAG, the keyboard will be announced by Microsoft in the coming months and launch alongside Windows 8 and Windows RT in October. The site claims the keyboard was designed for use with Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, featuring a dedicated key for the new charms bar in Windows 8 and Windows RT. The keyboard will also come with a slip cover, seen below, for easier portability. Microsoft's new keyboard will be released under a new "Wedge Mobile" brand, the site says, which will also include all of Microsoft's new mobile peripherals.

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Source: WinMAG | Image via WinMAG

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drazgoosh said,
Knowing Microsoft hardware, it'll be out of my price range...

Maybe, maybe not. They have high and low end stuff. You can get a good Wireless mouse for $15 or a bit better variation for $20-30 or get into the Arcs for $40 and onward and upward. Same with keyboards, I picked up a wireless Microsoft keyboard, simple flat nice for under $20 not long ago, and a couple of years ago I also paid over $300 for a 8000 series keyboard set.

PS Want really good deals on 'older good' Microsoft stuff (or any solid hardware peripheral brand), hit your local second hand stores. People give away and sell really good models for a couple of bucks if you don't mind hitting it with 409 to make it pretty and clean again.

Even if you can afford good stuff, there are some good deals on of circulation mouse keyboards far cheaper than eBay, especially if you know what the products or have a phone with ya to look them up.

mykie said,
Is "Wedge Mobile" a callout to Apple's Macbook Air design patent?

http://www.theverge.com/policy...macbook-air-wedge-ultrabook

Patent or not, you realize wedge shaped keyboards and notebooks have been around far before Apple started selling them and pretending they invented them?

I think they all have a 'cool' factor in looks, no matter who originated or inspired the concepts.

I even like the original iMac looks, even though the design was a rip off from an clothing iron of all things.

Keyboard looks fine - then again I bought a keyboard for £2 in 2005 and I'm still using it, so maybe I'm not the best judge. But Wedge Mobile? What the heck is that all about?

So Microsoft designed this for Windows 8? Does not go with their new design principles at all. Metro is flat and sharp edged. This is shiny and curvy. Not saying this is a bad design, but they are the ones who want to be "consistent" everywhere and in everything, then what is this?

There appears to be a new Microsoft logo, too (the same one that was shown at the end of the Surface promo). I do wonder whether they will be changing their official logo to this. I believe their current official logo should certainly be updated to fall in line with the Metro philosophy.

roadwarrior said,
I call fake for one simple (and very obvious) reason. The font on the box and the case where it says Microsoft is totally wrong. Here is the official one (which Microsoft certainly would have used if this was legit): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us...E1310271998364C31DA23AB09EF

edit: nevermind. just read the translation of the article, and I hadn't heard about the new Microsoft logo before.

This is a double take for a lot of people still.

I admire your candor in owning that you didn't know, it is a fresh reassurance in humanity to see people go whoops I was wrong.

littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

Looks like a lot of alt + use

Not a fan

littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

german has allot of weird ass symbols in the language and mostly those are barely used. Allot of keyboards arent so 'empty' as the US-international setup. lots of shift+key, alt+key or even ctrl+alt+key are very common in european keyboards

Shadowzz said,
german has allot of weird ass symbols in the language

Apart from the ß (double s) German actually doesn't have any other "weird ass" symbols. You can have umlauts on certain letters such as "ü" but it's still just a "u" with dots on it.

Shadowzz said,

even ctrl+alt+key are very common in european keyboards

Rather, Alt Gr. You know, that key that noone really knows why its there, but still ignores it and dare not remove it from the keyboard layouts even now.

Like you've said, most people use ctrl+alt rather then the Alt GR key. It does the same thing as ctrl+alt, yet not used.

.Neo said,

Apart from the ß (double s) German actually doesn't have any other "weird ass" symbols. You can have umlauts on certain letters such as "ü" but it's still just a "u" with dots on it.

There are others... Even in American English there are 'weird ass' symbols that people don't use properly when doing straight ASCII input. For example, how often do you see people type the proper ¢ or © or • or Em space?

littleneutrino said,
that is a nice looking keyboard (too bad it does not have a 10 key)

I feel your pain, still ripping through columns of numbers on the Keypad faster than touch typing allows. (My mom was an accountant and I was taught various 10key methods before I could type.)

However, I have always had or carried a Keypad, and there are some really nice wireless and bluetooth ones you can find.

http://www.bing.com/shopping/s...umeric+keypad&FORM=HURE

Even when buying notebooks, I go for the ones with a keypad, and widescreen/HD screen ratios and gaming have helped keep them around. On non-keypad notebooks or Tablets just a keypad and throw it in with your keyboard.


Simon- said,
I will buy it if it has a backlight and is bluetooth

From the "ooth" on the packaging I'm pretty sure it uses Bluetooth, but i highly doubt it has backlighted keys.

wolftail said,

From the "ooth" on the packaging I'm pretty sure it uses Bluetooth, but i highly doubt it has backlighted keys.

Just because this version isn't doesn't mean there won't be a version that is. Look at the Microsoft 8000 and 7000 sets. Bluetooth, and the 8000 has a proximity backlight to preserve battery and even auto adjusts the lighting. It is an 'expensive' cool keyboard and lasts over a month between recharges.

margrave said,
Ah tablets... laptops without keyboards so they can sell the keyboard separate for even more profit. Brilliant.

Yup, for those of us who don't need a keyboard 100% of the time. Brilliant!

margrave said,
Ah tablets... laptops without keyboards so they can sell the keyboard separate for even more profit. Brilliant.

Not really: I used Convertible Tablets since 2002 and the keyboard is there. Do not confuse Convertibles with Slates....... or iPads.................

margrave said,
Ah tablets... laptops without keyboards so they can sell the keyboard separate for even more profit. Brilliant.

At least if you need to replace your keyboard, you can get another one from a store nearby instead of sending the entire laptop for warranty (and that's even provided it's covered under warranty - some manufacturers don't and will charge a lot for keyboard replacement). And since the manufacturer is no longer the "monopoly" keyboard provider, you're most likely able to get a replacement far more cheaply.

Kai Y said,

At least if you need to replace your keyboard, you can get another one from a store nearby instead of sending the entire laptop for warranty (and that's even provided it's covered under warranty - some manufacturers don't and will charge a lot for keyboard replacement). And since the manufacturer is no longer the "monopoly" keyboard provider, you're most likely able to get a replacement far more cheaply.

Just a side note, you can usually find 'parts' keyboard replacements for any laptop/notebook ever made and switching them out is using just a couple of clicks and ribbon cable.

(Or use the airbrush trick if it is just the lettering.)

siah1214 said,
Foreign keyboard layouts. German keyboards have the Z and Y swapped.

Are they still called QWERTY Keyboard or QWERTZ Keyboard ....

Pumi said,

Are they still called QWERTY Keyboard or QWERTZ Keyboard ....

I got one... is a nice "international" keyboard the QWERTZ one, has almost all the symbols needed for a lot of languages, if you have trouble with them you can always use AutoHotKey to swap the Z for the Y (and even do more crazy things)

siah1214 said,
Foreign keyboard layouts. German keyboards have the Z and Y swapped.

haha indeed. See them allot around in holland (as its often cheaper for companies to buy them in bulk from germany) and manually moved the Y and Z around kinda anoying as the keys have a different shape and dont match the surrounding keys when swapped

Pumi said,

Are they still called QWERTY Keyboard or QWERTZ Keyboard ....

They are usually called what the language layout has for the upper row, and when you deal with multi-language areas and countries, this is a something you get used to quick or hit 'flip language' and appreciate Windows. My first experience with this Dutch, French, German and regional variations like you would find in Belgium that favored AZERTY even in Dutch areas.

Shadowzz said,

haha indeed. See them allot around in holland (as its often cheaper for companies to buy them in bulk from germany) and manually moved the Y and Z around kinda anoying as the keys have a different shape and dont match the surrounding keys when swapped

With different size keys, that is when you create a replacement stencil and find a cool thing called an AirBrush.

I have been known to modify or just surface coat a lot of high use keyboards over the years. When I would get involved in writing or a programming project and literally kill the lettering on a new laptop keyboard in a couple of weeks, I had to adopt tricks.

A hard top clear coat with a hint of texture and the keyboard will outlast most traditional keyboard lettering.

Looks clean. In contrary to Windows 8 Microsoft does seem to know what they're doing when it comes to hardware. And that is a personal opinion.

Ambroos said,
Looks clean. In contrary to Windows 8 Microsoft does seem to know what they're doing when it comes to hardware. And that is a personal opinion.

People usually 'come around' to Microsoft concepts, even if takes a few years and Apple telling people it is a good idea.

I think you will warm to Windows 8 as well.

I can remember Microsoft hardware beta programs from 15-20 years ago. They had some strange concepts and 'funky' looking mice and input devices, that today are very plain and normal in comparison, but people at the time thought they were insane and hideous. This was at a time when ergonomic was not a common word either, so a hand angled mouse was seen as stupid.

The biggest 'really' moment was when we got the first beta shipments of the Microsoft Keyboards from around 1993. They were the classic big handrest split designs. I knew I would hate it, and it took days before I even hooked it up.

After 10 mins with the stupid new keyboard, I was in love and my typing jumped from 170wpm to around 200wpm, which was a 'wow' moment as I had searched for years to find my old keyboard to get the best speed could get to 'show off'.

Even then Microsoft had a better pulse on UI, especially with hardware than people gave them credit.


Mark said,
Looks legit. I like the chrome bezel.

Just for the sake of recurring themes and what not, I would've liked to have seen a straight edge design, similar to that found on the surface tablet. Microsoft has gone to a lot of trouble moving away from the chrome/bezel look and pushing metro, (which I love, don't get me wrong) would have been nice to have seen sharper angles on the keyboard.

All in all, it still looks good, at this to my list of MS hardware to purchase along with windows 8.

uchiha_itachi said,

Just for the sake of recurring themes and what not, I would've liked to have seen a straight edge design, similar to that found on the surface tablet. Microsoft has gone to a lot of trouble moving away from the chrome/bezel look and pushing metro, (which I love, don't get me wrong) would have been nice to have seen sharper angles on the keyboard.

All in all, it still looks good, at this to my list of MS hardware to purchase along with windows 8.

A fair point, I would like them to come up with a contiguous style for their hardware range so it had the "Microsoft signature" to it. Unfortunately, they hardware divisions seem to be very internally fragmented.

I was at an Apple conferenece the other week and the presenter claimed MacBooks are perfect for education and that they had been specially designed with rounded corners so that kid's didn't cut themselves on the sharp corners of regular laptops ...

cos we all know that children losing arms/fingers to laptops is astronomical ...

must be how Microsoft look at it too!

uchiha_itachi said,

Just for the sake of recurring themes and what not, I would've liked to have seen a straight edge design, similar to that found on the surface tablet. Microsoft has gone to a lot of trouble moving away from the chrome/bezel look and pushing metro, (which I love, don't get me wrong) would have been nice to have seen sharper angles on the keyboard.

All in all, it still looks good, at this to my list of MS hardware to purchase along with windows 8.

Well compared to previous keyboards, this is Metro for the hardware team. Look at the 8000 set for example it is far from flat and is very flashy.

**I actually love the 8000 set, if Watchtower in Smallville used them, they had to be Super, right? The cool factor is the proximity sensor to turn the device on, and who doesn't love a living room/theater room keyboard that has a photocell to get the keys the perfect brightness. (Of course the set is overkill and at $300 was overpriced, but still the best amalgamation of technology from its day.)