The shorter answer is No. The older version of the Surface Pro Type Cover is not compatible with the Microsoft newly released Surface Pro 8. However, it works with Pro X Type Cover. If you own the last year’s Pro X with a keyboard, then you are in luck, but if you don’t, then you’ll need to spend $100 on the new keyboard for Surface Pro 8.
Why do I need a new Type Cover for Surface Pro 8?
Compared to the last year’s Surface Pro 7, the 2021 Surface Pro 8 model has a refreshed design with new chassis and a slimmer profile. It is more likely close to the X series. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a Surface Pro X, except it’s not an ARM-based tablet.
The Pro 8 is a slim profile device with smaller bezels which doesn’t allow the older Surface Type Cover to fit in. However, it works perfectly with the Pro X Type Cover, which has a Slim Pen tray.
Can I use the Surface Pro X Type Cover instead?
Yes, as we mentioned above, the Surface Pro 8 is more likely similar to the Pro X. So, it does offer backward compatibility with the Pro X Type Cover. However, it’s a bit expensive compared to the previous-gen keyboard.
Can I use a cheaper 3rd-party keyboard for Surface Pro 8?
Yes, you can use any 3rd-party keyboard instead of buying a new Surface Pro Type Cover. However, there are not many brands offering keyboards that fit with your Surface Pro 8. If you are in the market, look for a Surface Pro X compatible keyboard that might work with Surface Pro 8. If you don’t want to spend an extra $130 on a Type Cover, look for a Bluetooth or USB-based keyboard.
List of the Surface Pro 8 Type Cover Alternatives
The Logitech K810 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth keyboard. Even though it doesn’t attach to Pro 8, but it does work like a charm. It can be used with any Windows, Android, or iOS tablet and as well as smartphones.
Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim keyboard
Anker is the brand to go with when it comes to mobile accessories. The Anker’s Ultra-Slim keyboard is the best alternative for the new Pro 8. It uses replaceable AAA batteries, which will last for about three months.
Redragon K614 Anivia
If you are into Mechanical keyboards, then Redragon K614 Anivia is the one you should be interested in. It has low-profile double-shot keycaps with liner switches and uses a USB-C port to connect with your device.
Jellyco Bluetooth Keyboard
It isn’t a famous brand, but this Bluetooth keyboard allows you to dock your Surface Pro 8. Moreover, it has dual-channel support, which means you can switch between two devices with just a single tap of a key.
At last, our cheapest alternative for Surface Pro 8, the Arteck keyboard. It is a bit stylish with seven unique RGB backlight colors. Like the other Surface Type Cover alternatives, it works like a charm with Pro 8.