The shorter answer is No, you can’t use older Surface Pro Type Cover with the latest Pro 9 model. The older version of the Surface Pro Type Cover is not compatible with the Microsoft newly released Surface Pro 9. 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 a new keyboard. Check out our guide on the best Surface Pro accessories in 2023. Remember the older Type Cover designed for Surface Pro 7 or earlier models are not cross-compatible. If you have the Surface Pro 8 keyboard then you are good to go.
Why do I need a new Type Cover for Surface Pro 9?
In terms of physical design the Surface Pro 8 and the Pro 9 are identical. However, it is still a refreshed design with new chassis and a slimmer profile. It is more likely close to the discontinued Pro X series. In fact, at first glance, it looks like a Surface Pro X, except it’s not an ARM-based tablet.
The Pro 9 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.
Can I use the Surface Pro X Type Cover instead?
Yes, as we mentioned above, the Surface Pro 9 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 last-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 alternative that fits perfectly with Surface Pro 9. Make sure to read user reviews and do intense research before you settle for any third-party keyboard. Moreover, there are small slimmer options that does not attached to the tablet but still offers you Laptop like feel.
List of the Surface Pro 9 Type Cover Alternatives
The Logitech K810 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth keyboard. Even though it doesn’t attach to Pro 9, 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 9. 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 9. 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 9, 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.