The keyboard features a hard cover that automatically powers down the wireless keyboard when snapped on. When open and in use, the cover then opens into a stand that can prop up the tablet, turning the setup into a compact mobile desktop. The keyboard itself is designed to work specifically with Windows 8, and features shortcuts for common functions, a set of media controls along the top row, and the now-ubiquitous Windows Start button at the bottom.
Despite its made-for-Win 8 purposes, it’s can still work as a generic Bluetooth keyboard for use with other tablets and Bluetooth devices. It’s powered by two AAA batteries.
Like the keyboard, the Wedge Touch Mouse is built for mobility, featuring a minimal design and compact proportions. Measuring only 2.39 inches wide and 2.11 inches long, the mouse is touted to be Microsoft’s smallest mouse ever. The mouse’s surface features four-way touch scrolling, allowing for horizontal and vertical swipes to navigate through documents and web pages.
Like a number of Microsoft’s newer mobile mice, the Wedge Touch Mouse features BlueTrack Technology, allowing it to be used on virtually any surface (except for clear glass or mirrored surfaces). It’s powered by a single AAA battery, although Microsoft didn’t mention battery life. It does feature a Backpack mode that puts it to sleep when the device it’s connected to is turned off to conserve power when not in use.
The Wedge Mobile Keyboard costs $80, while the Wedge Mobile Mouse will sell for $70.