Hybrid laptop/tablet manufactured by Microsoft. Released October 2015. Model 1703.

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Are there any replacement keys for the keyboard?

My [1/!] Key and [Ctrl] key are broken. I removed them to clean after I spilled a little juice on it, but as I was putting it in the pins that would lock them into the clip broke. The clip and rubber piece is fix on the actual keyboard but the key itself no longer has anything to "snap" it in place.

Is there anyway I can replace the keys? Microsoft doesn't sell them and they want me to send it in to fix for $500.

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You don't know how lucky you are in the U.S.

For me in Germany $500 sounds like a dream. Here Microsoft charges a flat fee of €685 ($826) for any repair!

My [Ctrl]-key has only a fissure, nevertheless they will charge the very same amount as if I would have tossed it out of the window!

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I have the same problem on my Surface Book.

There is definitely a design flaw on the Ctrl key of this computer. It is very fragile and breaks in two along a vertical line in the middle.

For a $3000 computer, this is a big problem!

Microsoft solution is to replace the full keyboard for 500 euros.

They say I use it not properly which is inaccurate.

Furthermore, it is my second Surface Book and the previous one did broke in the same place.

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Hi Philippe,

you're not the only one with two Surface Books and an equal number of broken Ctrl-Keys, just the other day I got an e-mail from a German guy with the same problem!

I only got one and it will stay that way. It’s so ridiculous, they even sell the 15” variant with the tiny keyboard, that misses proper navigation keys. This brings me to: "using it wrong". I suppose for Microsoft the Surface Book is a tablet, so using it means using only the touch screen. The keyboard is meant for emergencies only.

For me the solution is duct-tape, it may not look nice but it does the job. If this solution does not suit you, you might want to check https://www.quikfixlaptopkeys.com. They offer replacement keys for the Surface Book, at the total bargain price of: $24,99 (plus VAT, import taxes, shipping…). Unfortunately, due to so many broken Ctrl-keys, they are claiming to be currently out of stock.

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Thanks Mark. I will check the website for replacement keys.

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The tablet portion can be charged without the keyboard. The middle connector/port where the clipboard connects to the keyboard is the same as the charging port since it is also a Surface Connect Port.

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Not sure if any of you solved this problem already, but I had a similar issue (i.e., spilled juice, removed several keys to clean, and one wouldn't reattach properly - I think a little part broke). Few websites carry Surface Book keys, but I was able to find a replacement at QuickFix Laptop Keys (http://www.quikfixlaptopkeys.com/?produc...).

The part was expensive ($25), and I was wary of ordering from a random website. But the package shipped quickly, and fit perfectly. Not sure who this vendor is, but they were surprisingly reliable. Hopefully the price will come down over time, as the Surface Book becomes more prevalent.

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Was it easy to replace the keys? I understand the rest of this thread as if removing a key cap may easily break a pin.

Anyway, currently replacement keys are: "out of stock" at Quickfixlaptopkeys, so the question is virtually void...

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Hi Philippe,

thanks a lot for your effort! Unfortunatally, believe it or not, I'm not present in any social network. However, the following link:

Surface Book Ctr-Key

refers to a picture of my, thanks to duct-tape, still working ctrl-key,.

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Hello Mark,

Can you send me a larger picture so people could see that it is another keyboard?

You can see existing pictures here:

https://www.instagram.com/_I_Lost_Contro...

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Philippe,

sure! I just didn't wanted to garble your disk.

Please finde a larger version at:

http://61m.de/images/SurfaceBookCtrlKeyN...

Cheers

Mark.

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Thanks Mark.

I just published your very nice patch for this Surface Book broken Ctrl key:

https://www.instagram.com/_I_Lost_Contro...

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Hi Philippe,

you might have heard of my motto: "If you can't fix it with duct tape, you don't have enough duct tape".

Cheers

Mark.

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Someone is working on a 3D printer based solution for broken Ctrl key on a Microsoft Surface Book. Click here to know more:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiM-hNaBW4K/...

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@lequanganhpiano created a replacement Ctrl key for Surface Book. It’s a perfect fit to replace a broken key!

He is sharing this file for free. Just go to some 3d print store and ask them to print it with SLA or DLP technology, it must be flexible or tough resin.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:290530...

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#ILostControl

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Dear Philippe,

thanks a lot for the information and your helpful overall effort regarding the matter! I forwarded equanganhpiano's template to a friend who ones a printer and hopefully everything becomes roses.

Cheers

Mark.

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You can buy a replacement keyboard on Ebay or Amazon... and either replace the keys or keyboard... your choice

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There are no replacement keyboards for the surface book. It comes as one unit, unlike the Surface Pro models.

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And there are no replacement keys either available for purchase, according to my knowledge.

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I talked to Microsoft and they will not repair or replace the keyboard. And since the tablet is charged through the keyboard, it will not charge either. What evidence of a bad line of products. Now I have a $2100 paperweight.

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What's wrong with your keyboard? The "tablet" portion of the laptop should still charge.

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Have you really never found out you could charge the tablet through the keyboard port?

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there's a little charging port on the bottom of the screen and surface books are not bad I made this comment with one

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I have a Surface Book too and my keyboard does not work. Seems completely insane that I need to buy a whole new book just to replace the keyboard! I will never buy another Microsoft hardware product.

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Hi JTMillar

Did replacing the keys fix the spilled juice stickiness?

I have spilt coke and 5 keys are affected , I am happy to remove/replace them but only want to do so if in removing the keys I can get to all the sticky parts? No point doing it, to see that the bit the coke got to is behind the key?

How did you remove the keys? Do I need any tools or just pull them from keyboard?

Thanks

Nick

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did you ever clean them? i have same issue.

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As long as the hooks for the missing key are not bent in then it should be possible to replace. Its a pain in the lower torso to do though.

Laptop replacement keys

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Unfortunately your link only leads to an offer with replacements for the Surface Pro. The Surface Book has a totally different kind of keys.

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Surface Book keys are very weak.

I try to change things.

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Send me your keyboard pictures.

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@lequanganhpiano created a replacement Ctrl key for Surface Book. It’s a perfect fit to replace a broken key!

He is sharing this file for free. Just go to some 3d print store and ask them to print it with SLA or DLP technology, it must be flexible or tough resin.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:290530...

Follow

@_I_Lost_Control_Ctrl

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https://www.instagram.com/_i_lost_contro...

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Here is the 3D model for a spare Surface Book Ctrl key. The perfect solution to replace a broken key that Microsoft doesn’t provide as spare part.

Thanks @lequanganhpiano for sharing the 3D model for free.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:290530...

Use some 3D print service for SLA or DLP technology, it must be flexible or tough resin. Because the key has very tiny latch, it requires the best printer.

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