Tech Review: Brydge Bluetooth Keyboard

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Do you want your iPad to function more like a MacBook? Today, I am reviewing the Brydge Bluetooth keyboard. It is a very solid keyboard that you can pair with your iPad if you want to simulate a good laptop experience.

They are a little pricey ranging from $100-$150 but it is a very good Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad.

Setup is pretty easy. The iPad slips into brackets on the keyboard. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use the keyboard if your iPad is in a case. There’s only room for the iPad which may be a negative since your iPad will not be protected. The brackets are very sturdy and come with jell-like inserts to make your iPad fit snug as well as protect your iPad from being scratched. I have to wonder how long the inserts will hold up if you insert and remove the iPad a lot. If you use your iPad as a laptop a lot you might want to just consider leaving it connected to the keyboard.  It wasn’t difficult to pair the keyboard as I was typing away in no time.

The keys on the keyboard itself are very well spaced out with the keys in the expected layout for an experienced typist. It really does look like a MacBook keyboard although the keys do feel a bit stiff. For low lighting conditions, you have the option of backlit keys. You can also use the keyboard in your lap like a real laptop. There are also multiple viewing angles for customize your typing experience.

The keyboard does make the iPad a little weighty when attached. It is still very slim and portable so I don’t think it will make a huge difference.

brydge2One of the things that bugs me about using this keyboard is that it doesn’t look smooth when closed. The brackets protrude out a bit which makes it look a bit awkward. I know it is a little picky but it may be a minor thing if you want a good laptop experience with your iPad. I can live with it.

The keyboard works with 9.7-inch iPad (5th & 6th Gen), 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air (1st & 2nd Gen).  The battery life lasts about twelve months (two hrs use per day w/no backlight use) or 20 hrs per charge (when running consistent backlight).  It is recharged with a USB-C cable.

So, the important question you might ask is…are you keeping it?

Maybe. This may be one of those keyboards I will keep for times I am using my iPad as a laptop a lot. It depends on the project I am working on at the time. It is a little pricey so that may be the only thing that leans me toward not keeping it.

Pros

  • A real MacBook laptop experience
  • Very sturdy keyboard
  • Backlit keys for low-light conditions

Cons

  • IPad has no protection
  • Jell on brackets may wear out over time
  • A bit weighty
  • Doesn’t look smooth

For more information about this product go to brydge.com

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