Amongst fellow #AVtweeps we’ve been promoting the concept of turning your plain old Apple iPad into a fully fledged laptop or MacBook replacement, with the addition of a Brydge keyboard for several years now.
Back in 2012 we took part in the original kickstarter campaign for the product, gaining our first experience with one of these amazing keyboards on a very early generation iPad. We remember fondly, taking it to CES as soon as we received it and were simply astounded at the interest it received in the press lounge that year – everyone thought that we had had some form of new lightweight clamshell Mac device!!
Our current Brydge keyboard is used with a 2017 model iPad Pro with lightning connector but we are pleased to see that after the most successful pre-order campaign to date, Brydge’s highly anticipated Pro keyboards for the 2018 iPad Pros are now in-stock and shipping. For those of you not familiar with the new iPad Pros, the (old) lightning connector has now become a more standard and much more useful USB-C connector and the screen has less of a bezel (the latter change meaning that Brydge had the opportunity to redesign their product).Let’s put this as simply as we can, the Brydge 12.9 Pro and 11.0 Pro are game-changers for any iPad user. Not only do they seamlessly combine with the new iPad Pro models to deliver a laptop experience, whilst also enhancing the iPad’s functionality, they now feature dual connectivity (Bluetooth 4.1 and wired via USB-C), multiple viewing modes, and protection for the back of the iPad.
These new products were announced back in November 2018 and we were lucky enough to meet the company founders and engineers at #CES2019 a few months later in January. At that time, the Pro keyboards were made available for pre-order and by May, 2019 well over 7,000 units were shipped to those lucky pre-order customers.
Mind you we’re not the only fans of this technology: –
- “If you ever want to type on your lap with an iPad Pro, the Brydge Pro is by far the best option.” – Sam Byford, The Verge
- “…we can say confidently that it’s the best keyboard for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.” – Mark Linsangan, Apple Insider
- “This Brydge keyboard is exactly what many were hoping it would be: the ultimate expression of a years-long effort to blend the iPad and laptop form factors” – Federico Viticci, MacStories
The Brydge 11.0 Pro retails for USD 149.99 and the Brydge 12.9 Pro for 169.99. Both models are available in Silver and Space Gray.