Brydge, purveyors of fine aluminum keyboards for iPad, have unveiled new color-ways for their BrydgeAir keyboard to match the new iPad Air 2.
We previously covered the launch of BrydgeAir — a keyboard with a thin, light and high quality aluminum construction that brings with it physical backlit keys and stereo speakers. We’ve also teamed up with Brydge to give away 5 BrydgeAirs to lucky readers in our competition that is running until the end of October!
Brydge has clearly taken a leaf out of Apple’s book in terms of design as the BrydgeAir is reminiscent of Apple’s MacBook lineup in both aesthetics and construction. It’s built out of a single piece of aluminum and is finished to a really high standard that is befitting of the iPad it accompanies. It’s also 35% lighter than the previous generation Brydge keyboard in order to not weigh your ultra-light iPad Air down.
Brydge maintained that BrydgeAir would fit iPad Air 2 and the company has gone one step further and will offer the keyboard silver, space gray and gold colors to ensure the best match for the device of your choice.
BrydgeAir features a unique hinge design that clips onto the iPad and securely grips it, giving it a laptop-like form factor unlike other iPad keyboards on the market. It also has a 180 degree viewing angle.
Complete with that backlit keyboard and stereo speakers, the iPad Air combined with the BrydgAir is set to give iPad users the most laptop-like experience possible. The keyboard is adapted for iOS and features a full row with shortcuts for Spotlight search, the Photos app, cut/copy/paste, media playback, volume, and screen lock.
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Rating: 4.5 / 5
Company: Brydge Global
List Price: US$169.00 ($189.00 for gold)
Three models color matched to iPad Air colors, works with iPad Air or Air 2, recessed keys, magnetic sleep/wake, pairing buttons matched to iPad AIr design, matches shape and design of iPad Air, backlit keyboard, stereo speakers, leather, zippered case included.
Keyboard indicator lights could be more explicit, moved to the surface. Speakers not as good as iPad's.
The BrydgeAir keyboard is unlike any iPad accessory I’ve used before. With integrated speakers underneath a backlit keyboard with a 180-degree hinge, it makes your iPad feel like a laptop, and that’s the entire point.
In a market of nearly identical iPad keyboards that offer the same core features, Brydge is trying to set itself apart. After spending the last week with its solution for the iPad Air 2, I’d say it does just that.
"Now, if money is no object in your quest to turn your iPad into a laptop, the $170 BrydgeAir is the best option I came across (and what I plan to purchase myself). It is what I imagine Apple’s own keyboard case would look like—and cost."