It's been barely a month since Apple announced its new iPad Air 2 and there are already accessories designed for it. If you use your iPad Air or iPad Air 2 for a lot of productivity tasks (think word processing and emails) then you might want to invest in the new BrydgeAir keyboard.
The BrydgeAir is a Bluetooth keyboard that has been designed with the iPad Air 2 in mind, and its design follows closely of the older Brydge+ keyboard, which we reviewed earlier this year.
The BrydgeAir has an aluminum chassis that is solidly put together and exhibits very high levels of build quality that complement the iPad. It also has hinges that attach to your iPad allowing it to open and close like a notebook. In fact, when attached, the iPad looks like a small MacBook. That aside, the BrydgeAir also features backlit keys and even built-in stereo speakers.
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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."