The second version of Brydge's keyboard makes for an impressive accessory to the iPad Air series. If you're none too impressed with plastic alternatives, look no further.
I'll be honest with you -- I've never really needed an add-on keyboard. I type pretty fast on the iPad's on-screen keyboard, so the thought of carrying around an accessory didn't sit too well. The aluminum BrydgeAir Keyboard also isn't the lightest thing in the world, so I had my doubts as to whether it was something I'd want to take with me when I'm out and about.
But having used it for a while, I must say the BrydgeAir has impressed me so far. If you're used to Apple's keyboard on its range of MacBooks, the BrydgeAir will be very familiar, in a good way. While I admit the added bulk is something hard to get used to, the upsides do outweigh the downsides.
Compatible with both the iPad Air and Air 2, the BrydgeAir comes in three colors -- space gray, silver and gold. The gray and silver versions retail for $169, which Brydge's website converts to around £108 and AU$194 respectively, while the gold model is a tad more expensive at $189 (or £121, AU$217).
To read the full review - please visit cnet
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."