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appleinsider - Review: BrydgeAir keyboard makes your iPad Air feel like a 'MacBook mini'

by Nick Smith November 22, 2014

iPad Air 1 & 2 owners looking for a quick and easy way to turn their tablet into a MacBook-style, lap-friendly portable computer need look no further than the new backlit BrydgeAir keyboard — a well-built, well-designed productivity accessory.

The Brydge for iPad has been around for a few years, but the aluminum unibody Bluetooth accessory has just been given a thinner and lighter redesign intended to complement Apple's iPad Air and new iPad Air 2. The newly launched BrydgeAir comes with the keyboard itself in the box, along with a flat micro USB cable for recharging and simple setup instructions.

Retailing for $169, the BrydgeAir includes a full array of keys, including numbers, arrows, and a row of iPad-specific functions including brightness, search, home button, media controls, volume and more. It's also backlit.

In addition to including physical keyboard controls, the BrydgeAir also includes a separate Bluetooth radio for enhanced audio. Much like Apple's MacBook Pro, the keyboard's speakers are hidden behind the unit, and project off of the bottom of the iPad when docked.

 

A sample BrydgeAir intended to match Apple's white and aluminum iPad Air 1 and 2 was provided toAppleInsider for review. Another version made for Apple's space gray iPad Air models is also available for $169, while a gold version carries a $20 premium.

And yes, we typed this entire review on the BrydgeAir with an iPad Air and Apple's Pages word processing application.

 

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