The Brydge 12.9 Pro keyboard for the 2018 iPad Pro is one of the most anticipated new iPad Pro accessories of 2019, and we finally know all about it and have been able to go hands on with it.
You can pre-order the Brydge 11.0 Pro for $149.99 or the Brydge 12.9 Pro for $169.99 starting today. They ship in early Spring.
This is the keyboard to buy if you own the new iPad Pro in 11-inch or 12.9-inch versions. It’s a better option than Apple’s keyboard with a great design that looks and feels more like the bottom half of a laptop. It’s easy to put the iPad Pro in the Brydge 12.9 Pro keyboard and easy to pop it out when you just want to use it as a tablet. It’s a bit of a shock that Brydge pulled this off considering how small the bezels on the new iPad Pro are.
I’ve ben using the keyboard from Apple, and while it is better than the one it replaced, it can still be challenging to use on a lap for longer periods. The Brydge iPad Pro keyboards keep the same feel as a laptop on your lap. This means more stability and a surface that is easier to type on.
The design matches the look of the 2018 iPad Pro with the same flat edges and rounded corners, making it look like a matched pair. A small notch on the front edge makes it easier to open the iPad Pro with keyboard attached. It is similar to the notch on a MacBook Pro.
The keyboard connects with Bluetooth, but you can also connect it by USB C if you cannot use Bluetooth. This allows you to type and charge the keyboard at the same time.
Keys feel good, better than the MacBook Pro in some cases. They are backlit, which is better than the Apple Smart Keyboard and there’s a real arrow key setup.
When you pair these two devices up, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Brydge 12.9 Pro are lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Pro at about 2.8 pounds.
One of the nice features about this is the flexibility it provides outside of using the iPad like a laptop. You can use it as a tablet with the keyboard attached, or remove it. You can also use it to prop the iPad up for a video call or a movie with the keyboard tucked behind it for a different viewing angle.
Brydge also includes a snap on magnetic cover that protects the back of your iPad, so you don’t need another case to cover it. You can use it, or not, but it comes with the keyboard.
Here’s where to pre-order the Brydge 12.9 Pro and Brydge 11.0 Pro today.