There are many keyboards that has been made for the iPad but none comes close to what you can say is the “œone”. Either the keyboard is flimsy, thin, or doesn’t give the tactile feedback for that “œreal keyboard experience”, or it may cheapen the look of a premium Apple product.
Not until we saw The Brydge. A keyboard that looked like it was made by Apple for the iPad (works with 2 and 3). A keyboard that can truly make your iPad look like a MacBook. This is how a keyboard dock for the iPad should be made.
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The Brydge is a full-sized aerospace-grade aluminum keyboard machined and anodized to precisely match the look and feel of the iPad. The keyboard has a full QWERTY layout with additional hotkeys for specific iPad functions.
It has a patent-pending click-in hinge made of metal alloys and magnets with a thermoplastic elastomer shell to secure your iPad. So secure that you can even hold it from the iPad and shake it without the keyboard falling off. When hinged, you can position your iPad close to 180 degrees of positioning. And just like those Smart Covers, once closed, both the iPad and Brydge goes to sleep.
Brydge communicates via Bluetooth and has a lithium-ion battery that charges via microUSB. And no, it cannot power or charge your iPad (no wires remember?). The Brydge team said that a single charge can last you several months unless you opted for the version that comes with a built-in speaker.
Brydge is a KickStarter product which started back in April and the funding was met early June. Production is underway and they’re accepting pre-orders over at their website with the first batch arriving on October 2012. Brydge costs $170 and the version with the speakers costs $210.
For those who use their iPad to type a lot, investing on The Brydge shouldn’t be a hard decision.