External keyboards are handy to own if you have a tablet device like the iPad. If you’re in the market for a good keyboard for your 2018 iPad Pro, you can choose from a number of sleek options from Zagg or Logitech. If you are a true-blue Apple fan, there’s always the Apple Smart keyboard. In today’s post, we take a look at the keyboard from Brydge, which has plenty of great features but stands out because it blurs the lines between the Mac and iPad. Here’s more on the Brydge Pro Keyboard for the 2018 iPad Pro.
Brydge Pro Keyboard for the 2018 iPad Pro
The Brydge Pro sports a high-grade aluminum body. It is available in space gray and silver, perfectly matching with the color of the iPad Pro. A MacBook-style ledge at the front of the keyboard makes it easy to open it. Four rubber feet helps ensure that the iPad Pro doesn’t slip and slide when placed on the desk.
The keyboard also has a couple of rubber nubs below the arrow keys that protects the iPad screen from scratches when you close it. A cool addition is the magnetic snap-on leather cover that protects the back of the iPad from scratches and dents.
In all, the keyboard weighs in about 1.14 pounds which makes the iPad Pro heavier than most keyboard covers. So that’s something you should keep in mind when deciding on your purchase.
The Brydge Pro keyboard offers 3 levels of backlit keys that allows you to adjust the brightness levels according to the lighting you need in your environment. The keys themselves are well spaced and feel natural to type.
One highly useful feature of the keyboard is the dedicated functional keys it offers. The iOS shortcuts section above the number keys lets you quickly lock your iPad, access the volume controls, media keys and Home button. A dedicated brightness button ensures that you don’t have to head to the iPad Control Center every time you want to adjust the iPad’s brightness.
When it comes to comfort in usage, you’ll appreciate the various keyboard modes on this keyboard. If you want to use your iPad Pro like a Mac, you can use the Laptop mode.
When you want to draw, take notes, or otherwise use the iPad Pro like a proper tablet, you can fold the iPad back on to the keyboard and enjoy a seamless tablet experience.
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For watching movies, or video chatting, you can use the Movie mode that lets you set the iPad to a comfortable viewing angle (from 0-180 degrees). So no matter how you want to use your iPad, you have great ergonomic functionality.
Finally, when you close the cover, the iPad and keyboard get into Sleep mode. You can open it up later and start using it immediately.
The Brydge Pro battery is expected to last for as long as 12 months, even with backlighting. When you do have to charge the keyboard, you can do it via USB-C or manually connect it via USB-C to the iPad Pro.
The Brydge Pro is a superb keyboard for the iPad Pro. It has a sturdy design and a matching iPad Pro color, design and form. It offers a good typing experience, great functional keys and ergonomic viewing angles that deliver a great iPad or laptop experience.
It is a great choice for anyone who wants to use the iPad Pro as a laptop device. In fact, it would easily make the list of one of the best overall iPad keyboards for the iPad Pro.
The Brydge Pro is available for pre-order on the official website. You can pick the silver or space gray version. The 11-inch variant is priced $149.99, while the 12.9-inch version is $169.99. Shipping begins in late May.
If you are looking for the Brydge keyboard for other variants of the iPad, check out these ones from Amazon.