My new keyboard came for the iPad Pro 10.5″. It’s a Brydge 10.5 Series II and it turns the iPad into a small laptop.
This is something of a first impressions post. I’ll do a fuller review in a few weeks. I’m coming to the Brydge from the older Apple Smart Keyboard Cover that I bought with the iPad about two years ago. It’s started getting flaky recently, so a new keyboard was required.
The Brydge keyboard is sort of like the old Macbook Pro keyboards from a few years back with decent key travel and a bit softer feel. Obviously it’s smaller in size since it has to fit the small iPad form factor.
The hinge design is nice and more secure than I expected it to be. It’s not ideal in that respect, as the Apple Keyboard Cover is much easier to rip off the iPad to play a game or watch a video. We’ll see how that works out over time and maybe the action to remove and replace will be something that starts to become more natural to me.
I actually think the trade off on detach-ability is good since it comes with some additional features like a backlit keyboard and media keys across the top. It’s more “tiny, iOS laptop” now compared to “iPad with a keyboard attached”.
I’m actually typing this on the Brydge and while it’ll take some getting used to, the keyboard is easy to type on and I’m pretty accurate with it right out of the box. Bluetooth lag seems to not exist although I do have the occasional missed keystroke, I think because maybe I am hitting the keys very close together.
To sum up, first impressions are good and I think this will make the iPad more useful again since the old keyboard was dying and made typing a bit of a frustrating exercise of late. It was also substantially cheaper than the Apple keyboard is.