I have reviewed Brydge products before, and they make some really terrific keyboards for the iPad. There are a lot of keyboards made for tablets, and this has some special clamps made to hold an iPad. I was pleased to try out the Brydge for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
Other than the bigger width, I wasn’t certain what I was expecting. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro fits right in the clamps, and it then folds up together. Part of the surprise was the light weight, because an iPad Pro 12.9 and the 12.9 inch Brydge actually weigh less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That’s good engineering, considering that the keyboard is all aluminum.
This is the beauty of the Brydge, as it can turn an Apple tablet into a laptop, or the next best thing, at least. It’s great for someone who is more productive when hearing the clickity-click of keyboard buttons, rather than being dependent on touchscreen technology. So it is perfect for the older generation, like me. By the way, the hinge can go back 180 degrees, better than most laptops.
So, how good is the battery life? Like the model for the 9.7 inch iPad, it is good for 3 months on a full charge, and can be charged via the included micro USB cable. As an added bonus, the keyboard has backlit keys.
At this writing, the Brydge 12.9 is available on the Brydge company website for a price of $169.99. That could be a special holiday price as it regularly goes for $189.99. It is available in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold.