Wednesday, 13 April 2016 13:48

Brydge keyboard bridges iPad Pro 9.7 'gap': full compatibility


Brydge’s ‘award-winning’ BrydgeAir Bluetooth keyboard has announced full compatibility with the brand new iPad Pro 9.7

I’ve been using Apple’s iPad Pro 9.7 for the past couple of weeks, and it is unquestionably the best iPad yet - the best screen yet seen an in iDevice, full Apple Pencil support, 256GB storage option, 4 speakers and plenty more.

I’ll have a review of the iPad Pro 9.7 and the larger 12.9 models soon, with the iPad Pro 9.7’s keyboard case arriving in my mailbox only yesterday.

That said, virtually any Bluetooth keyboard should work with an iPad (or any modern tablet, smartphone or computer), but when a third party company specifically designs keyboards to work with iPads, you do want to know what makes them special and better than the competition.

What Brydge Keyboards claims to do is to ‘bridge the gap between portability and functionality,’ with its BrydgeAir keyboard providing ‘its user with the option to maximise the functionality of an iPad whilst providing the unrivalled productivity of a MacBook.’

It does this by offering ‘a patented 180-degree hinge system, high-grade 100 per cent aluminium build, backlit keys and a haptic key feel.’

The company says it is also ‘currently the only 100% aluminium keyboard for the latest in Apple’s nest of products, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro.’

Personally I’d have said for the latest harvest in Apple’s crop, rather than nest, but hey, it’s all good.

Nicholas Smith, CEO of Brydge believes that this ‘is a real opportunity for iPad Pro users to get the most out of their experience and comes hot on the heels of the company being named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honouree for their BrydgeMini.’

The company also recently won a Red Dot Design Award for its BrydgeAir, which adds to its design chops.

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Smith said: “The new iPad Pro is undoubtedly a game changer for Apple. It is a revolutionary product; a portable productivity device that deserves to be complemented by a keyboard that is equal in functionality and quality. Enter the BrydgeAir keyboard.”

Billed as an ‘ideal partner to the iPad Pro, the BrydgeAir fits sleekly and seamlessly.’

The company boasts of the BrydgeAir’s ‘two hinges that are lined with silicone shims to ensure that the iPad Pro is held securely in place.’

For any situation, be it viewing a movie or working, we are assured that ‘its unlimited viewing angles make for ease of use – it even has a full 180-degree view for users’ comfort. Add to this the fact that when closed with the keyboard attached, the iPad is protected from bumps and scratches and it is a winning combination.’

The BrydgeAir keyboard can be used with the iPad Air 1 and 2 as well as the all-new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, which is to be expected seeing as it has effectively the same dimensions.

Available in silver, space grey and gold, you can buy them from the funky site, as well as ‘leading retailers including Harvey Norman, Co-op Bookshops, Officeworks online, JR Duty Free and selected Telstra licensed stores at a RRP of $179.’

I look forward to reviewing one to see Brydge bridge the gap for myself!


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