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The iPad has a problem: typing on a touchscreen keyboard (and thereby losing half your viewing space) just isn’t that conducive to being productive. You can connect any Bluetooth keyboard, but then you have added complication of finding a case to prop up the iPad and all of extra things to carry around; or it only works when laying flat on a desk.

Brydge+ solves this problem, and more besides. With integrated Bluetooth speakers, a set of clamshell hinges that securely connect to your iPad, and iPad-specific function keys – you really aren’t going to find a better iPad keyboard.

The Brydge keyboard case began as a Kickstarter and went on to enormous success – 10 minutes alone with the product and you’ll see why. The Brydge+ we’re reviewing today is the option with speakers currently available for $99, a speakerless model for $89, and a plastic model for $79. There are less expensive alternatives such as the Snugg FlipStand Keyboard Case ($49), or the Kensington Keyfolio ($70), but neither is these is really suitable for use on your lap – a common situation when travelling. On the higher end of the market is the Logitech Fabric Skin, a water repellant keyboard and folio case ($120), though the particular style and feel of the keys won’t please everyone, it doesn’t have speakers, and the plastic locks break quickly according to many reports.

This review was written using the Brydge+ keyboard in an extended session of a few hours, to fully test comfort during prolonged use.

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Inside the box you’ll find:

  • Brydge+ keyboard, already fitted with rubber clips for iPad 3rd and 4th generation
  • Case stickers to protect your case, if you wish
  • iPad 2 rubber clips (and a warning to check which iPad you have first)
  • Quick start guide, mainly about the process of initial pairing

brydge plus keyboard - contents

Design

The Brydge+ is beautiful, complimenting the iPad in every way it could; sleek brushed aluminium with matte black keys. The only thing that stands out to me is the oblong speaker grill – Apple would never have something so crass.

brydge plus keyboard - overview

The iPad – second, third or fourth generation only (not iPad Air — you’ll need the $150 BrydgeAir) – slides into the keyboard through two hinges at the back. The hinges are strong, and can be fully extended all the way back so the iPad lies flat with the keyboard.

brydge plus keyboard - hinge detail with ipad inserted

It can also be fully closed into a neat clamshell, then placed into the neoprene sleeve for easy transport. When in regular use, the back of iPad is fully exposed to anything it might encounter. For that reason, the Brydge isn’t suitable for general use around the home, particular if you’re sharing with kids.

brydge plus keyboard - in case

Though held only by the friction from rubber inserts, it is surprisingly secure, but Brydge doesn’t recommend you carry it just by the keyboard. Use two hands to carry it around, and close the clamshell when possible.

brydge plus keyboard - rubber hinge detail

The Keyboard

Initial pairing of the keyboard is simple: turn on the device from the sliding switch at the side, and hit Control-K – you’ll then find it listed in the Bluetooth settings. Click to pair, and type in the code displayed. Done. There were no connection problems, and no need to pair again later.

The keys are satisfyingly solid, raised about 1.5mm from the metal casing, with pleasing tactility. If you’ve used other mobile keyboard in the past, particularly those atrocious Microsoft Surface Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway The Surface tablet is a flagship Microsoft product -- its first foray into the tablet market as a hardware manufacturer. It’s almost as locked-down as the iPad - the only applications you can install and... Read More rubbery things, you’ll really appreciate the quality of these. They’re only about 1mm smaller than a standard Apple keyboard and slightly more closely spaced, but you shouldn’t have any trouble adapting.

brydge plus keyboard - keyboard profile

My one complaint is the small right-hand Shift key – it’s far too easy to hit the neighbouring up arrow instead, ruining the flow of typing. I can’t think of another design that would have worked in the same amount of space, but it’s a minor frustration none the less.

Finally, I’d say about 1 percent of key presses results in double characters – I believe this is quite typical with Bluetooth technology though and can depend upon interference.

After prolonged use typing out this review, I did feel a little finger strain, but nothing that short breaks between typing (which you should be doing anyway) wouldn’t deal with. One thing I can confidently say is that attempting to then compare to the on-screen keyboard was like day and night – it makes you wonder how anyone survives without one of these.

The Speaker

Pairing the built-in speaker is a separate process, and it doesn’t automatically reconnect in order to save on battery life. Hold Control-B for a second or two turns on the speaker, letting you know with a 4-tone sequence, but continue holding for longer and you’ll enter pairing mode, indicated by a 2-tone sequence. Timing it just right is a little difficult until you get the knack of it – often I would turn off the speaker, only to find I’d actually entered pairing mode.

On full volume, the Brydge+ speaker seems only slightly louder than the built-in iPad output – but completely lacking in bass or clarity. Tested against a third generation iPad, I’ve got to honest here: I actually preferred the iPad built-in output, which does appear to have an overall warmer, rounder quality of sound. The Brydge+ speaker is an afterthought, with the only discernible benefit being that you’re saving your main iPad battery and using the power from the Brydge+ instead.

Function Keys, and iOS7

A row of function keys along the top will be instantly familiar to Mac users:

  • Brightness
  • Volume and media controls
  • Home
  • Lock
  • Show / hide on-screen keyboard
  • Search
  • Photo slideshow
  • Keyboard language input switch – though I did initially think this was a Safari / Internet quick launch key, which would have been infinitely more useful.

brydge plus keyboard - funciton keys

Sadly, the search and photo slideshow functions were removed in iOS7 (or at least, the commands to launch them were removed, obviously iOS 7 still has a search feature and can still display slideshows). Even more disappointing was that there is no mention of this on the product support site or FAQ. The rest of the commands function fine, and I hope that with the coming extensibility APIs of iOS 8 What's New In iOS 8? What's New In iOS 8? After last year's big iOS 7 redesign, you'd expect a muted iOS 8 announcement at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference – but you'd be wrong. Read More , the other features can perhaps return (or even be reprogrammable).

The Brydge+ iPad keyboard also functions like a smart case: closing it automatically locks the screen, and automatically unlocks when opening.

Frustratingly, there’s still no way to task switch other than to double tap the home button and scroll through apps with your fingers. No Command-Tab; not even the arrow keys to select a window or Enter to switch – it must all be done through touch gestures.

Is It Right for You?

From the perspective of giving you an easy way to type accurately and at a reasonably normal speed, the Brydge+ keyboard works wonders and feels great. However, adding a decent keyboard to the iPad – which looks and feels not dissimilar to my MacBook Air – has its own drawbacks.

brydge plus keyboard - overview 2

Upon first use, I instinctively reached for a trackpad, and upon finding none, spent a good few seconds wondering how I was supposed to move my mouse cursor down to Safari without one; followed by even more seconds wondering where my cursor has gone. Yes, I am that stupid. For me, the Brydge+ “bridged” the gap between iPad and full laptop just a little too much – so much so that instead of feeling more productive for having a keyboard on my iPad, I now felt cheated for not having more laptop features. When all I had was a touchscreen, it was easy to accept certain limitations; now I want more.

If you spend a good deal of time just responding to emails on your iPad, you’ll love the Brydge+. I haven’t even mentioned that there are a few great keyboard shortcuts specific to Mail so you can essentially leave the touchscreen alone – and you’ll appreciate them for sure. If you travel a lot and despise having to take both your iPad and laptop, the Brydge+ may be the one killer device that will allow you to finally leave your laptop behind.

The speaker functionality however, is just not worth it unless you really want to sacrifice quality of sound for battery life. I’d recommend buying the standard, speakerless Brydge+ model and not the Brydge+ with speakers, which are otherwise identical.

People have landed some well-deserved criticism at the iPad before as being unable to replace a laptop; the Brydge+ keyboard equips your iPad to do just that, but is still held back by Apple limitations.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it – but get the standard model without speaker and save $10.

How do I win the Brydge+ keyboard?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

The Winner

Congratulations, Lyn Bosomworth! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before August 9 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 18. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. kenny pilkerton
    July 29, 2014 at 12:23 am

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  2. kenny pilkerton
    July 29, 2014 at 12:22 am

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  3. Morrison
    July 19, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Seems like a comprehensive device and review.

  4. Tina F
    July 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Like it Sounds nice. Great review

  5. Rachel Beltz
    July 19, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I love it honestly. My mother doesn't have a keyboard for her Ipad, and I think this would be the perfect solution!

  6. Antony Praveen
    July 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Its fine. Gives the mac look.

  7. Robyn Norris
    July 18, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I LOVE it! What a great way to merge iPad and keyboard. Yes, you did a great job!

  8. Kelley K
    July 18, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Sounds nice. Great review!

  9. djw
    July 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, very in-depth review as always

  10. Florian
    July 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I like the review and the keyboard looks nice.

  11. Jeevan R
    July 17, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Excellent and informative review as always :)

  12. Bill
    July 17, 2014 at 6:19 am

    it's ok

  13. Keith W
    July 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Good review of a great keyboard - just needs a mini version.

  14. Costel
    July 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Is a nice gadget.

  15. M. Rogers
    July 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    While it seems to have a lot of drawbacks, I'd love to have a keyboard for my iPad and would find work- arounds.

  16. Sam K
    July 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    thanks, the review is good.

  17. al
    July 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Good discussion. The Brydge Keyboard would be a great addition to my iPad!

  18. wayde marriott
    July 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Your review was informative. The keyboard looks better than most

  19. Varun
    July 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Sure it did.. and I hope to win !! Good luck everyone !!

  20. joel
    July 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I think that it looks like a pretty sweet set up! Would like to try it out myself.

  21. Sveta L
    July 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Hi:) I love d the review cause as usuall it's detailed and useful. And i actually didn't know that such keyboards exist. Now i know and i'm sure it's cool gadget. Thanks

  22. KAREN BERNARTE
    July 15, 2014 at 5:28 am

    This review makes me want the keyboard more! :D
    I need that for my iPad. <3

  23. Jeff
    July 15, 2014 at 2:03 am

    I think move the price at a later part of the article. But overall article was great, and the pictures tells it all. And oh, one more note, I like how you frankly tell about the negative side of the products it makes it more realistic.

  24. Donald Ajaps
    July 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Yes, it did. This keyboard should be a must-have for every hardcore iPad user!

  25. Joao
    July 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Great product with nice info in the review.

  26. Bártfay Meszike I
    July 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Looks good!! :)

    Thank you giveaway!

  27. orcan tiryakioglu
    July 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Looks good and solid

  28. Zak L
    July 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

    The Brydge keyboard seems pretty nice, and this review provided me with all the details I needed.

  29. G
    July 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Great review! So good I want one now :)

  30. Maricel
    July 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Great review! I would love to win this awesome device.

  31. ?????? ?
    July 14, 2014 at 3:12 am

    That's awesome!!!

  32. kristine domingo
    July 14, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Great Review and Brydge+ Keyboard is a must have gadget. Hoping to win

  33. Dhadha
    July 14, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the review!

  34. Jacques P
    July 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Very extensive review - Using a keyboard with the ipad is so usefull for writing....

  35. Nikolina V
    July 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    review is great, thank you!

  36. Emil
    July 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    This product is awesome and I want to have it. Thanks for the review, because of it, it made me decide wanting to have this.

  37. Jack
    July 13, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Great review, keyboard looks amazing!

  38. Alan Tong
    July 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Solid review with all the details I want about the Brydge+ keyboard. Thanks!

  39. Daniel G
    July 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Great review. Brydge+ Keyboard is awesome.

  40. Raymond C
    July 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    makeuseof always did a great job reviewing new techs. brydge and keyboard is just an awesome combination for a giveaway

  41. shady
    July 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    thx for the amazing preview

  42. Wael El Seliseli
    July 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Nice and slim

  43. Helena
    July 12, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Great product and riew!
    I just cross my fingers!

  44. Emilia N
    July 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for this review! Now I really want this keyboard :)

  45. Stoja Todoric
    July 12, 2014 at 7:14 am

    good presentation and review

  46. Mile Zec
    July 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

    review with lot of details

  47. calina
    July 12, 2014 at 6:58 am

    It does look pretty sturdy. I would very much make use of (pun intended) this for note taking at college.

  48. Rene Gatdula
    July 12, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Nice review..I want to own it..

  49. Myownkith
    July 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

    great review and i want it ;)

  50. Sigit
    July 12, 2014 at 3:21 am

    It's awesome product and good review about that.

  51. Daniel Ooi
    July 12, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Brydge's keyboard is a compliment accessories to iPad user. The review is useful and insightful.

  52. Kim M
    July 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I think the Bridge would be great for any ipad owner. Your review was well done.

  53. ffckyou12
    July 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Well, I think it's still not good enough.
    It can never replace computer yet.
    It's very informative. Thank you^^

  54. Bártfay Meszike Inke
    July 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you very much giveaway!

    Inke

    Hungary

  55. Mike
    July 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Good review. Covered the pluses and minuses. Clear, concise. Bottom line, nice keyboard, skip the speaker.

  56. Beh H
    July 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    It looks awesome! Greatly reviewed.

  57. Alex
    July 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I think I have no questions left about the Brydge.

  58. Maribel
    July 11, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Very useful, nice review!

  59. Gülbahar
    July 11, 2014 at 12:50 am

    It seems to be useful.

  60. Chris P
    July 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

    yes it did thanks for all the details great review

  61. Gökhan
    July 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

    It looks sweet.

  62. Paul T
    July 11, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Bridge Keyboard is for everyone - easy, smart and home early! :)

  63. Julian
    July 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    looks good! yes great review!

  64. Isaac C
    July 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Would love to try it with my iPad and the review is good. Thanks.

  65. Mike
    July 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I still prefer mechanical keyboards better

  66. Drew
    July 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    It's kind of like a poor-man's ASUS Transformer - no extra battery/USB/track pad. Still, it makes the iPad way more usable.

  67. Helen
    July 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    The Brydge looks awesome! My mum has an iPad and she thinks it's the best thing ever but she's just not used to touch screens at all so it's like reading another language trying to see what she's typed. If she had a Brydge she'd be faster and much more coherent! Great review!

  68. Simone
    July 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    It looks a good keyboard. Great review because I don't need other infos about this product.

  69. Jennifer B
    July 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Good product, great review!

  70. Ryan
    July 10, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Amazing review of the device. It makes it look like a macbook ! :)

  71. allen gagle
    July 10, 2014 at 6:31 am

    This looks very useful.

  72. Adly Asraf
    July 10, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Awesomely superb. Both product and your review. :)

  73. Youssef B
    July 10, 2014 at 3:39 am

    i like the design,great review

  74. Jasmin
    July 10, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Never had a laptop, having this keyboard on my iPad will be a great start for me. Would really be so awesome having one.

  75. Nik Aiman
    July 10, 2014 at 1:59 am

    i like it . it looks like comfortable

  76. Leoner G
    July 10, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I like it, and your review is great. Thanks.

  77. Rebecca Blain
    July 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I love editing and writing on my ipad, but not having a laptop interface for it can be a nightmare. I have a regular keyboard for it, but it doesn't hold the ipad, which is troublesome.... this is a great looking lappie system.

  78. Kantanon W
    July 10, 2014 at 12:14 am

    It looks good. I have a bluetooth keyboard for my Android devices. It would be nice to get one for my Ipad as well.

  79. wendy budrow
    July 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    The review was super informative and thorough. There's a lot to like about this product. I especially like that there are speakers and the keyboard looks sturdy.

  80. Peter H
    July 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I like it. I like the laptop look and the added speakers.

  81. kp
    July 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I got all the information I needed from the review. I really like the comparison with other products.

  82. l p
    July 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    looks great - very useful, especially the option to remove it when you know you won't need it. thanks

  83. Karla Sceviour
    July 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Great review,,it sounds perfect!

  84. Carol O
    July 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Really like the Brydeg+ Ipad keyboard. The review was very clear, knowing that I can use with my ipad 2 is a real bonus! This is a unit that I can really use!! Sorry about the spelling, it is 35* here yesterday, inside & out, no air conditioning ( Ouch ). Would love to win this prize!!

  85. nitin hassija
    July 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I like the keyboard and I think it will work well. The review did provide enough information..thanks.

  86. Alexey Petrov
    July 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I want to try this keyboard. Thank you for useful review, i think this keyboard looks great!

  87. Michelle K
    July 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I like it, I might have to get myself one

  88. Zinovia Obizuyk
    July 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I like the quantity of key options, great review!

  89. Boris
    July 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    It's awesome, very convenient! And the review is quite thorough, thankee guys!

  90. Dmitriy S
    July 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Great review! Useful thing ))

  91. Victor Obizuyk
    July 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This looks like a very high-quality keyboard. I love the speakers also. Very informative. Looks awesome!

  92. Mukola Obizuyk
    July 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I think that the keyboard looks great. I really like the idea of a hinged keyboard

  93. Leo Teal
    July 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Awesome review but im afraid what will happen if it falls

  94. David Smith
    July 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I like the keyboard and I believe it would work really well. I think the review did provide enough information to be helpful.

  95. Prabhdeep S
    July 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    The article is complete and honest!!! Couldn't ask or anything else about this keyboard!! Even the $10 saving tip is awesome!!!

  96. Carol O
    July 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Really like the Brydeg+ Ipad keyboard. The review was very clear, knowing that I can use with my ipad 2 is a real bonus! Thia is a unit that I can really use!!

  97. Eric
    July 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Nevermind, the video review did include the information about the hing strength

  98. Eric
    July 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I think that the keyboard looks great. I really like the idea of a hinged keyboard, but the review failed to mention how easy it was to position the iPad when using the keyboard. Will it move at a slight touch, or do you have to push it so hard that you worry that the hinges might bend?

  99. Darwin
    July 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Great review. This would be great for those on the go but don't want to carry a laptop.

  100. ClaudeM
    July 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The article is appealing, with as much detail as you'd like.

  101. Diana C
    July 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Always been my issue with the iPad, I need a keyboard! Sounds like this solves the problem. Great review; thank you!

  102. K
    July 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This looks amazing...my wife has been wanting a keyboard for her iPad and this looks perfect!

  103. lyman
    July 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    solid review and makes it work like a laptop without having to have an actual laptop

  104. Endracion
    July 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    It sure looks like a solid product - save the missing trackpad, but that's not their inherent fault, it's iOS'

  105. Matthew W
    July 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This review was posted just in time. I am in the market for a keyboard for my iPAD. Your review was very helpful in my decision.

  106. Shar
    July 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Great review~very informative and yes, you made me want one!

  107. Debra H
    July 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    This review was very interesting and informative. It has answered all my questions about this product, and taught me a lot.

  108. Catherine R.
    July 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Looks like a great thing for travelling and your review was wonderful.

  109. Serg
    July 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Nice addition for an iPad, great review.

  110. matthew Alaniz
    July 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    This is amazing. I would give this to my mom. She is always using Hey ipad

  111. Bill Fleet
    July 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Funny how the Brydge+ styling makes one think of (and compare to) a small MacBook Pro, and then start missing things like the trackpad and cursor.

    The next neat trick would be to give it a full-size keyboard like the old ThinkPad 701 from the 90s. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_ThinkPad_Butterfly_keyboard)

  112. Sanchay Pahalwani
    July 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    It's great
    And surely did

  113. Lucas Shimoda
    July 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Although my skepticisim against such kind of tablet+keyboard combination, this review made me reconsider this possibility as a most effective replacement to my actual heavy notebook. This decision can only be made with the aid of precise and concrete facts given in ths review - thanks!

  114. Gaurav Bhargava
    July 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    It was a great overview.

  115. Alexandru S
    July 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I don't own any Apple product but your review, as always, is top quality!

  116. Kendall B
    July 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Good review! I'd definitely consider buying one if I had an iPad. Great point about the lack of a trackpad though.

  117. abderrahmane benreguia
    July 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    kindof !!

  118. Stephen G.
    July 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    You did well with your review, covering all the important details. I'm particularly pleased that you described the lackluster built-in Bluetooth speaker honestly. I dislike reviews that mention only the good points of a product, leaving me to surmise the product's weak areas from what the review did not address.

    Based upon this review, the sans-speaker version of the Brydge+ keyboard seems to be a worthy choice. It may even be better than my existing iPad keyboard, but not to such a degree, I think, that I'll be rushing out to upgrade.

  119. Ted W
    July 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    like the hinge thingy

  120. ink man
    July 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Fantastic.
    Makes me want to get a newer iPad just to go with this

  121. Alessio A
    July 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Is great! would be perfect for my iPad. Become a macbook.

  122. Brian
    July 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Great review - this looks like a winner to me and, as I rarely use the speakers, the poorer quality is of no concern to me.

  123. Andrew R
    July 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Looks neat and useful

  124. Frank Mohnhaupt
    July 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Cool stuff !

  125. SH
    July 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Great review - thanks!

  126. Denis K
    July 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    looks good, quite original hinges

  127. Sandy Coulter
    July 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    If I had an ipad, I'd get one of these keyboards.

  128. David Huff
    July 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Wish you were giving away an iPad Air model, but it looks like a well-engineered and useful product...

  129. moorandro
    July 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    The review is great, but know I wish for one...

  130. alessandro
    July 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Nice report! nice and high-quality keyboard, I'd love the speakers also.

  131. Bjørnar B
    July 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    i like it

  132. Darlene Wright
    July 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Good review, I think it could be useful.

  133. Rebecca P
    July 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Your reviews are always on point! That's enough for me!

  134. Ron Ablang
    July 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The keyboard looks pretty cool and I think there are enough details given about it.

  135. Roger C
    July 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Good review of features, now I want one. (or two)

  136. Stephen Potter
    July 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

    The keyboard looks very well built, and fits the iPad's design perfectly

  137. Bártfay Meszike I
    July 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I say thank you for this the giveawy!

    Inke

    Hungary!

  138. Irma Tufek
    July 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Great review, especially the speaker part.I want this Brydge+ iPad :) :)

  139. Alexander K
    July 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I think it is very convenient

  140. Paul-kristjan A
    July 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

    The review is great, but I cannot be sure of Your rating until I try it myself. :)

  141. thiagu
    July 9, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Good enough review

  142. Patrick V
    July 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I think tis is one of the better keyboards I've seen for an iPad. Thanks for the information.

  143. Kimberly S
    July 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I have the Kensington keyfolio and it isn't ideal for lap use. This would be great for traveling. The review was very comprehensive, covered way more than I would expect from a keyboard review.

  144. Fran Mahy
    July 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    looks like you have it all covered......sounds like a great product as well thx

  145. hung nguyen ngoc
    July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Great Review, i love this

  146. Cristy Tom R
    July 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Great review, but I do not have a full size iPad I have the Mini.

  147. Nena Sinclair
    July 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

    The Brydge would make life so much easier! It would save me from having to pack so many devices when I travel, gotta love that!

  148. Ken H
    July 9, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Looks like a great product to use when you don't want to bring a laptop to get to work! Great review, especially the speaker part.

  149. Petra V.
    July 9, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I think it is a pretty smart innovation and I love the appearance as well. Great review too.

  150. Artis
    July 9, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Looks like a great review, as i have not used anything attached to ipad, i dont know what really you could have missed in this review.

  151. Cecilia Warrick
    July 9, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Sounds like an excellent product and one I could use! Great article...very informative.

  152. Nancy J Montgomery
    July 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Great review. Very thorough.

  153. Lorenzo
    July 9, 2014 at 6:37 am

    It seems a quite good keyboeard and the review was very complete.

  154. shelisa turner
    July 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I like it its something new unlike the ipad or tablet that everyone has

  155. Marko G.
    July 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I think its a good inovation

  156. Mai Tran
    July 9, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Your reviews are always excessive of information, which is good. I almost never have to google anything else. Thanks and keep up the good job! Brydge+ keyboard seems cool and useful, I'd love it.

  157. Prabhath K
    July 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Looks nice. As always, your review is Great.

  158. Vic L
    July 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

    The design is good and somewhat affordable...

  159. Airidas
    July 9, 2014 at 3:44 am

    This keyboard would be perfect for my studying, because this year i am going to college.

  160. Lawrence Wolfson
    July 9, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I liked the video review Pick me Pick me

  161. Aaron
    July 9, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Looks nice. As always, your review is verbose.

  162. Haley Q
    July 9, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Great review, after watching the video, I am positive that it works way better than the current keyboard that I have. Since I have to bring my ipad around to do my work, typing on my current keyboard or screen makes me wanna scream at my work sometimes.

  163. Dave Wells
    July 9, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I like it and the review recommends to get the standard model without speaker and save $10.

  164. Russa W
    July 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I hate touchscreen keyboards. This looks like it would be great!

  165. Varun
    July 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I think the review covered great details of the product. The Brydge+ keyboard allows you to utilize the full power of apps and become much more productive with your iPad.

  166. Bob J
    July 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Great review! I love the Brydge+ keyboard because it lets you truly use your iPad as a hybrid by giving you the feeling of a premium laptop.

  167. Amy
    July 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    The Brydge may tip me over into actually liking my ipad. I'm just not much of a touchscreen person...that stuff didn't exist when I started using computers...but then again the computers I started on took up an entire noisy room!

  168. Damian
    July 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Neat idea, especially if you are someone that needs to work on your lap. Honestly, I would just consider a Macbook Air if what I really needed was a laptop.

    • Joel
      July 8, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      If what you really need is an OS, not an iOS, the Air is it for portable.

  169. Dan D
    July 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    An external keyboard is a great idea for tablets but the price point is sort of high. I really don't see why there should be a premium for it when I could buy a PC keyboard just as good of quality for half the price even in a similar size.

    The review was excellent. I learned a lot more about the product and it gave me a good sense of what it was capable of doing.

  170. Marco
    July 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Good review! would really be useful

  171. Va D
    July 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    It sounds like a good investment if you plan to create more of a hybrid device with you ipad. The review was very informative and well written. It touched upon all the key points and gave personal experiences with it.

  172. Brian Kautz
    July 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I liked the original design better

  173. Andrew
    July 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    It sounds like the Brydge does what it's intended to do quite well. The review covered it quite well. I'm just not convinced that it makes sense to use the Brydge with an iPad, instead of just using a laptop.

  174. Amit Konstabler
    July 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Looks great!

  175. Stephen M
    July 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I'm always on the look-out for new accessories for my old iPad2, and this seems like it might definitely be worth checking into. Thanks for the info!

  176. Ernest M
    July 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    This sounds good, now if there was only a similar one for the ipad mini, which I have.

  177. Cheridene B
    July 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    It was a great review. I think it covered everything

  178. Renee D
    July 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    looks good, but would like to see more differentiation information from other keyboards on the market and also information about batterylife

  179. Hindie Becker Dershowitz
    July 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I was just diagnosed with tendinitis in my wrist and my doctor recommended using a keyboard with my iPad. This keyboard looks like it might help me.

  180. Sherron Lucile Ostrander
    July 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I would love more specific info on the battery and how quickly it charges. Also, exactly how thick and heavy is it? Is it truly a lot less weight to carry the ipad and keyboard than carrying the Macbook?

  181. Don Ebberts
    July 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I'm not sure if I entered the give away or not. I entered my name and e-mail but when it showed me that it was going to access all of my Facebook info, I cancelled. Does that just cancel the FB access or the whole thing?

  182. Victoria Ess
    July 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    It was a great review. I think it covered the pros and cons of the keyboard quite nicely. I definitely need one of these.

  183. Frederick Doe
    July 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I'd be curious to see how it compares to a rugged option like the New Trent Airbender.

  184. Hernán
    July 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Great review. Thanks.

  185. Gord
    July 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    As always a very detailed review, thank you.

  186. Cliff Katz
    July 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Good review. I want one

  187. Kaushik Medhi
    July 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Brydge keyboard is simply awesome, sturdy & a cool product. Excellent product review as well as it is very precise and catchy too.

  188. Catherine M
    July 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    The aged (senior citizens) hate typing on the screen. They will embrace this keyboard. Thanks for advising speaker issues.

  189. Thomas A
    July 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Review looks good. Hope it functions as reviewed.

  190. B. Lerner
    July 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The keyboard sounds fantastic -- a friend was just telling me she couldn't decide between a laptop & an iPad; I told her to get the laptop if she really wanted to do work. Now, she could do fine with theiPad & this keyboard. Your explanations were spot on! Thanks

  191. JWilson
    July 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Decent review, I would be curious to learn more about the battery life in general. Thanks!

  192. Greg
    July 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Perfect Keyboard/Cover. Looks great, very functional.

  193. seb duncan
    July 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Great Product. Good review. Want one.

  194. seb duncan
    July 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Great idea. Good review. Want one.

  195. DAN J
    July 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Unbias review, it does seem like a nice little keyboard.

  196. Laurel N
    July 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    nice review

  197. Roger
    July 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I was pleased to get a side by side listen to the speakers. I agree, they don't merit the extra expense.

  198. Rachel K
    July 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds like an awesome product. Your review is perfect, unbiased and concise as always!

  199. Suvadeep P
    July 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Yes...Perfect combination and completely portable. Excellent product.

  200. Dave J
    July 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I've been looking for a quality keyboard for my iPad. It would make using my personal device at work much more efficient.

  201. Thalia
    July 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This keyboard is just what I need for may iPad and your review is great!

  202. Rolo
    July 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome!

  203. Ryan W
    July 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    This might be the keyboard I've been looking for. I don't need speakers -- I need to type.

  204. Tate S
    July 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Awesome review, as usual~

  205. DanQ
    July 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    It looks great, I've been meaning to look into a decent keyboard for mine.

  206. Alfred Chan
    July 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    It is a good to have product and yes the review are great and save plenty of my time to do my own review instead. Thanks guys. :)

  207. Antonio R
    July 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    The product seems very nice. The review is very complete.

  208. Anthony
    July 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    It seems like a useful compromise - I doubt the typing experience will ever be as good as a standalone laptop, but it means I have the choice between just taking out my ipad and also taking along the keyboard - so carrying only what I need that day. Useful review.

  209. Sachiv
    July 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    still no wired keyboards for the ipad - for when you're on the plane?!

  210. Mike
    July 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This would be really cool to have, but if this is the main way you need to use your ipad you should have a laptop instead which comes with much more functionality.

  211. Scott H
    July 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Pairing the built-in speaker is a separate process, and it doesn’t automatically reconnect in order to save on battery life. Hold Control-B for a second or two turns on the speaker, letting you know with a 4-tone sequence, but continue holding for longer and you’ll enter pairing mode, indicated by a 2-tone sequence. Timing it just right is a little difficult until you get the knack of it – often I would turn off the speaker, only to find I’d actually entered pairing mode. very useful

  212. Haravind kumar
    July 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    It seems friendly while traveling... yes, its good review from you guys.

  213. Kishor B
    July 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Your review was great. It solves the problem of having to research iPad keyboards ourselves. :)

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