Today Apple news, My New iPad Keyboard Has a TRACKPAD!.
I have relatively large hands and thick fingers, which makes typing on many keyboards – laptops, flat desktop keyboards, and almost every iPad keyboard I’ve ever tested – slower and more difficult. And the iPad’s virtual onscreen keyboard is even worse. So when I discovered the Brydge keyboard for my 9.7 inch iPad Pro, it was love at first sight. When I wrote about it here in August 2018, I said it was “the most functional, usable, durable, and smart iPad keyboard I’ve tried.”
The bad news was that while my old keyboard still worked fine when my iPad Pro bit the dust, it didn’t fit properly on my new 10.2-inch 8th gen iPad.
Brydge 10.2 Max + Wireless Keyboard Case to the rescue!
The good news is that Brydge recently introduced a new keyboard for the 10.2-inch 7th and 8th generation iPads and it’s even better than the first in many ways. It’s called the Brydge 10.2 Max + Wireless Keyboard Box ($ 129 at www.brydge.com) and that’s everything I liked about my first Brydge keyboard and more.
Like my original Brydge keyboard, new model features include:
- A pair of super-functional hinges that provide an almost 180 ° reach for your iPad screen, making it easy to choose the perfect viewing angle for any situation.
- Backlit keys with three levels of brightness.
- Function keys for common iOS tasks like volume up or down, play / pause, next and previous track, screen brightness, etc.
- The best tactile response I’ve found on a compact keyboard so far, with longer key stroke than most and the perfect amount of “bounce” for me.
While I still can’t type as fast as I can on the giant Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (USB) on my desktop, Brydge’s keyboards allow me to type faster than any other iPad keyboard I’ve tested.
But wait, there is more!
The new Brydge 10.2 Max + not only includes everything I liked about the original keyboard, but it adds several new features that make me love it even more.
The biggest improvement is the multi-touch trackpad below the space bar. It’s a game-changer and it supports all the usual trackpad gestures including scrolling, swiping, tapping, swiping, pinching, and more. so you don’t have to take your hands off the keys or touch the screen.
It’s huge and a big productivity booster, at least for me.
Another huge improvement is the protective case. My first keyboard didn’t come with a case at all. If you chose to detach the keyboard, your iPad was bare. The new model comes with protection from Otterbox in the form of a plastic and silicone outer case that includes 4 foot drop protection, an Apple pencil holder (yes!) And an active antimicrobial ingredient, according to Brydge, “inhibits the growth of microorganisms”.
And that’s great value …
The Brydge 10.2 Max + Wireless Keyboard Case is better than my first Brydge keyboard in many ways. And, priced at just $ 129 (compared to $ 99 for the original), it’s great value considering Apple’s offering with a similar feature set (Magic Keyboard) starts at $ 299. and isn’t even compatible with my entry-level iPad (it’s only available for the more expensive iPad Air and iPad Pro).
If you want to type much faster on your iPad, I would recommend a Brydge keyboard without hesitation.