If you’ve ever been interested in looking at a Brydge Keyboard in person, you’re in luck.
I’ve been a big fan of the Brydge Keyboard since I got one for my 12.9″ iPad Pro earlier this year. However, they don’t come cheap at $169.99 retail. That’s a lot to take on faith when you are interested in testing the waters, but you aren’t totally convinced that a product is right for you. It worked out for me, but you can’t always count on that.
If this has put you off trying out a Brydge up until now, there is good news that you may be interested in. Two Brydge models for current-gen iPads will now be sold in Apple Stores. This will give many Apple fans the chance to their put hands on the product before parting with a healthy amount of cash to purchase one.
The two Brydge models that are being offered initially are for the 10.2″ iPad and the 10.5″ iPad Air. Both of these models come in Space Gray, Silver and Gold so you can color match your device and cost $129.95. That’s a solid deal that comes in $30 less than the inferior (in my humble opinion) Apple Smart Keyboard.
The interesting thing here isn’t what is available, but what isn’t. That would be the current Brydge Pro models for the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pros. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but I find that keyboard adoption and use with iPads tends to be higher among Pro users. That said, why would one or both companies omit these keyboards? It may have to do with the fact that Brydge is rumored to be bringing out an updated version of its iPad Pro keyboards with trackpads included.
Maybe that’s it and they are just waiting to offer the new models in stores. Maybe there is another reason, such as a soft product launch in stores with a wider rollout of models later on. There’s no way to know at the moment, but I have a feeling they will show up eventually.
What we do know is that Apple is now offering a better alternative to the Smart Keyboard with a more traditional keyboard feel in its stores. If you’ve been waiting to put your hands on a Brydge keyboard and take it for a test drive, now is a really good time.