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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 37 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replicates the feel of a MacBook

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    Ruff
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    DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free in exchange for my fair and honest review. I will start this review by saying that I am typing it on the Brydge keyboard itself. Brydge has done an excellent job replicating the look, feel, and quality of the MacBook experience with this aluminum Bluetooth keyboard for the 10.5” iPad Pro. The keyboard comes packaged neatly in a box with design cues from Apple, and opens easily along the side via a magnetic closure. Inside the box is the Brydge keyboard, Quick Start user manual, and charging cable (micro USB). Upon removing the keyboard from the box, you can instantly feel the quality of the material. It has an excellent weight to it, and the aluminum is anodized and textured nearly identically to that of a MacBook. For those who are used to the MacBook keyboard “chiclet” keys, your fingers will feel right at home typing on this keyboard. It feels spacious, and the travel of each key is excellent. I can type much faster on the Brydge keyboard than I can on other “smart” keyboards intended for the iPad Pro thanks to the feel. Some nice features include a backlit keyboard for easy typing in the dark, a battery indicator, and a row of function keys that perform various functions within iOS with a push of a button. The backlighting is bright and even, and includes four settings: low, medium, high, and off. The battery indicator is a button that you can hold down and the power button will flash a different color to indicate how much battery life is left. The function keys include play/pause, forward/backward, volume toggles, screen brightness toggles, a lock button, a home button, and a dedicated Siri button for easy one-touch access. All function buttons work well with iOS. The Bluetooth connectivity seems strong and reliable. I did have a bit of a difficult time getting the Brydge to pair when I initially took it out of the box...but after reading the Quick Start guide, I was able to get it connected in less than 30 seconds. The keyboard itself has some really great power saving features. It will automatically shut off the backlight, turn on sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity, or turn the keyboard (and iPad screen) off altogether when it is closed laptop style. The keyboard power resumes when the “lid” is opened again. I have only two critiques of this keyboard. The first would be that it lacks protection for the iPad itself, as you cannot use this hinge style device with any protective covers for the back side of the iPad. Secondly, it is a little bit imbalanced as far as weight goes, making it easier to drop the devices if holding them away from a flat surface. The keyboard has heft to it, but it is simply not as heavy as the iPad itself, which makes it slightly top-heavy. This is a non-issue however, as long as you are primarily using the device on a flat surface. Overall, this is an excellently crafted piece of equipment that fits the vein of Apple products well. In fact, two of my friends were shocked when they found out that this was not an Apple product. It is definitely of that quality, and it makes the perfect companion to the iPad Pro for those of you who want to use your tablet as a laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Turns iPad into a Mini Laptop... with Limitations

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    If you're looking to truly replace a traditional laptop with an iPad, the Brydge keyboard may be exactly what you've been hoping for. Other iPad keyboards are bulky and made from plastic. Even Apple's own keyboard sacrifices typing comfort in favor of asthetics. The Brydge keyboard offers an excellent typing experience and a beautiful design, but it comes with some sacrifices of its own. PROS: - The keyboard looks and feels like a natural extension of the iPad Pro. The space grey color is a perfect match. Proportions are perfect. The fit into the hinges is perfect. At first glance, it would be easy for someone to mistake the iPad/Brydge combo for a MacBook. - Great typing comfort. Compared to the Apple Smart Keyboard, the keys on the Brydge have much more travel and are nicely spaced out. After typing several long emails and notes over the past two days, I have no complaints about the Brydge as a keyboard alone. If you've ever typed on a MacBook Pro, you'll feel right at home. - I love the function keys on the top row of the keyboard. You can easily adjust display brightness, volume, keyboard backlight level, and more. - There are three levels of backlight brightness. It doesn't get overly bright, but it's certainly enough to work in a dark room. - The bottom of the keyboard has four rubber feet to keep your iPad in place as you type. - The hinges are very sturdy. You can choose any angle you prefer without worrying about the hinges moving or closing. The iPad fits snugly into the hinges and there is no way the iPad will come out of the hinges as you move it. CONS: - The hinges do not rotate past 180 degrees, so you are essentially forced to use your iPad in "laptop mode." With Apple's Smart Keyboard, you can simply flip the keyboard all the way around and use your iPad as a tablet. Not so with the Brydge -- if you want to use your iPad in portrait mode or use it one-handed, you'll have to remove the iPad from the keyboard. - The Brydge keyboard is heavy. It weighs just as much (if not more) than the iPad itself, so be prepared to double the weight of your iPad. - The back of your iPad will be left exposed when using the Brydge keyboard. You cannot use a back case as it will not fit in the hinges. Brydge has said that they are working on a custom back case to go along with this keyboard, so stay tuned. - In iOS 11, Apple introduced a new dock that allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and switch between apps. Unfortunately, the Brydge keyboard makes it impossible to access the dock using a swipe on the screen. The top of the keyboard blocks the very bottom of the iPad's screen where your finger needs to swipe to bring up the dock. The only way around this is to hit Option + Command + D on the keyboard, which will bring up the dock. If you want to bring up the Control Center view, you'll have to double-click the iPad's home button or the make-shift home button on the top-left of the keyboard. OVERALL: This is a superb keyboard for those who need to do serious typing on their iPad. If you're fine with sacrificing the "tablet" feel of the iPad, the Brydge keyboard will give you a mini laptop/MacBook. And of course, if you want to go back to the traditional iPad experience, just remove your iPad from the keyboard. If the majority of your iPad usage involves typing, then the sacrifices are well worth it -- this is the best iPad keyboard you're going to find.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convertible 10.5 iPad Keyboard Looks Like OEM!

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    INTRODUCTION: The Brydge 10.5 raises the bar for the very best Wireless Keyboard for the 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro that money can buy. This keyboard is built with high grade aluminum with choice of Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold precision finish that perfectly matches the 10.5" iPad Pro. The keys are super responsive to the touch & only travel 1.2 mm; the feel is crisp & precise. Stroke any key & the backlit keys instantly illuminate. You can even select 3 levels of illumination right from the keyboard! REVIEW: This keyboard contains 78 keys, so you have the Apple iOS specific keys, music player, volume up / down, Bluetooth, etc. on the top row. With the iPad Pro 10.5 installed to this keyboard, total thickness with it "closed" is only 1/2". A competitive wireless keyboard measures 1.1" thick in the same "closed" position. Set-up is very quick & simple: Insert the iPad into the rubber coated supports (they will not scratch or mar the iPad). Press the Power button for 3 seconds until the green light illuminates. Press the Bluetooth pair button for 3 seconds. The Power button flashes blue. Go to Settings / Bluetooth on the iPad. Select "Brydge 10.5". The power button stops flashing & becomes solid blue. All set! Battery life is the longest I have seen in a Wireless Keyboard. I charged it fully, which took 3 hours. Brydge claims if used 2 hrs / day, the battery will hold it's charge for 1 year! The only concern I have is the weight of adding a keyboard to a lightweight tablet. If you build a quality product using premium materials, such as high grade aluminum in this case, expect to add weight. The keyboard (not including the 1 ib. iPad Pro) measured 1 lb. 3 7/8 oz on a precision kitchen scale. The combined weight of 10.5" iPad Pro + Keyboard = 2 lb. 3 7/8 oz. By comparison, this is lighter & thinner than the 13.3" 2.96 lb, 0.7" thick MacBook Air. For times when you want to "go light", simply hold the keyboard securely on a solid surface & pull up on the iPad to remove it from the rubber coated clamps. It makes the iPad a "Convertible". Perfect!! Now you have the best of both worlds. CONCLUSION: This is a beautiful, fully equipped keyboard for the 10.5" iPad Pro. The best compliment I can give it is simply: the Brydge Wireless Keyboard does not look like an Aftermarket accessory to your iPad Pro. It honestly looks like OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)! Expect it to turn heads!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A quality backlit keyboard for the 10.5” iPad Pro

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    Full disclosure: I was given this product in exchange for a timely and unbiased review. I received the “Brydge Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Pro” yesterday and starting using it last night. I’m using it to type this review. Generally I have avoided iPad keyboards over the years. But this one looked interesting. The keyboard is amazingly similar to (though smaller than) Apple keyboards I have used in the past on my various iPad Air models. The base appears to be high quality aluminum. The keys have a nice feel and action. I was especially interested in the backlight feature, since I found that lacking on the Apple keyboard for the 12” iPad Pro. There are three levels of backlighting which allows for various conditions. It looks so similar, I find myself reaching for the trackpad in the middle and discovering that I’m not on my Mac. I read a review of a prior generation of this keyboard which indicated the keyboard had scratched the iPad where it attaches to the keyboard. This model has rubber on both sides of the channel into which the iPad is inserted. The iPad fits nice and snug and I think the rubber will protect the iPad finish very well. There are also so small rubber bumpers on the wrist side of the keyboard to protect both halves from direct contact when closed. I’m not worried about damage at all. I really like having Cmd-C and Cmd-V, etc. keystrokes available to me on my iPad. I always miss those keyboard shortcuts when using my iPads. Since the keyboard is made out of aluminum, it is fairly heavy. I would say it is about the same weight as the my 10.5” iPad Pro, so it doubles the weight. When closed, it more or less appears that I have two iPads facing each other. The fit and finish is excellent. I can wake up the iPad by pressing a key on the keyboard. A second press will pop up the passcode screen. I can then enter my passcode on the keyboard which I find very handy. I have noticed that there are some instances where the key press doesn’t seem to result in the keystroke. At first I thought it could be that I just haven’t used this keyboard quite enough to get accustomed to the action. Since my fingers are trained to run my 2016 MacBook Pro, the action is slightly firmer and less forgiving than my MacBook Pro keyboard. However, after using the keyboard for a while, there are definitely times when I press a key and the keystroke has no effect. I assume this is a software issue, but I don’t know that, of course. Until the keystroke issue is fixed, I would not recommend this to friends. I still give the overall design 4 stars for quality but the keyboard needs to type more consistently. I know iOS 11 has some problems with Bluetooth and this issue could conceivably be related to that Bluetooth problem. Once that is fixed I’d give this 5 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, Ok performance

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    I’ve had this keyboard for about a day and there are some things I like and some things I wish would have been included with it. First, i’ll discuss the likes. The quality of construction is incredible. It matches my iPad perfectly as you can see from the pictures. It’s solidly built and adds a little bit of weight to my iPad, but nothing unbearable. It attaches easily and is very sturdy. Ive never worried about my iPad slipping out of the clips. With my iPad attached, I can adjust the screen in multiple angles, including laying it flat on the desk if I choose. The keyboard itself has a dedicated button for summoning Siri, which is cool and has worked 100% of the time for me. There is also a home button that will return you to your home screen with one press and then pull up control center with two presses. You can adjust both volume and brightness and lock your iPad via the keyboard also. The most difficult thing I have to teach myself when using this keyboard is to remember there is no mouse pad beneath it. Each time I start typing and want to transition to something else, I find myself running my finger over the desktop or bottom of the keyboard in search of the mouse pad. I wish that wa the only negative I could say about this keyboard but it isnt. First and foremost when you buy a keyboard like this, you want the typing aspect of it to work well. I will say I spent as much time hitting the delete button to correct my typos as I did typing. Somehow typing on this was much easier using the “hunt and peck” method as opposed to the standard method of placing your fingers on the “a,s,d,f and j,k,;, buttons. I found I made far less mistakes that way. There is a slight lag when typing sometimes, but it is by no means consistent. I type pretty fast and found myself having to double tap keys because the letter I typed wasn’t recognized. I also had problems getting the keyboard to reconnect after turning my iPad off or closing it. Several times I had to delete the keyboard from my devices and re-pair it. I would have preferred this use Apple’s Smart Connection, which would have also solved the problem of me having to carry another cable to recharge it. I also would have liked to have a place to store my Apple Pencil. I realize this may not be an issue for some, but for me I use my pencil for a multitude of things and would have liked to be able to store it onboard somewhere. Not a deal breaker, but definitely a preference. In fairness, I’m not sure if there are any keyboard cases on the market that will store the pencil. The last complaint I have is also more of a preference. I seldom, meaning never, carry any of my devices “naked.” I wish the clips on the keyboard would expand enough to allow me to put a slim case on it so I can avoid scratches. I normally toss my tablet in a backpack or briefcase along with other items and both my tablet and keyboard would scratched up pretty badly in under a couple of days. All in all, the appearance of this keyboard make it a plus for anyone who cares how their accessories compliment their devices. It is a solid keyboard with some extra features like dedicated Siri, Lock and Home/Control Center buttons, and adjustable brightness. It definitely adds a little weight to the iPad, but its not unbearable. I would probably check around and compare some offerings from Logitech before I bought this one, but its a decent keyboard overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Elegant and Exceptional Complement to the iPAD

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    The build quality is quite nice feeling like a solid/cast aluminum. It more closely matches a MacBook, yet is still complementary to the iPAD’s finish. There are black rubber pads, feet and gaskets used to protect the finish of the keyboard and your iPAD. However this is a keyboard only. It protects your screen when closed but doesn’t protect the back of your iPAD. If you’re one of those amazing people who never drops their tablet, nor shove it into your bag, the Brydge is an elegant solution that spares you some thickness and weight. The backlit black keys are recessed a la the MacBook and are of a nice size and feel ever so slightly concave. I’m not sure if they are of if they “give” just a bit in the center when pressed. The travel is less than some other brands, but ok. The backlighting is controlled by a dedicated key offering “off” plus three levels of intensity. There’s a 6th row of dedicated half-size keys for things such as volume control, screen brightness, media control, etc. There is also a dedicated battery status key (the color changing Green/Yellow/Red LED is on the Power key). The Power key light is also used to indicate power and and Bluetooth sync status. My favorite key is the one dedicated to accessing the Home Screen and Control Center. It’s more convenient than pressing the home button on the iPAD. After working with the Brydge for a while, it struck my that the clamp like hinge should be able to accommodate other recent iPADs. Sure enough, I was able to use my old Air2. It’s just slightly smaller than the keyboard, but the screen contacts the protective bumpers just fine. It’s a good thing if you share the keyboard with someone (maybe you decide to give the kids your old iPAD, but don’t want to buy them a full-time keyboard). Of course, you can’t slide your computer or iphone into the clamps, but because the connection is Bluetooth, you can use the Brydge with your phone, laptop or desktop computer. My only gripe is a small one, the bumper on the outside of the hinge doesn’t cover enough of it for the range of travel. You get a little metal-to-table contact that may not do any favors for either product. Otherwise, the Brydge keyboard is attractive, exceptionally functional complement to your new (or old!) iPAD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great if you want or need a keyboard

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    Let's face it, you bought a tablet because you wanted one. Then like other electronics, a keyboard just makes some things easier. So first off the Brydge 10.5 is a wonderful device. Obviously it's made for the 10.5 ipad pro and if you didn't know it, you'd think it was an Apple product. The aluminum body looks great, but it doesn't cover the back of the ipad, which is a minus for me. I like to keep my stuff protected if possible. The Brydge keyboard is nice and slim, but if it's too thick for you, then you should go without or buy the Apple smart keyboard. I like the backlit keys and you can adjust the light to 3 levels. Next the hinges. I read a few reviews, most of them the 12.9 ipad and people complained about not being able to tilt the screen back really far without the unit becoming unstable. I didn't seem to have that issue, maybe I like my screen closer to 90 degrees but I tried a few spots and the hinges seemed good and the unit didn't try and fall backwards. I'd say making the ipad pro act like a macbook with the Brydge keyboard works. I also read that typing on this keyboard was the best, but I didn't find that to be true. I admit, I'm pretty fussy when it comes to typing. I'm old school and type about 45wpm and I have trouble with a lot of keyboards, this one included. It's just a bit cramped for this old dudes fingers. I will say that it's probably the best tablet keyboard typing experience I've had to date. One bummer is the missing smart connector. You connect via bluetooth. Once the two are paired, the keyboard will power up when the unit is opened. The keyboard does power down after non use of 20 minutes and that's a plus. Nothing worse than forgetting to turn it off and when you go to use it, it needs a charge. To wrap it up, if you want to have a keyboard for the ipad pro and you can live with bluetooth connection over the smart connector, I'd go with the Brydge. The backlit keys and the macbook feel is more functional. Also IMO, typing on the Brydge is better than the Apple smart keyboard. Otherwise go without a keyboard and use the tablet as a tablet...but what fun is that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, solid keyboard for the iPad Pro 10.5

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    This is the second Brydge Keyboard that I own ( the first one was for a Surface Pro 4) and this one does not dissappoint. I liked the keyboard for the Surface but did not see the advantage over the Type keyboard. Not the case here, this is a great keyboard for the Ipad Pro 10.5. The keyboard is specifically designed for iOS on the Ipad and has some well thought features that I really like. Like my first Brydge keyboard, this feels like an Apple product. Sleek all aluminum, well machined and solid. Let’s start with the pros , features and benefits - The keyboard has the CMD ( command) function key. You hold it down to bring up a menu of available commands that is app dependent. I found it particulary useful when using Safari. One note, if you press the CMD key and it does not do anything, there is nothing wrong. Remember it is app dependent - the commands will vary according to the app and some have no available commands. The top row of keys is for the backlight controls, brightness, bluetooth, volume , battery level key and lock. All nice features. I partculary liked the brightness control right at your finger tips rather than going to the settings. One problem, most of the keys stopped working mid use of the keyboard. I am not sure if something I did caused this ( I did hold the option/alt key prior) but I had to shut off the keyboard and turn it back on and everything worked again. I was not able to replicate the issue. Dedicated Siri key. Hit it and Siri comes up. Sweet. Close the keyboard and the Ipad goes to sleep. Open it and wakes. As I indicated, this is a very solid product with a good weight to it ( it feels a little over a pound.) Do not be dissuaded by the weight, you need some heft to it for it to be stable. Only adds about 1/2 inch to the Ipad. Key board has good tactile feedback. Keys are small, the keyboard does have a about 3/8 space on each side and enough space above and below for Brydge to enlarge the key size if they want to redesign. It is not too small and you are limited to the size of Ipad Pro 10.5 so I can understand the size for the most part. . Good snug fit of Ipad Pro. Brydge has nailed this design on their products. Just slid the iPad right onto the keyboard. Just top notch. Hinge mechanism is tight and very well built. Opens up flat if you want. Cons and what could make it better Cons - Why does Brydge not put a battery in the keyboard to add capacity?It is easily feasible with the charge port on the side of the Ipad Pro. Also, you could add a bluetooth SSD hd or even a SD card slot to expand memory. Perhaps in the next version. The price point is high for what you are getting ( approximately $130.) Brydge should have one of the two features I mention above at that price. Overall, I recommend this product and give it 4 out 5 stars. If they reduced the price 20% or offered the extended battery life and storage expansion, Brydge would truly have an unbeatabe product. But if you want the highest quality keyboard that is rock solid, look no further than Brydge.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Keyboard, Solid Feel

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    The Brydge bluetooth keyboard is a good looking compact keyboard for the IPad pro. It is designed for the 10.5" model though it should work well enough with the 12.9", though in that case, the tablet will be wider than the keyboard and you'd lose a bit of screen to the mounting handles. After a slight acclimatization to the size, typing is breeze. Aside from the normal QWERTY, you also get a decent number of useful function keys. This is a definitely a keyboard for Ipad power warriors! The first thing you notice when typing is that the spacing is a bit tight, but to be fair, that's to be expected with a compact keyboard. Despite that compactness and my large hands, I had no problems getting acclimated to the keyboard and typing without errors, though at a slightly reduced typing speed .Connecting over bluetooth was a simple affair with a button on the keyboard dedicated for that purpose. That's a lot nicer than many other devices without a screen where bluetooth pairing requires holding some magic pair of buttons after some power up sequence to get it into pairing mode. The buttons are backlit which is nice when working in low light environments. The power button has it's own separate LED that glows green when the keyboard is first turned on and flashes red when turned off. The green is a nice touch, harking back to the behavior of previous Apple keyboards. It's a small detail that lends a certain gravitas to the keyboard that together with the design, makes you feel like you're using a first class IPad accessory. The keyboard has enough weight to maintain balance on your lap with the IPad attached. You'd still want to pay attention to the angle at which you set the tablet, but it still makes a much sturdier base than other alternatives. Battery life is decent and likely the source of the balance of the keyboard itself. While this keyboard serves pretty well as a stand, it is not a protective case for the IPad and that's the major way in which it fails. For a portable tablet, the keyboard needs to be able to fold away neatly with the tablet for travel. That's just not the case here. I struggled here with the star rating - the keyboard is great so long as you mainly intend to use it in one location. If you do a lot of traveling with the IPad, you'd likely be better served by one that doubles as protection. In the end, I went with 4 starts - but caveat emptor, if your IPad pro use is less office and more on-the-go, you may want to look at alternatives before making a final decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Why did we wait so long?

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    Brydge Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Pro - I’m trying to recall any electronic device I’ve owned that took 90 seconds to get operating. Take the Bridge keyboard out of the box, and slip the iPad Pro (there are several other versions for different models) under the clips. Press the BlueTooth key, upper right of Keyboard. Open iPad SETTINGS, see BRYDGE pairing request, select, and you’re paired. It took longer to write this paragraph. This is a premium, aluminum, solid, rugged keypad loaded with features and specialty keys. The top row of keys place you right into MacBook Pro land. The control panel items are all laid out, all the time. Plus, you now have backlit keys (on/off), the HOME button, battery key, and keyboard power. The rest of the keyboard is nicely weighted, the keys feel great. Hinging of the attached iPad is secure, staying in place at any angle. There’s even a SIRI button, lower left. It all works like it was designed at the same time. My wife found herself accessing features of her iPad that seemed awkward before. And, the iPad is comfortable sitting in a lap with its keyboard/stand. Cool. All very cool. Not sure why we waited to add a keyboard to our iPads.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice keyoard that turns your iPad into laptop

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    I just received this keyboard today. It was well packaged, and I had it attached and paired to my 10.5" iPad Pro in fewer that 5 minutes. I simply followed the included instructions, which were clear and concise. if you'd like to be able to leave your laptop at home and travel with a keyboard that has a great build quality and good feel, give this one a try. The keys have a good feel, and it responds to input exactly as you'd expect. Pros: -Build quality is excellent -Holds iPad very securely -Key feel is excellent. -Easy pairing and setup. -Easy charging and great features -Has keys to adjust brightness, volume, and turn backlighting on/off/adjust level (3 backlight levels). -The hinge design is excellent. They hold the iPad securely and have smooth action. -Closing iPad to keyboard places both iPad and keyboard in sleep mode, and opening wakes both. Cons: -None that aren't due to space available in 10.5" iPad Pro footprint or high build quality. -Keyboard is heavy, this is function of the build quality. This thing is machined out of a solid chunk of aluminum just like a MacBook Pro. -Keys are just a little small, but they used all the space available, so they couldn't be any bigger. -It clamps to the edge of the iPad with C-shaped hinges that are awesome, but which will prevent the use of a case to protect your iPad. At first glance I am very impressed. As I use the keyboard, I will update my review, but as it stands, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a friend or family member.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

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    Brydge's iPad Pro keyboards feel very durable, and perfectly match the iPad Pro finish. The fit and finish of this keyboard really feels like an Apple-made accessory. The weight balances out the iPad perfectly, and it felt stable and solid to type on. The rubber-lined hinges won't mar the iPad, and it's as easy to put the iPad in as it is to take it back out. The keyboard has all the iPad-native shortcuts keys you'd expect. Of course, it has some downsides - but no more than any other tablet keyboard. The keyboard is space-constrained by the iPad's size, and uses it well, but it's not full-size layout and takes some adjustment. Some of the keys (mostly larger, non-letter keys) also seem to require being hit at just the right angle and with enough force. I got used to this (or maybe the key mechanisms became more "broken-in") but I still have a missed keystroke or two every so often. It does not support rear cases/shells for the iPad, so you may need to find a slip-style case that accommodates both if you're worried about scratching the back. The new "swipe-from-bottom" gesture to access the dock on iOS 11 is a bit harder to perform, though I found the dedicated "home" key (where Esc traditionally would be) to be just as effective to use. One notable aspect is that it uses a Bluetooth connection rather than taking advantage of the iPad Pro accessory connector. The Bluetooth works fine, but it would have been amazing if the iPad and keyboard could share battery life (and charge together). If Brydge finds a way to make a "wired" version for the accessory connector, it would be a standout feature. For all these minor complaints though, I think the superb quality and overall design still makes this a perfect companion for the iPad Pro 10.5 for anyone that expects to spend a significant amount of time entering text.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Designed Companion For The iPad Pro 10.5

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    This Brydge 10.5 is a bluetooth keyboard and adjustable easel for the iPad Pro 10.5. The iPad attaches to the keyboard easily with a pair of clips that cradle it - they allow you to adjust the viewing angle of your iPad - basically the pair generates an iPad laptop. As a bluetooth keyboard, the Brydge will pair with any bluetooth device - but its dimensions mirror the exact profile of the new iPad Pro (older iPads are thicker and have a larger circumference) - so don't expect it to be compatible with older models - this was designed specifically for the iPad Pro 10.5 tablet. The keyboard functions beautifully - the keys are a little close together but they are feel comfortable - I can type unconsciously and without error. Pairing is straightforward (as it should be). The hinges on the clips feel strong and move smoothly - they don't feel like a point of eventual failure for the unit. Of course the keyboard is heavier than its intended iPad - otherwise the devices would be unstable. As bluetooth keyboards go, the Brydge 10.5 is best in show as long as you know that it is designed to pair with a specific device - the iPad Pro 10.5. In terms of design and ease of use I don't think it can be beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Product!!

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    Today there are many keyboards on the market for tablets, but after using this keyboard I can confidently say that Brydge keyboards stand far and above it`s competitors. Firstly, the aesthetic appeal and build quality are exceptional and definitely are what set this keyboard apart from others out there. The material matches that of the iPad Pro perfectly and the keyboard seems as though it is a direct extension of the iPad itself. I`ve used numerous Apple products and their associated accessories over the years and I really can`t stress enough how great the build quality of this keyboard is and it definitely matches the high standards that Apple stresses in their own products. The asthetics are not the only facet that is exceptional with this product as the usability is just as great. While using this keyboard it makes the tablet feel like a miniature version of my MacBook and I now find myself reaching for my iPad more now with this keyboard. The shortcuts and usability keys at the top of the keyboard have proved extremely beneficial and they are another facet that set this keyboard apart from others for me. Overall, I really could not recommend any other keyboard for the iPad or any of their other iterations for other tablets. I just can`t stress enough how great of a product this truly is and though at first the price did seem extreme, but it is definitely worth it and I would not hesitate purchasing this product. This product so closely mimics that of a MacBook that it seems as though I now also have a 10.5 inch MacBook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice design but it falls short

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    Andy
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    I recently received the Brydge 10.5” wireless keyboard. Below are my thoughts. Design: Keyboard is well deigned and has a nice stainless steel finish. The feel of the keys are smooth and easy to press. The keyboard has convenient shortcut keys at the top that work very well. Set up: The keyboard connects to your iPad using Bluetooth and it took seconds for the iPad to find the keyboard and connect. Connecting the keyboard to the iPad using the 90 degree hinges took a few seconds and it’s securely fit to the iPad. I don’t personally like the way it connects to the iPad..but it works pretty well. I like the magnetic connection that the Apple keyboard utilizes. Use: I’m currently writing this review on the keyboard and the Bluetooth connection to the iPad is lagging. Not every key I’m pressing is being picked up by the iPad and it’s very frustrating. It’s taking much longer because I have to retype certain words. I never have that problem with the Apple keyboard. Overall the keyboard has a nice design but in my opinion it falls short because of the Bluetooth problems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for typing but not if you use your iPad iOS

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    giper54
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    If you use your iPad for word, excel or your primary function is to type, then I would buy this keyboard. I like the travel on the keyboard, it is a nice distance to press down. The keys do not always work and if I type as fast as I do on an Apple keyboard, the keys do not always register. It is not as accurate as a regular keyboard. There are some great short cuts. When you hit the command button and wait for a second, all of the command short cuts appear on the screen for the various apps you are using. You can control brightness, volume, music a key to go back to the home screen. Lots of things to make your typing experience easier and faster. If you primarily use your iPad as a tablet, you swipe on the screen to navigate on the iPad, you love the gestures of iOS 11 and you want to protect the back of the iPad do not buy this. When the keyboard and the iPad line up, it make it very difficult to swipe from the bottom to access your dock and to switch between apps. The keyboard does not swivel all the way back so if you want to view the iPad in Portrait mode the keyboard now makes the iPad twice as wide. As for protection, the keyboard protects the screen well when closed but I had a hard time connecting it to the iPad with the glass screen protector I had on my iPad. I carry my iPad in a front and back cover and when I attach the keyboard, I have to take the case off and now the back of my iPad is not protected.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh my goodness BUY THIS NOW!

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    mrjlwilliams
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    This is by far one of the best keyboards I have used with my iPad Pro 10.5. It turns it in to a MacBook basically. Giving you all the functionally of the MacBook keyboard. I have a 2017 edition 5k iMac, and this keyboard feels better than that. When I travel, this will be in my bag now, and will really help on flights. It super strong, and feels very premium. The keyboard has GREAT travel and feedback, and will make you think twice about buying any other keyboards one you have this one. The hinge on this keyboard is super strong, and goes all the way flat when using if you want. It has all the commands on a regular Mac keyboard, so trust me...you will not be disappointed. Also, battery can last up to a YEAR on a single charge! WOW. Hurry up and get his one...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard for your Ipad!

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    couponkingofjax
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    I am really impressed with the Brydge line of keyboards for my Ipad Pro. This device far exceeded my expectations of a bluetooth keyboard. I've had experience with them in the past and they are sub par at best with slow response time and flimsy design. I also am not a fan of the keyboards apple has put out because they don't provide enough protection for your ipad.. The brydge feels solid. Almost like the Ipad was made to be a laptop. The bluetooth connects instantly and the keyboard feels solid and responsive and lag free. It closes well so the ipad doesn't feel like it will be scratched and makes traveling with the two of them together a breeze. All in all I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a bluetooth keyboard for the Ipad pro that is reliable and sturdy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent keyboard - with a minor issue.

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    JimS
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    This keyboard is very rugged and inflexible - which is a good thing. It is easy to attach and detach from the iPad, and stays there when attached. It looks nice opened or closed. It was very simple to connect the keyboard to my iPad using Bluetooth. The key spacing is OK, about the best they could do considering the overall size of the keyboard. The battery life appears to be fine, as I have yet to run the battery out The keys have a nice feel to them. There are many extra keys that control music, volume, brightness, a lock button, and a Home button. There is also one for checking the battery level which Ineverfiguredout how it worked. No problem, just activate the Battery widget on the Search screen. Now to the minor issue. Occasionally, when a key is pressed, it won’t actually be typed. It happens maybe once a paragraph or so, and it is often caught by auto-correct, but it is a little annoying. It is still way more accurate and faster than using the built-in keyboard. Overall, I would like the keyboard very much and would buy it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro Keyboard

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    dlowen
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    I was a little skeptical of this keyboard at first because I had never heard of the brand before. However I was very surprised by how well built an sturdy it really is. The color an aluminum finish match the iPad perfectly. Out of the box it was pretty simple to set up. The one thing I love about it when compared to many other keyboards is that it makes the iPad feel just like the laptop. It opens and closes just like one and allows for use on your lap just a it should. The key travel is decent. I does feel a little cramped but is very easy to type on regardless. My two complaints are that it does not allow you to put a case on the back of the iPad or protection. The way it attaches to the iPad leaves little room for even a glass screen protector. My second complaint is that right after I took it out of the box and typed on it for a couple minutes the “delete” key stopped working properly. It is squeezing and only registers a press sometimes. I am not sure if the rest of the keys will start to do this or not at this time. 

    I would recommend this to a friend