Beyond looks, the Brydge is the most comfortable and fully featured keyboard designed for the iPad I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried them all, from Apple’s official keyboards to Apple approved solutions from Logitech and countless no name keyboards over the years.
When crafting long emails, or even this review, the Brydge felt just like using the keyboard on an older MacBook Pro, before this current scissor key generation. The keys felt a little cramped for the first few days on the 11 inch model, after being so used to the 13 inch layout of my laptop. If I was constantly switching between the two sizes, I would no doubt find myself making mistakes on each keyboard, because they feel so similar, but I stuck to using just an iPad for the last two weeks of this review period. Eventually, my hands corrected to the Brydge, and moving back to a MacBook was challenging.
The Brydge has a top row of function keys that include a home button, media controls, and brightness keys for the iPad and the keyboard’s backlight. This meant I was reaching for the iPad screen even less than usual, which made me wish the Brydge had a built in trackpad, as iPadOS will support one. One small issue; the thickness of the keyboard makes swiping on the home bar, something you do constantly in iOS these days, a little difficult.
Overall, I loved using the Brydge, but it’s not for me. If you want an iPad that looks and feels as much like a laptop as possible, the Brydge will accomplish that. But it will bring laptop weight to the device, which sort of defeats the purpose of the iPad.