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Brydge Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 18, 2020 at 08:30 am
Brydge Pro Picture
6.9
Mixed usage
6.6
Gaming
7.9
Mobile/Tablet
7.7
Office
5.9
Programming
Connectivity Wireless
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
No

The Brydge Pro is a mobile keyboard designed to be used with a third or fourth-generation iPad Pro, and it's available in either an 11 inch or 12.9 inch size. It comes with a cover for the back of your iPad, while the keyboard itself protects the screen. It's really well-built with an aluminum frame and it has white backlighting, which is ideal for use in dark environments. The typing experience is good because the keys have a low travel distance and are light to press, and the low profile makes it comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. Sadly, it's not a very versatile keyboard as it doesn't have any macro-programmable keys and it's only fully compatible with iPadOS. On the upside, it has a few extra buttons that help with your workflow, including dedicated media keys, a voice control button, and a screen brightness button.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed usage

The Brydge Pro is an alright overall keyboard. It's mainly designed to be a mobile keyboard and it's a very good choice to use on-the-go. It offers a light typing experience, it's well-built, and it has white backlighting. Besides that, it's not a versatile keyboard for gaming or programming as you can't set macros to any key.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • White backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No incline settings.
  • Doesn't have multi-device pairing.
6.6 Gaming

The Brydge Pro isn't designed for gaming. It still offers an okay gaming performance because the keys have a low pre-travel distance and there's white backlighting.

Pros
  • White backlighting.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No incline settings.
7.9 Mobile/Tablet

The Brydge Pro is very good for mobile use. It connects to any device via Bluetooth and most keys work on common mobile operating systems. Sadly, it doesn't support multi-device pairing. It's a compact, well-built keyboard that has white backlighting, great to use in dark environments.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't have multi-device pairing.
7.7 Office

The Brydge Pro is good for office use. It has a good typing quality because the keys have a low pre-travel distance and are light to press. It doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics, but because it's a low-profile keyboard, it doesn't get tiring typing on the keyboard.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No incline settings.
5.9 Programming

Disappointing for programming. The Brydge Pro keyboard connects to any device via Bluetooth, but it doesn't support multi-device pairing. It offers a good typing experience that doesn't get tiring as the keys feel light to press. Sadly, it doesn't have any macro-programmable keys and it isn't compatible with Linux.

Pros
  • Good typing quality.
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No macro-programmable keys.
  • No incline settings.
  • 6.9 Mixed usage
  • 6.6 Gaming
  • 7.9 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.7 Office
  • 5.9 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Width 11.1" (28.1 cm)
Depth 8.6" (21.8 cm)
Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

This is a compact keyboard that's a bit heavier than some other mobile keyboards we've tested, such as the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen, but this shouldn't be a problem for most people. It's roughly the same size as a third and fourth-generation 12.9 inch iPad Pro, and there's also a variant for the 11 inch iPad Pro.

The keyboard's height with the hinges is 0.68" (1.73 cm).

8.5
Design
Build Quality

Excellent build quality. The keyboard has an aluminum frame and it looks very much like the keyboard on a MacBook. The ABS keycaps feel nice and don't give off a cheap feel. There are also rubber feet underneath the keyboard that help prevent it from slipping while typing.

Note: We read reports of people experiencing issues with the rubber inside the metal hinges wearing out over time, which scratches the iPad screen. We don't test for long-term durability and the hinges on our unit don't feel like they would scratch an iPad screen. If you have this keyboard and experience this issue, let us know in the discussions.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
0
Wrist Rest No

Decent ergonomics. This is a flat keyboard with a low profile, which makes it comfortable to type on without a wrist rest. When you place an iPad in the hinges, the hinges raise and create a bit of an incline.

6.3
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
No

This keyboard has white backlighting with three different brightness levels, which you can change with the brightness key on top, much like the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Charge Only)
Length 1.8 ft (0.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

This keyboard comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable to charge it.

7.5
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable

The keyboard can connect with one device at a time via Bluetooth. The manufacturer advertises a 12-month battery life, but this isn't something we test.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Dedicated
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
No

The keyboard has a few extra features to improve the user experience. It has a brightness key that allows you to adjust the backlight's brightness level and there's a screen brightness button too. It also has dedicated media keys, a voice control button you can use for Siri, and an 'On-Screen' keyboard button that displays the keyboard on the screen. Also, when you press and hold the battery button, it indicates how much battery life is left. Green means 50-100% battery left, yellow is 25-49%, and red is below 25%.

Design
In The Box

  • 12.9 inch Brydge Pro keyboard
  • Cover
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • Sticker
  • Manual

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Rubber Dome
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
39.5 gf
Pre-Travel
1.18 mm
Total Travel
1.60 mm

The keyboard uses chiclet-style keys with rubber dome switches. Like the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad, the keys have a very short pre-travel distance and are light to press. There's some tactile feedback, as it has a very noticeable bump before the actuation point.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Good typing quality. The keys and the spacing between them are fairly big for a mobile keyboard and it feels less cramped than most others. It doesn't offer the most comfortable typing experience, but it doesn't get tiring either. Compared to the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad, the entire keyboard is placed higher up, which leaves more space to rest your wrists on top of the keyboard instead of hanging off the edges, somewhat like the keyboard on a MacBook. Overall, if you're a fan of the typing experience on a MacBook, you should enjoy this because it feels so similar.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Very Quiet

The keyboard is very quiet and shouldn't bother those around you.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

There's no dedicated software for customization.

6.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Partial
macOS Partial
Linux No
Android Partial
iOS Partial
iPadOS Full

Being a keyboard designed for use with an iPad, it's only fully compatible with iPadOS. On iOS, the only key that doesn't work is the 'On-Screen' button. The voice control, 'On-Screen', and lock screen keys don't work on macOS or Windows. The screen brightness key doesn't work on a Windows PC or Mac Mini but it works on a Mac computer, so your experience may vary. Every key works on Android except for the 'On-Screen' key, and the voice control opens Google Assistant or Bixby on a Samsung phone.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 12.9 inch Brydge Pro keyboard in silver, and it's also available in space gray. This is designed for the third and fourth-generation 12.9 inch iPad Pro, and the keyboard is also available in an 11 inch size. Also, you can get the keyboard with a trackpad, known as the Brydge Pro Plus, and the different variants are listed below.

Name Size Color Trackpad
Brydge Pro 11.0" Silver, Space Gray No
Brydge Pro 12.9" Silver, Space Gray No
Brydge Pro Plus 11.0" Space Gray  Yes
Brydge Pro Plus 12.9" Space Gray  Yes

If someone comes across a different type of keyboard or if yours doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review.

Compared to other keyboards

The Brydge Pro 12.9 inch keyboard is a very good mobile keyboard that offers a much better typing experience than other keyboards designed for use with iPads, such as the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. It also has white backlighting, which is a nice touch. However, if you want a lighter, more versatile keyboard that you can use with your mobile devices, there are better options, such as the Logitech K380. Also see our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPad, the best keyboards for Mac, and the best cheap keyboards.

Apple Magic Keyboard
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Apple Magic Keyboard is better overall than the Brydge Pro. The Apple is fully compatible with iPadOS, macOS, and iOS, while some buttons on the Brydge don't work on iOS and MacOS. The Apple also offers a better typing quality, it's better-built, and it's lighter. However, the Brydge has white backlighting. 

Logitech MX Keys
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech MX Keys and the Brydge Pro are two keyboards aimed at different uses. The Logitech is a full-sized keyboard meant for office use with multiple devices because it has multi-device pairing with up to three devices. It also offers better typing quality. However, the Brydge is meant to be used with your iPad, so it's smaller and lighter to carry around, and it has a better build quality.

Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brydge Pro is a bit better overall than the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad. The Pro is designed to be used with a third or fourth-generation iPad Pro, while the 10.2 is designed for a seventh-generation iPad, and they're very similar. The Pro is better because it's bigger, so there's more spacing between keys, offering a better typing experience. 

Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brydge Pro is much better than the Fintie Soft TPU Keyboard Case For iPad 7th Gen. The Brydge is better-built, it has white backlighting, and the overall typing quality is much better. However, the Fintie is much lighter, making it easier to carry around, and it's fully compatible with iOS. 

Logitech Slim Folio Pro
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brydge Pro is better overall than the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Both keyboards are designed for a third-generation iPad Pro, they're both available in 11 and 12.9-inch sizes, and they both have white backlighting. However, the Brydge is better built and it offers a much better typing quality because the keys are more spaced-out. 

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