Review: Brydge keyboard for iPad mini 1, 2, 3

Ultra-portable keyboard turns your iPad mini into a tiny, adorable Macbook


Portable, gorgeous, and super-useful.
Portable, gorgeous, and super-useful.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Best List: iPad mini keyboard by Brydge

We all like to carry our gadgets around with us, but there are definitely times when you’ll want to be ultra portable and just take along, say, your iPad mini on vacation. Or, perhaps you want to get some writing done on the airplane:we all know the seat-back tray is way too small for a full laptop.

This ultra-portable Brydge keyboard is a fantastic match for the iPad mini, letting you be a bit more productive than you would without an actual keyboard. It’s designed to match whichever iPad mini you own, turning the whole thing into an adorably small Macbook-like laptop-style tablet.

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The model I tested fits iPad mini 1, 2, and 3, while a separate model (pre-order only) works with iPad mini 4. All models come in all three colors to match your iPad mini perfectly.

The keys are small, granted, but they have a solid feel and are much easier to use than I expected. The trickiest bit to get used to are the shortened keys on the left and right sides – hitting Shift slows me down, as I seem to keep hitting the Z key instead. After a little while, though, my brain and fingers got used to the smaller surface and I was typing almost at my normal speed.

This tiny little keyboard weights 300 grams, just 31 less than the iPad mini 2 itself. The iPad mini slides into little rubberized clamps at the top of the keyboard, which lets you close the whole unit like a cute little Macbook. The beauty of these adjustable clamps is that you can flip your iPad mini over in them with ease, making the backlit Brydge keyboard a perfect iPad mini stand for pretty much any angle use at any time. Watching an iTunes video on the plane just got easier, too.

If you’re looking for a well-engineered, super portable Bluetooth keyboard solution for your iPad mini, Brydge is the way to go. You’ll get a fantastic, useful typing solution that lasts for months on a charge, a versatile iPad mini stand, and a tiny little case-like device all rolled into one.

Buy from: Amazon, Brydge

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