Brydge keyboard turns 10.2-inch iPad into a laptop

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Brydge 10.2 lets an iPad mimic a MacBook.
Brydge 10.2 lets an iPad mimic a MacBook.
Photo: Brydge

The Brydge line of premium keyboards is extending to the just-announced seventh-generation iPad — the first with a 10.2-inch screen.

The high-grade aluminum casing of the Brydge 10.2 is designed to convert the tablet into a laptop similar to a small MacBook.

“We’re excited about this new entry-level iPad and thrilled to bring the Brydge 10.2 to market. Our 9.7 keyboard was the go-to keyboard for years, and the 10.2 takes all of it’s best features to further enhance the productivity of the powerful new iPad.” Nick Smith, Co-CEO and Founder of Brydge.

All this company’s keyboards — including the ones for the iPad Pro —  include a pair of clips that also function as hinges. These hold the tablet securely while also rotating 180 degrees, mimicking the design of a laptop.

The backlit keys built into the Brydge 10.2 have 1.2mm of key travel, and a row of iPadOS function keys adjust screen brightness, media volume and more. The keyboard communicates with the iPad via Bluetooth.

Brydge 10.2 with iPad
The Brydge 10.2 is machined from a block of aluminum.
Photo: Brydge

Brydge 10.2 price and release date

Apple’s seventh-generation iPad was unveiled last week and launches September 30. The latest keyboard from Brydge will be just behind that, as its debut is scheduled some time in October.

It will be offered in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold to match Apple’s next tablet.

The Brydge 10.2 will cost $129.99. That’s less than the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad, which goes for $159.

Source: Brydge