The new Brydge Air Max+ wraps the iPad Air 4 or 11-inch iPad Pro in a protective case, and adds a removable keyboard and trackpad.
It’s a larger version of a keyboard case Brydge recently introduced for the basic iPad. And there’s a similar model for the largest iPad Pro.
Brydge Air Max+ transforms iPad Air into a MacBook
The Air Max+ surrounds the Apple tablet in a case that offers 4-foot drop protection (MIL- STD810G). This stays on the iPad and magnetically connects to a base unit.
The Bluetooth keyboard includes backlights with three levels of brightness. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 and promises zero lag when starting up.
And there’s a trackpad. “The new Air Max+ is the only independent keyboard/case combo for iPad Air (4th generation) with a true native multi-touch trackpad,” points out Brydge. The pad is 4.0 inches by 2.4 in.
The accessory is going up against the Apple Magic Keyboard, which also has a multi-touch trackpad. But Brydge’s product uses a more protective case. And it costs much less.
Preorders for the Air Max+ began Tuesday on the Brydge website. It costs $149. 99, and is scheduled to begin shipping in June. For comparison, Apple’s keyboard for the iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro is $299 — twice as much.