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Brydge is an iPad keyboard dock that wants to look like a MacBook Air

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Brydge is an iPad keyboard dock that wants to look like a MacBook Air
Brydge is probably one of the most elegantly designed keyboards docks for the iPad and this really is a compliment given the myriad of options available. It’s not much different than other iPad keyboard docks in functionality - you just get a keyboard with the option for additional stereo speakers, but it’s designed using premium materials like aerospace-grade aluminum for maximum durability. Of course, it also has a full QWERTY keyboard with specific iPad functions built in and it allows charging via USB.

Brydge also comes with a solid hinge offering 180 degrees of iPad rotation and secure hold of your tablet. The hinge itself is pretty elaborate and a patent for it is pending. The hinge is made of metal alloys and magnets, with a thermoplastic elastomer shell, all fancy words describing how you can easily hold the tablet and have the keyboard tightly attached and not falling.

Brydge has been on Kickstarter for a short while but it already broke its funding requirement of $90,000 and is on its way to become another solidly overfunded project. An early pledge of $150 would’ve gotten you the keyboard dock, but now that option is sold out and the minimum entry point stands at $170 for the dock without speakers.

What Brydge doesn’t provide is a mouse or a touchpad, both things you’d need if you want to emulate a MacBook Air experience on your tablet. If you’re fine with that, you need to know that Bridge will work with both iPad 2 and the new iPad, but does not support the first-gen Apple tablet. Overall, when you have the keyboard with the iPad closed, it’s just a hair thicker than the MacBook Air at 0.33 inches. Check out the video below for all the details, and jump on to Kickstarter if you want to reserve yours now.

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posted on 26 Apr 2012, 10:34 5

1. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

thats pretty nice looking. with all the weird gadgets and accessories people sell for iProducts, im actually surprised something functional and nice hasnt come out yet.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 10:44 6

2. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

yeah your right. But it still doesn't comapare to the Asus mobile dock though.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 11:36 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no it doesnt. im waiting for people to start coming in screaming that they are copying asus, even though this isnt an official apple product.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 11:01 3

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

that dock is quite awesome!

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 11:03 3

4. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

I would be interested if it had a battery. Alas..

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 11:27

5. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Having infinite angles is huge. All current iPad keyboard docks that I have seen mean disconnecting the iPad and placing the iPad in a fixed slot and hence a fixed angle.

The speaker is a nice touch too.

I wonder if it works with the white version of the iPad ;)

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 11:52

7. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

I have the Air and it looks nothing like it LMAO! It looks more like the Pro.

Anyways whats the point of getting a tablet if your going to convert it into a laptop?
Why not just get the laptop.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 13:02 2

9. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

well you cant deattach the keyboard from a laptop later on can you?

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 23:02

13. dodo1234 (Posts: 40; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

The Mac Air costs over $1000 doesn't it? New Ipad is 600, Ipad2 is 400, I'm guessing on these numbers btw. Plus 170 for the dock makes it way cheaper plus its detachable as a thinner lighter tablet DUH :)

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 12:25 1

8. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 534; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

0:44...nice @$$ lol

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 13:45

10. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

This is what the original dock for the iPad should be.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 14:58

11. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Nice copy of Asus Transformer series dock !

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 15:31 1

12. King_Me_Chris (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

while it is a copy of the Asus Transformer, I have no problem with that cuz nobody get on BMW for making cars which ford copying for, nobody says anything when a new line of clothing comes out and all the other clothing brands make something similar, this is what companies do, look at what was successful and then try to make it better, just like apple expanded on blackberry and android expanded on apple, this is how things go. Dont get me wrong, I got Android in my blood but it's ok if others look to Android for ideas to make other products better, that way we all win.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 12:34

14. chebner (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Funny this comes out exactly one day after Tim Cook, in the qtrly earnings call, likened the Asus Transformer to combining a toaster and a refrigerator.

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