59
Global
Score
It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.
59

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

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Engadget Summary

The Brydge keyboard is an expensive iPad dock that attempts to provide a more laptop-like experience than standard keyboard docks. Although some reviewers have found it to work well -- Time calls it "the most laptop-like" iPad keyboard around -- the manufacturer has apparently suffered from inconsistent quality control, and some units shipped to early customers had significant defects. The company has also had customer service issues, responding slowly to complaints and taking a month or longer to replace defective units. While the idea of using a dock to turn the iPad into a laptop replacement is a good one, Cult of Mac points out that "there are better, lighter and much cheaper keyboards out there," while Time, which was generally "pretty happy" with the Brydge, says that "you have to be awfully serious about turning an iPad into a notebook" to buy a Brydge for its $150-$210 price, especially when there are reliable, proven, and much cheaper options from companies like Logitech and Zagg.

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User Reviews

50
peter
I'd ordered the Brydge back in April as part of their Kickstarter campaign....read more
40
skyman375
Initial impressions after a short time using my Kickstarter Brydge+:The first...read more
70
unixguy
With my expectations significantly, and perhaps justifiably, lowered due to...read more
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6.5
Average Critic Score

Design and form factor

6.7
 

Portability

7.0
 

Tactility / button-feel

7.3
 

Configurability

8.0
 

Ergonomics / comfort

7.0
 

Noise

8.0
 

How It Stacks Up

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Critic

60
 

User

90
 
85

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85
 

User

80
 
81

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Critic

82
 

User

93
 

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Critic

80
 

User

80
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Critic

60
 

User

90
 
85

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Critic

85
 

User

80
 
81

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Critic

82
 

User

93
 

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Critic

80
 

User

80
 
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