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BrydgeAir Keyboard review: BrydgeAir is an aluminum keyboard to match your iPad Air

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One thing cool about the hinge design is that it bends to a full 180 degrees, so you can lay the iPad flat on the table alongside the keyboard. When closing the iPad against the keyboard, magnets embedded in the palm rest act like a Smart Cover, and shut off the iPad's screen.

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Located beside the hinges are the speakers and the placement is designed to bounce the sound off the iPad. While it works, I'm none too impressed with the quality of the sound. It's loud, but fuzzy and pretty weak in the bass. In fact, I found the audio from the iPad to be better. That's the only drawback from making this an excellent add-on for your iPad.

I've mentioned earlier that the BrydgeAir is compatible with the iPad Air and Air 2, but this has a caveat. By default, the BrydgeAir is meant to work with the iPad Air, and the Air 2 is a tad too thin. So to get it to work with the Air 2, Brydge will ship replacement silicone grips for the hinges so the Air 2 will fit.

Pairing the BrydgeAir with the iPad via Bluetooth is a simple affair, but you'll need to do it separately for the keyboard and speakers. To start the pairing process, just hit the button located at the sides next to the power key. Repeat the process for the speakers.

The keyboard has a battery life of about three months before it needs recharging via a micro-USB port, but that's also if you're not using the speakers or turning on the backlight. I wasn't able to drain the battery in the time I was testing it, but this was over a few days of on and off usage. The backslash key on the right will light up when it's charging (red) or flash blue when the power is low.

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Conclusion

The BrydgeAir Keyboard isn't quite like the other keyboards in the market, but that's a given, since it's priced much higher than the very excellent Logitech Ultrathin. However, it does have a palm rest and a slight elevation that makes typing a lot easier and comfortable.

I quite like the BrydgeAir, but I'm still undecided on whether it's an accessory that I really need in the long run since I prefer to keep my gadgets as light as possible since the combined package can be quite heavy. That said, those who want to use the iPad Air as a productivity tool will surely appreciate just how good the keyboard is.

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