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Review: Brydge Debuts Smaller 'BrydgeMini' Keyboard for Older iPad Mini Models [Updated]

Brydge, a company that sells high-quality keyboards for the iPad, has expanded its keyboard lineup with a new BrydgeMini model designed to work with the iPad mini 1, 2, and 3. With the BrydgeMini, which has been modeled after a MacBook keyboard, the iPad mini turns into a miniature MacBook - albeit with a much more cramped typing surface. Like all Brydge keyboards, the BrydgeMini is made from aluminum that matches the finish of the iPad. It's available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, and the build quality is excellent. Brydge charges a lot for its keyboards, but they're almost always worth the cost. The BrydgeMini isn't a keyboard case - it's just a keyboard, with two silicone-lined tabs that hold the iPad mini in place. The BrydgeMini has a limited number of viewing angles as the tabs can be angled forwards or backwards slightly, but due to the design, it can't be used with the iPad in portrait mode. The BrydgeMini is identical to the BrydgeAir but has been shrunk down, so if you've used a BrydgeAir keyboard, the BrydgeMini will be familiar. It doesn't fold backwards to allow the iPad to be used in tablet mode while the keyboard is attached, but it's easy enough to remove the iPad mini from the tabs. It does fold forward into a clamshell-style design for travel, but in this mode, it's going to add a lot of bulk to Apple's littlest tablet. It weighs in at 300 grams or .66 pounds, essentially doubling the weight of the iPad mini. The iPad mini weighs 331 grams or 0.73 pounds. The BrydgeMini is also quite thick, so when in clamshell mode, it's going to

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPad Keyboard From Brydge

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Brydge to give away five Brydge keyboards for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 1/2/3. Brydge's line of keyboards are some of the best available, made from high-quality materials with a comfortable, MacBook Pro-style key feel. Brydge keyboards, which will turn your iPad into a mini MacBook, are all designed from aluminum to match the style of Apple's tablets and are available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Unlike some other keyboards, Brydge's products connect to an iPad using two silicone-lined tabs, with no back case included. This helps keep weight down while still providing protection for the iPad's screen when closed. Weight for the smaller keyboard is at .66 pounds while the larger keyboard weighs 1.15 pounds. The 180-degree hinge on Brydge's keyboards allow them to be adjusted into multiple viewing angles and both of the models included in the giveaway, the BrydgeAir and the BrydgeMini, have backlit keys for use in low-light conditions. The larger BrydgeAir model for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 also includes a built-in Bluetooth speaker for improved audio. Brydge's keyboards receive largely positive reviews for their build quality, key feel, and feature set, and when we reviewed the BrydgeAir, we found it to be one of the best iPad keyboards we've used. The BrydgeAir for iPad Air and iPad Air 2 is priced at $149.99 and the BrydgeMini for the iPad mini 1, 2, and 3 is priced at $129.99, but five MacRumors readers will be able to get the Brydge keyboard of their choosing at no cost. To enter to

CES 2016: Brydge Debuts BrydgeMini for iPad Mini 4, Shares New Details on BrydgePro

Brydge today officially unveiled its latest keyboard, debuting the BrydgeMini designed for Apple’s iPad mini 4. Brydge’s first BrydgeMini keyboard came out earlier this year for older iPad mini models, but at the time, a version for Apple’s latest iPad mini wasn’t available. Like all Brydge keyboards, the BrydgeMini is constructed from aluminum and attaches to the iPad mini using a set of tabs. It’s not a full case, so while it’s heavy at 0.66 pounds, it doesn’t add an excessive amount of bulk. The BrydgeMini is 0.29 inches thick and it comes in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray to match all of Apple’s iPad colors. It also includes the same features that are found in all Brydge keyboards, including backlit keys, a rechargeable battery, and 180 degree viewing angles. As it’s designed for the iPad mini, the BrydgeMini does not have a full-sized keyboard, but it uses the same keys as other Brydge keyboards. The BrydgeMini retails for $99 and is available for pre-order from the Brydge website starting today. The $99 price point is a special pre-order price, and prices will go up after the pre-order period. Brydge has also shared new pricing details on the BrydgePro keyboard for the iPad Pro, which it announced in December. Designed for Apple’s largest iPad, the BrydgePro weighs in at a hefty 1.6 pounds and offers the same features as the rest of the Brydge lineup – a full-sized keyboard, Bluetooth 4 connectivity, a multi-angle hinge, and backlit keys. The BrydgePro is priced at $189 and available for pre-order from the Brydge website

Brydge Debuts BrydgePro Keyboard for iPad Pro

There are few keyboards available for Apple's iPad Pro right now, but companies are slowing releasing new options for the larger-screened tablet. Brydge, a well-known manufacturer of keyboards for Apple's earlier iPads, has announced the debut of the BrydgePro, a keyboard designed for the iPad Pro. Like prior Brydge keyboards, the BrydgePro is constructed from aluminum to match the aesthetic of Apple products. The BrydgePro is not a full case, instead consisting of a keyboard with two hinges that hold the iPad Pro in place. The hinges are adjustable, allowing the iPad Pro to be positioned into several different viewing angles to meet each user's needs. With no case, the Brydge doesn't offer protection for the iPad Pro, but that does make it a less bulky solution than many of the other iPad Pro keyboard cases like the Logitech CREATE and the Zagg Slim Book. It's available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, to match each of Apple's iPad colors. The BrydgePro weighs in at 1.54 pounds, so it's essentially doubling the weight of the iPad Pro when attached. It's similar in weight to the Logitech CREATE and lighter than the Zagg Slim Book. It includes Backlit keys and a three-month battery life, connecting to the iPad Pro over Bluetooth rather than through its Smart Connector. Pre-orders for the BrydgePro will begin on January 4 from the Brydge website. Shipments will begin going out to pre-order customers in April of 2016. Brydge has yet to unveil pricing, but its keyboards have premium price tags - the BrydgeAir for the iPad Air 2 is priced at