Brydge’s Newest iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 Keyboards Show Up at CES 2016

Brydge, one of the most reputable manufacturers of keyboards for Apple’s iPad tablets, has just unveiled two new products at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Brydge keyboards excel in functionality, and they literally have the power of turning iPads into Macbooks, at least as far as productivity is concerned. The previous models have earned Brydge several awards, and the newly introduced ones only build up from there. Since both of them pack patented 180-degree hinge systems and U-shaped silicon clamping mechanisms, high-grade 100% aluminum build, backlit keys and superb haptic key feel, the two new models are meant to impress iPad Pro or mini 4 owners by being not only extremely durable, but also very good-looking. In short, BrydgePro and BrydgeMini combine sophistication with minimalistic design, to complement Apple’s iPad tablets perfectly.

“The iPad Pro is a game-changing device, and as with previous iPad models, is further revolutionizing the way we work, learn and play. The BrydgePro aims to unlock the full potential of the iPad Pro and deliver the perfect blend between iPad and MacBook.” commented Nicholas Smith, CEO of Brydge. “The combination of the larger format iPad and BrydgePro has numerous applications, whether it is in the smallest classroom or the largest enterprise. Brydge is dedicated to being the market leader in innovative devices that deliver the ultimate experience in mobility and productivity when working with the iPad.”

Pictured above is BrydgePro, which as its name suggests, was designed for the iPad Pro. According to the manufacturer, it has the following specs:

  • Thickness: 0.27-inches thick (same as the iPad Pro)
  • Weight: 1.60 lbs
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity
  • Colorways: Available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray
  • 180-degree viewing angles
  • Backlit, tactile keys with varying brightness levels
  • Rechargeable three month battery

The BrydgeMini, on the other hand, weighs less, something you’d come to expect from an accessory for a smaller tablet, but it is slightly thicker than its bigger brother. Here are the technical specifications.

  • Sizing Dimensions: 0.29-inches thick
  • Weight: 0.66lbs
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0 Connectivity
  • Colorways: Available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray
  • 180-degree viewing angles
  • Backlit, tactile keys
  • Rechargeable three month battery

As you have probably noticed, the BrydgePro isn’t only lighter and thicker, but it also lacks the varying brightness levels of the BrydgePro. That makes sense from the price standpoint, as lesser models of a line are typically accompanied by poorer accessories, in terms of features.

Brydge is taking pre-orders for both BrydgePro and BrydgeMini on its website, and the latter even benefits from a special pre-order price, as it carries a $99 price tag. Shipping will commence in January 2016 for the BrydgeMini, and in April 2016 for the BrydgePro, which has a MSRP of $189.99

If you happen to be in Las Vegas today, you can pay Brydge a visit at CES Unveiled, at table #120, to check out their newly launched products. In addition to that, you can find them at booth #36433 in the South Hall 4, between January 6 and 9.

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