March 2020 Review: Best iPad Keyboard
For me, the new iPad’s aren’t a toy, they’re an essential business tool. We did the work and found the perfect keyboard to handle the job (quite literally!).
We spent days using each keyboard. After 2 weeks we found that the Brydge Pro, at $139.99, was easily the best for the iPad (or other Android tablets). Simply put, it turned our iPad into a laptop better than any other keyboard on the market.
Don’t make the wrong choice when it comes to a keyboard that will turn your iPad into a real laptop, read our review before buying a keyboard for your iPad. Read our review of the options below;
- Premium aluminium aesthetic – feels & looks like it was made by Apple, coincidence? 😉 Felt just like I was using a MacBook
- Bluetooth/USB-C/LTE connectivity
- Battery life was AMAZING, only need to charge once a year! Incredible.
- Backlit keyboard – This was a massive tick! Adjustable backlit keyboard is AMAZING (3 settings)! I’m a night owl so inevitably I found myself using this function quite a lot.
- 0-180 Degree viewing – want to present? Just flip it round, its back to being an iPad
- Soft keys – this is purely subjective, but I liked the feel of their soft touch keys, found it similar with my MacBook Air
- No Delay/Lag – typing on the Brydge we felt was lightning quick, next to no lag, especially compared to other keyboards
- Ultra portable size/weight
- Amazing choice of Apple matching colour finishes
What we didn’t like about Brydge Pro;
- No trackpad – while I thought no trackpad would have been an issue, now you can connect a bluetooth mouse to the iPad (thank you Apple!). I prefer a Mac mouse anyway.
- Backlight used up the battery – might decrease battery by a couple of months (off the 12 month battery life, haha!)
LOGITECH SLIM FOLIO PRO – $129.99
What we liked;
Logitech usually make competitive products, and this is no exception. It’s $10 cheaper than the Brydge, has bluetooth & USB like the Brydge, and has a backlit keyboard.
What we didn’t like;
- Easel style stand – offers only 1 angle
- Bulky case – no issue unless you don’t use a keyboard often
- Keyboard feel – felt much cheaper than others in the market, kind of like some (much) cheaper no brand keyboards I’ve used in the past
ZAGG SLIM BOOK – $129.99
What we liked;
- Keypad – really nice feel, better than Logitech by a country mile!
- Solid kickstand
What we didn’t like;
- Kickstand – blessing & a curse, although was sturdy, good luck typing on it anywhere other than a desk!
- Only Bluetooth, no USB-C connectivity
- Size – nothing slim about it, thicker than the Logitech
- Battery life – didn’t get anywhere near the Brydge
- 2 Seperate pieces – the stand and keyboard are seperate, given I travel a lot I’d lose a piece for sure
ZAGG RUGGED MESSENGER – $179.99
What we liked;
- Build like a brick sh&t house – this thing is going to protect your iPad well, no doubt, but trades protection for portability
- Backlit keyboard
What we didn’t like;
- Keyboard – wasn’t as nice to type on, but likely this isn’t a concern for their target market
- Price – you pay extra for that extra protection
APPLE SMART KEYBOARD FOLIO – $179.99 – $199.99
No doubt, Apply make a pretty product….this is a sexy and portable keyboard! But, this is the most expensive iPad keyboard on the market, and has some limitations to boot.
What we liked;
- Design – feels amazing
- Portable – easy to travel with, magnets attach it easily to your ipad
What we didn’t like (sorry Apple!);
- Stand – couldn’t use on my lap easily…only one display angle. Personally, I like more flexibility. The Brydge Pro, for example, rotates 0-180 degrees.
- Price – as usual, Apple rob you silly with the price, $199.99 is a pretty penny
- Keyboard – while the keys are nice to type on, it doesn’t really offer a laptop like experience. I found it tiring after an hour or so
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Brydge keyboard is unlike the others, and we Brydge say confidently that they have the best keyboards. The Brydge Pro really does transform the iPad Pro into a full laptop replacement. They are the maker of a premium range of peripherals for the digital workplace, including award-winning iPad and Surface wireless keyboards. The Brydge Keyboard for iPad Pro is an excellent alternative to Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro.