Microsoft’s tablet with tablets has made a name for itself, and many people love its kickstand-with-fold-out keyboard form factor. So much so that “Surface-style”; is now the nomenclature of the really awkward string I just used. But it does not work well in all situations, such as writing on the yard. Bridge’s latest keyboard solves the problem.
The Brydge 12.3 Pro + keyboard for Surface Pro is more or less the same design they have used on keyboards for iPad and Google’s Pixel Slate: a type deck and touchpad of the highest quality, plus a tough hinge that attaches to the bottom of a tablet with some silicone clips. It connects via standard Bluetooth and allows the user to fold out the surface like a regular laptop. They also come with backlighting.
The keyboard is made for Surface Pro 4, 5, 6 and the latest 7, plus Surface Go and Surface Go 2 (10.5 Go + model). All are designed to match the size and styling of the surface.
In addition, Brydge makes a stand-alone desk keyboard and a touchpad. The W-Type keyboard is a conventional scissor-switch style (a la ThinkPad laptop keyboard) with a laptop layout for the main area. It’s similar in design to the C-Type keyboard for Chrome OS, but also uses a key area. The W-Touch touchpad is similar in design to the Apple Magic Trackpad, with a large 5.5 x 3.3-inch clickable surface area and multi-touch gestures. The W keyboard and touchpad are “designed for Surface”, but should work on all Windows machines with Bluetooth.
The Surface Pro keyboard costs $ 150 and the smaller Surface Go keyboards cost $ 130. Both should be available for order on August 17. The W-Touch touchpad will be $ 100 and the W-Type desktop keyboard will be a very reasonable $ 60, available in September.
Source: Brydge via The Verge