It’s been almost two months of using the Brydge keyboard. It seems to be holding up very well in that short time. The only defect I’ve discovered is the right most edge of the space bar does not work. My thumb has to be at least a half inch over to activate a press. Not a deal breaker but it is something I’ve had to adjust.
Also, something positive that I’ve discovered. The Brydge hinges rotate all the way to a parallel position with the keyboard. In other words, the iPad rotates all the way to no angle at all, it just sort of opens all the way, level with the keyboard. I initially thought this would be useless. Why would I ever want to do this?
As it turns out, it does indeed come in very handy. When I’m lounging on the futon to read I can put the iPad in this position and let the keyboard, resting in my lap or on a pillow next to me, serve as a stand to elevate the iPad to eye level. I don’t have to look down towards my lap as one does with a standard laptop. Instead, the iPad seemingly floats in front of my face. It’s actually kind of fantastic and a very comfortable position for reading. And interestingly, it balances perfectly. I barely have to hold the iPad or the keyboard. It’s kinda weird actually. I just lightly grasp the pair right above the keyboard and use my thumb to scroll. I can also easily shift my right hand down to the arrow keys to scroll via keyboard while browsing or reading. If I need to do some real typing the motion to fold the two into a normal laptop position is fluid and natural, taking less than a second. No doubt this has been a very nice surprise feature.