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Brydge Air MAX+ review for iPad Air 5: A keyboard case worth the extra bulk



Brydge Air MAX+ review for iPad Air 5: A keyboard case worth the extra bulk


Source: Luke Filipowicz / ComoHow

If you want to use your iPad for serious typing, whether for work or play, a keyboard case is a must-have accessory. Writing on an iPad screen is simply not possible for long writing, especially if you want to do it quickly. A great keyboard case should at least provide a great typing experience, but now that iPadOS supports touchpad, the best keyboard cases also have a great touchpad. If you want to take advantage of this new feature, that’s where the Brydge Air MAX+ comes in.

I wrote this entire review using the Brydge Air MAX+ with my iPad Air 5 as well as using it regularly for the last month or so. Let me tell you, I didn’t miss my Mac at all while writing this.

Table of Contents:

  • Brydge Air Max+: price and availability
  • Brydge Air Max+: what you’ll love
  • Brydge Air Max+: what you won’t like
  • Bridge Air Max+: Competition
  • Brydge Air Max+: Should you buy it?
    • You should buy it if…
    • You should not buy this if…
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  • Bridge Air MAX+ Review:

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    Conclusion: If you’re looking for a keyboard case that offers some protection and a great typing experience, the Brydge Air MAX+ is a fantastic choice. It adds a bit more bulk, but I think it’s worth the extra weight.

    The good

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    Brydge Air Max+: price and availability

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    The Brydge Air Max+ is available on Amazon and direct from Brydge. Its normal retail price is $149, but it often goes on sale. For example, at the time of writing this review, you could get a Brydge Air Max+ for just $120.

    It only comes in one color, but you can use it with the iPad Air 5 (like me), the 11-inch iPad Pro, or even the iPad Air 4.

    Brydge Air Max+: what you’ll love

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    The Brydge Air Max+ really kicks up the typing experience, offering a keyboard that isn’t too clicky but isn’t too soft either. You can clearly feel the feedback when pressing the keys, and the keys stick out just enough to let your fingers feel the correct positions. It’s definitely not a mechanical keyboard (it shouldn’t be), but it’s a much better typing experience than the flat keys on Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

    Not only are the keys backlit, but there are also three different lighting levels. Write in the dark? Use the lowest setting. Need extra visual help? Turn on the backlights. Also, even with the backlight on most of the time, battery life is phenomenal. The Brydge Air Max+ will get a few months of activity before you have to worry about recharging it.

    Typing in the dark is not a problem thanks to the excellent backlit keys.

    The touchpad is equally impressive and works seamlessly with iPadOS 15 to ensure you have the best on-screen cursor control. It’s also multi-touch, meaning you can take advantage of all the Apple-focused shortcuts that iPadOS offers, like a three-finger swipe on the trackpad to access the App Switcher. You can simply navigate through the software with incredible ease.

    Unlike many other detachable keyboard options, Brydge offers a full QWERTY keyboard that also has a row of shortcuts/functions. The easy-to-reach home button in the top left corner is handy when you need to quit an app, and of course the power button and Bluetooth button make it easy to check battery levels or power up. Are you connected.

    Finally, Brydge doesn’t just give you a keyboard cover; he also has a detachable magnetic case that he can snap on and off the keyboard whenever he wants. He even gives his best iPad a bit of protection, roughly 4-foot drop protection, which is a nice safety perk that I certainly appreciate.

    Brydge Air Max+: what you won’t like

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    There’s really nothing that I find problematic with the Brydge Air Max+, but I could definitely see how off-putting the design and feel of the case can be.

    It certainly adds a bit of weight and bulk to your iPad, and it’s especially noticeable with the iPad Air 5, which is designed to be very light. Also, the black, rugged look isn’t the most flattering. Keep in mind that the case is designed to offer some protection, so it’s not that the look is without function.

    Appearance aside, it’s not as convenient as the Magic Keyboard in that you have to connect the Brydge Air Max+ via Bluetooth, so if you really want effortless pairing (not that pairing the Brydge Air Max+ is hard ), you can only get it from Apple.

    Bridge Air Max+: Competition

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    There’s no question that the Brydge Air Max+’s main competitor is Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The main differences really come down to how each device looks, and the Magic Keyboard is very slim and sleek. While you may not have to pair the Magic Keyboard, just place your iPad on it and you’re good to go, I personally like the Brydge Air Max+ key travel a bit better. That said, I think the Magic Keyboard’s trackpad is a bit better than the Brydge’s.

    It’s important to note that for many people, the Magic Keyboard costs on average at least $70 more and can cost upwards of $100 more depending on sales. If you’re just looking for price, the Brydge Air Max+ is the best option.

    Brydge Air Max+: Should you buy it?

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    You should buy it if…

    You should not buy this if…

    Brydge Air Max+ is a great alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard. It’s cheaper, so if you’re looking for a keyboard case with as many features as you can get without the Appel price tag, I’d say this is your best bet. However, the rugged look is a very specific look, and if you don’t want to spend $120 on something you think is ugly, I don’t blame you.

    4.5 out of 5

    However, we think the Brydge Air Max+ really ticks all the boxes.

    It offers a great typing experience out of the box with nice and responsive keys. They’re backlit and have three different settings, so you can use them in many lighting conditions. It’s a full QWERTY keyboard and even has a row of shortcut keys for important functions, making it even easier to use your iPad without having to touch the screen.

    It might not be as stylish as the Magic Keyboard, and you have to pair it with Bluetooth instead of just snapping it into the case, but it’s hard to complain when the Brydge Air Max+ is priced within reason.

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    Conclusion: It may not be as elegant as Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but the Brydge Air Max+ ticks all the boxes to give you a great typing experience.

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