By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
I’ve been using my iPad for more and more work-related tasks, thanks to some great apps and the device’s portability. The one negative factor is trying to type stories using the glass keyboard. I’m just no good at it.
I went on eBay and bought a cheap keyboard that connected to the iPad via Bluetooth. It worked for a while, then became quite buggy and unreliable. That left me with lugging my MacBook Pro or taking my Gateway Netbook.
But after attending several journalism-related events where I saw folks with cool keyboards attached to their iPads, I decided it was time to take another look at what’s out there — and spend some money.
So I did what I usually do — I crowdsourced my question about what folks thought were the best iPad keyboards on the market. I considered the Logitech Ultrathin, ZAGGFolio, ClamCase Pro and the Belkin Folio.
But all bets were off once I saw the Brydge, which was born from a Kickstarter campaign. As a MacBook Pro user, I love the way this keyboard simulates that experience. the clips allow you to adjust your iPad by 180 degrees.
The Brydge has a built-in speaker that really enhances the sound from your iPad. It comes in Mac silver, but I bought the black polycarbonate version because I thought it looked cooler.
The speakerless aluminum Brydge costs $169.99; with speakers, it’s $199.99. My black version, with speakers, is $129.99 — and worth every penny.