Brydge has been making keyboard cases for the iPad tablets for years now so we’ve asked our resident video editor Harris Craycraft to pit Apple’s own Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro against Brydge’s latest iPad Pro keyboard folio that features backlit keys and other perks.

Our video comparison

So, does Brydge’s wireless keyboard folio turn your iPad Pro tablet into a viable MacBook Air replacement? There’s only one way to find out about that: by watching the video comparison right ahead. The Brydge product certainly has a lot going for it with features not found on Apple’s accessory, such as backlit keys, as well as perks like long battery life and unmatched typing experience. That it’s cheaper than the Apple product doesn’t hurt either.

Harris’s video showdown runs eight minutes and six seconds long. Do give it a quick watch now, if you have time. If not, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to save it for later.

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I’m not going to transcribe the whole video so here are some facts about the Brydge keyboard.

Brydge Pro: key higlhights

Check out the key product highlights for the Brydge Pro keyboard:

  • Compatibility and protection: Fits your 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third-generation). Included with the keyboard, our new snap-on magnetic cover for the perfect solution to protect the back of your iPad Pro from scratches or dents.
  • Award-winning Bluetooth keyboard: As an industry-leading wireless Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Pro, it will provide an excellent typing experience. The Brydge Pro is designed to perfectly match your iPad Pro in size, color and material. A full keyboard with dedicated iOS special function keys giving you the functionality of an iPad and the productivity of a laptop. Enjoy an unmatched Macbook-like typing experience you can’t get with any other wireless keyboard.
  • Precision design: Forged out of a single piece of high-grade aluminum, the Brydge Pro is designed to give you a stable base for your iPad Pro yet maximum flexibility. The versatile Bluetooth keyboard design brings functionality and productivity to your fingertips with the tactile adjustable backlit keys. Weighing in at 24.3 ounces to keep mobility simple, dependable and productive.
  • Amazing typing experience: The Brydge Prois the ultimate wireless keyboard for the 2018 iPad Pro model, featuring 3-level backlit keys, fast and reliable connection via Bluetooth 4.1 or the included USB-C cable allowing you to connect and charge your keyboard at the same time. Includes innovative key travel of only 1.2mm and up to 12-month battery life per charge.
  • Lifetime warranty and support: Brydge prides itself on the quality of its products and you can rest assure that our products will stand the test of time with normal use. Be confident, be productive. All Brydge products come with a limited lifetime Wwarranty and free customer support based in Park City, Utah.

Pricing and availability

Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for the third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $199 a pop. A version for the eleven-inch iPad Pro will set you back $179. Brdyge’s own Pro Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in exchange for $170 while its eleven-inch brother is $150.