WINTERHAVEN, CA—Sometimes serendipity strikes and something turns out to be just right. I’m typing on such a thing now.
The astute will notice immediately that it’s an iPad. An iPad mini 5th generation, to be precise. And it’s attached to the Brydge 7.9 bluetooth keyboard. It’s constructed from a single piece of aluminum, like the iPad itself, and it comes in matching silver or space grey. Mine is the latter (I’ve had the iPad nearly a year, BTW).
It doubles the weight of the tablet, but that’s good. It makes it “lap-able”—it can be used in one’s lap without flopping over backwards. The keys are solid, no wobble at all, and 1.2mm key travel is enough to give assurance that a character is typed. Most important of all, the layout & feel allows accurate touch-typing, though I admit I’m still getting used to the cramped space. Yet it’s amazing to me that it’s actually useable at this size.
Now I have a “laptop” for my journey that barely sips power and which reverts to a tablet in seconds—I simply pull it off the keyboard, nothing complicated. When it’s attached it sleeps when closed and instantly wakes to whatever I was doing before I closed it. (Well, I have fingerprint security engaged and need to put a digit on the sensor before it completely opens up.)