On August 17th, Brydge will begin selling a new line of Surface accessories that have the “Designed for Surface” badge, which means they were made in collaboration with Microsoft. The range includes keyboards for the Surface Pro and Surface Go, but the most intriguing product of the bunch is the $ 99.99 W-Touch standalone trackpad. Apparently it’s the first standalone wireless trackpad made for Windows 10.
The W-Touch is like a Magic Trackpad 2 built for Windows 10, coated in striking black with an aluminum frame. It has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and supports precision drivers and multitouch gestures, such as pinch to zoom and multiple finger swipes to switch desktops. This trackpad has a large glass surface to move comfortably, measures 5.5 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches deep, so a little smaller than the Apple version but still roomy.
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Brydge is also releasing the W-Type to complement the W-Touch. It’s a full-sized wireless keyboard with aluminum details and a full row of function keys. Just outside the gate, it seems excellent value for money at $ 59.99. The overall design, and even the print on the keys, makes it look like an accessory that Microsoft could make and perhaps overpay for. The frets use a scissor mechanism and each have 2mm travel, which Brydge claims is the “perfect” amount of key travel. If it’s anything like what the Surface Laptop 3 has built in, there are plenty of reasons to get excited.
This model features Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity with support for up to four devices, so you can easily change the computer it’s connected to. Brydge says it can last up to a month with a charge. When it turns off, you can charge it via USB-C.
Rounding out the range are the new Brydge 12.3 Pro Plus and 10.5 Go Plus keyboards. The $ 149.99 Pro Plus model works with Surface Pro 4, 5, 6 and 7, while the $ 129.99 Go Plus works with Surface Go and Go 2. Both feature Bluetooth 5.0, backlit keys, Windows Precision trackpad with full multitouch gesture support, USB-C charging ports and antimicrobial coating on the deck. Brydge has had a Surface Pro keyboard for some time – this new model has a redesigned hinge, a 70% larger trackpad, native multi-touch control in Windows, upgraded Bluetooth connectivity, and a plastic deck instead of in. aluminum. (The bottom of the keyboard is still metal.) It also weighs 70 grams less.
Like the Brydge Pro Plus keyboard for iPad Pro, these turn your Surface into a more traditional clamshell laptop that can be easily balanced on your lap or folded and tossed in a bag. When you want to use your Surface as a tablet, you can just pull it off the Brydge hinge and go.
Compared to Microsoft’s Surface keyboards, Brydge offers a more stable typing experience and longer key travel. But it requires recharging roughly every three months, and Bluetooth isn’t as reliable as a connection like the Pogo pins used by Surface keyboards. It also makes the surface noticeably thicker and heavier, but it’s still a fairly portable package.
All of these products will be on sale starting August 17th and, apart from 10.5 Go Plus which will be shipped the week of September 7th, the others will ship the week of August 31st.