Last week (Wednesday) I got delivered one of my “self” Christmas presents, a Brydge keyboard for my iPad Pro 12.9 1st gen. I wasn’t 100% sure about it (specs: heavy) but my smart cover was about to break, and given the cost I thought I could give it a shot. After all, this iPad eventually will go to my partner, and she likes having real keyboard to type on.
- Normal size keyboard
- Makes holding the iPad in the lap really comfy, it’s just another laptop now
- Keyfeel similar to old Macbooks (a bit more springy, but might be due to my Macbook being so old), good
- Excellent construction, design and feel
- 1 year battery life (there’s a catch though)
- Heavy as hell (physics: needs to balance the Pro after all), luckily the weight went into a very large battery
- Small enter key (I’m used to the larger enter key we have here in Europe)
All in all, I’m very happy with it. I used to hold my iPad when sitting, now I use it as a laptop, and it’s just so much better. Would definitely recommend, at least for the largest Pros.
On Saturday I picked up my new Air, the 2018 edition with 16GB of RAM. Upgrading from a 2013 with 8GB feels like “WOW”, basically. I have the feeling the CPU is not more powerful than my old one (had a beefed up i7) but usually my bottleneck was memory (Docker+lots of other stuff eats it up pretty quick), so it flies now.
Have spent the week setting it up (after 5 years of being a polyglot developer you amass a huge amount of tools, scripts and settings) and I have to confess the keyboard on that machine feels pretty good. I’m still not convinced about the very low travel, but the keyfeel I find excellent. More “mechanical” than with the old Macbooks. Have gotten used to it pretty quickly, and now I think the old Air feels too “springy”.
I haven’t really kept counting, but since I ordered my TextBlade (which I still want, no need to cancel anything) I have gotten (as far as keyboards go):
- faulty battery compartment on my Magic Keyboard (fixed with alu foil, don’t try to fix it with a battery holder spring: it can melt)
- compact mechanical keyboard for home
- typewriter-looking mechanical for iDevices (stay at home as well)
- foldable portable (Moko) keyboard for iDevices (take away)
- new Macbook
At the current pace mental modulators will be used. Or my RSI could get worse and I’ll just dictate. How’s that fork going @waytools ?
In case it wasn’t clear, no, don’t cancel my order.