On August 10, the verge reported that on August 17, brydge will begin to sell a series of new surface accessories with the logo of “designed for surface”, which means that they are produced in cooperation with Microsoft. The range includes keyboard covers for surface pro and surface go, but the most attractive feature of this collection is the $99.99 w-touch stand-alone touchpad. This is clearly the first stand-alone wireless touchpad for windows 10 PCs.
according to the official introduction, the w-touch touch touch panel can provide one month’s battery life and can be charged through usb-c.
this wireless connection supports up to four devices, so you can easily switch between connected computers. Brydge claims it can last up to a month at a time. When the battery runs out, you can charge it via usb-c.
brydge launched the 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 model works with surface go and go 2. Both have Bluetooth 5.0, backlit buttons, windows precision touch panel with full multi touch gesture support, usb-c port for charging and grey surface antibacterial coating.
like the brydge Pro Plus keyboard of the iPad pro, these keyboards turn your surface into a more traditional open top laptop that can be easily placed on your lap or closed and thrown into a bag. When you want to use the surface as a tablet, you just pop it out of the brydge hinge.
compared with Microsoft’s surface keyboard, brydge provides a more stable typing experience and longer key range. But it needs to be recharged about every three months, and Bluetooth doesn’t connect as reliably as the magnets used on surface keyboards. It also makes the surface significantly thicker and heavier, but it’s still quite portable.