A keyboard can be a valuable addition to a tablet, and there’s a thriving market for them. Companies will soon have new offerings for a range of models that appear ready to stand out from the crowd.
Brydge iPad Air Keyboard with Speakers
Brydge plans to set itself apart from the typical Apple iPad Air keyboard case with a model that includes a built-in set of stereo speakers. The BrydgeAir will also feature a keyboard layout reminiscent of a MacBook, a casing made of a single piece of aluminum, and backlit keys. It will use a clamshell design with a hinge that can be opened up to 180 degrees.
Brydge is currently taking pre-orders for the BrydgeAir at $150. After the release in late October the price will be $199.
Logitech’s Multi-Device Solution
Although many Bluetooth keyboards are designed to be used with a single tablet model, the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 will go the opposite direction – it can be used with a wide array of devices, and can be connected to up to three of them at the same time.
The K480 will support not just Android and iOS but also Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS. With a flick of the Easy-Switch dial, users will be able to change between any of three devices, whether they be tablets, smartphones, or PCs.
The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe later this month for $49.99.
ZAGG’s Offerings for Mid- and Full-Size Android Tablets
There aren’t keyboard cases available for every Android tablet on the market, but ZAGG’s Auto-Fit series will be an option for many of the ones that would otherwise be left out in the cold. The Auto-Fit 7 was released earlier this year, and ZAGG is close to introducing the Auto-Fit 8 and Auto-Fit 10, two new versions designed for larger models.
All these accessories will feature a spring-loaded cover that adjusts to the specific height of the user’s Android tablet, as well as a hinge that allows for 135-degree viewing angles. Its folio design offers full-body protection against scratches, dirt, and impact.
The 7-inch version sells for $79.99, while the 8-inch one will cost $89.99, and the 10-inch model will go for $99.99.