On August 17, Brydge will begin selling a new lineup of Surface accessories bearing the “Designed for Surface” symbol, meaning they were made in collaboration with Microsoft. The lineup includes keyboards for the Surface Pro and Surface Go, but the most intriguing product in the group is the $ 99.99 standalone W-Touch standalone trackpad. Apparent is apparently the first standalone wireless trackpad made for Windows 10.
The W-Touch is like a Trackpad Magic 2 that was built for Windows 10, rather, clad in a gorgeous black with an aluminum construction. It has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and supports precise drivers and multitouch gestures, such as zoom tip, and multi-connectors to switch desktops. This trackpad has a large glass surface to move easily inside, measuring 5.5 inches across and 3.3 inches deep, so slightly smaller than the Apple version, but still wide.
The W-Touch reportedly delivers one month of battery life, and it charges via USB-C. One hundred dollars is not cheap for a trackpad, but as the only standalone, wireless option made in partnership with Microsoft, Brydge gets to set the price. I haven̵7;t had a chance to try it yet, but it can be a great accessory to have around if a mouse does not sway with the workflow.
Brydge is also releasing the W-Type to complement the W-Touch. It is a full size wireless keyboard with aluminum details and a full array of function keys. Right outside the gate, it seems to have a great value at $ 59.99. The overall design, and even the keystrokes, make it look like an accessory Microsoft could make – and perhaps overloaded. The bases use a scissor mechanism and each of them has a 2 mm trip, which Brydge claims is the “perfect” amount of the main trip. If it’s something like the one that built the Laptop Surface 3, there’s plenty of reason to be excited.
This model has Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity with support for up to four devices, so you can easily switch the computer to which it is connected. Brydge claims it could last up to a month with payment. When it disappears, you can upload it via USB-C.
The lineup summary is the new Brydge 12.3 Pro Plus and 10.5 Go Plus keyboards. The $ 149.99 Pro Plus model works with the Surface Pro 4, 5, 6, and 7, while the $ 129.99 $ Go Plus works with the Surface Go and Go 2. Both feature Bluetooth 5.0, backlit keys, Windows Precision trackpads with full multitouch gesture support, USB-C ports for charging and an antimicrobial coating on the deck. Brydge has had a keyboard for the Surface Pro for some time now – this new model has a redesigned hinge, 70 percent larger trackpad, natural multi-touch control in Windows, updated Bluetooth connectivity and a plastic deck compared to aluminum . (The bottom of the keyboard is still metal.) It also weighs 70 grams less.
Like the Brydge Pro Plus keyboard for the iPad Pro, these turn your Surface into a more traditional shell laptop that can be easily balanced on your lap or locked and thrown in a purse. When you want to use the Surface as a tablet, you can simply open it from the Brydge hinges and go.
Compared to Microsoft Surface keyboards, Brydge offers a more stable typing experience and longer keystroke. But it requires to be charged approximately every three months and Bluetooth is not as reliable for a connection as pogo pin use of the Surface keyboards. It also makes the Surface noticeably thicker and heavier, but is still a fairly portable package.
All of these products will go on sale starting Aug. 17, and with the exception of the 10.5 Go Plus shipping week of September 7, others will ship through the week of August 31.