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Brydge Keyboard for 12.3" Aluminum Surface Pro - $87.33 + Free Shipping

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Walmart has the Brydge Keyboard 12.3 for Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4 for $87.33 with Free 2-Day Shipping sold by Walmart. This is the lowest price for this bluetooth keyboard that was recently released. It's currently sold everywhere for $149. Amazon review at 4 stars (11 reviews probably due to it being released as of May 2017). Not available in store for local p/u. Free 2-day Shipping or Free ship to store.

Org Price: $149.99
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Features:
-160° VIEWING - Patented hinge with 0-160° rotation, without the need of a kickstand
-BACKLIT KEYS - With 3 levels to meet visibility needs
-LIGHTWEIGHT & STRONG - Only 23oz & made from high-grade aluminum
-RECHARGEABLE Battery - Built-in rechargeable battery lasting up to 3 months
-Compatible with the NEW Microsoft Surface Pro, Pro 3 & Pro 4

Brydge 12.3 Keyboard for Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4 [walmart.com]
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Not something I need but a good price
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reviews seem to be not that great

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews...3-keyboard

https://www.digitaltrends.com/key...ro-review/

kinda wanna go into store to try it out myself though
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Good deal on this for those who need.

The pros are:
  • Converts it to something closer to a laptop (like a Surface book)
  • Makes it easier to use in lap/small desks like in schools

Cons are:
  • Some users report that it damages/discolors the screen due to the strong pressure of the hinge
  • Makes it much heavier
  • The keyboard is bluetooth so there is a small lag when typing, along with the other issues that come with BT devices
  • The trackpad is low quality and not as precise as the TypeCover
  • The keyboard is louder and keys require more actuation force than the TypeCover

Despite this, I may give it a try for myself. Not being able to use the SP easily in my lap or a small desk is very frustrating. I can't help but think that this could have been so much better if it could provide extended battery life and was not bluetooth dependent.
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Cool concept, but its basically an overpriced Bluetooth keyboard with hinges for the SP. I'll wait for others to copy and perfect this
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I would not recommend this. The trackpad button is hard to press and mouse is laggy
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Wow, what the hell? This price is a damn steal!

I bought this after the pre-order pricing was announced after CES 2017. It was priced at $129 on Brydge's website. I got it reduced to $126 because of their President's Day sale being cheaper.

Pro's:
  • Solid, solid construction
  • Works very well with Surface Pro (I have the 3 Pro). It is the same dimensions, looks the same, its sleek. When you close the lid, it shuts off. When you open it, it turns on. The unit was built to recognize when you open/close the unit.
  • Using it on your lap is so much better than using the Surface Pro with the MS keyboard and kickstand. Not even a contest.
  • Hinges are super sturdy. They come installed with the silicone for the SP4 but silicone for the SP3 are provided extra. Installation is not too bad.
  • Backlit (although the MS keyboards are too).
  • Works with all SP models, 3+.
  • Keyboard comes with a battery indicator (green - full, yellow - moderate, red - low/charging)
  • Arrow keys are the proper inverted T. (MS keyboard has the oversized Left/Right buttons)
  • Printscreen button. SP3 keyboard lacked this, SP4 keyboard added it.
  • Right CTRL button. MS keyboards lack this.
Cons
  • Compared to the Surface Pro keyboard from Microsoft, this keyboard is at a disadvantage simply because of the MS proprietary connection. As such, the Brydge keyboard is bluetooth and needs to be charged once a month (which is stated on the box...the charge lasts about a month). MS keyboards dont require charge.
  • You will find a SLIGHT delay for input when first opening the screen, but just at the start and thats it. Otherwise no issues with input.
  • The hinges might be a little too tight. There is light bleeding from the hinge from pushing against the screen (think like you are pushing the corner of the screen with your thumb with some extra pressure. No risk for cracking, just it pushes up against the backlight)
  • The screws on the bottom are T5/star shaped. Why can't they use Philips head? Sigh.
  • The Left CTRL key is a bit thin. I find myself hitting the FN key quite often.
  • I miss having dedicated Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys. The Brydge doubles the arrow keys as those functions (which is very common, and I have since gotten used to it). And its ok. Just as I was using it, it made me miss the dedicated keys. Although, keep in mind that to have those keys dedicated on the MS keyboard you had to have the F1/F12 keys turned off, and accessed by the FN key.
  • I seem to miss a good amount of keystrokes. The keyboard is not as fluid as the MS keyboards. This is not to say the keyboard is bad, it is just different.
  • The touchpad is just atrocious, honestly. Thankfully, I never use the touchpad thanks to the pen (my old Microsoft Surface Pro Keyboard had never had its touchpad used). It is designed the same way, in that the bottom left area is left click and bottom right is right click, but I can not, for the life of me, figure out a good way to initiate the click without the touchpad registering movement. As such, since the touchpad registers movement when clicking I can not easily get a click in because the movement beats out the click. Add in the fact that it is quite small and the design of it is such that it is depressed from the surface. I wish it was flush.
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Cool concept, but its basically an overpriced Bluetooth keyboard with hinges for the SP. I'll wait for others to copy and perfect this
This!!! Are you listening Logitech?
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Good deal on this for those who need.

The pros are:
  • Converts it to something closer to a laptop (like a Surface book)
  • Makes it easier to use in lap/small desks like in schools

Cons are:
  • Some users report that it damages/discolors the screen due to the strong pressure of the hinge
  • Makes it much heavier
  • The keyboard is bluetooth so there is a small lag when typing, along with the other issues that come with BT devices
  • The trackpad is low quality and not as precise as the TypeCover
  • The keyboard is louder and keys require more actuation force than the TypeCover

Despite this, I may give it a try for myself. Not being able to use the SP easily in my lap or a small desk is very frustrating. I can't help but think that this could have been so much better if it could provide extended battery life and was not bluetooth dependent.
Just want to add that some reviews say the tightness of the clamps means you can't have a skin or screen protector unless you cut them to fit.
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Had this deal alert for a while now but this negative rep for it has made me reconsider. I might just get a MS keyboard now.
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This does not work with the surface 2.

So the keyboard just arrived and i've been using it for a few hours. In fact, I am typing on it right now.

There is no noticeable lag except in the first 2-3 seconds after booting up the surface. After that, the keyboard is very responsive. Bluetooth also allows the screen to be detached while the keyboard is wirelessly connected. Makes it a pretty interesting setup.

The touchpad is great and very tactile. Palm rest while typing does not move the mouse. It also registers multi-touch (i.e pinch to zoom, desktop, cortana) But I really don't see myself using the touchpad since the surface has a touchscreen. I've never used the touchpad on the typecover.

There is no screen bleed around hinge contact. Initially, I kept the SP4 rubber cushion (the one it originally ships with) and tried to attach the screen. There was noticeable "bleed" near the hinge. I switched it out to SP3 (not a hard task like others have mentioned) and I don't see anything with this. There is no space for a screen protector. Brydge is coming out with a shell protector soon but I don't see myself getting one. This is not a surface book replacement. You can't flip the screen backwards and write on it like the surface book. The hinge is well balanced and can be fully extended without tipping over.

Overall, this keyboard breathes new life into my surface pro 3. It is more enjoyable to be typing on this than with the type cover. So I say, to each their own.
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The price seems to keep dropping, it is now at $79.33. Going to give it a try based off of the update by the OP and the lowering price.

Edit: Price now up to $99.99.
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I bought one. Pretty solid construction. Keys are a a bit stiff, but assume that will improve. I wouldn't pay MSRP for it, but at this price it's a pretty good deal.

It does provide a pretty nice laptop look.
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