The Brydge G-Type keyboard is a full laptop keyboard that features a glass trackpad that transforms your Pixel Slate into a laptop. The keyboard has been specifically designed for the Pixel Slate, but could potentially be used with other tablets, assuming they can squeeze into the hinge area that the Pixel Slate slides into.
You can use the Pixel Slate now in three different modes:
Pairing the Brydge G-Type Bluetooth keyboard with your Google Pixel Slate is a straightforward affair. Press the power button on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Once the keyboard is powered up, press and hold the Bluetooth button for 3 seconds. The button will begin flashing blue, which indicates that it is in pairing mode. One the Pixel slate, go into settings and then into Bluetooth and select the Bridge G-Type device. Done!
Brydge boast that you can use the keyboard for up to 6 months on a single charge. This is assuming that you use it only 2 hours a day. I suspect my usage will require charging every few months, but that is still ok for me. Anything over a month usuage is fine.
This is not the lightest of keyboards, measuring in at 1.54lb (700g). You only really notice the weight once it gets coupled with the Pixel Slate, which is 1.6 lbs (731 g). That is a combined weight of 3.14lbs (1.43Kg) and boy does it feel SOLID!
The keyboard is made of aluminium with fairly large keys that have a standard "plastic" feel to them. They leave you with the feeling that they will be hard wearing 🙂 Personally, it didn't take me long to get used to the keys and I've been pretty much at home with it since. Keyboards are always down to personal preference, but I feel this will appeal to a fairly large audience.
One brilliant feature of this keyboard is that it performs a super fast connection to the Pixel Slate when required. I have found it to not only connects fast, but also very reliably, which is something that some Bluetooth keyboards struggle with.
If you want to use the Pixel Slate with a keyboard on your lap, then this is currently the best keyboard on the market to do that. We will have a comparison video of the Pixel Slate keyboard up soon, but the spoiler alert is that this keyboard is the winner. It sits perfectly well on your lap and doesn't "bounce" around too much due to its weight and solid construction. The hinges hold the Pixel Slate in place and do not "flex" too much when you are touching the screen. Some movement is expected and I think it performs very well.
The Bridge G-Type keyboard for the Pixel Slate is a pleasure to use. Sliding the tablet in and out of the grooves that hold it on the G-type keyboard is a little fiddly at first, but you do get used to it. The keys are reasonably well laid out and have a good key travel of 1.5mm. This might seem a little much for some people when used on a laptop, but for me, it wasn't an issue.
The fast Bluetooth connection was a welcome surprise. You do need to press the connect button and wait forever for it to establish a connection. I was unable to time the connection speed, as it was that fast, but if I said it was in the region of 200ms, I wouldn't be far off.
The trackpad is large and you can easily scroll the full length and width of the screen without lifting your finger. It supports standard trackpad clicks as well as single tap and multitouch gestures. Overall I highly recommend this keyboard due to its build quality, fast connection, and great performance on your lap (lapability - new word for me).
Below is a rundown of all the special keys that are accommodated on this keyboard: