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Chrome OS users will soon be able to buy a Brydge Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad
Update, Jan. 9, 2018 (3:45pm ET): Thanks to a tweet from Kevin Tofel of AboutChromebooks fame, we have some availability and pricing information. First, both the keyboard and touchpad should be available sometime in April or May. Second, it appears as though each item will cost roughly $99.
It’s pricey, but as no one else is making Chrome OS accessories like these, Brydge can set whatever prices it likes on its premium hardware.
Very impressed by the @brydgetech Chrome OS keyboard and trackpad (with haptics!). Works over USB-C or BT. 6 month battery life. $99 each with availability around late April / early May. #ces2019 pic.twitter.com/GIEzIPn86u— Kevin C. Tofel (@KevinCTofel) January 9, 2019
Original article, Jan. 9, 2018 (11:49am ET): We are starting to see more Chrome OS-based tablets released alongside traditional Chromebooks, including Google’s Pixel Slate. Now, keyboard company Brydge, which has already released its own dedicated Pixel Slate keyboard, has revealed it will release a general Bluetooth wireless keyboard that works with all Chrome OS devices, along with a Chrome OS touchpad.
Brydge’s website has the details on both products (via Chrome Unboxed). The keyboard is made of aluminum and has dedicated Chrome OS keys, including a button for launching Google Assistant. The keyboard can also connect to a tablet or other Chrome OS device via a USB Type-C port, in addition to Bluetooth 4.1 support. The battery life on the keyboard is supposed to last up to six months.
The Brydge Chrome OS touchpad is made of glass on top, with an aluminum body below. There’s no word on how long the battery life will be on this touchpad, but it can connect to your Chrome OS device either via a USB Type-C cable or wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2.
Brydge plans to launch both of these products sometime in the spring of 2019, but, unfortunately, there’s no word on how much they will cost. We will keep an eye out and let you know when they will go on sale and what their final prices will be.