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New Microsoft Surface accessories 'Brydge' the gap between tablet and laptop

Brydge Surface Go Top Half Open
Brydge Surface Go Top Half Open (Image credit: Brydge)

Brydge W Touch With Surface

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What you need to know

  • Brydge unveils several accessories that are "Designed for Surface."
  • The accessories include a standalone Precision trackpad, a standalone keyboard, and keyboards that turn the Surface Pro and Surface Go into laptops.
  • The W-Touch trackpad (opens in new tab) costs $100 and the W-Type keyboard (opens in new tab) costs $60.
  • The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ (opens in new tab) and 10.5 Go+ (opens in new tab) keyboards cost $150 and $130 respectively.

Brydge has a range of new accessories coming out that make Microsoft's Surface devices more versatile. The company unveiled the W-Touch standalone Precision trackpad (opens in new tab), the W-Type keyboard (opens in new tab), the Brydge 12.3 Pro+ keyboard (opens in new tab), and the 10.5 Go+ keyboard (opens in new tab) (via The Verge). The W-Touch trackpad ($100), W-Touch keyboard ($60), and Brydge 12.3 Pro+ ($150), and the 10.5 Go+ ($130) go on sale August 17, though they won't ship until a bit after that. All of the accessories will ship the week of August 31 except that 10.5 Go+ which will ship the week of September 7.

The W-Touch trackpad is a unique accessory because it is the "first ever standalone Wireless Windows Precision Trackpad," according to Brydge. The W-Touch trackpad seems similar to the Magic Trackpad 2 that's popular for macOS devices, though the W-Touch is built for Windows 10.

The W-Touch connects with Bluetooth 4.2. It supports the gestures you'd expect in a Precision trackpad, including pinch to zoom, multitouch swiping to switch desktops, and swiping to show the multitask view on Windows 10. The W-Touch is made in partnership with Microsoft.

The W-Type is a full-size keyboard with a number pad. It Also has a full row of function keys. It connects with Bluetooth 5.1 and features an Aluminum body. It has 2mm of travel on its keys, which should feel comfortable.

The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ and 10.5 Go+ will be more familiar to people who have used Brydge products before. Brydge is known for its iPad keyboards that perform a similar function, allowing you to slot a tablet into a keyboard to make a laptop-like device while having the option to remove the tablet to use on its own.

The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ works with the Surface Pro 4, 5, 6, and 7 while the 10.5 Go+ works with the Surface Go and Surface Go 2. The 12.3 Pro+ has a 70 percent larger touchpad than the original Brydge 12.3. Both of the keyboards have the "world's first Bluetooth precision touchpad for Windows," according to Brydge.

The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ does not work with the Surface Pro X, which makes sense considering the Surface Pro X has different physical dimensions than any Surface Pro. When Engadget first covered these keyboards from Brydge, it reported that a Surface Pro X version would be available in the second half of 2020.

The Surface Pro 7 already made our list of Best Windows laptops as the best convertible device. With the new Brydge keyboard, you now have more options to convert the Surface Pro 7.

The Brydge 12.3 Pro+ and 10.5 Go+ keyboards charge with USB-C, have backlit keys, and support multitouch gestures. These keyboards connect with Bluetooth rather than the pogo pins that Microsoft's Surface Type Covers use.