[Update: Shipping] Brydge announces Chrome OS keyboard and touchpad with Bluetooth, USB-C


A month earlier than the Pixel Slate was formally unveiled, Brydge accidentally revealed third-party equipment for the Made by Google pill. Whereas the G-Type is already obtainable, one system that leaked was not launched till CES 2019. Brydge this week announced “the first ever dedicated desktop keyboard & touchpad for Chrome OS.”

This “Wireless Desktop Keyboard” — because it’s formally referred to — leaked with the codename “Goanna” in October. Matching the Pixel Slate’s Midnight Blue shade, it options devoted Chrome OS operate keys with a again button, refresh, fullscreen, and multitask. Different controls embrace display brightness, play/pause, quantity, in addition to the menu button.

Quantity up and menu seem to double as Bluetooth and energy, respectively. Battery life is touted at six months over Bluetooth 4.1, however there’s additionally a USB-C port on the again for what Brydge calls “dual connectivity.”

In the meantime, subsequent to ctrl within the bottom-left nook is a Google Assistant key. The keyboard’s physique is constructed from aluminum and barely slanted in direction of the person for ergonomics. Will probably be obtainable in US and UK English layouts, in addition to German.

Replace 5/13: The Brydge C-Type Wireless Keyboard is now obtainable for buy after being introduced at CES 2019 in January. Orders for the $99 accent at this time will ship by Might 17th, whereas Brydge C-Sort Wi-fi Touchpad continues to be listed as “coming soon.”

Alongside this keyboard, Brydge additionally unveiled a “Wireless Desktop Touchpad” that encompasses a matching aluminum physique. The floor is fabricated from glass for clean swiping, with multi-touch gesture assist related to different Chromebooks. It’s 5.5-inches vast and three.3-inches tall, with Bluetooth 4.2 and USB-C connectivity current. Battery life can also be rated at 6-months.

Each Chrome OS equipment might be delivery in “late spring” for $99 every, with pre-orders starting in “early spring.”  consumers can sign-up to remain knowledgeable about availability.

Chrome OS keyboards are few and much between, with the one different current accent made by Belkin. Released final June, it’s aimed toward Chromebook tablets and particularly the training market. The Brydge equipment additionally come within the midst of a brand new Chromebase all-in-one spotted in development.

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