The iPad, whether it’s Pro or Air, changes a lot when we use it with a keyboard or keyboard cover. Certain tasks, especially those that require heavy use of writing, as well as those where trackpad accuracy is important, benefit greatly from both the protection and versatility of this class of accessories. Beyond Apple’s proposals, there are two benchmark keyboard covers on the market, the Logitech Combo Touch and the Brydge MAX +, let’s compare them.

Design and concept: quality with two very different approaches

I have to start off by saying that while these are keyboard covers, their approach, design, and design are drastically different. Before we get into the differences, however, let’s talk about the similarities. Both covers are made with the best materials and have top quality finishes. Both have a generous trackpad and an additional strip of very interesting function keys, which we’ll talk about in a few paragraphs.

Brydge MAX + cover

And so far the similarities. So let’s see the differences. One of the first is the design of the cover itself. Logitech’s proposal consists of a case for the iPad and a keyboard that can be removed at will. Meanwhile, at Brydge, they go for a unit, with the advantage – or the downside if we prefer to protect our iPad at all times – that we can separate the iPad from the case to leave it fully self-contained.

Logitech Combo Touch Case

While I personally prefer that I can remove any case by simply pulling hard on the iPad and the magnet that holds it in place, I understand that a lot of people will prefer to have the iPad in a case, whether they are using the keyboard or not. . Here we must highlight the support provided by the Logitech alternative, which allows us to use the iPad in different positions even without a keyboard.

Brydge MAX + cover

In addition to functionality, the two keyboard cases seek to give our iPad a different look. In Brydge’s case, we’re turning the iPad into a Mac, and the whole aesthetic, including the legs of the same shell, makes the iPad a compendium and covers a miniature MacBook. A fun, original and aesthetically convincing solution as well as practical.

Logitech Combo Touch Case

Logitech, for its part, is looking for a different profile. With an extra-flat keyboard, almost at table height, and a textile design that is highly resistant to scratches and spills. A design that is even reminiscent of a Microsoft laptop and adds flexibility to the iPad from another point of view.

Similar but different keyboards

Logitech Combo Touch Case

The two keyboards are similar and different at the same time. On the one hand, the keyboard itself cannot have large variations, on the other hand the difference in touch is something that after hours of writing is greatly appreciated. Using Apple’s Magic Keyboard as a base, I have to say that the Logitech case has considerably less key travel, while the Brydge case has almost double that. Here, I leave it to everyone to decide for one or the other.

Brydge MAX + cover

In comparison, the Logitech keyboard is a bit quieter than the Brydge’s. On the other hand, the size of the keys is larger, which in my opinion is more comfortable. The MAX +’s keys are quite small, something that exaggerates their configuration, quite protruding. It takes a few hours to get used to the size, but it’s something that catches your eye. The size change allows Brydge to skip half keys for accents, and a few auxiliary keys, which is also appreciated.

Logitech Combo Touch Case

As we have already commented a few paragraphs before, both keyboards have a row of very useful function keys. Brightness control, lock, escape key and others cover the top of the keyboard.

Brydge MAX + cover

Two very interesting options depending on what you are looking for

Brydge MAX + on the left and Logitech Combo Touch on the right

There are a lot of little details that make one keyboard even more different from another. On the MAX + there is a charging port on the side. A very useful USB-C port so you don’t need to have the cable hanging from the iPad itself. On the other hand, it is important to note that the Brydge keyboard uses bluetooth, which requires us to pair our iPad.

Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case for 11-inch iPad Pro 1st, 2nd, 3rd Generation 2018, 2020, 2021, Detachable Backlit Keyboard, Trackpad, Smart Connector, Spanish Gray QWERTY Layout

It also makes that we can continue to interact with the iPad via the keyboard even outside of the case, a bit of a weird behavior. While it is easier to open the Logitech case, it is also true that it requires an additional step, that of placing its back support.

Brydge 12.9 MAX + Space Gray

Finally, let’s mention that in certain situations, there may be friction between the metal part of the keyboard and the front of the iPad in the Brydge case. A pair of rubber spacers prevent direct contact, but pressure on the cover ends up crushing them and causing them to rub against each other.

Personally, if I had to choose between one of the two cases, I would go for the Logitech solution. It is clear that the two solutions come to offer different approaches to the task of adding a keyboard to our iPad. Brydge’s solution makes lathe work easier, for example, while Logitech’s has a more comfortable finish, in my opinion. In the end, one or the other cover will depend a lot on the use that we will give to our iPad.