It is easy to find reasons not to write – there’s too much noise, my desk position isn’t right, my keyboard isn’t right. Well, I have finally removed one of those for good.

I have been using my iPad as my main computer for a long time now and really love the writing apps that I use on it (Drafts and Ulysses). But the one issue has been that if I want to write in our van the table wasn’t right and writing on my lap didn’t work with the keyboards that I had. I was beginning to think that I was going to have to buy a laptop (don’t get me wrong buying a new M2 MacBook Air would be no hardship but I don’t need that much computing power).

I decided that the keyboard that was going to do the job was one made by Brydge. They didn’t have any suitable for my now six years old iPad for sale on their site so I did a search in Amazon. Unknown to me the one I found was fulfilled by a third party supplier and they turned out to be the supplier from hell.

My first order didn’t arrive, my second order didn’t arrive and I was on the point of giving up, getting a refund and putting up with my current setup. As a last ditch attempt I emailed support at Brydge and it turns out they offer older keyboards as “open box”, returned keyboards that have hardly been used and work perfectly well.

So, as you can see from the photo above I am now the very happy owner of a Brydge keyboard which is exactly what I wanted and will allow me to write from wherever in the world we manage to get with our little campervan.

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