Wooden gadget accessories appeal to a certain kind of dweebus—I am that dweebus. And Oregon's Grove has been among the best for years. Now they're making iPad cases. Are they worth it?
Ladies, here's a eye-catching way to tote your tablet. Melie Bianco has a new neon faux patent leather purse specifically designed for your iPad or whatever slate you're shlepping. Are you drooling yet?
The Wirecutter's singular goal is to decide which gadgets to buy or not to buy. Today, it takes a hard look at iPad keyboard cases.
Well done! You bought a Blackbox case, crafted from bamboo, for your Apple device and now you're eco-friendly and green, and sustainable and so on and so forth. But now your Apple whatever is also wonderfully bulky.
The iPad's a joy for reading, but you're screwed for writing anything longer than: "rad man, I'll see u ther. Excuse my brevity and any typos but touchscreens suck for typing, ok?" That's why I want a ClamCase. Star Wars-style.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
BinderPad is an iPad case that can fit inside a 3 ring binder. What's so special about that? For the kids man! It's completely stealth so students can hide it in their binders and look like they're studying when they're actually on their iPad.
When I first saw the Incase iPad Lounge Case, I thought it was an April Fool's joke. Then I used it. On my desk, on my bed, on my belly, on my knees, on everything… and it never came off.
Otterbox's cases are tough, but their new Utility Series Latch case can pretty much attach itself to anything, allowing you to use it in almost every situation.
Believe me, I'd try if I thought it'd work. What I do love about the Kork case, made from recycled cork, is the clean packaging. All the relevant outputs and ports are catered for too, and it costs $67. [Kork]
If you want to dress your iPad up in the finest case money can buy, you needn't look much further than this: Gresso's African Blackwood, 18k gold jacket. It smells distinctly of excess.
I will feel so much cooler with a legitimate Moleskine cover—sorry, "analog-digital ultra-portable workstation for the contemporary nomad"— wrapped around my iPad. But no iPhone 4 case, really? What kind of contemporary nomad hasn't upgraded?
I was hoping that putting my iPhone into one of these Super Mario cases would make it magically grow and turn into an iPad, but no such luck. These are just regular iPad cases—they just happen to look great.
For 90 bucks, you'd at least expect Otterbox's iPad defender case to be waterproof. Or gold-plated. Instead, it's made from "three layers of protection," and is bump, shock, drop and dust-proof according to those in-the-know.
Everything old is new again. Or at least, everything new can be retrofitted. In this case, designer Jonas Damon has plugged an iPad into an old CRT television housing. The static screensaver provides the coup-de-80s.
One of these items is not a book. But it feels like one. This is the first time I've ever liked a case that made a gadget 3x as thick, and with that extra padding, the iPad feels just right.