iPads are popping up in more and more places at work and at play and one area in particular the iPad seems to becoming more commonplace is out in the field, slowly replacing even ruggedized laptops and metal clip boards. However, since the iPad is somewhat fragile by nature, it does require protection, especially in less than optimal conditions.
This is where the i1075 Case by Pelican comes in. Built in the US and designed specifically for the iPad, its built rough and tough, but its light. Made of durable polypropylene copolymer, it can withstand a drop of 3ft, something that the iPad would not likely survive without protection.
Protections from the Elements
The case also protects from dirt and grime. When latched down, its rubber gasket forms a tight seal, which keeps out dirt, air, as well as water.
Now I wouldn’t recommend you take it swimming with you, but should you immerse it in water, it can withstand a dip, 3 metres down for up to 30 minutes, without risk to your beloved iGadget.
Plus, regardless as to whether you’re under water or up in the sky, the i1075 has an automatic pressure equalization valve that purges built-up pressure while keeping dust & water out.
The interior is padded with a molded liner is designed to cradle your iPad. It’s strong enough to withstand pressure from movement or drop but not abrasive so as to leave scratches on the case or display.
Designers really put some thought into the design of this case. While keeping your iPad protected, there’s also compartments to neatly stow your accessories, cables, AC Charger and adapters and there’s even room for a portable keyboard.
Beyond just storage, it can be used as a portable office so you can do your thing without removing all the bits and pieces.
You can use your keyboard in place and prop up your iPad, either in landscape or portrait mode with its integrated easel, giving you notebook functionality. There’s even enough room to leave your SmartCover attached.
It has a nice small form factor, measuring 12.38” x 9.75” x 2.13 but the case will add another 2 ½ pounds on you shoulder. Of course, this is somewhat expected as it is design to not just to cover but to protect. It does come with a removable strap.
With that said, one thing I felt was missing was a small handle, either retractable or foldable for times where you don’t want to sling things over your shoulder.
Now I didn’t soak the case in the bathtub nor did I dump it in the pool, but for my review, I did put it through its paces. I admit I have never tried a Pelican product before as I never perceived the need for such impact resistance case to but with its versatility in creating a little portable office, the Pelican i1075 can blend into virtually any environment like the office or even on the beach.
Now rough and tough doesn’t mean butt-ugly. It does have a minimalist and clean industrial design, so that should you be wearing a suit while carrying your Pelican to the office, you won’t look totally out of place.
On that note, the other thing that would perhaps have been nice would be to have rubber pads or feet on the bottom, for two simple reasons. First, when using it as a portable office, rubber would add a little stability and since I mentioned it would be nice for a suit and tie guy, then rubber feet would be most welcomed if you’re using the boss’ desk while he’s away!
Not Typically Found at Box Stores
The Pelican Case i1075 is an impressive little case that certainly lived up to my expectations. It’s not only designed to be used in the field, it’s great for anyone who totes around their iPad and might have a need for a portable office.
Now you may not find Pelican cases in your typical electronics stores. You can find them at a number of distributors on line, but in Canada, you can find them at some places like Cine Audio Visual, Acklands-Grainger, Mountain Equipment Co-Op & Calgary-based Optimal Case & Lights. It retails in Canada for about $100; but I did see it on-line at the latter two for under $70 CDN.
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.
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