It’s a no-brainer to get some sort of cover or protection for your iPad these days and there is certainly no shortage of options, especially those that try to compete with similar offerings from Apple.
Made specifically for the iPad Air (with a little brother version for the iPad mini), check out the Seidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad mini. These are a tight fitting full body folio style case that holds your iPad snuggly into place with an attached flip cover.
The slim body trim/inner shell is made of a tough scratch resistant and abrasive resistant Italian polyurethane designed to protect your iPad. Only the power switch, mic and headphone jack are exposed on the top, the Lightning connector and the stereo speakers on the bottom and the switches on the side.
The back cover, except for the trim, has a cloth-like woven texture reminiscent of what you might find on a suitcase – which not only looks good, it feels nice to the touch. The flip-up screen cover also ports the same material on the outside but with a soft microfibre underside finish, so as not to scratch your iPad’s display. (It’s not as soft as Apple’s offering, but it is cheaper). The cover also has a bendable panel so you wrap it around your iPad to prop it up for better viewing. And as we find on most iPad cases today, it offers magnetic on/off properties to wake up your iPad when lifted and put it to sleep to save battery power when closed.
It’s a good-looking case, very business-like and slips easily into any purse, briefcase or knapsack. It has quite a snug fit so it doesn’t seem the iPad would easily fall out, yet, if needed, it’s easy to remove it with out destroying it as sometimes happens with other brands.
While the iPad has a good solid back cover finish, which is somewhat scratch resistant, I would have liked to see perhaps a smoother finish on the Ledger’s inner tray. The case seems sturdy enough to resist a short fall, but it seems that if the iPad was dropped on its corner, I’m not 100% sure the case would protect it or if the polyurethane would hold up. I decided not to put an iPad Air at risk to try it.
Seidio: Ledger for iPad Air and iPad mini come in two colours: Dark Grey and Red and retail for a reasonable $44.95 U.S. and $39.95 U.S. respectively and are available directly from Seidio. Amazon.ca also carries models for both the iPad Air and the iPad mini for the exact same price but in Canadian Dollars, so for once it actually works out to be a sweeter deal for us Canucks and includes free shipping.
Rating: 3.75 / 5
Photos courtesy Seidio.
Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.