Provides: Scratch protection for iPad 2 and the new iPad Developer:Seidio Minimum Requirements: iPad 2 or new iPad Price: $54.95 Availability: Now
When my Seidio Expert Portfolio Case review unit arrived, I’ll admit I didn’t get what they were going for. A case that attaches to your iPad with adhesive? Okay then.
So, to give the Expert a fare shake, I put myself in the frame of mind of Seidio’s target demographic. The iPad is a very sleek device, and nearly every folio style case is going to hamper that sleekness. There has to be a way for the case to attach itself to the iPad, after all, and that usually involves a silicon or leather framework that adds bulk to the device. The Expert forgoes that approach by attaching the back cover to the back of your iPad with “Clean-Grip advanced gripping technology.”
That bears some explanation, as you’re probably as freaked out by this as I was. So, as Seidio explains…
Clean-Grip advanced gripping technology was engineered to hold ultra-securely without messy residue and simultaneously allow you to remove and reposition your iPad, if necessary. Given that the adhesive is in good condition (new or properly washed/dried), Clean-Grip advanced gripping technology has a shear strength ranging from 22.6 N/cm 2 to 55.1 N/cm 2, which is equivalent to being able to grip an item with a weight of up to 700 pounds in an upright position. The strength is more than enough to hold the iPad, which weighs only 1.44 pounds.
In other words, it’s strong enough to hold your iPad, but it can be removed/reused without leaving any residue behind. I can attest to this, as I removed and reapplied the case numerous times during my month-long testing period and never once had a problem with the iPad slipping off the cover.
Now that I’ve addressed that issue, how about the other features an iPad case needs to have? Well, it being a folio case, the Expert provides simple access to all of the side ports and buttons on your iPad. The only opening you need to concern yourself with is the camera hole, as it’s up to you to position the iPad for proper alignment.
The Expert provides the sleep/wake functionality of Apple’s Smart Cover, and is even creased the same way so you can fold it back to use as an iPad stand.
The corners aren’t as rigid, however, and it wasn’t long before they started to curl up on my review unit. It’s purely a cosmetic issue, but is one that will likely concern many iPad users.
The exterior of the Expert is made of a synthetic leather that’s available in ebony, espresso, regal purple and ivory. The interior is a softer material that will keep your iPad free from scratches.
This is all comes together into an extremely thin package that should fit comfortably into a case with your laptop or your briefcase or backpack. There’s not much corner protection, however, or padding from falls, so you’ll need to consider your usage habits when deciding if the Expert is a good option for you. Also consider the price, which seems a bit steep for the overall protection you’re getting here.
But if your needs center around a professional looking case that provides basic protection and doesn’t take up a lot of space, the Seidio Expert Portfolio case is a unique option to consider.