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ProGear™ Vault Case For the Apple iPad mini® 1/2/3 by Pelican (Review)

June 8, 2015 Comments off

VaultCaseiPadMini_closed_high VaultcaseiPadminihighProGear™ Vault Case For the Apple iPad mini® 1/2/3
Pelican
$79.99 MSRP. $75.00 Amazon (Prime)

When you first open the ProGear™ Vault Case (Vault) for the iPad mini, you notice that it’s made of very strong plastic. In fact, the company boasts that the construction passes military standards (MIL-STD 810G) for durability. And for all its toughness, it doesn’t add a lot of unnecessary bulk or weight to your iPad mini (8.72″ x 6.71″ x 0.71″ (22.1 x 17 x 1.8 cm).

When your iPad mini is in the Vault, with the lid closed (as shown in the first picture above), it’s fully protected, with the exception of your rear-facing camera. The rear-facing camera is protected by being inset into the product, but there’s no plastic shield between the outside world and your camera lens.

With the Vault lid open (as shown in the second picture above), your iPad mini screen is exposed and vulnerable to drops, spills, scratches, and other mishaps. If you drop it screen down, it will take damage.

The Vault’s construction is very solid and would be difficult to break under all but the harshest conditions. If conditions are harsh enough to break the Vault case, then perhaps you’re in an unhealthy and life-threatening situation yourself.

The hinge is a weak spot for most cases, but this one has two steel bars that run on each side of the hinge. It would take a tremendous amount of force to break that hinge. As I wrote earlier, with the lid closed and secured, your iPad mini is well protected from drops, from objects being dropped onto it, and from minor liquid spills or splashes.

Why it’s Frugal: The Pelican ProGear™ Vault Case is frugal because it protects your iPad mini in all but the harshest conditions and situations. For $75.00, protecting your $349+ investment is a good deal and is a frugal choice.

The Lightning charger port and the 3.5mm jack are both protected via attached rubber “plugs” that prevent damage to these two vulnerable areas when the plugs are in place.

  • Military Tough: Tested to Military Specifications (MIL-STD 810G) to survive multiple drops
  • Dust Protection: Ingress Protection (IP54) tested to achieve a full seal design against dust and dirt
  • Guaranteed For Life: You break it, we replace it…forever.™
  • Elastomeric Liner: Absorbs shock and protects electronics
  • Screen Protection: Hard cover protects against impact and abrasion
  • Dual Axis Hinge: Allows for unlimited viewing angles
  • Watertight Seal: Keeps out rain and dust
  • Easy, Tool Free Assembly

With the Vault, you could feel comfortable taking your iPad mini outside, to work, on biking trips, on campouts, in the garage, or in the kitchen without much fear of something terrible happening to your iPad. The lid opens all the way (near 360 degrees) to provide a stand for your iPad mini to hold it at a convenient viewing angle while you work with it in a hands free fashion.

Overall, I like the Vault. I think it’s a well made product that’s durable, simple, effective, and priced well considering its materials and construction. It’s available in various colors and also for the iPad Air.

Rating: 8/10

Recommendation: Buy it, but be aware of its exposed camera port and vulnerabilities when open.

About Pelican

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 19 countries, with 28 offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.pelican.com or www.behrmancap.com.

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Pelican Introduces Next-Generation Pelican ProGear™ Vault Cases For the Apple iPad Air® 2 and iPad mini® 1/2/3

March 31, 2015 Comments off

Pelican Vault for iPad and iPad miniMarch 31, 2015 TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To make sure your movies, music and apps are protected, Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions, has introduced its next-generation, rugged Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases for the Apple iPad Air® 2 (available mid/late April) and iPad mini® 1/2/3.

“The advanced Vault case design also gives users the freedom to use the tablet within a case as it’s meant to be, without sacrificing protection.”

Crafted with the same tried-and-true DNA found in all Pelican™ products, the next-generation Vault case provides the ultimate suit of armor without sacrificing device functionality. The slim, lightweight Pelican ProGear™ Vault is dustproof, water resistant, shock-absorbent and drop-tested to ensure that a mobile device can handle an active lifestyle. Made with high quality polycarbonate and an elastomeric copolymer rubber interior to expertly absorb impact, the case is designed to withstand a four-foot drop unscathed.

“You may well know the upset, frustration and cost of a smashed iPad. Our next-generation Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases are built with the same legendary toughness that Pelican is known for. As a result we have engineered this case to help make sure that the only thing you need to worry about is finding your favorite app,” said Lyndon Faulkner CEO of Pelican Products. “The advanced Vault case design also gives users the freedom to use the tablet within a case as it’s meant to be, without sacrificing protection.”

Pelican Vault for iPad and iPad miniPelican ProGear™ Vault Series Tablet Cases for the iPad Air® 2 (C11080) and the iPad mini® 1/2/3 (C12080)

The Pelican ProGear™ Vault cases for the iPad Air® 2 (C11080) and the iPad mini® 1/2/3 (C12080) protect each tablet in a variety of ways: with the lid closed, it prevents impact damage to the screen. Open, the lid provides the freedom of cover-free use, an impact absorbing case (Meets Military Specification MIL-STD-810G) and a protective seal against water and dust (IP54 rated). Additionally, users can flip the cover over the back of the case to utilize multiple viewing angles. The product boasts a water-resistant membrane to cover the microphone(s) and speakers, while still providing users with the utmost high-fidelity audio. Available in black with gray accents and gray with white accents, the Pelican ProGear™ Vault case for the iPad Air® 2 (Available mid/late April) has an MSRP of $99.95, while the Pelican ProGear™ Vault for the iPad mini® 1/2/3 has an MSRP of $79.95. Like all Pelican products the new Vault cases are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

For more information on these models and the full Pelican ProGear™ line visitwww.PelicanProGear.com or one of the authorized dealers. Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

About Pelican

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 19 countries, with 28 offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.pelican.com or www.behrmancap.com.

Trademarks and logos displayed herein are registered and unregistered trademarks of Pelican Products, Inc., its subsidiaries and /or affiliates.

iPad Air, iPad mini and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

Dux Case by STM for iPad mini (Review)

January 26, 2015 Comments off

STMdux for iPad mini
Standard Technical Merchandise Pty Ltd
$40.26 Amazon (Prime)

STM has an array of products, but the one I’m focused on for this review is for my wife’s iPad mini. The dux protective cover for the iPad mini is a hard plastic full cover that features a smart cover, a magnetic clasp, and a see-through back cover area. The case covers the entire iPad mini, but isn’t bulky or heavy. It’s surprisingly unobtrusive for a full cover case.

The dux case gives you full access to all of your iPad controls, but also protects them from drops from heights of six feet or so.

dux case notable features:

  • Tested to meet or exceed US Dept. of Defense Standard 810F/G protocols
  • Survives extreme drop test at 6.6 feet or 200 cm
  • Super protective polycarbonate and rubberized TPU bracket for even the most accident prone among us
  • Clear back to customize your device with personal images, scan a tagging barcode or allow your pristine device to shine through
  • Durable and water resistant polyurethane cover to ward off an occasional drip or spill
  • Patent pending magnetic closure for an easy fold into the perfect typing or viewing position
  • Instant on/off cover wakes and turns the device off saving battery life
  • Will fit and protect all generations of the mini (iPad mini, iPad mini Retina, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3)
  • Designed in Australia

Why it’s Frugal: The STM dux case for the iPad mini is frugal because it protects your device from accidental drops, spills, and other random acts that might damage it. Part of frugality is taking care of your devices, especially the expensive ones. $40 to fully protect your (my) $350 investment is a very wise and frugal choice.

The dux case really impressed my wife who had used the Apple smart cover ($30) that I purchased for her with the iPad mini. The back protector is a silicone rubber case which also cost $30. And both together didn’t protect it as well as the single $40 case by STM.

So, she actually gets credit for rating this one. As you can see in the video, she told me to give it a 10/10. She loves it and will probably never use anything else on her mini. And if she’s happy with it, I’m happy with it.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy it and love it for the life of your device.

WaterField Unveils Sporty Outback iPad Slip Case

October 17, 2014 Comments off

Outback iPad Slip CaseWaterField Designs announces the Outback Slip Case, a custom-fitted case for the just-announced Apple iPads. Natural materials—waxed cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather—combine for a sporty, un-pretentious look suitable for personal or casual work use. The custom-fitted Outback iPad Slip Case includes a softly padded interior and a stiff plastic insert to provide extra protection for the new anti-reflective, high resolution screen. WaterField Designs is an innovative San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, designer bags and cases for digital gear.

The waxed canvas and premium leather of the Outback Slip Case gain character over time. A magnetically-secured leather strap keeps the iPad in place, and a cleverly-positioned lower “grab tab” lets users easily remove the iPad from the snug-fitting case. The Outback Slip Case can be carried on its own or stashed in a bag or backpack.

“I think the combination of canvas and leather gives the Outback Slip Case a relaxed, yet sophisticated look,” explains company owner, Gary Waterfield. “With iPads increasingly used both at home and at work, we designed this line to fit comfortably in either setting.”

Outback Slip Case for iPad

  • Rugged, water-resistant, tan waxed-canvas outer shell gains character over time
  • Premium, naturally-tanned, full-grain leather trim
  • Soft, scratch-free, lightly-padded interior
  • Screen-protecting plastic insert
  • Slim leather strap fastens with invisible magnetic snap
  • Exterior leather “grab tab” eases iPad removal
  • Options: Snug-fit sizes for ‘naked’ iPad Air 2/iPad mini 3 with Retina and for iPad Air 2/iPad mini 3 with Retina using an Apple Smart Cover.

WaterField Designs offers additional custom-fitted iPad cases for Apple’s new iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 2—the Ultimate SleeveCase, the Suede Jacket, the CitySlicker, the Outback Solo, and the Travel Express, each entirely handcrafted in San Francisco. For the upgraded Mac Mini, WaterField’s Mac Mini SleeveCase keeps the device and its accessories safely stored and organized.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Outback Slip Case
Price: iPad mini 3—$59; iPad Air 2—$69
Color & Materials: Tan waxed, canvas with full-grain, vegetable-tanned, grizzly leather trim
Sizes: #10—iPad mini 3; #11—iPad mini 3 using an Apple Smart Cover; #23—iPad Air 2; #24—iPad Air 2 using an Apple Smart Cover
Shipping begins October 24, 2014.

Additional WaterField Designs iPad Cases—the Ultimate SleeveCase, Suede Jacket, CitySlicker, Outback Solo, and Travel Express—available now.

Mac Mini SleeveCase: $49, one size, colors: black ballistic with checkered Indium” trim.

About WaterField Designs
WaterField Designs manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, smartphones, and other digital gear. All products are manufactured to exacting standards in San Francisco. More information is at the SFBags website under Our Story.

Justin Power Bank and Power Stick (Review)

September 30, 2014 Comments off

InnovativeTechnologyJustin Power Bank and Power Stick
Innovative Technology
Power Bank: $29.99/Power Stick $14.99

The list of Justin power products is long. You can find power products to meet just about any need. The two products that I’m reviewing here are the Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick and the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank. This review is a bit different because it covers two products instead of just one. They serve the same function so that’s why I’m combining them here.

You can find Justin power products at several retail stores including Kohl’s and Staples. I mention those two because they popped up first in a Google search for the manufacturer ID for each product. Prices vary among retailers, but the ones I’ve given are pretty standard.

I’ve review several portable charger products on this site and there are two things to remember with any of them: You have to recharge your charger and you have to bring your USB charging cable with you, as well as the charger, or the charger won’t do you any good at all.

Justin_SticksThe Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick (Stick) comes fully charged out of the box and will provide you with at least one full charge for your phone or tablet. The unit is small enough to fit into any pocket or purse. The Stick comes in several standard colors: black, silver, blue, purple and red. I think there’s also a camo version available in some stores, so if you’re into camo, search for it at Kohl’s.

My daughter loves the blue Stick and takes it everywhere with her. She drops it into her backpack and away to school it goes. I don’t think she will ever be without it again. Texting, YouTubing, playing music, and using a camera burns a lot of battery, so it’s no longer an option not to have spare power available.

The Justin Power Bank and the Justin Power Stick would make great giveaways or prizes at trade shows and conferences.

My wife loves the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank (Bank). No, she has no clue what 6,000mAh is, but she does know that a fully charged Bank provides at least three full phone or iPad mini charges for her. What else does she need to know? I’m the tech guy. She simply receives the bounty of her own personal tech sla–professional at her disposal.

Justin_BankThe Bank isn’t really pocket friendly, but it is purse friendly and certainly is desk friendly. In fact, my wife usually keeps it in her purse for when she forgets to close all 15 apps on her phone or on her iPad mini. Yes, I did teach her how to close them, but alas, she cares little for such annoyances, especially when there’s the Bank to save her from her folly.

The Bank, when sitting on a desk or some surface, provides you with a stand onto which your phone rests. The stand slot gives it just the right amount of tilt so that you can face time or type comfortably on it without contorting your hands or peering over it like an old newspaper guy typing on a Royal typewriter. The Bank is for people who either have multiple devices or who have one that they use a lot.

You don’t have to own Apple devices to use Justin’s Power Bank or the Power Stick. They’re compatible with any device that uses a full-sized USB connector on one end of its charger cord. One of the best things about Justin’s products is that they’re ready to go right out of the box*. You don’t have to take the charger home and plug it in for 12 hours. Buy it, open the box, connect it to your phone, tablet, or whatever, and charge away.

Why it’s Frugal: Charger products are frugal by design. Justin’s power products are frugal because of what you get out of them: a lot of power for the price. At $14.99 for the Stick and $29.99 for the Bank, they’re very frugal choices.

I like Justin power products because they’re obviously well designed, well made, and well-priced. And you know that I don’t mind complaining about product pricing if I feel that it’s too high or not justified. These products are appropriately and competitively priced. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for keeping your Justin power products healthy and happy, so that they’ll last longer. My feeling is that you can buy Justin power products with confidence and without buyer’s remorse. Small, powerful, and frugal. What else do you want?

Rating: 9.5/10 for both products.

Recommendation: Buy them for yourself or as a most appreciated and practical gift.

*The products come partially charged, not fully charged.

The Brydge+ Keyboard for iPad (Review)

July 14, 2014 Comments off

Brydge+ Keyboard for iPad with SpeakersBrydge+ Keyboard for iPad
Brydge
$99

I’ve reviewed several keyboards for the iPad and I’ve also refused to review some (You don’t see those), but the Brydge+ keyboard for iPad is a very fine accessory. I really like it. In fact, it’s rarely been off my iPad since I received it in the mail almost a month ago. Yes, I’m a bit slow with some reviews–not because of the products, but because I have so many in my queue to do. I have finally caught up to this one and I’m glad because I really like this keyboard. It matches my iPad perfect in material and in looks.

The Brydge+ is made of the same aircraft aluminum as the iPad itself. Same color, same weight, and same lines. In fact, you’d probably assume that it’s made by Apple, but it isn’t. The Brydge keyboard line began life as a Kickstarter project.

Their Kickstarter campaign is one of the most successful that I’ve ever seen. They asked for $90K and received almost $800K. Yes, you read that correctly. It can happen, even on Kickstarter, which I really don’t like. That said, it does work for some people.

The keyboard coupled with the iPad makes for a bit of heavy lifting. I’m pretty sure that the keyboard more than doubles the weight of the iPad. I also have the built-in speaker version which probably weighs heavier than the non speaker version. But if you’re used to carrying around a full-sized laptop computer, this little combo will seem lightweight to you.

The keyboard has keys that mimic the iPad’s Home button, lock button, music controls, brightness, search, and sound volume. The best additional functionality is that you can press the keyboard’s Home button and Lock button at the same time to take screenshots. That’s a great feature! It’s great because I have a hard time doing it with the actual iPad buttons. If my timing is a little off, either I lock the iPad or I close the App that I’m using.

One thing to note about the Brydge keyboard: the charge lasts a very long time. I’ve charged my iPad five or six times compared to two charges on the keyboard.

The keyboard pairs easily with your iPad and stays paired, even after prolonged non-use, it will stay paired. And by prolonged, I mean days not hours. If you haven’t had your keyboard paired in several days, just switch it on and tap a key. It might take a second or two to re-establish the link, but you really have to do nothing else to re-establish the pairing. I like that. I don’t like having to repeat the same process to pair a device with my iPad every time the two become disconnected. I consider such behavior a fail.

Your iPad slips into the keyboards clamps with the help of silicone rubber protectors that also hold your device with a pretty good grip. Don’t worry, it won’t slip out. You have to pull it out of the clamps. You can adjust the iPad’s angle from closed for carrying to 180 degrees flat. The clamps are sturdy and ready to work. When you have your keyboard attached, you can place your iPad/keyboard combination on an table surface safely because of the keyboard’s protective feet. Of course, the same goes for when it’s open and in use. Don’t worry, you won’t get yelled at for scratching someone’s mahogany table with your fancy thingamajig.

I’ve never had any problem with the Brydge+ keyboard from first use. The keys have a nice touch to them, good feedback, and no repeated characters. This is a well made product that’s durable, elegant in design, professional quality, and priced well for the market at $99. The non-speaker model is $79. For the extra $20, I say go for the speakers, especially if you have a hard time adjusting sound on your iPad to get the right volume.

The speakers are located at the top of the keyboard above the keys, which makes the sound project back to your ears very well because it bounces off the iPad and back toward you. I can tell from the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and key quality that a lot of thought went into this product. This is definitely not some thrown together gadget that’s meant to entice you, extract $100 from you, and then promptly leave its usefulness in the ad. The Brydge+ keyboard basically turns your $800 iPad into an $1,800 laptop computer that folds up into a neat little package.

The only negative I find with the Brydge keyboard is that, depending on your iPad’s generation (2,3,4), some of the function keys might not work. For example, on my iPad 4, the Internet key doesn’t work and neither does the Photos key that opens your Camera Roll. Minor issues to be sure, still worth mentioning.

Why it’s Frugal: The Brydge+ keyboard with speakers is a frugal choice because not only does the keyboard protect your iPad, when folded, it is an extremely functional device. It also uses very little power and requires very little intervention from the user. The keyboard offers you a laptop look and feel, with a design esthetic that says, “Made for Apple.” It’s a frugal choice for your iPad.

The instructions that come with your Brydge keyboard are clear and concise. You connect the keyboard in the usual way via your iPad’s Bluetooth settings and powering on the keyboard. To pair the speakers is not as intuitive and might require a try or two to get it right.
Press Ctrl-B on the keyboard and hold it until you hear four beeps, watch your iPad’s Bluetooth settings to confirm the pairing. I had to pair/unpair a few times before I got the hang of it. Now the unit pairs by itself without my intervention.

I’ve read a few other reviews of the Brydge keyboard and there are two points they mention that I’d like to respond to. First, they write that the back of the iPad isn’t protected. It’s true that the Brydge keyboard, when folded only protects the somewhat delicate glass portion of the iPad. You know, the most important part. The back of the iPad is made of aircraft aluminum like the keyboard. That is its protection.
If there were another protective cover, the unit would be even heavier. That, and the fact that nothing protects your laptop when it’s folded. I have yet to see a protective cover for a laptop except for carrying cases.

Second, they state the price of $99 as being high. If you read my other reviews, you’ll see that I do mention price often as a negative point for some of these products. However, I balance value with price. That is to say that I measure a product’s quality against its price. If the quality, design, and craftsmanship justify the price, so be it, as is the case with the Brydge keyboard. Its $99 price tag doesn’t detract from its functionality, ease of use, design, materials, features, and esthetic.

The Brydge+ keyboard with speakers is an excellent choice for your iPad. The keyboard operates on very little power. It looks good. It feels good. And the price is right. Check out the official promotional video to get a better look at it and its functionality.

Rating: 9.5/10

Recommendation: Once you use it, you probably will never separate your iPad from it again. Buy it from the Brydge keyboards website.

Keep Your iStuff Stylishly Under Wraps with Mummy Cases (Review)

February 17, 2014 Comments off

iPad Mummy CaseMummy Cases for iPad, iPhone, and iPad mini
Loop Attachment Company
Price: $40.00 for iPad. $24.95 for iPhone. $30.00 for iPad mini.

The Mummy cases for your iPad, iPhone, and iPad mini are just what you need for keeping a firm grip on your mobile device, while also keeping a firm grip on your sanity when using your very expensive gadgetry. Mummy cases are called “mummy” because their design is somewhat reminiscent of mummy wrappings. One significant thing to note about the cases is that they do not cover your product’s cameras, speakers, power connector, earbud interface or Apple logo.

I’m not sure the last one is an absolute requirement but some people like for you to know they’re using Apple products instead of some knock off or lesser quality device. Actually, not covering the logo is really a secondary feature–the real feature is so that you can stash your credit cards, your ID, your gym membership card, or even a few business cards.

The cases are constructed of high-quality silicone rubber polymer, which is chemically unreactive, stable, durable, impact absorbing, and shape retaining. It is also highly resistant to changes in temperature and mechanical stress. In other words, this case will likely outlast the electronic device that it protects by a factor of ten.

iPhone Mummy CaseAnd now, my personal experience with the Mummy case for iPhone 5:

Did you ever have one of those days where everything seemed to go wrong? And one of those things was that your iPhone slid off of your car’s dashboard and hit the floorboard hard after, of course, making an impact on your gearshift lever. I’ve had it happen to me more than once. My iPhone 5 has taken a minor beating because of my desire to have it handily placed on the dashboard within reach. No, I don’t text and drive but I do have a Bluetooth enabled car so I can make and receive phone calls by pressing steering wheel buttons and speaking.

The problem is that I can’t send or retrieve messages using the car’s built-in features. I have to physically press my iPhone’s Home button until Siri responds. Once I do that, all is well but it has to be somewhere handy for me to do it. The dashboard is a good choice–well, would be a good choice if it weren’t for the fact that anytime I turn a corner, it skitters across the car like a rock skipping across a lake, with similar results: I get a sinking feeling at the end of the excitement.

After I received a set of Mummy cases to try, I immediately placed one on my iPhone, my iPad, my wife’s iPad mini, and my daughter’s iPad mini.

I decided that because this case is made of silicone rubber I’d try the dashboard trick again. At least it would have enhanced protection even if it failed to hold the phone in place. To my enjoyment, the case held my phone in place on the dashboard, even through the treacherous, construction-laden streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Success. Finally, I can leave my phone on the dash, within reach, without having to hold it down or pick it up every time I turn a corner, swerve to miss an errant driver (don’t laugh, it happens a lot), or to navigate the plague of perennial construction.

Let me say here that the silicon rubber isn’t sticky or tacky, like you might suspect. This is high quality silicone rubber and not the low grade stuff that the “wall walker” toys are made of, nor is it composed of rubber that picks up lint and dust from objects that it touches. It also slides easily in and out of jeans pockets but is “sticky” enough to stay inside under unusual circumstances that I often find myself in during backyard activities, garage puttering, or working in the data center on computers. I don’t have to worry about my phone slipping out of my pocket. That’s one less thing to worry about.

Score one for the Mummy iPhone case.

The iPad case is equally “grippy.” I use my iPad in all sorts of unusual scenarios, such as while I’m watercolor painting, while I’m cooking, or while I’m in the hot tub. Hey, don’t judge me; I like my technology close to me where ever I am.

The case feel good in my hands while I’m playing Trigger Fist or Real Racing 3. Yes, I know that I should be writing, learning, or doing something more constructive but come on–I need my down time too. Didn’t you ever watch Star Trek’s “Shore Leave” episode where they said, “…the more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.”? I don’t care what you think, I’m going with that as applying to myself and as justification for playing video games.

My wife and daughter love the Mummy cases too. My wife really likes the fact that the case has magnetic anchors so that her Apple “smart” cover works with it. She did tell me that you have to be somewhat careful with the smart cover when closing it because sometimes the smart cover doesn’t connect fully and sleep the iPad mini. Neither my daughter nor I have a smart cover so I have to take her word for it.

iPad mini Mummy CaseShe’s had nothing but good things to say about the Mummy case and that she really likes how it feels in her hands. She feels like it enhances her iPad mini experience. Before the Mummy case, she only had the smart cover by itself and she said it felt awkward and never comfortable. She’s happier with it now that she has the Mummy case.

My daughter’s experience is similar to my wife’s with her iPad mini. She plays a lot of video games and likes the grip it gives her on the iPad. She says that it feels “natural.” I’d have to agree. That feeling is purely subjective, I realize, but it’s accurate. It feels like the iPad should have been made with this kind of feel. It’s very hard to explain but it feels natural and it doesn’t add any real weight or dimensionality to the device. It’s “natural.”

Why it’s frugal: The Mummy case is a frugal product because it protects your valuable devices. If that weren’t enough, and it certainly could be, you also have the bonus features of a natural feel, smart cover compatibility, and surface stability–such as on a car’s dashboard.

The only issue I have with the Mummy case is the price. It seems a little high to me. I don’t know how much it costs to produce but the products are made in China, which is slightly offputting. I do prefer American made products. If I’m going to pay $25, $30, or $40 for a case, I’d rather have it made in America. I’d feel better about purchasing the cases if they were $10 per item less expensive.

I love quality products. Apparently other members of my family love them too, because they haven’t removed the Mummy cases since we put them on. The cases are easy to put on your devices, yet give them a snug and stable fit.

The Loop Attachment Company manufactures very well made products. I like the range of available colors and the number of devices they support. The cases fit well and protect the devices they’re meant to protect. The cases are elegant, stylish, and make great gifts for yourself or others. And they’re attention getters–I’ve had several people check out my iPhone case from just the look alone. No one ever did that when I sported my TARDIS case. Oh well, not everyone is a Whovian.

My family and I love the Mummy cases and gladly recommend them for your iStuff. The grip, the natural feel, the range of colors, the warranty, and the added features make them a fine addition to your busy, gadget-centered lifestyle.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: Buy for yourself or for a gift. You’ll be happy with your choice.

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