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Good quality and design. The only magnet-free case!
on 29 September 2011
I searched for ages to find a case for my Asus Transformer that DIDN'T have a magnet for case closing. Hardly any other manufacturer seems to have realised the obvious problem this would cause with the device magnetometer. The one other I found had a stiff catch, which, from reviews, was misdesigned and was too hard to open without risking device damage! iGadgitz designers have actually thought about this and have designed a case with an elastic strap for closure. This simple but effective method works fine; but in practise I simply close the case and leave it as is; there is no real need for a closure mechanism when carrying the device around - the strap IS a little fiddly compared to alternative closure methods.
The case is attractive and comfortable to hold. The material has a good expensive feel and looks durable. Internal surfaces are lined with a fine plush/velvet, thus protecting the device case from scratches or wear. Insertion of the tablet device is easy and fast, being secured by an internal velcro tab. It works well and there is no risk of the device falling out in use. Cutouts abound, so all ports and connectors are accessible, with one small -but important- exception. In common with -it seems- all other cases, the charging port is covered when the case is closed. So it has to be left open to charge. A few minutes with a sharp craft knife would probably solve this slight design flaw. Against this is the fact that the port won't be contaminated by dust when carrying the closed case... so maybe intentional. The rear camera hole is perfectly aligned. Curiously, there are (unnecessary) holes provided for the optional keyboard unit docking catches... but the keyboard cannot, obviously, be docked with the case on! The case overlaps the edges of the device sufficiently to protect against knocks to the device edge and corners, which are rather over-exposed by the cutouts.
There is a leather tab provided on the back so that the case can be configured as a sloping stand. It works fine. It is great to see no bulk-creating pockets etc. for cards and suchlike, helping to keep the case slim and avoiding any screen wear when closed.
My only slight niggles with the design are probably more personal than otherwise:
1. Needs a cutout on the spine, so charging can be done without leaving it open
2. I would prefer the case cover opened from the top, which is more intuitive than the bottom opening design used. It has to be tucked underneath out of the way. Hinged at the top would be far more practical and natural
3. The edge of the case around the screen aperture is rather wider than is needed, covering the Asus logo, and somewhat interfering with operations at the screen edge - although it doesn't actually obscure the active display area itself, it comes very close. Too close. Again, this could possibly be rectified by careful use of a sharp craft knife.
Overall, a generally well-designed case, by designers who know how to design ;) and which is excellent value for money. In fact for the price it is exceptionally good. Highly recommended.