Casemade Leather iPad Case Review: Real Leather at a Really Nice Price

Evaluation:
7/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Warm rubbish
  • 3 – Highly imperfect design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably flawed
  • 6 – Enough to buy for sale
  • 7 – Excellent, but not the best in its category
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 60

Casemade offers a solid leather case with good value for money.
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There are many leather cases for your iPad, but finding a good one is a bit difficult. Genuine leather cases are expensive and sometimes difficult to distinguish from hordes of imitators.

This is what we like

  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Good closing mechanism without clasp
  • Good value for money

And what we do not do

  • The support mechanism is inflexible
  • The packaging lacks the original etiquette

Casemade, a British company that claims the real Italian leather on its accessories for iPad and iPhone, hopes to take this step. The company sent us its standard leather case for the latest iPad, available for $ 60 or £ 40. This is a very good option to protect your tablet and cover all the basic functions in a beautiful and functional exterior.

You will not find a lot of sophisticated features, but as a simple way to keep a iPad safe and beautiful, it's more than enough. The Casemade design is quite simple and should be familiar to anyone who has used an iPad in recent years.

The outside is Italian leather with suede interior and soft-touch plastic for the tablet top.
The outside is Italian leather with suede interior and soft-touch plastic for the tablet top. Michael Crider

This goes with the standard folio layout: a hard plastic shell surrounded by a rigid leather exterior. Our examination unit is in standard tanning with matching dots, although black with a red border is also available.

Real leather is fantastic

The exterior is smooth and unadorned, with the exception of a small embossed logo in the lower right corner. A book-style seam extends vertically forward and backward, allowing the cover to fold back on itself and slip into a thin tab, displaying the tablet in a horizontal position with an angle of about seventy degrees. Aside from the cutouts on the back for the iPad's camera and microphone, that's it.

The unique corner logo is the only marking on the case.
The unique corner logo is the only marking on the case. Michael Crider

Closed and protecting its cargo, the case has a thickness of about three quarters of an inch – quite bulky for a slender tablet, but about average for this type of folio. The plastic inner case is open at the top, bottom and on the volume group of the tablet, although it surrounds enough corners so that the iPad can not go anywhere. The interior is lined with suede leather, pleasantly soft to the touch and easy on the glass screen of the iPad.

The case is an excellent value for money considering the materials.
The case is an excellent value for money considering the materials. Michael Crider

The case looks excellent and feels even better. The grain of the leather on the outside has just enough to let you know that it is real while remaining thin enough to slip easily into a bag. With the case closed, all parts of the iPad are protected by the extrusion of leather and plastic, although the top and bottom are susceptible to impacts on uneven surfaces.

The support function is pretty basic

The case comes without an outside clasp, relying instead on hidden magnets to secure off. These exert a double action, automatically turning on the screen when the main flap is open, as will most iPad cases nowadays.

The support function lacks flexibility.
The support function lacks flexibility. Michael Crider

Aside from easy access to the charging port, the headphone jack and the buttons, the only other practical feature of the case is its folding stand. This could have been better implemented: the leather-only bracket is stiff and not quite sturdy. Even when the tab is properly used, the flip curve "flips" the iPad if you are really trying to use it.

This means that the support is only really useful if you are watching a video. Using it vertically or inclined is not very comfortable in both positions. A triple design of the Apple Smart Cover would have been more flexible … but it would not have been so pretty.

Simple but solid, with good value for money

Casemade's designs are probably not flexible enough for those hoping to work seriously on an iPad, because of the limited options for standing and rotating. Likewise, they are not the smallest or the most elegant cases. But if all you want is a beautiful looking leather case that will protect your iPad without breaking the bank, it's a solid and attractive choice.

Casemade design receives a recommendation if you need a simple and beautiful case.
Casemade design receives a recommendation if you need a simple and beautiful case. Michael Crider

Aside from the support tab, the only problem I had with the case was the labeling or the lack of a label: if Casemade claims that its materials are genuine Italian leather, it took an e- email to confirm that the actual manufacturing is done in China. It's not a surprise at this price, but it's something that should really be somewhere on the product or packaging.

In addition to the iPad 2018 2018 presented in this review, Casemade offers similar models for the iPad Pro (10.5 inches) and iPad Pro (12.9 inches) models.

This is what we like

  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Good closing mechanism without clasp
  • Good value for money

And what we do not do

  • The support mechanism is inflexible
  • The packaging lacks the original etiquette

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