Review: M-Edge Slim Case For the iPad

Having reviewed several of M-Edge’s cases over the past few years I’ve enjoyed watching them grow as a company.  Beginning with only a few covers for e-readers, they’ve blossomed into a recognizable brand name in a crowded mobile device case market.  I had a chance to see some of the folks from M-Edge while at CTIA this past May and previewed some of their new offerings while at the show.

The new Slim Case for the iPad 2, 3 or 4, is a lightweight, sleek case which utilizes the company’s “GripTrack” technology.  This allows you to prop up your iPad into a ton of stand angles for both consuming as well as creating media on your Apple tablet.

Want to see what the Slim Case is all about?  Check out my full review and be sure to read all the way to the end where you can watch my video showcasing the Slim Case in action.

Read on through for my full review.

Inside the packaging you’ll find just the case.  No other items come along with it.  This should’t be a surprise.  There are very few iPad cases these days which come with extras such as a screen shield.

Here’s what M-Edge has to say about the Slim Case.

Lose the bulk and get with the Slim Case. This low profile case adds personality and design to your device.

  • GripTrack technology allows for infinite landscape stand angles
  • Sturdy molded mount holds device securely
  • Internal elastic closure strap keeps the front cover securely closed
  • Access to all ports and buttons
  • Durable microfiber leather exterior and soft microsuede interior

The Slim case is available in two colors.  You can choose from Carbon Fiber (like I was sent for review) or Purple.  The case has a small amount of M-Edge branding on both the front and back, but since it’s embossed on it’s not that noticeable and didn’t bother me much.

The exterior of the Slim Case is made from what M-Edge calls Microfiber leather.  The carbon fiber pattern has a nice texture too it, which adds a good amount of grip.  The corners of the case feature a bit of soft touch material for even more.

The inside of the case is composed of two different materials.  On the left, you’ll find that the front flap has been lined entirely with a soft microfiber material.  This will safeguard your iPad’s screen when the flap is closed.  On the right, a snap on the back style shell awaits your iPad.  This entire area is coated in soft touch material.  There’s nothing that might cause a scratch to the back of your iPad.

You place your iPad into the Slim Case but starting with the button side of your iPad first and then clicking the opposite in.  The fit is tight but not so tight that you feel your damaging your iPad.  It’s also not difficult to remove the iPad from the case.  Just pop it out from the corners and the iPad is safely and easily removed.

Once installed the Slim Case yields full access to all of the iPad’s ports and controls.  Along the bottom you’ll find two cutouts, one for the charge/sync port and another for the iPad speakers.  This case works with the iPad 2, 3 and 4.  While the cutout for the charge/sync port is large, meant for the iPad 2 or 3 30-pin connector, it works just fine with the iPad 4′s Lighting port.

On the right side of the case a single long cutout allows for acces to the iPad’s volume rocker and mute/orientation switch.  These are completely accessible, even with the case closed.

At the top of the case three more cutouts expose the sleep/awake button, microphone and headset jack.  The headset jack cutout is large enough that I can not imagine having trouble with any headphones fitting.

On the back of the case  a round cutout, that’s perfectly sized, makes sure the iPad’s rear facing camera remains free and clear for when it comes time to snap some pictures or take some video.

Along the inside of the front flap of the case M-Edge has placed tons of little grooves.  They refer to these as “GripTrack technology” and it allows for an almost infinite number of landscape stand angles.  The stand angles are sturdy and I experienced no slipping of the iPad while in stand mode.  Basically, choose a stand angle and the iPad will stay there until you move it.

Unfortunately this case does not work with the iPad’s built in sleep/awake feature so that when you close the front cover the iPad does not go to sleep and when you open it the iPad does not wakes up.  Frankly I can’t understand why any iPad case manufacturer would make a case without including this feature.

During transport you can secure the Slim Case closed with a elastic strap located inside the front flap of the case.  This keeps the case nice and compact and prevents the front flap from opening up and flapping around when you don’t want it to.

My initial impressions of the Slim Case were, Wow!  I like it a lot.  Right up until the moment I discovered it does not work with the iPad’s built in sleep/awake feature.  If you’ve watched or read any of my iPad case reviews you know there are two absolute requirements I have when considering the  use of an a case.  First, the case has to stand up.  The M-Edge does this, and then some.  The GripTrack technology allows you to prop up your iPad in a ton of different angles, from a relaxed typing angle to a more steep video viewing position. My second iPad case requirement is what discounts me from using this case, the aforementioned lack of sleep/awake functionality.  If this isn’t a concern for you and you are looking for a super sleek and very functional case for your iPad 2, 3 or 4 you should totally check out the M-Edge Slim Case.  It’s lightweight, slim and compact, fits the iPad perfectly and the multiple stand angles are a welcomed addition.

This case, like all of M-Edge’s products, is protected by the company’s lifetime guarantee.  You can read more about it here.  Essentially, if anything goes wrong with this case as a result of it being made poorly, M-Edge will replace it, anytime during it’s life.  Pretty cool right?

You can learn more about the  M-Edge Slim Case for the iPad by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

UPDATE:  M-Edge recently contacted me to let me know that they are updating this case to include the automatic sleep/awake feature.

MSRP:  $39.99

PROS:  Thin.  Multiple stand angles.  Good grip.

CONS:  Doesn’t work with iPad’s built in sleep/awake feature.

Original Author: Larry Greenberg

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