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Yes... device protection is serious business. When it comes to protecting our premium iOS devices, it makes sense to wrap them up in something sturdy. But why can't i have style too?
That's what the Impecca Bamboo Case for the Ipad Mini 2 looks to provide.
The case itself, on its own, presents a relatively slim profile. It's pretty lightweight, with the interior coming in smooth, black plastic. The cutouts look obvious, and when one looks at it inside up it looks a bit like a rectangular tray, which is to be expected. On the exterior, we get to see the case in all its aesthetic glory: an intricate bamboo finish that makes the case pop. The grain is regular, and the color change in the layout is especially definite. The case exudes a type of delicate quality; even the embossed letters on the back fit well in the overall design.
Fitting it on the iPad Mini 2 is a matter of physically snapping it on. It comes as close to a perfect fit as one could hope, with the corners being mostly covered. When on, the precise nature of the cutouts becomes more apparent, with ample openings for the bottom grill and charging port, power button, volume rocker, camera, and even the back audio output opening. As one would expect from a decent case, the device is completely accessible when covered.
From a pragmatic point of view, there's almost always an opportunity cost with regards protection and design in tablet cases. It's no different here; that slim fit and cool look come at a protection cost. One point that jumped out to me was the absence of a defined lip on the front edge. As such, if the cased tablet is face down, the screen doesn't really come off the surface. The corners are well covered, and the hard plastic probably could disperse some shock, but there is a lot of open space on the left edge.
Shamelessly, it's hard not to see past that based on the looks alone. The unit is attractive, and the fact that there are other Impecca accessories to match it with - like the Bluetooth Keyboard we reviewed - makes it that much more compelling. It might not survive a direct mortar hit, but in a way the Impecca Bamboo Case just feels like it more suited to business-casual jousting.
Somehow, it works.