The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
Portenzo BookCase for Apple iPad 2 / 3 / 4
Portenzo offers a variety of hardcover book tablet case for the iPad. All are handmade and utilizing traditional book-binding methods with quality materials. This classic model incorporates Buckram book linen with a shiny finish. What makes the case extra special (and unique from many others on the market) is that you can select feature upgrades for configuring the function, in addition to your own customized design.
- Configure your own design
- Free iPad screen wallpaper to match case design
- Openings for dock, ports and most buttons
- Sleep/wake magnet
- Extra cost for rear-camera port
- Reliant on default sleep/wake magnet
- Potential to be quite pricey
The BookCase ($59.95) is made of classic library Buckram book linen material that is designed to your specifications. At no extra cost, you can select any available color for the exterior, accents, interior lining and the elastic cover strap. Personal embossing is available (+$15), as well as free iPad screen wallpapers for matching your case design.
Overall, this Portenzo design is very much the same size and weight of any other traditional book bound tablet case. Its wood frame is made of American Maple, which has been hand sanded to a silky smooth finish. Corners contain rubber pad inserts for holding the tablet ultra secure inside. The iPad rests absolutely still, as well as slightly recessed to ensure the cover closes completely flat. This fit also offers the perfect space to store the included micro-suede screen cleaning cloth.
Magna-Grip (+$10) eliminates the elastic band (or not) and adds hidden magnets for secure case closure and a cleaner look. Of course, keeping the elastic strap will maintain that classic Moleskin journal look. Buyers can opt for a Stylus compartment (+$10) and silver Pro Stylus (+$10). This is really not a bad price for both considering that a Stylus alone can cost just as much. Laser engraving on the pen is also available (+$5).
Alas, consumers can choose the IntelliStand (+$20), which transforms the design into something more like a traditional folio tablet case . This feature consists of two magnets underneath the left side of the frame and a folding crease on the back cover. The frame lifts off and slides over to connect with magnets on the inside cover, offering two different viewing angles (70-degree and 90-degree) in landscape format. Without this upgrade, users can still prop the case like a tent for a viewing angle (around 70-degree to 80-degree). But the special feature works much better, and certainly worth the extra cost of having a more reliably stable tablet stand . With or without the IntelliStand upgrade, the cover can be folded all the way back for a 10-degree typing support.
- Fits all models of iPad 2 and The New iPad 3: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
- Automatic Sleep/Wake feature - Just like the Apple® Smart Cover!
- Exclusive Audio-Flow™ Sound Chamber enhances audio quality and directs it toward the user
- Hand sanded American Maple frames with Smooth radius corners for a truly unique look
- Double-Glued elastic band won't ever come undone!
- The elastic band covers the camera when the cover is closed.
- Optional Magna-Grip™ cover eliminates the elastic band for a cleaner look
The basic BookCase provides auto sleep/wake function and clear access to iPad buttons, input/output ports and speaker. And the special Audio-flow chamber design enhances sound quality and directs it toward the user. Folding the cover back provides a suitable angle for typing. Depending on the surface, propping the case for viewing is hit-or-miss.
Rubber pad inserts hold the iPad extremely secure inside the frame. With the case held upside down and shaken quite fiercely, the tablet still won't budge. The Wingtip will protect the iPad against everyday occurrences and light accidental drops.
The elastic band is reinforced with double glue. Silky smooth hand sanded wood frame design with radius corners to match the iPad and book spine shape. Everything about Portenzo craftsmanship is top-quality, and their cases are backed by a 90 day warranty against manufacturing defects like faulty fit or function.
Though the BookCase is priced at the average going rate, $59.95 is not much more than an average value for limited function. Conceivably, Portenzo designs can become even more valuable once buyers start loading-up on extra features.
In terms of quality and overall design, Portenzo cases compete with any other big name players in the book tablet case market. In its purest form, the classic BookCase model offers specific customized looks to emerge from the pack as a best case scenario.