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.
Skech iPad 2/ 3 / 4 Rubber Custom Jacket in Black
If your iPad 2 (or New iPad) is still wandering the streets naked, then it’s time to fit it with a “Custom Jacket” by Skech. Made entirely of scratch/stain-resistant polycarbonate material, this all-black folio tablet case has a rubbery feel and textured surface like a simple tire tread. It also increases its function with a sleep/wake magnet and a tablet stand feature to enhance your device’s functional performance.
- Access to all iPad 2 features/functions
- Lightweight and trim design
- Stand feature for typing and viewing
- No securing mechanism for the cover
- Leaves most of the iPad’s top edge exposed
- Typing angle is not the most comfortable
It’s only fitting that a case-solution called the “Custom Jacket” should garner a lot of attention, but do not confuse ‘custom’ with ‘customizable’. Skech makes the decision process easy by offering this black model with textured diamond pattern and another made of smooth brown faux-leather. This tablet folio is formed specifically around the iPad 2’s dimensions and functions (but will also fit the New iPad), so like mine, your device will easily snap into the rear-shell, remaining secure, lightweight, trim and easy to use while encased.
The backside of the case features a sewn-on tab that the cover slips into for creating the tablet stand , providing one angle for browsing and typing, and another for reading and watching movies. For me, the typing angle is a bit awkward and not the most suitable for extended use.
Everything else works great, the magnet in the cover properly functions to sleep/wake the device, and its design allows for clear, easy-to-reach access to the power-button, volume rocker, USB port and audio-jack.
- Dual position tilt stand
- Access ports for buttons, headphone jack, speaker and rear camera
- Hard shell
- Full body protection
- Magnetic sleep/wake flap
The stand feature works well on a level surface, but if you suffer from arthritis and/or carpel-tunnel then you may not appreciate the angle for typing. Even the weakest fingers can enjoy this design that provides clear access to all iPad 2 features and functions, as well as awakens and puts the device to sleep when the cover is opened/closed.
major portion of the iPad’s top edge is left exposed to potential damage, but most of your device will be well protected against bumps, dings and scratches. It’s called a “Jacket”, so where is the elastic strap? (Or some kind of securing mechanism for the cover would be preferred.)
Running my hands over its textured exterior feels like touching a kitchen cutting board, and just like this item, scuff and scratch marks can appear on the surface with age. This case is as well built as the other brown faux-leather design, but easier to grip.
The “Custom Jacket” is a reasonable value at $39.95, but like me, you may find better value in another Skech design. For only $5 more, the “Booklet” offers a nicer aesthetic, some extra interior features, and better all-around device protection.
I expected so much more given its name, but the “Custom Jacket” still has some redeeming value as a durable case solution that provides solid function and protection for a reasonable price.