Dexim Elegant Collection for iPad
Dexim’s $46, folio-style Elegant Collection iPad case follows Apple’s lead by offering a hinged front cover that can be folded back and tucked under a tab on the back, so you can prop up the iPad in landscape orientation or to obtain a better typing angle.
The case’s exterior is shiny leather with pinstripes, an aesthetic that I didn’t find particularly attractive, though your mileage may vary. The case secures closed with an elastic band, like a Moleskine notebook, but the elastic is attached to the front cover, forcing you to loop it over the back in order to secure it. This struck me as backward—isn’t the convention that the elastic lives on the back, and then you pull it around the front? That way you can see at a glance whether or not the folio is secured.
To fasten your iPad inside the Dexim case, you slide it into a narrow, leather frame—it takes a bit of effort to wrestle the iPad in there. There are also elastic bands on the corners of the frame, suggesting that to really secure your iPad in place, you need to secure the bands too. This seemed like overkill to me. (But the case does make sure that all ports and buttons are accessible.)
If the shiny-pinstriped-leather look works for you, the Dexim case is a decent option. Personally, I preferred the leather aesthetic of Cyber Acoustics’ IC-1000BK and the Moleskine look of the Dodocase.