Review: Moshi's Origo for iPad is protective, but too bulky
At a Glance
Moshi Origo for iPad (third- and fourth-generation)
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Moshi’s Origo is a solid choice for people who are uninterested in the Smart Cover and looking for a thick and simple silicone shell.
Moshi’s $30 Origo is a silicone soft-shell case for the iPad that features a honeycomb design on the inside designed for maximum shock absorption with minimal weight. The Origo fits the iPad 2 and the third- and fourth-generation iPad, and comes in Charcoal Black or Polar White. It is bulky—but not heavy—and it feels very protective. The back has a bit of curve to it; it bulges out a bit around the edges but is slightly recessed in the center. From the back, it resembles a rounded picture frame. The added thickness and curvature gives you something to hold onto for extra grip while you use your iPad.
The Origo case comes right up over the front bezel of the iPad for extra protection against facedown drops, and does so without limiting functionality. There are cutouts for all of the ports and cameras. The volume and Sleep/Wake buttons have rubberized push-through button overlays, which allow their full use. The case does not come with a screen protector, and is not compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover—you’ll have to provide your own screen film if you’re looking for additional protection.
If you need to plug your iPad into any kind of dock-cradle accessory, the bulky Origo may not fit. However, the soft silicone shell is very easy to take on and off as needed.
Overall, Moshi’s Origo is a solid choice for people who are uninterested in the Smart Cover and looking for a thick and simple silicone shell.