At a Glance
A Produkt’s Kork case, for the original iPad, definitely gets points for originality. After all, it’s a case made entirely of cork. But it’s somewhat more novelty than useful.
A Product’s $72 Kork iPad shell, for the original iPad, definitely gets points for originality. After all, it’s a case made entirely of cork, and touted by the company as both recycled and recyclable, made from “leftover cork, ground into cork granules that are then molded into a uni-body shell with a binding agent.”
The Kork case is fairly lightweight, and very protective of the back and sides of the iPad. The lip of the cover extends slightly above the front of the iPad, offerring a modicum of protection for the screen.
Cutouts provide easy access to the buttons and ports, and an angled slot for the speaker helps send sound towards the front of the iPad, rather than the bottom—with the case on, music playing on the tabled sounded a little louder and more clear.
Although generally comfortable to hold, I found myself often fidgeting with the corners of the case to keep the iPad firmly seated inside. And even though the sides of the case are nearly flat, you can’t position the iPad on its side or standing up without it falling over, which means you’ll need to find a solid surface against which to lean the case if you plan to watch a movie, say, without holding it the whole time. If style is what you’re after, you could do worse in an iPad case.