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This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a variety of rugged cases and basic designs—plus, a case with a built-in keyboard for those of you who prefer tactile typing.
The Tough Jacket (iPad Air 2; $70) lives up to its name, with three layers of shock-resistent material designed to keep your iPad safe from almost anything.
The case turns into a viewing stand in landscape orientation thanks to its retractable kickstand, features raised edges to prevent damage to the iPad’s screen when placed face down on a flat surface, and sports reinforced corners as an extra safety measure.
The FormFit (iPad Air; $20) is a snug, sturdy folio-style case that shows off the iPad’s sleek design. Its cover can be used as a stand in landscape orientation, and supports your iPad in multiple angles for both typing and viewing. It sports a clasp to hold the cover into place when not in use, and comes in black, slate, or lavender.
The BX2 Edge (iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Air 2; price unavailable) delivers all-around protection with its high-performance foam padding that absorbs shock and prevents damage from drops up to six feet high.
The case includes a sliding latch closure to securely hold the cover in place when closed, features a magnetic corner flap to quickly access your camera without opening the cover, and doubles as a stand in landscape orientation with support for multiple viewing angles.
The Quickflip (iPad Air; $28) sports an all-around shell with a mechanism that lets you quickly flip your iPad into a standing position.
The case includes foam lining for extra padding and reinforced corners, and can be set up as a stand in landscape orientation with multiple viewing angles to choose from.
The Book Jacket (iPad Air; $60) combines a durable syntheic exterior with soft suede lining for a polished look.
The case includes cutouts for the iPad’s ports, buttons, and camera, doubles as a stand in landscape orientation, and comes with an elastic strap that keeps the cover in place when your iPad is not in use.
The LGND (iPad Air 2; $35) is a folio case with an “origami” style cover that folds into a stand in both landscape and portrait orientation.
The LGND features a microsuede interior to help keep the iPad’s screen scratch and smudge free, and supports multiple viewing angles. For colors, pick between grey, black, lime, or pink.
The ShieldView (all iPad minis; $20) is a screen protector that is easy to apply, and doesn’t leave any residue when removed thanks to its use of static cling.
The ShieldView protects your screen from smudges, fingerprints, and scratches. It ships with a cleaning cloth, in case you need to wipe away dust, and comes in either a matte or glossy finish.
The Hard Cover (iPad Air 2; $30) offers a lightweight, slim design that will keep your iPad safe from impact, sporting a reinforced ribbed tray and rugged outer edges for extra measure.
Designed to meet or exceed military test drop standards from up to four feet, the case provides precise cutouts for the iPad’s buttons, ports, and camera, includes a non-slip lining that quickly converts into a stand in landscape orientation with multiple viewing angles, and is fitted with a band that secures the cover when you’re not using it.
If you like the convenience of a physical keyboard without the extra weight, the Folio (iPad Air 2; $100) could be for you. It sports an ultra-thin design that includes a backlit Bluetooth keyboard that offers more room to type than the iPad’s standard touchscreen keyboard.
The case features a leather textured cover wrapped around its sturdy hard shell body, which should help protect your iPad from everyday hazards. It also doubles as a viewing or typing stand with multiple angle support. According to Zagg, a single charge of the keyboard’s battery lasts up to two years under normal usage, so you don’t have to worry about schlepping an extra charger around with you.