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klover
Jul 22, 2010, 01:22 PM
Here’s a quick review of a cheap Monoprice case for the Ipad.

I already have a Power Support screen protector on my Ipad but wanted something that would protect the back and sides (perhaps even adding a bit of grip for reading). I found quite a few covers (Griffen, Belkin, etc.) but didn’t want to spend $20-$30. So, I decided to order a couple Monoprice cases and, at $5.22 each, figured I had little to lose.

I ordered a clear case and a glossy black version and I’m very impressed by both.

PROS:
+ Inexpensive.

+ Perfect fit. The edges wrap around the Ipad and cover a few millimeters of glass (overlapping my screen protector) and protect all exposed aluminum and the rubber seal. Back of Ipad cover is properly tapered and wraps around the back perfectly. Case doesn’t slide around, edges sit firmly around glass, etc.

+ No odor. Some of the cheaper cases tend to have a very strong plastic smell. These have none.

+ Perfect port alignment. All openings are well sized and accurately-placed. Power button and volume rocker are completely covered but the plastic does not prohibit use.

+ Very nice texture. Slightly glossy but not sticky. Clear model is perfectly transparent.

CONS:

- Pretty basic look, not very “sexy”.

- Port openings, while accurate, are not precision cut (you may find a little tab of plastic hanging off that you can remove).

http://i29.tinypic.com/magbyq.jpg

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Link: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10843&cs_id=1084301&p_id=6929&seq=1&format=2



Chris Rogers
Jul 22, 2010, 01:45 PM
How much for shipping?

klover
Jul 22, 2010, 01:48 PM
Shipping for 2 cases was $5 to Canada. I ordered a couple mini display port-to-HDMI adapters as well so my overall shipping was higher. I usually do fairly large monoprice orders to make the shipping costs worthwhile.

JTravers
Jul 22, 2010, 05:51 PM
Would you mind posting some pics of the glossy black case? I'm trying to decide between the black and the smoke.

Thanks!

MaxPower49
Jul 22, 2010, 08:08 PM
Looks nicer than you would expect for $5. I might have to pick one of those up. I love monoprice.

vivarey
Jul 23, 2010, 04:56 PM
Thanks for the review. I'm a fan of Monoprice. It looks like the power and volume rocker is covered by plastic -- how difficult is it to press those buttons?

gigaguy
Jul 23, 2010, 05:59 PM
I got some of these a while back, buttons work fine. They are as nice as the pricey $30-50 name brand ones imo.
I like the smoke better than the clear, smoke is darker but actually clearer, less opaque, than the clear one, which is frostier. Hmm, the posters picture of the clear one looks clearer than the clear i got. I'll have to recheck, I mostly used the smoke one.

Best case deal I have found, for a tup plastic one.

vivarey
Jul 23, 2010, 06:55 PM
Thanks guys, I ordered the Smoke color. I was about to buy the $50 Belkin case, so not much to lose if I don't like this one. :)

OriginalNerd
Jul 23, 2010, 07:09 PM
Considering they are $5 I bought the clear and the smoke. Awesome deal. Thanks for the heads up. I ordered it last night and they already shipped it today. Love monoprice.

saberahul
Jul 23, 2010, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the review. I'm a fan of Monoprice. It looks like the power and volume rocker is covered by plastic -- how difficult is it to press those buttons?

Zoom in a lot on the top of the second picture. You'll see there is an opening so they are not covered. Of course I could be wrong.

gigaguy
Jul 23, 2010, 09:40 PM
Yes I had a belkin grip vue (orig $50) I got in an ipad deal and resold, very little difference except for an ugly belkin logo on it.. people are crazy! to pay more than $20 or any ipad plastic case.

the vol buttons are exposed on these. I bought 4 of these about a month ago.
My clear one looks frosty so maybe they changed formula, I would have preferred a crystal clear. smoke is clearer as I said. oh I see they are out of clear and black.

but you can't lose with these. and you might as well buy some cables too, I did.

hoffmant
Jul 24, 2010, 07:22 AM
Great to see this positive review. I needed a car charger and threw a couple of these into my order on a whim. For $5, I was hoping they'd be ok. I'm glad you like them and can't wait to get them now.

Thanks!

iBookG4user
Jul 24, 2010, 07:26 AM
Thanks for the review, it looks like a nice case and you can't complain about the price :)

i-Want-Apples
Jul 24, 2010, 10:02 PM
Thanks for posting the review. I just got my iPad and I'm in the process of trying to decide what I want for a case(s) (:eek: I never thought it would be so hard!) and I wasn't even aware of these. I'm definitely going to order one (or maybe more, considering the price) because it seems silly to pay so much more for other cases.

Has anyone tried the silicone cases from Monoprice? I'm kind of interested in the ones with the circle and/or puzzle pattern but they dont' have any pictures and I'm just curious what they look like.

Also, has anyone ordered the green yet? I kind of want to get all three colors, clear and black (so I'm covered for all situations :cool: ) but they show the blue one under the green item and I was just curious what the green looked like.

Thanks again!

klover
Jul 26, 2010, 08:59 PM
Yes I had a belkin grip vue (orig $50) I got in an ipad deal and resold, very little difference except for an ugly belkin logo on it.. people are crazy! to pay more than $20 or any ipad plastic case.

the vol buttons are exposed on these. I bought 4 of these about a month ago.
My clear one looks frosty so maybe they changed formula, I would have preferred a crystal clear. smoke is clearer as I said. oh I see they are out of clear and black.

but you can't lose with these. and you might as well buy some cables too, I did.

The volume rocker and power switch are covered on mine.
http://yfrog.com/07img00184201007262105j

slipper
Jul 26, 2010, 09:01 PM
For $5 you do not get sexy... but nice case!

gigaguy
Jul 26, 2010, 09:41 PM
Great to see this positive review. I needed a car charger and threw a couple of these into my order on a whim. For $5, I was hoping they'd be ok. I'm glad you like them and can't wait to get them now.

Thanks!

Not sure what charger you needed, but I don't think they sell a true full power charger for the ipad, just the slower ipod designed ones.

prot0type
Jul 26, 2010, 09:43 PM
Not really interested in the case, but I will say that monoprice.com is definitely one of the best online sites to shop from.

From my past experiences, the price and quality of their products as well as their customer service are excellent.

robby818
Jul 27, 2010, 04:56 PM
Got two in the mail yesterday. I like them. They fit well and have a nice feel. Better than grippy silicone, which I have avoided because of the feel. I will switch between this and my macally case. I imagine the glossy back will dull over time but for this price there is nothing to complain about. Quite a deal.

rdowns
Jul 27, 2010, 05:15 PM
I got one the other day and I am quite pleased for $5. I have the Apple case (which I love) but for 5 bucks, this is a great deal.

doodude
Jul 27, 2010, 10:57 PM
Thanks for the review...

Speaking of power chargers & such, (previously posted above), does anyone have a favorite accessories web site with good deals for good products?

Zonra
Jul 28, 2010, 03:51 AM
Nice price, hope it works will.

OriginalNerd
Jul 28, 2010, 08:25 PM
Just received my shipment and I have to say that I am completely impressed. Very nice case. The openings are cut perfectly and it fits just right. This does not feel like a $5 case but a much more expensive one. I am extremely happy with this purchase.

Thanks again for the heads up on this.

NeuralControl
Jul 28, 2010, 09:30 PM
Can you post pictures of the smoke color case when you have a chance?

aznkrnboi9
Jul 29, 2010, 06:16 PM
Hey guys. Just got my pink mono price case. It is actually a perfect fit and have that nice glossy feel to it. I like it. :)

dsampley
Jul 31, 2010, 03:42 PM
Is there an updated link? The link provided in the direst post no longer works and a search does not show this item.

doodude
Jul 31, 2010, 04:07 PM
In other words, you snooze you lose...:(

hoffmant
Aug 2, 2010, 09:21 AM
Questions for owners of this case (or other TPU cases, I guess):

I ordered two cases, and they came folded up in a box with the chargers & other things I ordered. Now, both cases have little spots around the edge of the screen where they don't seat well--there's a sort of crease left where they were folded.

I'm thinking of taking a hair dryer to it to see if it will relax the material enough to go back to its original shape. Any other suggestions?

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/hoffmant/iPadcase1.jpg

i-Want-Apples
Aug 2, 2010, 11:54 AM
Hey everyone,

I was definitely upset when I saw the update e-mail come in that these were no longer available. I didn't get a chance to order them because I was wanting to try and match them with the incase I decided on... guess I should have just ordered clear and been done with it :(

Anyway, I went to the site today and chatted with customer service to see if they would have any info, this is what they told me and thought it may be useful to others so I thought I would share:

CS - Gustavo P (Level 1): I apologize for the inconvenience unfortunately at this time all Iphone, Ipod, Ipad, and Apple accessories are currently unavailable until further notice. They have only been removed temporarily from I've been told. The category is being reviewed and reorganized. Unfortunately there is no ETA as to when the items will be available again. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you

So not much of an answer, but at least it looks like it is just temporary. I really hope that they get them up soon because I really want to get a few of these.

malnar
Aug 3, 2010, 05:56 PM
Got mine yesterday, blue, and I'm impressed (and seriously fast shipping - ordered Thursday of last week.) $5? Insane. The TPU is not quite up the quality of, say, Iskin - it's softer and "stickier," but otherwise feels very high quality. I have no concerns about it. No one would know it was a $5 cover.

Two gripes: it has a couple of ugly marks where it was cut from the molding sprew, which I spent some time slowly nicking away at with a very sharp knife, and the material over the volume rocker makes it almost impossible to control the volume. Not sure how to combat that yet, but I'll work on it. If I figure something out that's easy and not ugly, I'll report back.

klover
Aug 9, 2010, 11:18 AM
Back online (black and clear OOS for now). Smoke is in stock.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10843&cs_id=1084301&p_id=6932&seq=1&format=2