Macally Bookstand 2 case

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by drwebber, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. drwebber macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011
  2. Benlehot macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Montreal, Canada
  3. Liberal macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    I, too, bought this case on eBay and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

    I'm pretty sure that the "smart" functionality is not built in to the case itself, but I just took a weak magnet and was able to replicate the on/off functionality. I think I'll just put a strip of magnetic tape to make contact with the sensor magnet and BOOM! Instant "Smart" Cover at 25% off (not to mention protection for the back that the Smart Cover does not offer). :apple: :)
  4. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    I should have had one this Tuesday, but it appears the ********** USPS lost it.
  5. drwebber thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011

    The are a few of these on ebay that list magnet closure.. I asked seller about it, but have not heard back. The Macally website list nothing about the Smart Function of it.
  6. wfj5444 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    I am pretty excited about this case.

    I emailed Macally about it, asking if there was a magnet. Another post here mentioned the case. OP called Macally, and they said the first batch will not have the magnet, but the next will.

    Take it for what its worth. I hope I get an email back, if I do, I will post. I really like the look of this case.
  7. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    How did you do this? Can you give instructions by any chance?.
    I'm sure many of us would greatly benefit from knowledge of this functionality.
  8. drwebber thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011
    I just got off the phone with their Tech support and they said they are no magnets at this point, but future versions may have it.
    Wah Wah Wah.... No What?
  9. dand1996 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2009
    Has anybodys case shipped? from the site or ebay?
  10. Liberal, Mar 17, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011

    Liberal macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Definitely. I'll post some pictures when I get home.

    But really you just take any magnet (mine is about 1/8" thick) and place it on the right side bezel (assuming the iPad is in upright portrait orientation with camera on top, home button the bottom) about 2 3/4" from the top of the iPad and if it is awake, it will go to sleep. Once it goes to sleep, move the magnet and it will wake up.

    I found out by just dragging a magnet up and down the right bezel until I found the sweet spot. You'll feel that there are a lot of magnets in the bezel.
  11. drwebber thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011

    Just got an email from Macally.

    Dear Customer:

    Thanks for contacting Macally technical Support.

    There are two magnets as illustrated in the attachment, which is different
    from Apple Smart Cover design and will not to have wakeup/sleep function as
    Apple cover does.


    Michael Huang, Tech Support
    Macally USA
    4601 E. Airport Drive, Ontario , CA 91761, USA
    Tel: 909. 230.6888 x151
    Fax: 909.230.6889
    - Show quoted text -
  12. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Looks like a smart cover with a back. I'm not missing anything am I?
  13. Liberal macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Ah. Good to know. I'm not sure the magnet idea will work with this case if the case itself doesn't come close enough to the iPad, but we shall see.
  14. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    They found my packkage and I just got it.

    Its actually nicer than I expected. The pictures aren't exactly what you get.

    The material feels and looks like leather though I don't actually think it is. The interior is lined with micro fiber. The iPad slides into those two big buttons on the right side and the left side "snaps" gently into the left corners. I am not worried that the casing will be scratched by this. This arrangement causes most of the iPad's front face to be exposed, which I personally like. Its not so cramped as you get with those cases that protect right up to the lighted screen and its easier to clean - no dust bunnies on the corners or along the edges.

    There are holes for everything, with plenty of room to get at the buttons and such. The rear camera does have a well-aligned hole, which is not clear from the pictures.

    There are two magnets on the corners of the cover that join to those button thingies on the right side. But alas, it does not control the on/off of the iPad.
  15. Liberal macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    Ahhh, exciting! Great to hear that it's nice. Could you post some pictures if you have the chance?
  16. dand1996 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2009
    I second this, any pictures?
  17. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    I attached some pics...

    Attached Files:

  18. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    Thanks for the pics!! A couple questions if you don't mind... How sturdy is the front cover? Last year's bookstand was very flimsy, but pics show this looks better, but can you confirm? Also, how tight does the back fit on? Do you think a skin (BSE, Zagg, etc.) on the back will still allow you to put the case on?
  19. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    And 3 more...

    Attached Files:

  20. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    The front cover is a bit flimsy, though not as bad as the last model. There doesn't appear to be any sort of material between the rubbery outside and the micro fiber inside of the cover, so I wouldn't put any bowling balls on top of your iPad cover :) If you are careful with your iPad, it should last. But if you constantly open and close it, fold it backwards, etc, it might get a bit "floppy" after a while. I'v seen sturdier, but its not horrible.

    The backside interior (the part where the back of your iPad will rest on) has the same micro fiber cloth that covers the inside of the cover, so a thin skin, like a screen protector thickness, would probably be OK. If its a thicker, rubberish skin, then it might be a little tight.
  21. drwebber thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2011
    It looks pretty nice. I'm not sure how much I'm on board with the tabs in the corner.. The iPad is so sleek I hate to take from that. Damn you smart cover why can't you protect the back?
  22. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    I actually liked the original Apple case for the iPad 1. It was sleek and it covered everything. I don't know how much thinner the iPad needs to be to satisfy the ol' Steve-O.
  23. silverstonett macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    Ehh, those little tabs in the corners aren't that elegant of a solution for holding the iPad in, but with the device getting thinner (and thinner), there is just less for them to hold onto. I love the new slim profile, but I really liked the original iPad's heft. I also really liked the original XBOX controller (the fat one), though, so maybe I like certain products to have some heft to them.

    Thanks for the pic.
  24. Liberal macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2011
    I just got the case this morning and I have mixed feelings so far. I have found a few problems, big problems, in my opinion:

    1. The cover of the case does not fold back flat on the back when opened. It can be done but only at the expense of integrity of the spine of the case.

    2. The folding of the cover works quite well for the typing position. I can tap pretty hard without it collapsing on me. However, when I attempt to stand the case in the position to watch a video or read a book or newspaper, it takes only seconds for it to fall back on itself. Maybe it just needs to "break-in" but for the time being its very annoying.

    3. I worry about the inner microfiber material. I've had it open for maybe 30 minutes and it is covered with debris, fuzzies, etc. Not really a "big" problem but still worth noting.

    As for the good:

    1. The case is remarkably thin.
    2. The back is well protected.
    3. The typing/browsing position is perfect.
    4. The magnets in the corners work well to keep the case shut.
    5. Outer faux leather material is tactilely pleasing.
    6. The case itself is very sleek, stylish, and handsome.

    Has anyone with the case been able to get the iPad to stay up in the video/ reading position?
  25. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Those corners eliminate that case from consideration for me. Just plain ugly. Not sure what they were thinking there.

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