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In the tablet world, the iPad remains undefeated as the most popular and widely purchased option on the market. In addition to its sleek, minimalistic build and design — an aesthetic that Apple has mastered over the years — the device is also one of the best tablets available today.
If you snagged one over the holidays, already own one or plan on buying one soon, this guide will come in handy as it gives you the four absolute best cases to buy for the device.
The guide also separates each case into five categories, denoting just what makes it the “best” in its own way. Get a brief rundown on the featured cases below and take a look at the video above for a thorough demo of each case.
- Best Overall: Logitech Combo Touch (with detachable keyboard)
- Most Lightweight: CASETiFY Ultra Impact iPad case
- Best Leather Pick: Nomad Modern Leather Folio
- Top Pick For Moving Watching: MOFT float stand & case
- Best 360-Degree Protection: OtterBox iPad Pro Defender Series Pro case
Before getting into the picks featured in this episode of In The Know Live: Gadgets, let’s briefly go over why the iPad Pro 11-inch (third-generation) remains one of Apple’s best-selling tablets to date.
2021 Apple 11-Inch iPad Pro, $749.99 (Orig. $799)
Currently $49 off on Amazon, the 2021 iPad Pro 11-inch features Apple’s advanced M1 chip and boasts a stunning, crystal clear liquid retina display. The lightweight tablet also has a 12 megapixel-wide camera and an additional 10-megapixel, ultra-wide camera for capturing wide-range photos. Another standout feature that shoppers love is its all-day battery life.
Now that we’ve gone over the new iPad Pro’s basic standout features, let’s take a look at the four best cases for the device, starting with this super versatile and protective option from Logitech.
1. Best Overall: Logitech Combo Touch, $199.99
The Logitech Combo Touch comes with everything you need to instantly transform your new iPad Pro into a laptop. In addition to its study, fabric exterior that adds the right amount of heft to the device without making it feel or look bulky, this case comes with a keyboard that easily snaps into place — no Bluetooth pairing needed.
The keyboard features fully backlit keys, a large trackpad and a full row of shortcut keys that make using iPadOS a breeze. In fact, these keys resemble those found on the newest MacBook Pro models, further driving home this case’s laptop-like functionalities.
The trackpad also features the same multi-finger gesture controls used on MacBooks, making this one of the best cases to buy. So, swipe, scroll, switch apps, pinch, double-tap and more to make your workflow smoother and faster.
What I personally love about this case is that when I’m not using the keyboard, I simply pull it off, and it easily detaches, allowing me to use the standalone case on its own to read, watch videos and more.
If you’ve been eyeing the Apple smart keyboard folio case, I’d highly recommend getting this Logitech option instead. It has several more key features (like the well-engineered trackpad and shortcut keys) and is much more practical and versatile.
2. Most Lightweight: CASETiFY Ultra Impact iPad Case, $79
CASETiFY remains one of the leading authorities in trendy and minimalistic protective cases. In fact, the brand’s Ultra Impact case series, available for both iPhone and iPad, is one of its best-selling exports to date.
The CASETiFY Ultra Impact iPad case adds a secure level of protection all around the case while remaining extremely lightweight and still managing to show off the device’s natural beauty. If you’re adamant about leaving the back of the device with the central Apple logo visually exposed but still protected, this case is the one to buy. It covers the back of the device with its special antimicrobial coating and also comes in a variety of colors and designs.
Shoppers also get to customize the case to their liking. So, add your name, birth date or whatever you’d like to the back in a special color or font. Also, for added protection, the case features raised bumpers at each of its four corners to absorb any shock if the device were to fall.
3. Best Leather Pick: Nomad Modern Leather Folio, $149.95
Hands down, no one beats Nomad when it comes to full-grain leather tech accessories. From iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands to iPad cases and everything in between, the brand uses some of the most premium materials that only get better with time.
Its newly released Modern Leather Folio case for the iPad Pro 11 (third generation) combines sleek design with functionality. It features a high-grade polycarbonate body and a raised TPE bumper making it super durable and protective. The Folio’s cover also has panels of reinforced fiberglass for extra protection. However, the cherry on top is the premium leather wrap that develops character with time and takes on a look that’s unique to you.
4. Top Pick for Displaying and Movie-Watching: MOFT Float Stand & Case, $53.99 (Orig. $59.99)
Those who use their iPad Pro 11 for watching videos or as a second screen for work will love the MOFT float stand & case. The foldable case features a stand that, when expanded, lets your iPad float without any wires or mounts.
It has three modes: floating mode, stable mode and portrait mode, allowing you to use the case in multiple configurations. In fact, you can adjust the angle to up to 130 degrees, making it perfect for using the iPad whether you’re standing or sitting.
5. Best 360-Degree Protection: Otterbox iPad Pro Defender Series Pro Case, $64.95 (Orig. $89.95)
This one provides truly advanced defense for your tablet. So, if you’re accident-prone, this is hands down the case to buy. It integrates a silver-based antimicrobial additive into the case to help inhibit microbial growth and defends the case’s exterior against common bacteria.
Also, the high-end rugged design displays clean lines with a comfortable grip. It also has a raised edge for added camera and screen defense and port covers to help keep dust and dirt out of the iPad’s crevices. Lastly, for added convenience, the Defender Series Pro case also includes a versatile shield stand that doubles as a hands-free multi-position stand and screen cover, offering the best all-around protection.
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