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iPad Case Review: PDAir Aluminum case for iPad
      01/30/11 05:04 PM

iPad Case Review: PDAir Aluminum Case for iPad
Editor's Rating (1-5): 1
Reviewed by Tom Slayton

What's Hot: Made entirely of high-quality aluminum, more protection and less bulk. Lined with neoprene.

What's Not: Thin construction, the hinge feels rickety. Nothing to hold your iPad once the case is opened, drastically lowering the level of protection provided. Expensive.


The PDair Aluminum Case is a hinged iPad case with a cover. It is intended to protect your device from scuffs and scratches. Unfortunately, it fails at this for a number of key reasons. Additionally, it looks and feels cheaply-made, yet is one of the more expensive cases available.


First and foremost, this is a carrying case and not the type of case your iPad lives in. The design of the case is very open: all ports and buttons are easily accessible with cutouts. While this provides convenience to iPad?s controls, it also leaves the iPad vulnerable once you open the case as your iPad sits precariously inside with nothing holding it in place, forcing you to either hold your iPad AND the case, or balance it like a waiter carrying beverages; perfectly horizontal.

The cover itself is also problematic. While I expected it to open like a book, it inexplicably opens the opposite direction, after which it dangles freely on its double-jointed hinge. One would think that this feature should allow you to fold the cover underneath. Unfortunately, the hinge isn?t quite big enough to allow this. Additionally, the curved back of the case (designed to accommodate the curved back of the iPad, obviously) prevents the cover from lying flat even if the hinge was large enough to allow it. Lastly, it just isn?t comfortable to hold with the cover folded back. Within moments of attempting this, the hard edges of the case will instantly begin etching creases into your hand.

Features and Quality

While the PDair Aluminum case may, as the manufacturer claims, be made of the finest-grade anodized aircraft aluminum, it has a decidedly inexpensive feel to it. Aluminum has its good points: it?s strong and light, but the case just doesn?t feel very substantial. This perception is exacerbated by the previously described double-hinge that is built very loose, allowing the cover to swing freely when open. The neoprene liner is a very nice touch, and prevents the case from scratching your iPad.


An iPad case should ideally do three things: provide protection, add functionality, and be stylish. It is very difficult, however, to find a case that does all three. In fact, finding a case that does just one of these things very well is often good enough to make it a hit. I have already described how the PDair case fails at the first two. Unfortunately, it also strikes out on style. The textured finish just doesn?t look good compared to the brushed aluminum finish of the iPad.


I cannot recommend the PDair Case. It falls short on functionality, protection, and looks; and it?s not that affordable either.

Price: $79.95
Web site: PDAir

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