Tablet Case Review: DryCase for 7"-10" Tablets Reviewed by Tom Slayton
Editor's Ratings: 5
What's Hot: When used properly this case will keep your device bone-dry up to 100 feet underwater. Large enough to accommodate any tablet computer on the market today (or 4 cell phones). Devices with touch screens will still be accessible through the case. Supports headphones via an included connector cable.
What's Not: For everyday use, this would be overkill.
The Dry Case for tablets does exactly what its little brother does, but on a much larger and more useful scale; it keeps your device(s) dry, even when completely submerged (up to 100 feet). It will also give you full access to buttons and touch screens, and even allows the use of headphones via a waterproof headphone jack built into the case. Waterproof headphones are required for underwater use, however, and are recommended in any environment wet enough to require this type of case.
Size and Fit
The tablet-sized Dry Case is a much more versatile size than the version for phones and point/shoot cameras. This one will easily accommodate any tablet computer/e-reader or even multiple smaller devices. It can be a bit unwieldy, however, and adds considerable size to your device. This is to be expected, considering the level of moisture protection it provides; which is second to none, by the way.
Features and Quality
The folks at Dry Case take their job very seriously. Every single case is tested underwater overnight to make sure it is leak-free. All you need to do is insert your device, seal the clasp, and remove the excess air via the one-way valve (either with the included bulb or your mouth) and you?re off to the beach/pool/monsoon. I can personally attest to the fact that the engineering is sound. While I can?t guarantee the individual quality of every single Dry Case manufactured (although the company does), I can safely say that the one I tested is leak-free. In fact, I had so much confidence in it that I submerged my new iPad 2 (GASP) and a BlackBerry PlayBook (see photos). The reason I felt comfortable enough to do that is because once you seal it up and remove the excess air, there?s just no way for water to force its way in; there?s nothing for it do displace. The case itself is made of very tough material. Trust me when I say that you?re not going to puncture it by accident unless you use it as a cutting board.
One extremely nice touch is the inclusion of a connector cable that gives you access to the headphone jack, even underwater. Be sure to use waterproof headphones, though. Just because the external jack is waterproof, it doesn?t mean that your headphones are. One odd accessory that is included with the Dry Case is the arm band. On the small version it makes perfect sense, however, if you decide to strap your iPad to your arm and go swimming, you?re likely to look like such a tool that even the sharks will want to give you a wedgie. To be fair, however, it performs well as a handle of sorts, and helps keep the bag floating when you drop it.
Something you may not have considered is the fact that if this can keep water out, it can keep dust/dirt/sand/grit as well. If you?ve ever wanted to pack your Kindle (Sorry, Apple. The Kindle wins in bright sunlight) with you when you went to the beach, now?s your chance. It?s also a great place to put your wallet and keys when you rent that kayak or canoe this summer.
The tablet-sized Dry Case provides ultimate moisture protection for your larger electronic devices, etc. Make no mistake; this is not just a reinforced baggie. It is carefully designed, constructed, and tested to make sure that your things stay dry, even when you?re not, and I can?t recommend highly enough.