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XtremeMac Tuffwrap for iPad Review

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XtremeMac Tuffwrap for iPad Review

I have mentioned on a few occasions how protective I am of my iPad after dropping my iPhone and cracking the screen. At around $80 to fix the screen on an iPhone I hate to think what it would cost to fix the iPad. I have tried several cases and some of them don’t quite make the grade. Today I am looking at another iPad case from XtremeMac called the Tuffwrap. If what you want in a case is minimal, bulk and low profile style the Tuffwrap may be perfect for you.

 

Specifications

The Tuffwrap is a snug fitting silicone case that adds a layer of protection with very little bulk. The case provides access to all the controls of the pad and wraps around the front to protect the screen. You can by the Tuffwrap now for $39.99 for the iPad.

In Use

I have already looked at another case from XtremeMac this week that had a more edgy style and was made from a plastic material that didn’t quite sit flat. Today I am looking at another case from XtremeMac that is much more my style. This case is called the Tuffwrap and it is a black silicone case that fits snugly. The silicone is more flexible than some other materials so the iPad goes into the case easily and the indentions and cutouts for the controls are exactly where they need to be.

The silicone has a soft-touch feel to it and has a smooth border around the back and the section that wraps around the front is smooth as well. The center rectangle of the Tuffwrap is an embossed design that looks better in silicone than it did in the neoprene of the XtremeMac sleeve.

The volume control and the lock button on the top of the iPad are covered by the silicone material, but are still easy to use and access. The headphone port is exposed and my headphones fit into the port with the case on without issue.

The sync port is exposed as well and I had no issued getting the charge and sync cable to plug in with the case on. The only control that was unusable with the case on for me is the little switch on the side above the volume controls that locks the screen orientation. That control is recessed and the silicone is thick at that point making it impossible for me to flip the little toggle back and forth. I never use that screen lock so it didn’t bother me.

In fact, I often hit that switch by mistake when moving the iPad around and accidentally locked the screen and would end up wondering why it wouldn't change when I rotated the screen. The Tuffwrap means that my kids won't be able to lock the screen now. The front edges of the iPad are covered by the silicone case, which keeps the screen off surfaces if you put it down screen first. However, this case will not prevent scratches on the screen from all sources so you will still want a screen film of some sort for the best protection.

Verdict

Pros

  • Great fit
  • Nice design
  • Adds little bulk

Cons

  • Screen lock control can’t be used with case on
 

Conclusion

The Tuffwrap is a very nice case for the iPad and is my new favorite case. You may have issue with the design of the Tuffwrap if you use the screen lock a lot, but most will find the Tuffwrap is an excellent choice for protecting the iPad.

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