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Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap iPad 2 Case Review – the Smart Cover Wannabe

Speck has made a big name for themselves lately with awesome iPhone and iPad cases. It’s no surprise that their new PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad 2 is one of the best iPad cases on the market right now. They describe it as “super-rad”, and indeed it is. Aside from the unique and fun design, the case is extremely usable, practical, and protective.

Upon quick inspection, the PixelSkin HD Wrap looks like Apple’s Smart Cover but with a protective back, and a zany finish. The front of the PixelSkin uses the tri-fold design to tilt the iPad upright or at a reading angle (and if you play around with it, you can prop iPad in other viewing angles too). When closed, the tri-folding flap protects the front of the screen and completes a seal around iPad. Like the Smart Cover, the tri-folding cover sticks to iPad’s screen, though not by the use of magnets, but with a micro-suction strip. This, unfortunately, means the PixelSkin HD Wrap is not technically “smart”, it will not lock and unlock your iPad when open and closed.

While the PixelSkin HD may not be “smart”, it does protect your entire iPad front to back. The skin has cutouts for iPad’s speaker, dock connector, toggle switch, camera, microphone, and headphone jack. There are button overlays for the volume and lock buttons, and they work quite well. The PixelSkin has a pixelated, or grid-like, raised finish which gives you a very nice grip on your device (not to mention it looks cool too!). The PixelSkin HD is just one piece, and it’s constructed out of a dense, but somewhat flexible, rubber. The front flap is thicker than Apple’s Smart Cover, and offers more protection. iPad 2 should be able to withstand small drops with PixelSkin HD, and it will certainly protect iPad from every-day wear and tear, scratches, scuffs, and dents.

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The PixelSkin HD is great for protecting your iPad 2 while maintaining a pretty sleek form factor. It is, however, a bit heavier than you may expect. Applying and removing PixelSkin is a pretty easy process thanks to the flexible rubber, but it may take a couple tries to get the hang of. PixelSkin is pretty good at propping iPad up in different angles. The only exception is when propping iPad upright, the stand is a tad flimsy and may rock some.

Speck’s PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad 2 is a great all-around case that should last the lifetime of the device. It’s durable, protective, practical, and sleek. It’s available in a fun and bright cobalt or raspberry color, as well as traditional black. At $49.95 (or $44.95 on Amazon), it’s more expensive than the average iPad case, but it’s more or less warranted. Due to high demand, it’s on back-order.

The Good: Durable. Protects entire iPad 2. Built-in Multi-Angle Stand. No Straps or clips, good grip, Sleek, and nice design. Great everyday case

The Bad: Won’t lock and Unlock Screen. Propping upright is a bit flimsy. Pricier than average, a little heavy

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