The Tri-Axis Stasis Napa Leather iPad Case, by Tuff-Luv, is one of the more interesting iPad cases we have reviewed. Impressively, it offers a record number of different viewing angles that you can prop iPad 2 in; it even mounts iPad upright in different Portrait-mode angles. In addition to propping iPad in multiple angles, the Tri-Axis Stasis is an attractive professional looking case that offers good protection and even a smart magnetic cover that locks and unlocks iPad when opened and closed.
The Tuff-Luv Tri-Axis Stasis case is portfolio-style and covered in a beautiful napa leather. There’s a strap with a button attached to the cover that fastens to the back, securing the case closed. The inside of the case feels like micro-suede. iPad 2 slides under a frame from the outside of the case, and is secured with a small velcro strap. The frame keeps all buttons and ports accessible, though the buttons could be easier to access. There’s a cutout on the back of the case for the rear camera.
The front of the case has five little velcro flaps, which may appear to be part of the design, but are actually for mounting iPad at different upright angles. The back of the case has a picture frame like stand that is fastened to the case with a button. At the end of this stand is a flap that’s velcroed. Though difficult to describe, the stand is velcroed into one of the five little velcro flaps, thus mounting iPad in landscape mode. The corners of the front cover are capable of folding back, allowing you to mount iPad in portrait mode at different angles.
The Tuff-Luv Tri-Axis Stasis Portfolio Case is a very functional case. The magnetic cover with automatic locking/unlocking works perfectly with iPad, which is a relief considering we have yet to see perfect implementation on non-Apple iPad cases. It’s comfortable to hold as it has padding in between the layers. It’s a bit thicker than most cases measuring just over one inch; the build in stand adds some awkward bulk to the back of the case. It’s also on the heavier side of iPad cases. It would offer the iPad 2 amazing protection, except that iPad’s corners slightly protrude past the case and are capable of taking the brunt of a fall.
All-in-all we like the Tuff-Luv Tri-Axis Stasis Portfolio Case. Yes, it’s a tad thicker and heavier than some of our other cases, but it’s also one of the better looking cases especially for a business setting. We love that we can finally prop iPad up in portrait mode, perfect for reading blogs. Using the Tri-Axis stand feature is a little more involved than other cases, but it’s pretty sturdy stand. The case can currently be purchased from Tuff-Luv for about $80 USD and it’s also available in other colors, including red. This is a lot to pay for an iPad case, so unfortunately it’s pricing is definitely not for everyone, but it is a quality case. That said, they also have a Faux Leather version of the case that normally retails for $45, and is on sale right now for just $32.
The Good: Magnetic Smart Lock Works Well, Props iPad at Different Angles–Landscape and Portrait, Elegant-Looking, Access to all ports
The Bad: Pricey, Sides and Corners of iPad are Exposed and capable of being harmed, Built-in Stand adds Bulk, iPad is inserted from the outside of the case rather than the inside–means it’s more likely to fall out.