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- Rated 3 stars
- Seidio Ledger Case For iPad Air
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- Cosmetic AppealEditor: 70%
- Design & Build QualityEditor: 56%
- FeaturesEditor: 40%
- FunctionEditor: 40%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 70%
The Seidio Ledger for iPad Air is a thin & sleek case that offers basic protection benefits.
Protecting your expensive iPad Air is no easy task, but there are plenty of cases on the market to help aid in this task. One in particular is the Seidio Ledger which flaunts an ultra-thin design made with an Italian Polyurethane material that looks and feels remarkable. With an MSRP of $44.95, the case is reasonably priced and will fit nicely within most consumer's budgets. Seidio provided us with a sample of their Ledger for iPad Air case (in the Dark Gray variant) to make this review possible. Rest assured, the outcome of this review is based solely on our hands on experience with the product and no outside influences or bias have influenced this review in any way.
In terms of design, Seidio modeled this case in a way that is nearly identical to Apple's own iPad Air Smart Case. Since this Apple branded version is sold at a price-point of $79, the Seidio Ledger is the superior choice as it offers the same design and protection benefits at nearly half the cost.
The general idea of this design is a basic snap in plastic case on which protects the back of the iPad Air coupled with an attached 3-piece magnetic lid which harnesses a variety of functions. This lid has sleep/wake functionality, protects your screen while the device is not in use, and can function as a built-in stand that offers two viewing angles. The product features limited branding which in my opinion is a good thing with only a small, subtle Seidio logo present on the bottom right of the front cover.
The build quality is particularly interesting as the Italian Polyurethane material takes up about 95% of the case yet the actual case portion on the back is comprised of a rather cheap plastic. The look, feel, and durability of the Polyurethane is excellent though the plastic casing which secures to your iPad is far from ideal. If I had any doubts about the longevity of this case, it would surely be due to the plastic casing which has the risk of cracking or breaking whereas the Polyurethane appears to be built to last.
Attaching the Seidio Ledger to your iPad Air is easy as the case “snaps” into place with a rather secure fit. From there, the magnetic screen flap naturally gravitates to your screen thus keeping it protected when your device is stowed away or while you're “on the go”. The protective flap pulls back without much effort and initiates the sleep/wake functionality with excellent accuracy.
By twisting the flap backwards, the magnets within will attract themselves and form a triangle-like shape which gives it the ability to work as a built-in stand. Unfortunately, using the lid as a stand isn't all that great since it only offers two viewing angles and both of them are rather annoying to use in my experience.
What this case has going for it the most is the attractive and ultra-thin design since the protection benefits aren't much to consider. This isn't the type of case to offer any realistic protection from drops or accidents and it definitely won't be suitable for any type of rugged use. What it is capable of doing is offering protection from the everyday wear and tear that your iPad Air may be subject to such as scratches, scuffs, or light dings although you can't expect it to protect much more than that so be warned. If you're clumsy or accident prone then I'd warn you, this likely isn't the best choice for your needs.
In the end, I found the Seidio Ledger Case to be a relatively decent product at its given price-point although it excels in the cosmetic department more than it does in real-world protection benefits. If you're looking for a sleek, ultra-thin case that will only protect your iPad Air from the everyday wear and tear without breaking the bank then the Seidio Ledger may be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a case that will offer optimal protection without adding too much bulk, I'd recommend checking out a more expensive and rugged option like the OtterBox Defender Series for iPad Air.