Drop-proof protective band that fits around an Apple Smart Cover is ideal for travelling tablets
Price as reviewed: £29.95
If you travel with an iPad Mini shielded by the Apple Smart Cover – as so many of us do – you’ve probably ruled-out buying a protective cover. However, the Tech 21 Impact Mesh for iPad Mini brings a compatible, clever design that adds some drop-proof-ness on three sides.
This is a minimalist effort; this three-sided bumper features barely a few millimetres of transparent plastic that moulds around the edges of an iPad Mini. It adds about 70g to the weight of the iPad Mini, but as well as covering the sides it also puts a sheen of transparent plastic on the back.
Inside the Tech 21 Impact Mesh for iPad Mini is shock absorbing D3O material that’s designed to absorb and dissipate impact. It’s extremely malleable, so it’s easy to fit onto an iPad Mini. Once its on, it fits snugly.
Cutouts for the camera, mic, headphones jack, on/off switch, speakers and Apple Lightning adorn the Tech 21 Impact Mesh for iPad Mini, while the volume controls can be controlled too.
Prevents bumps & scratches
The three-sided design means that if you don’t already use an Apple Smart Cover, the Tech 21 Impact Mesh for iPad Mini ought not to make sense. However, used on its own it covers all the corners and easily prevents any bumps and scratches. Unfortunately the cut-out on one side isn’t wide enough to allows the Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Mini to fit, but this is nevertheless as minimal as proper protection gets.