Provides: iPad 2 protection
Minimum Requirements: Any iPad 2
When choosing a case for a gleaming aluminum-and-glass Apple iDevice, most users think modern; something along the lines of high-performance neoprene or injection molded silicon, or even a more natural (but still machine made) leather product. The choices for cases that are handmade or crafted in the USA are slim, and to find a case that is both is tougher than finding a Wonka Bar with a Golden Ticket inside.
Enter the Blackbox iPad 2 case. Handcrafted in Colorado of fast-growing (meaning rapidly renewable) bamboo and featuring a level of precision construction not often found in modern day goods, this case is truly a match for the iPad. It is every bit as visually stunning as the device it is designed to protect, but it really delivers a knockout combo of excellent protection with those extra features to guarantee buyer’s remorse will never be an issue.
From the moment you receive your Blackbox, you will notice something; it smells…different. Rather than a harsh petrochemical smell that accompanies some gadget accessories, there is a pleasant smell of wood and burlap—the Blackbox case arrives in a burlap sack with handtied twine and a hand-numbered welcome letter (the review unit was case #388).
The case number is also on the laser-cut leather strap that holds the iPad firmly in the case. In the iPad 2 age of hidden magnets and smoothly glossy technology, the leather strap and its accompanying snap feel pleasantly tactile, and the substantial click they make provides assurance that the iPad is firmly and securely seated, ready to weather any jostling, purse stabbing, or even an occasional drop.
Tough, Yet Stylish
The genesis of the Blackbox case comes from the founder’s mishap of a crushed MacBook in luggage; all Blackbox products are designed to avoid just such mishaps, and the iPad 2 case is no exception. Inside the case is a luxurious felt lining, surrounded by solidly crafted bamboo in a choice of either natural (lighter) or carbonized (darker) bamboo finishes. The case protects three of the four sides, as well as the front and back of the iPad. A fourth side is nominally exposed, meaning it could be scratched, but since the iPad sits flush with the case when inside, it is still protected from crushing or squeezing.
Informal squeeze and bend tests performed by relatively fit participants proved unable to cause the Blackbox to bend. Squeezing two opposing points on the screen and back covers similarly failed to deflect the case more than a couple millimeters. Given the iPad 2 screen’s incredible flexibility and the strength of the aluminum back, it would take a pretty catastrophic force to damage a Blackbox-protected iPad.
The Little Things
As the owner of an Apple iDevice, interested looks from passerby are fairly commonplace, even with Apple’s recent explosion in popularity. It is truly rare, however, for an accessory to garner the same level of attention, but Blackbox’s attractive case managed to distract several folks who initially expressed interest in the iPad. The naturally stunning bamboo is just one part of this appeal; Blackbox has devoted Apple-like attention to details such as rubber feet that stabilize the case and make it appear to float just slightly, which make this case the perfect compliment to a well-engineered iPad. Apart from a 100% lifetime guarantee against defects, Blackbox’s promise of “looks from attractive admirers” is a pretty safe bet, too.
If superior protection for your new iPad is simply not enough, Blackbox is a company that offers two pretty incredible features. First, a great blog with combination insane/brilliant ramblings from Lance Atkins, founder and “Chief Dreamer.” Second, and more importantly, 15% of the purchase of all Blackbox products goes to charity, proving that being stylish and charitable is not something only Bono can achieve.
In addition to the iPad 2 case, Blackbox has an ever-growing line of MacBook and MacBook Pro cases that carry the same benefits.