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Review – Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

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Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

The Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case seems to have just about everything going for it in terms of what I’m looking for in an iPad 2 case. It promises all-round protection, smart cover tech support (for automatic sleep/wake of the iPad 2), and is attractive looking.

It’s the second Marware iPad2 case I ordered – it would have been first if I would’ve realized sooner that it offered the smart cover tech. I’ve been using the CEO Hybrid (I hope you’ll forgive me for rendering it without the periods between letters in the rest of this post) on my iPad 2 constantly for about a week now and it’s certainly an impressive case.

For all my thoughts on it, and a few pictures of it in action, hit the break …

Notes

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

— The CEO Hybrid is a folio style case with a hard shell exterior and a soft scratch-resistant interior. It supports Apple’s smart cover tech – so the iPad 2 automatically turns off and on when the front cover is closed and opened.

— The front cover of the case can double as a stand and has a couple of recessed grooves in it that are ideal for placing it in a couple of different landscape viewing angles. It also has a hand strap to make holding the iPad 2 a little easier while doing a demo or similar.

— It has reinforced grips that hold the iPad 2 in place very securely.

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

Highlights

— This is a really handsome case. It looks a lot like a carbon fiber case, and its hard shell exterior looks and feels quite slick – though it is not at all slippery and is easy to grip. The interior is not too shabby looking either.

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

— The front cover folds over the back nicely and it’s pretty easy to work with the iPad 2 while in the case – much more so than with most folio cases.

— It is a very sturdy stand when used in the two default landscape viewing modes.

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

— It supports the iPad 2 smart cover tech – which is now a must-have feature for me. The automatic sleep/wake feature works very well with the CEO Hybrid.

— All the cutouts on the case are done flawlessly – making it easy to get to all of the iPad 2’s ports and buttons.

— Once you suss out the proper method for inserting and removing the iPad 2, it is fairly easy to get in and out of the case, and fits very snugly and securely in it. It is not super fast to get it in and out, but this is often the case with folio cases.

Lowlights

— It could do with being a bit lighter. The more I’ve used it, the more I’ve found I notice the additional bulk and weight that the case adds, especially when playing a game or working with it for extended periods.

— It’s snug fit and reinforcing grips do not play nicely with my screen protector. It has caused a couple of major bubbles at the bottom of the iPad 2, just to the right of the home button. This isn’t really a fault with the case – it’s just not an ideal combination for me because I want the screen protector in place, especially as I will use the iPad 2 with a variety of cases and with the Apple smart cover at times.

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Overall

The CEO Hybrid is definitely a very good all-round case for the iPad 2. It offers strong protection, looks great, is quite versatile, and supports the iPad 2 smart cover tech.

If it was just a little lighter and played nicely with a screen protector it might be the perfect iPad 2 case for me. As is, it’s a very good option and a case that will get a lot of use.

It’s also priced quite nicely, considering what a capable case it is, at $49.99. For more details on it or to place an order, see Marware’s page for it here:

http://www.marware.com/ipad-cases-and-covers/ipad-2-covers/c-e-o-hybrid-ipad-2-case

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Patrick Jordan

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7 thoughts on “Review – Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case”

  1. Still rocking this case on my outdated (someone should buy me a new one) iPad 1st Gen. Love it. Great case, looks fantastic – just like the day I got it.

    Like you I think my only complaint with this is the weight. It’s beefy. But that’s not necessarily always a bad thing as I know the iPad is well protected and I don’t worry too much about just tossing it in a backpack and going.

  2. I had this on my old iPad (my wife has now inherited it for her iPad and is enjoying it much more than the Apple case), and after looking around it seemed the best choice for my iPad 2 as well. I just got mine in the mail tonight and after just an hour or so of using it, I agree with all of the highlights and much more than I expected to with the weight issue. I hadn’t realized how nice it is to have the Apple smart cover as far as how light and thin the iPad 2 is until I put this case on and realized how much of a difference it makes in bulk. Still, an hour is hardly a worthy amount of time for judging, so I’ll see how I feel about it in a couple weeks before getting rid of the Apple cover (I’m a one-size-had-better-fit-all kind of guy).

    The biggest problem, though, is now we are back to having similar looking cases for both iPads in our house, so I expect to accidentally grab my wife’s from time to time because despite some minor cosmetic changes to fit the new iPad, this CEO Hybrid and it’s predecessor look remarkably similar.

    1. They really do look nearly identical. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you’ve had a little more time with the case.

  3. I believe if you used the case friendly screen protectors from Ghost Armor it solves the bubbling problem because it is about a half inch smaller than the standard screen protector

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