Review: Padintosh Case for iPad

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I thought the Padintosh Case for iPad was striking and fun looking the very first time I saw it, and I love the playful ‘Party Like It’s 1984’ strapline for it. It didn’t take me long at all to decide to order one.

I’ve had mine for over a month now and it has been in near constant use on my iPad for the last few weeks. I even removed my long-time favorite Gelaskin from the back of my iPad to make this case fit correctly on my iPad. So I’ve of course got some thoughts on whether the Padintosh is as good as I was hoping it might be.


As you can see above the Padintosh is styled like an old-school Macintosh PC. It’s a back cover case for the new iPad and the iPad 2. It’s a hard case that’s just 2mm thick and is compatible with  Apple’s iPad Smart Cover.

The case is priced at $24.99 at ThinkGeek.

Padintosh and Mac


— The Padintosh fits the new iPad tightly and perfectly. Inserting the iPad into it is as easy as any back cover case I’ve seen – and removing it is quicker and easier than the majority of back cover cases too. This is an important feature, as many users may not want to keep this type of case on the iPad at all times.

— All the cutouts for the iPad’s buttons and ports are done with great precision and access to all of the buttons and ports is comfortable and easy while the case is on.

Padintosh iPad Case

— The case looks great and is a definite crowd pleaser. Mac fans take an instant shine to it of course, and I’ve found that quite a few Windows PC users as about it and compliment it when I’m at coffee shops and out and about.

— The iPad still fits well in my favorite desktop stand with the Padintosh on.

Padintosh in iPad stand

— While the Padintosh is by no means feather light, it is also not terribly heavy. It adds some bulk and weight to the iPad, but I have got used to this pretty quickly and never felt bothered by it. In fact, my plan has always been to just use the case during the day and then remove it in the evening so the iPad is lighter for my nighttime reading and usage. I find that 3/4 of the time I forget to remove it – which must be a good sign in terms of happily using this as an everyday case.

— Just as advertised, the Padintosh works great with the iPad Smart Cover. I’ve had zero issues while using the two together over recent weeks – and it’s easy to put on and remove either of them while using them in tandem.


Really none to speak of, other than having to sacrifice my Gelaskin to use it.


I’ve tried out a number of back cover cases for the iPad, and the Padintosh is my favorite so far. I’ve been able to use it and feel comfortable with it on the iPad for longer than any of the others I’ve looked at. And I have to admit I love the fact that it’s a real conversation starter when you use it in public places.

I’ll definitely be keeping the Padintosh and getting a lot of good use out of it.

For more details on the Padintosh or to place an order, check out the ThinkGeek product page for it.

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Patrick Jordan

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6 thoughts on “Review: Padintosh Case for iPad”

  1. Great review, Patrick! Sounds like an awesome addition, especially for us long-time Mac geeks…I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. :o)

    What are your thoughts, RE your use of the Padintosh along with devices like the Brydge, or CruxSKUNK keyboards (I’m also trying to make up my mind between these, as an “attached” alternative to my Apple wireless keyboard, which I *love*)? The fact that it is easily removed will be a plus, I would think. Nice to have multiple options – e.g., using the iPad as a true iPad (tablet), and with the feel of a MBA/small MBP. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Joie. For now, I haven’t got many thoughts on how, or if, this case will work with accessories like Brydge or the Cruxskunk. I hope to be receiving those over the next couple months or so though, so we’ll know soon enough. :)

  2. I ordered one and I couldn’t get it to fit? I followed the instructions and still no luck at all. Help, please.

    1. It’s a very precise, snug fit. Have you got a screen protector or skin on the back of your iPad?

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