The Portenzo Composition for iPad 2 Case is a clever case that looks just like an old-school composition notebook. Actually, just like current composition books as well – I wasn’t sure these were still around but my daughter set me straight on that.
When I first saw the Composition I thought it looked great and ordered one straight away. After a week of using it heavily I can tell you that I’m not disappointed with it – hit the jump for some good reasons why …
The Composition is handmade in the USA, using traditional bookbinding materials. It’s even said to gain a ‘patina of wear like the real thing’. I always like seeing that as a feature on iPad cases – it adds to their character.
Here are some of the key features listed for the Composition at its Portenzo product page:
- Automatic Sleep/Wake feature – Just like the Apple® Smart Cover! <<———-
- Exclusive Audio-Flow™ Sound Chamber
- Sewn-on Pitch Black Cloth Spine Wrap, lasts forever and provides extra grip!
- NEW! Hand sanded American Maple frames are beautiful and silky smooth
- Smooth radius corners for a truly unique look
- Double-Glued elastic band won’t ever come undone!
- Optional Magna-Grip™ cover eliminates the elastic band for a cleaner look
- Optional DUST PROOF Camera Access Port on the rear cover
The case comes with minimal packaging – but does come with a nice little tan microfiber cleaning cloth.
It’s priced at $79.95, and comes in a range of 11 colors. I ordered one with the stylus loop option which I hope will prove quite handy if I find a stylus I like using.
– This case just looks really cool, if you have any nostalgia about or even the least bit of fondness for the idea of having a composition book style iPad case. It looks pretty much just as I expected it to, and that’s a good thing.
– It feels solid and well made – and like a high quality case.
– It’s easy to get the iPad 2 in and out of the case, and the wood frame inside holds the iPad 2 very securely. I’ve given it a good ol’ shake several times while it’s been in the case and the iPad 2 has never budged.
– The iPad 2’s automatic sleep/wake feature works perfectly with this case – and I have not noticed the iPad waking up when it shouldn’t at all in the Composition, which it has done in several other cases I’ve tried out.
– The front cover folds over the back easily, making it comfortable to use the iPad while it’s in the case. It also naturally creates a very nice typing angle for the iPad when laid flat on a desk or table.
– It’s a great conversation starter. It has drawn attention and had people asking about it and admiring it just about everywhere I’ve used it when out and about.
– I don’t know what the heck the ‘Exclusive Audio-Flow™ Sound Chamber’ is all about, but the volume does sound a bit pumped up when the iPad 2 is in the case.
– The Portenzo branding on the case is too much. Their logo appears near the top center of the outside front cover, in roughly the same position on the inside front cover, and again towards the bottom of the back cover. Once is more than enough for this sort of branding on this case.
– This is not a knock on the case at all, but the Portenzo website is horrendously slow. They really need some handmade in USA web designers to help them out with that.
I was hoping I’d like this case a lot and I’m happy to say I absolutely do. It has quickly become my new favorite, take it everywhere case for the iPad 2 whenever I’m out of the house. It’s well made, cool looking, and just a fun concept that makes it a great conversation starter with other iPad owners. If this is in your budget range for an iPad 2 case, I definitely recommend it.
If you want more details on the Composition for iPad 2, or want to place an order, check out its product page here: http://shop.portenzo.com/product-p/compostition-ipad_2-case.htm
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