In the massive ecosystem that is the iPad case market, there are a few recurring designs, and a few unique specimens. Of the recurring models, there are those similar to Apple’s design, those that cover only the back, and those that include handles for “clipboard”-type use. With their new IC-1000 case, Cyber Acoustics went with the popular Apple design, but modified it in ways that few other companies have done. (I think everyone has seen Apple’s iPad case by now. It is a thin flocked plastic cover with a hinge on the front about an inch from the center edge. When the front cover is folded back and inserted into a tab on the back, the whole case forms a wedge that can be set down on the long side for typing, and on the short side for watching videos or for reading.) I was sent one of the CA units and have been using it off-and-on for a few months, in an effort to determine where it bests the competition and where it falls short.
When the case was first taken out of the packaging, what struck me was the softness of the leather. The finish is a glove-like, well-seasoned natural texture that begs to be touched. There is a little padding, so that it gives to the touch, but there is a firm structural element underneath. Inside, there is a heavy felt lining that you know will never scratch the screen of your Precious.