I was walking through an electronics store the other day when I just happened to see the above case in a markdown bin. It’s an Acer foldable case stand for their Acer A500/101 (Barcode: 4717276489618). Now the Acer Iconias just happens to be about the same size as my Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, so I tried it out for size and it fit. 🙂 It’s a pretty cool design, so I took it to the checkout and found it was even cheaper than its marked $20 when they rang it up at $15.
From what I can see this case/stand seems to be end of life AND it seems to only be available in Australia (though I’m more than willing to have someone with better Google-fu to prove me wrong). Truth is I’m not sure how relevant this review will be to anyone, but it’s such a natty solution I thought I’d cover it anyway. 🙂
The case itself is made from a black felt material and you can see that there are pockets stitched into the top of the case which all have some form of screen protector stiffener in them. The pouch itself is 29 x 20mm ( 11.5 x 8 ” ). In addition there’s some small magnets in the triangles on the left and also in the big pad on the right.
The bag is lined with a nice grey microsuede.
The closure is a micro Velcro setup.
Here’s the neat thing, by folding the case along the lines (much like origami), you can make it into a stand for your tablet. The magnets mentioned above strengthen the structure to create this sturdy little structure.
And from the back (see my expensive tablet back protector(s) 🙂 ). The stand is sturdy enough to support my tablet both in landscape and portrait mode.
This stand is lightweight and extremely handy to carry around. It’s not going to protect your tablet from a big drop or bang but will protect it from scratches and dings if you’ve shoved it into your favourite gadget bag. The fact that it easily and quickly changes into a stand for your tablet makes it a versatile solution.
As I mentioned above, it looks like it’s end of life an only available in Australia, but I’ve never seen a stand like this before (I’m sure there’s going to be millions of comments pointing them out for iPads and other tablets) and thought it worth posting 🙂