First and foremost, thank you to Rex Suba for welcoming me to his Technotraveler blog team of writers, we have been in talks for a while now due to our shared love of gadgets, mobile technology, and accessories, and I am pleased to join on as the fashion-forward blog writer for Mobile and Tablet accessories.
Due to my innate clumsiness and tendency to drop my electronics despite my efforts, I was on the lookout for “bumper-style” cases during this past CES 2013. Fortunately, I was able to secure a couple products that were sure to protect my tablet, despite drops, and even throws, as the booth representatives proved.
The first of my bumper-style reviews is the M-Edge SuperShell case, for the iPad 2, 3, and 4th Edition. The case I received came in Jungle Green, a vibrant, Nickelodeon slime-like color that you will surely never misplace. However, at the M-Edge Store, there is a variety of other color selections, such as Grape, Ocean Blue, Bubblegum Pink, and Black.
The packaging was simple, with easy access to the case itself so customers are able to feel the shell’s protective foam material.
The description and directions for insertion of the iPad are short, sweet, and simple enough (Bottom in first, then top corners one at a time). The visuals especially emphasize the fact that the case “bounces when dropped,” and still has access to all openings (ports, camera, and volume controls).
After removing the exterior and simulated iPad interior packaging, what was left was a dense foam case made of material resembling a cross between a yoga mat and flatscreen/computer interior foam packaging.
M-Edge does a great job with their logo design, surrounded by a Spiderman-like design adding to its appeal. As you can see, there are physical openings for the camera and speaker, as well as button molding for the power and volume button access. As you can see from the photos, the SuperShell is designed to withstand hard corner drops due to its tapered edges and thicker corners.
Insertion of my iPad 4th generation was easy enough, beginning with the bottome corners, and inserting each top corner one at a time. The foam was flexible enough that not too much pressure was placed on the iPad when inserting it.
The SuperShell charging port opening is large enough to accommodate Apple’s previous 30-pin cable, thus the adaptability to all iPads newer than the 2nd Generation, and I had no trouble with insertion of my charging cable.
The speaker opening is quite deep, and has a concave-like design. This intentional design is meant to amplify your speaker’s volume, and seemed to increase my iPad’s speaker volume a good deal.
The camera opening is easily accessible, and is tapered so that the camera is not blocked by any shading or lighting issues. The power button molding is just above the camera opening, as is designed similar to the volume button access. After testing the buttons out, they seem to be fairly tactile, and there are no major issues with access.
The headphone opening is also just large enough for the standard iPhone headphones to be plugged in. The only major issue I see with this small opening is with right-angled headphones, such as my Bose MIE2i headphones. In order to have a good connection, you would have to have a plug that is narrow enough to fit into the opening, as well as long enough to reach into the deep cutout of the foam casing.
Overall, the case is very sturdy and well-designed, with no difficulties in accessing all ports, buttons, and camera. However, the ultimate test of this case is its majorly marketed feature—the M-Edge SuperShell’s ability to bounce when dropped!
I was actually able to see a demonstration of the M-Edge booth’s iPad Supershell dropping, and was able to take a spin myself. The only trauma during that experience was my anxiety when tossing the iPad in the air and my heart stopping when it made contact. It was my stunned relief to see that, indeed, the SuperShell did bounce on the floor, and come to a stop on its face. Due to the raised front lips, the front of the iPad remains untouched upon floor.
We felt that this review would be incomplete without a live demonstration of the an iPad Drop-Test, so see our video of the SuperShell in action!
Conclusion? The M-Edge SuperShell is indeed a super shell, accomplishing all its advertised features and providing a great case for those accident-prone people out there, or a great attempt at “child-proofing” a case.
Our rating for the M-Edge SuperShell for the iPad 2, 3, and 4th Generation is a 9.8 out of 10 (A).