Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad
With its peacock blue colour and pixellated design, the Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap provides front and back protection for your iPad.
I’ve been testing the PixelSkin HD Wrap with my iPad 4 for the last couple of weeks, putting it through its paces at home and on my London Underground commutes.
The materials used in the PixelSkin HD Wrap are of a high quality – both to the eye and to the touch. Soft to the touch, the outer shell is pixellated to give it a design aesthetic that serves form and function. This gives the PixelSkin HD Wrap it’s unique look but it also helps to improve grip. The finish of the plastic is high – no sharp edges or parts of the mould that don’t look refined. Ports, buttons and connectors all line up as expected.
Since the iPad 4 is essentially the same chassis as the iPad 2 and 3, Speck are promoting the PixelSkin HD Wrap as compatible with iPad 4 but you will find that the area around the smaller dock connector on the latest generation iPad is left exposed.
Installing the iPad into the case is very straightforward with the soft edges allowing you to easily mould the case around the body.
The automatic sleep/wake function that Apple introduced to us all when the iPad 2 came out is found in the PixelSkin HD Wrap. Peeling back the cover switches on the iPad automatically and shutting it will switch it off. This is a rare feature in iPad cases so it’s nice to see that Speck have integrated the smart magnet into the cover.
The PixelSkin HD Wrap front cover can be flexed and bent to form a stand for your iPad. Whilst a great idea, in practice I found it quite difficult to keep the cover in its stand formation. The cover would always, and often violently, snap back to its natural position.
Overall, I can recommend the PixelSkin HD Wrap as a great option if you’re looking for a form fitting case for your iPad. The high quality materials and build quality sets it aside from some of the tacky cases you can find out there. Speck have achieved a good balance of form and function with the PixelSkin HD Wrap.