Review: Gumdrop Cases Hideaway Case for iPad Pro
Hideaway Case for iPad Pro ($70) is the second iPad Pro case we've recently seen from Gumdrop Cases. It has some similarities to DropTech — Hideaway has a rugged silicone exterior with proper button coverage, and an Apple Pencil holder. However, this case is bulkier, with a thicker outer frame, and a rigid plastic frame inside. This should up the protection factor, but it also makes installation trickier. Hideaway also trades in DropTech's Smart Connector compatibility for a kickstand of its own. The kickstand can be used in two different angles. Four different color schemes are available.
Hideaway Case is great for Apple Pencil users — not only does it have the built-in holder that can keep an Apple Pencil secure in perpendicular or parallel orientations, but one of its kickstand angles makes for a great sketching position. On the other hand, the case really isn’t designed for anyone who wants to use a Smart Connector keyboard. Not only does it not have any access for those peripherals, but installation and removal is annoying enough not to want to do repeatedly. Like DropTech, Hideaway is a pet hair and dust magnet.
Hideaway provides more overall protection than DropTech, and despite its bulk, the case works well and has an easily accessible Lightning port. However, Hideaway is also $10 more than Gumdrop’s other iPad Pro case, and its beefy, all-encompassing design means the case isn’t an ideal option for those interested in using Apple’s Smart Keyboard or other Smart Connector accessories. Despite this, Hideaway earns our general recommendation on its own merits as a tough, standalone iPad Pro case with a kickstand, and it plays nicely with Apple Pencil.