Simple and to the point, Cygnett’s Vector for iPad mini ($20) is a semi-rigid rubber case with a cool Morse code-inspired pattern to set it apart from the masses. While it’s similar to the company’s Flexigel case, this one has more character for the same price. Available in red or black, it easily fits around the edges of your tablet, covering them with a protective lip. Along the back, recessed ridges give way to glossy material underneath.
Vector fits tightly around the tablet’s body, without us fearing that it might pull away at the edges. All the proper openings are there, and both the volume and Sleep/Wake buttons are covered by slightly raised material. This is generally a good thing, but in this instance, it proved to be a bit problematic. The design gives off the impression that it expands the button press area, but it actually still requires pressure in a specific area; once you figure that out, it’s not a big problem. Cygnett still has a hole on the back of the case for a second microphone that was rumored before the iPad mini actually launched; we’re surprised the company hasn’t taken care of that yet.
Overall, Vector is an affordable playthrough case option, and a very good choice for iPad mini owners who don’t need integrated lid or stand functionality. The only real strike against it is the way the button coverage is executed. Again, you’ll get used to it, but it doesn’t feel quite right. Otherwise, this is a nice looking, distinctive option for your iPad mini, and worthy of our strong general recommendation,
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Compatible: iPad mini