Spigen SGP deserves credit for occasionally taking big risks, experimenting with new case designs that might or might not appeal to users. A new iPad case called Zipack ($59) is the most recent example. Unfortunately, the risk didn’t pay off this time. This folio-style case is different from hundreds we’ve covered in the past, notably since it’s not really a case once you’ve opened it up.
Zipack is quite plain from the outside. The exterior is flat black faux leather, with Spigen logos on the front and back as the only decoration. A two-pull zipper runs around three-quarters of the edge, from the top left corner back down to the bottom right. A shiny red quilted version is available for a $6 premium, adding gold accents and plenty of character.
We’d normally expect some sort of frame on the case’s right side to hold the tablet in place, yet Zipack doesn’t have one. Instead, Spigen SGP places a loose strap at each of the iPad’s left corners, which passively keep it from slipping around when the case is closed. Unlike a proper frame, however, these straps fail to keep the iPad in place during use. Behind the iPad is a slightly rough rubbery material, while the rest of the folio is lined with a soft, suede-like fabric.
So what is Zipack’s appeal? The only other feature is an unusual stand inside the front cover: it’s made from two small faux leather tabs, one located underneath a reinforced, folding faux suede flap. You tuck the flap’s edge into the hidden tab, creating a triangular stand. The iPad leans against the stand, either in a viewing position supported by the second tab, or in a typing angle using the friction of the rough lining on the right side. Although we don’t love the implementation, we were surprised at how sturdy both positions were; neither collapsed while in use.
Zipack doesn’t look or feel bad, but it’s not a standout in any way: open it up, and all you have is a stand and a naked iPad. Most folio-style cases offer at least as much functionality, and provide body protection while the iPad is in use. As a fine-looking but ultimately superfluous option, Zipack is worthy of a C rating.
Company and Price
Company: Spigen SGP
Compatible: iPad (3rd-Gen)