We’ve seen STM’s Skinny case for a number of iPads in the past, and it’s resurfaced again as Skinny Pro ($40) for iPad Air 2. Skinny Pro is a thin, folio-style case with a tab that can be run through a loop to secure the cover. There’s no button or port protection on Skinny Pro, which isn’t a surprise. Unlike many iPad Air 2 cases we’ve seen thus far, Skinny Pro is specifically made for iPad Air 2, not both models of the Air.
Skinny Pro’s cover is the same nice textured nylon material we’ve seen before, with a microfiber backing. The cover is attached to a hard plastic shell which houses the iPad Air 2. The cover activates the iPad Air 2’s sleep/wake function, and it uses a tab to secure itself to the back of the case. Additionally, the cover folds to become a stand, which works in two positions, for viewing or typing. The cover is sturdy enough to support the iPad Air 2, and the tab ensures the stand will stay intact.
The hard plastic shell that houses the iPad Air 2 secures the device at the corners with a snap, while leaving the edges slightly exposed. Skinny Pro has precise cutouts for the headphone port, sleep/wake switch, volume controls, camera and microphones. The speakers and Lightning port are left open.
Skinny Pro for iPad Air 2 is a well-made folio-style case. As in previous incarnations, we appreciate the smart design of the tabbed cover which can fold into a firm stand. The case also looks more expensive than it actually costs. A few downsides: though the cover activates the sleep/wake function, a magnetic closure would be nice. Also, Skinny Pro is thinner than most iPad Air 2 cases, but we still think STM could shave off some of the shell. We’re still waiting for a company to truly take advantage of the iPad Air 2’s thin design. That being said, Skinny Pro is a very good option for the device, and the case earns our strong general recommendation.
Company and Price
Model: Skinny Pro
Compatible: iPad Air 2