Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2

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ZeroChroma’s Folio-Slide ($70) is just about ready to make its iPad Air 2 debut. The case, which we’ve been fans of for both the iPad Air and iPad mini, retains its same basic design as before with the company’s built-in Flux Stand and a groove for a detachable lid or other accessories. ZeroChroma has chosen to make its new Folio-Slide compatible with both versions of the iPad Air, which means the case loses the side button coverage it had in its last incarnation.

Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2


Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2

Somewhat surprisingly, Folio-Slide fits both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 pretty well. Yes, the fit is a bit snugger on the older iPad Air. By comparison, if you tap the back of the case with an iPad Air 2 inside, you can tell Folio-Slide is just a touch too big. It won’t be a problem for most users, though. Folio-Slide’s tight-fitting TPU adapts well to both devices, and the iPad Air 2 is certainly in no danger of slipping out or sliding around while in the case. Furthermore, there’s no issue with the side groove, which can house one of ZeroChroma’s well-made detachable lids.

Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2
Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2

The lack of side button coverage on Folio-Slide, though expected once ZeroChroma made the choice to have the case fit both iPad Air models, is a bit disappointing. Button coverage for the sleep/wake button on the top of the device is still intact and works just fine. Although we would have liked to see Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2 made specifically for Apple’s newest full-sized iPad, the case is still thinner and lighter than most of the iPad Air 2 cases we’ve seen so far.

Review: ZeroChroma Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2

Though there are a few slight drawbacks to the new Folio-Slide — the slightly larger fit on iPad Air 2 and the loss of side button coverage — the case’s positives are still pretty overwhelming. The built-in hard plastic Flux-Stand, which allows for easy 360 degree motion and as many angles as you’ll need, is as great as ever. And the Folio-Slide’s groove is still a very cool thing for those who prefer a folio-style case; it’ll become even cooler once ZeroChroma releases more accessories, as seen with the company’s current Slide-Mount Combo Pack. Folio-Slide still comes highly recommended for iPad Air 2.

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Our Rating

A-
Highly Recommended

Company and Price

Company: ZeroChroma

Model: Folio-Slide

Price: $70

Compatible: iPad Air, iPad Air 2

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Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.