Speck - Balance Folio Protective Case for Apple® iPad (Latest Model), Apple® iPad 5th Gen, 9.7" iPad® Pro - Charcoal gray/storm gray

Prop your 9.7-inch iPad Pro up at the best working angle with this Speck Balance FOLIO case. A hardshell polyurethane exterior safeguards against scratches and dings, and the soft interior liner absorbs shock during accidental drops. This Speck Balance FOLIO case has a secure clasp that keeps the cover closed when not in use to protect the display.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Balance Folio Protective Case for Apple® iPad (Latest Model), Apple® iPad 5th Gen, 9.7" iPad® Pro

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (982 out of 1023)

Features


Designed for use with Apple iPad, 9.7" iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Air 2

For a precise fit.

Polyurethane and PU coated leather exterior

For stylish looks and durability.

Folio case

Provides all-around protection against on-the-go damage.

Impact drop protection

Safeguards against harm caused by accidental drops.

Built-in stand

Enables comfortable hands-free viewing.

Magnetic closure

Keeps your device secure while maintaining easy access.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1018 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Folio Case That Isn't Too Bulky

    Posted
    js114
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    I purchased this cover to replace a Belkin Shield Swing Cover that I bought as a closeout item when I originally purchased my iPad Air. I really liked that case, but the plastic frame broke recently and trying to find a comparable minimalist folio case proved difficult. The Speck case is slate gray with both full front and back covers made of what feels like a synthetic sailcloth. A small flexible plastic loop in on the edge of the cover which snaps over a tab on the back panel to make a positive locking cover. The cover features magnets which will activate the auto on/off function of the iPad. The impact plastic frame that the iPad snaps into has cutouts that support all of the ports on an iPad Air except the SIM slot for a cellular model. The power port cutout is large and should work well with bulky non-apple lightning cables. The bottom speakers are supported by single rows about 1.5" long of tiny holes on either side of the charging port. The volume up/down buttons share a large cutout with the screen lock switch found on the original Air. For those using this on an Air 2 or the new 2017 iPad, the opening is plenty large for the repositioned volume buttons of those models. This case acts as a self-stand in landscape mode; but does not support a portrait mode (something the Belkin case did simply by pulling the magnetic cover off the iPad frame.) It is thicker than the old Belkin case since there is a lot more of it; but it is rated for a 4-foot drop and I believe it has enough substance for that. Speck warrants the case for 1 year from purchase date but you need to keep your receipt and the original packaging for the 'realspeck.com' holographic sticker. Overall, a decent case and we'll see how long it lasts. The Belkin went nearly 3 years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the better folio cases available

    Posted
    james114
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    I bought this to replace a warn Belkin case for an iPad Air. The cover includes the magnets for auto on/off function and there is a small rubberized plastic loop that fits over a nib to keep the cover closed, or when folded back, open. The iPad does not rotate within the case, so the case cover can act as a stand only in landscape mode. All of the buttons, lenses, microphones, speakers, connectors and sensors are accessible. This case fits the iPad Air, the Air-2 and the 2017 iPad 9.7". It may fit others, but those are the three models I have on hand. The Air-2 is not as snug a fit since it is thinner; but I don't it would fall out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good option for an iPad case

    Posted
    breynnmike
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    It was extremely hard to find a cheap case for a 2017 (5th gen) model iPad. I wanted an otterbox but wasn’t willing to spend $80. That’s defeating the whole purpose of buying an iPad on sale ($235). This case was $18. The iPad snapped in perfectly. Seems like decent protection from low drops. My only problem is that the clip that holds it open or closed broke days after getting. It still works fine. But it’s not a five star product due to this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for iPad (2017)

    Posted
    Lumpia91791
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    All over protection and literally fits like a glove. When pressed till it clicks it doesn't "look" like it fits but it does. I can grab and shake holding the flap and the iPad isn't sliding out. The lip of the edge case don't go over around the iPad. The part by the hinge lie flush while the opposite side is slightly elevated. The interior flap has notched so the angle is adjustable when watching in landscape mode and doesn't slide. Only negative is the camera section in the back, very big cutout. I guess since it a multi model case it has to accommodate the various lens placement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice item, but a bit pricey

    Posted
    iPad
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    I realize that iPad covers are pretty essential to owning an iPad. And my previous iPad was demolished after a drop of about 4 feet onto concrete. A better cover may have prevented the server damage. So, when I purchased a replacement iPad, I decided I must have a cover. I did not do much shopping around before selecting this one at Best Buy when I picked up my new iPad. It seems very adequate at protecting the iPad. The only negatives are the price, which I felt was a bit steep, and the ability to position the iPad. The cover will easily collapse from a folded prop-up position of moved slightly. This requires repositioning. Otherwise, it is a good iPad cover.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I wanted a sturdy origami cover, but this is fine.

    Posted
    Azoic
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    I would prefer to have a sturdy origami to enable portrait view for reading, but everything I've seen is either poor construction, too expensive, or inadequate protection. This cover does what it is intended to do - protect; magnetic on/off; various landscape positions. I did not think I would like the little closure ring, but it is great. I thought it would be in the way: it is not. When it is latched, you can be sure the machine is OFF - it is securely closed. A Geek Squad guy showed me his and that sealed the sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent case for iPad

    Posted
    rwbest
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    This case perfectly fits my iPad and the snap closure works with covering the face of the iPad or when folded the opposite way, which keeps the cover from flopping around loose. The ability to use it as a stand works fairly well, and I wish it would have a few more spots to hold the pad up for the landscape position. It would be nice if there was a way for the stand to hold the iPad up in the portrait position and not just landscape, and this is just a minor issue for me. The cutouts for all the different buttons/holes and the holes for the speakers are perfectly positioned. I'm definitely happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    Posted
    icthusker
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    To be honest I was looking for a stopgap case because I couldn't find a keyboard case for my new 5th gen iPad. All the accessory companies seem to have been flat on their butts getting keyboard cases out to support the 5th gen release. I've used a Zagg Portfolio for years on my 4th gen. Switching to Logitech if they get theirs out soon. But this Speck cover has done a really good job protecting my iPad so far! It's slim/not bulky and is "grippy" so it won't slip out of you hands!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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