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iPads are beautiful – but can be unwieldy for extended use, and are just so delicate. Fix both those problems with a LazePad holder. The LazePad may seem like a simple block of rubber – but it’s a rather well designed block of rubber that I’ve grown quite fond of over the last few weeks! I’ve dumped my old folio case entirely – the LazePad is just so versatile, comfortable, and useful.

The LazePad comes in three colours: black, blue, and shocking pink – each retails at $54.99. For a similar price, you could get a Belkin case with built-in keyboard but no protection; or you could buy an Otterbox Defender, which whilst providing protection doesn’t offer anything else in the way of features. At the end of this review, we’ll be giving away a Blue Lazepad to one lucky reader.

Initial Impressions

The LazePad arrived without any product box – just a simple plastic bag and packing noodle. It’s neither particularly lightweight nor feels all that heavy: just right, at about 575 grams.

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The material itself seems like the same stuff that’s used on my steering wheel – not fully rubber, but a kind of rubber “foam”. The manufacturers call it “ultra density soft rubber”, but that’s no better than my description.

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Able to accommodate all full-size iPads except for the latest iPad Air, the iPad slips in comfortably and stays there. It’s here that I find the one and only design flaw: the volume controls are impossible to fiddle with once the iPad is pushed into the case. However, I should note that YouTube videos put the volume control on-screen, and more recent versions of iOS also add a touch volume control to the quick bar that can be brought up by dragging from the bottom of the screen – so it isn’t, in fact, much of a problem at all, but worth mentioning nonetheless.

Despite the initially simple form, the LazePad is structurally quite intricate. The iPad slots into one side of the “triangle”; the opposite corner is overtly rounded with a small lip on another of the edges.

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Two sides are of roughly equal length, the other is shorter, which leaves you with two different viewing angles. Moulded struts on the longer faces provide structural support internally, such that they won’t bend in or weaken when leaned on.

Living With LazePad

The three sides of the LazePad function as the three main modes of operation. The first is angled at around 30-35 degrees, which is the perfect angle for sitting with the iPad on your lap. There’s not much more to say about this mode: it makes sitting down with the iPad much more comfortable, period.

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The second uses the smallest of all 3 sides as the base, resulting in a more upright 60-70 degree angle, great for both lying down with the iPad resting on your chest, or standing upright on a table for a little light media watching.

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The third isn’t obvious: it’s the same upright angle, but just a lip at the base is provided. This is intended for standing the iPad in portrait mode, essentially just acting as a stand rather than a protective case. If I’m honest, I haven’t found myself using this style of use once, but then I don’t generally use my iPad in portrait mode at all, even for simple web browsing. The lip also stops the case slipping toward you if you’re using it on your laps with your knees are up.

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The sides are also slightly tapered, allowing you to stand it in portrait mode even when locked in the standard position – and it’s surprisingly stable thanks to the weight at the back, as you can see when I demonstrate this mode in the video.

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Each of the longest sides is supported on the inside by 4 moulded struts, made of the same material. Though perhaps not intended for this purpose, but I found they functioned as a great hand-hold for carrying the case around.

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The fact that the case is hollow also makes for an awesome make-shift “wearable iPad” mode : just slip your arm through, and you can tap away with one hand at your arm. Who needs an iWatch when you have an entire iArm?

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From the perspective of protecting your iPad, the screen is obviously exposed more than if you had something covering it. However, on the sides and edges, the LazePad is far more protective than any of the traditional book-style covers – more than an Otterbox too, I suspect. Are you more likely to drop your iPad, or smash something into the screen? I will say this much: I’ve dropped my iPad numerous times before when it’s been in a slimline leatherette book-style case, and two of the corners are dented because of it. I haven’t dropped the LazePad once, and even if I did, the bulky rubber case would surely protect it better. Again – make sure to watch the video to see what happens when the LazePad meets a stone table.

Is It Worth It?

Part of the beauty of the iPad is arguably it’s slim design and simplicity: it does almost feel wrong to add this much bulk to it. Almost – until you realise how much better the iPad is when complemented with a LazePad.

$55 seems like a lot of money to lay down on a case, but for something that offers this level of protection and versatility, it’s actually quite reasonable – especially when compared to other premium cases. There are cheaper cases, certainly, but when you’ve laid down $500-$700 on the iPad, it seems silly to scrimp on the one thing that will protect it and making using it dramatically more comfortable.

I have no qualms about saying this: I love my LazePad. Get your own – because you’re not having mine!

MakeUseOf recommends: Must buy, especially if you have kids – it’s the best $55 you’ll spend on a case, ever. Only compatible with the “New iPad”, iPad 2 or 3 though – the iPad Air or Mini won’t fit.

How do I win the LazePad Holder?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, June 13. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Michael McHugh! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before July 3 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Morrison
    June 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Basic stock standard cover (can't recall the brand). The LazePad is far more versatile, by comparison.

  2. Becky Downey
    June 12, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Mine's just a cheapo plastic rubber one, but I'd like one of these!

  3. Francesco Fiorino
    June 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I'm not using any case at the moment, but I need to protect my iPad, so this case would be great!

  4. maria cristina
    June 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

    We strive very useful prize the ipad

  5. prateek
    June 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    i dont have a ipad case,I would love to have a lazepad to hold my ipad comfortably while im lying down.

  6. Mai Tran
    June 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I'm not using any case for my iPad and would love to have this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Sam K
    June 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    using a non-branded cover

  8. Henry Matic
    June 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    No Ipad yet but planning to buy one

  9. Oleksii
    June 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Plastic + leather case, pretty nice. LazePad allows to place iPad in more convenient positions, that is very intresting for me.

  10. Zachary
    June 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I am currently using a sturdy black case. I would want to use a Lazepad because it's cool looking.

  11. Daniel Ooi
    June 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

    using a leather ipad case. Lazepad would be great for reading on the couch.

  12. ClaudeM
    June 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I have an IPAD 2. LAZEPAD would do great for reading

  13. David Stambol
    June 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Just your basic cover. Really not very useful at all

  14. Amit Konstabler
    May 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I don't have any

  15. Florentin
    May 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I havent an Ipad

  16. Zeus A
    May 31, 2014 at 6:54 am

    No iPad yet. I would purchase this

  17. Amanda G
    May 31, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I only have an iPad cover = nothing fancy and at times a real 'pain in the neck'

  18. Carol Oddy
    May 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I use a bag plus a protective case to carry the ipad2. No I do not find this a good way to carry the ipad but it does protect it.

  19. kp
    May 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    No iPad yet. I would purchase this.

  20. lp
    May 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    haven't got anything yet. this one certainly is a consideration. thanks

  21. Alessio A
    May 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I just have the basic Smart Cover (not original).

  22. Nell Hamilton
    May 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    No case and now teh glass is cracked. I NEED that LAZEPAD

  23. Helen
    May 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Just a generic case but I would find the Lazepad holder very useful!

  24. Ahmed K
    May 30, 2014 at 8:24 am

    smart corver hard to keep clean . bt Keyboad+cover gives full drop cover but is quite Heavy

  25. Johnna Rhodus
    May 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I'm currently using a MoKo Slim-Fit Folio Stand Case. I'm pretty happy with it. I would like to win the Laze Pad because I could always use another case!

  26. Bill Fleet
    May 30, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I just have the basic Smart Cover. This would be useful around the house, tho.

  27. Brian K
    May 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    griffen

  28. Alfred Chan
    May 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I am using the smart cover, so far so good with it, and of course I love to win Lazapad ipad holder. :)

  29. Jonathan S
    May 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Currently I don't even have an iPad.

  30. Kelly Rivett
    May 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Im currently using the versavu noir case from Big W. It cost $50 but it can rotate 360 degrees which has been quite handy. Though being leather is starting to tear and stitching starting to come undone.

    I would want the Lazepad because it looks durable and kid friendly. I love that it can just hang on your arm to use too. So handy.

  31. Joseph J. Pollock
    May 29, 2014 at 7:02 am

    we have a generic case with keyboard from a big box store. This case will protect the iPad much more thoroughly.

  32. Rohan Rani
    May 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    No case, leading to a couple dents on my ipad. I'm hoping to prevent any more :P

  33. Andrew
    May 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I'm using a Marware book cover style case, which works well, but I'd like the LazePad because this case doesn't work well as a stand.

  34. Denis K
    May 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I have no case for ipad

  35. Paul T
    May 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I'm using a case from Hama but i really need a LazePad :)

  36. dixie
    May 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I'm using a smart cover. Not nearly enough protection

  37. Prabhath K
    May 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I would love to win this because it seems very useful for watching videos.

  38. maricel
    May 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I don't have an ipad case. I would love to win this because it seems very useful for watching videos.

  39. moorandro
    May 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I have a generic flip cover, but it so worn out, would love to win this one

  40. Lisa Brown
    May 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I use an inexpensive generic case; it is okay; i can only have the ipad in landscape position, though.

  41. Marko Gerdes
    May 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

    have an iPad

  42. Maribel R
    May 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I do not not have an ipad case

  43. Phillip
    May 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I'm not using anything at the moment and would love this for movie watching.

  44. Adly A
    May 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Not using.

  45. Thomas Stachelski
    May 28, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Currently not using one.

  46. Alexandru S
    May 28, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I do not have an iPad.

  47. raymond crisostomo
    May 28, 2014 at 4:39 am

    i use swisstech and now it looks like trash

  48. Vic L
    May 28, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Just a generic flip cover. I would love to win that one.

  49. Beh H
    May 28, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Not using any case~

  50. John D
    May 28, 2014 at 3:45 am

    no holders now in use

  51. Jim Morgan
    May 28, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Currently using a leather-like case with attached keyboard that I'm not too happy with.

  52. Endracion
    May 28, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Using a generic folio case from Amazon, and it good so far!

  53. JeffC
    May 28, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I don't own an iPad. I would want the Lazepad, but would only be willing to spend at most $30.00 for it.

  54. Bill M
    May 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I'm using a Spigen case currently held together by 3 strips of duct tape. Obviously not happy. I'd love the LazePad for the protection and the different support positions it offers.

  55. Catherine M
    May 28, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Using apple's Ipad Smart Case and find it useless for my situation. I work with the aged (85+) population and need a case that can be propped up, put on a table, multiple angles and orientation, as well as secured to a surface so it cannot fall. All of these needs I see in the LazePad. Looks like a winner for my needs.

  56. John C
    May 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Nada.

  57. Kim
    May 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I currently use the Apple case and it's not too bad, but I'd like a better stand for watching videos

  58. Leoner G
    May 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I'm not currently using a case, mine broke few months ago...

  59. Wei Lian L
    May 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Not using any. Love to try

  60. Dan D
    May 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Apple case. It works so I don't know if I would replace it. The lazepad looks nice and durable. I might replace it if the price was right.

  61. Va D
    May 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I have a Trent case that came with a bluetooth keyboard. I probably won't replace my case as the Lazepad seems way too bulky for my needs. Plus it also doesn't look all too attractive looking nor sleek in design.

  62. Gord
    May 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Not currently using a case.

  63. Eric Macy
    May 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Currently just using a separate keyboard that snaps onto the front. Offers some screen protection when closed, but not when you are using the iPad

  64. SH
    May 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Original Apple case only. I'd like to try something new

  65. Roger C
    May 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Currently using the Apple Smart Case. But would like this for the angle and stand features

  66. Mihir C
    May 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I dont have a case!

  67. zaid Merchant
    May 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Dont have a case but would like to use one

    BTW first to enter the giveaway!!!!

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