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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.

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