The M1 Apple iPad Pro is slim, fast, and lightweight. And the M1 chip makes it a lot faster than its competitors. But at the end of the day, the Apple M1 iPad Pro is not invincible. If you drop it or bump it accidentally against the door frame, the odds are that the humble iPad Pro will see a scratch or a ding in the worst-case scenario. Thankfully, there are a couple of cases and covers out there which help to prevent just that.
Apart from shielding your iPad Pro from the elements of nature and preventing scratches and scuff marks, these cases and covers also absorb the impact of minor drops and falls, thereby preventing harm in the long run.
If you have bought an Apple M1 iPad Pro or plan to buy one, here are our top recommendations for the best protective cases and covers.
Let’s check them out. But before that,
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1. ESR Clear Matte Case
- Size: 11-inch
The case has button covers, but the good news is that the buttons feel tactile and are easy to press. It has the usual perks like raised edges along the camera module at the back and the screen at the front. Besides that, this ESR clear case also allows you to charge the Apple Pencil, should you have one.
So far, it has received positive feedback from its user base, with people liking it for its lightweight nature and durability for the price.
Do note that it’s a standalone case and doesn’t have a front flap.
2. MoKo Slim Trifold Hard Back Shell
It’s light and sturdy. Also, it doesn’t add bulk to the tablet. While it protects the iPad from minor scratches and scuff marks, the same can’t be said of big falls and drops.
That said, it bundles all the essential features for the price and supports charging the Apple Pencil. And hey, the MoKo Slim cases are available in some cool colors.
3. Fintie Hybrid Slim Case for iPad Pro
The foldable stand can be propped up, which is a big plus. Plus, it can take its share of small and minor bumps and scratches. The makers claim that the see-through back is scratch-resistant. More importantly, this case has a dedicated holder for the Apple Pencil. While it doesn’t have the perfect fit, it does a good job of gripping the pencil. And yes, the pencil charges within the case.
For now, it has earned pretty good reviews, with people lauding it for its color and its sturdy nature. Plus, it’s not too expensive either.
It’s available in several cool colors like Mint Green and Legacy Teal. If you want a stylish and functional cover for your M1 iPad Pro without spending too much, then this one is a good pick.
4. Spigen Tough Armor Pro Designed for iPad Pro
- Size: 12.9-inch
All the heft means that the slim profile of your iPad Pro will be slightly compromised. That said, your tablet gets better protection. Like the Fintie case above, you also get a dedicated holder for the Apple Pencil.
It’s not without its faults. As much protection as it offers, this Spigen case sits flush with the screen at the top, limiting the screen’s protection when the tablet is kept face down. On the upside, it has considerable reinforcement at the corners to bear the brunt of falls.
5. Holimet Store PU Leather Case with Pencil Holder
- Size: 12.9-inch
The latter means you can carry it easily on your hands, or slip it inside a slim bag. The top has magnets that snap into place. On top of that, you also get an elastic wrap to hold the case when you are traveling.
The folded case means you can prop it up in the landscape mode like an easel. Apart from that, the fit is great and several users have praised its fit, flat design, and looks. It’s a tad expensive, but on the upside, it’s sturdy and holds on well to the iPad.
Another premium leather case that you can check out is the one by Nomad. The Nomad Rugged Case is made from Horween leather. The highlight of this case is that it develops a rugged patina over time.
6. OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad Pro
- Size: 12.9-inch
It comes with a unique shield stand, which attaches to the rear of the case. When you need it, you can prop your phone in both landscape and portrait mode, which is impossible with the cases above. If you recollect, you can prop it up in just the landscape mode. However, it has a catch to it. It can only be propped up at a certain angle and can’t be tilted as per your preference.
This defender series case has raked in decent reviews. Despite being a hardshell case, it’s not difficult to install it, and it works as advertised.
7. Logitech Combo Touch iPad Pro
- Size: 12.9-inch
More importantly, the hinge is reliable, and it can take the weight of the iPad for a long time. Apart from the keys, you get the advantage of the trackpad as well. Plus, the Apple Pencil can be attached to the top of the tablet.
It delivers a great typing experience and comes with backlit keys. And when you are done using the keyboard, you can snap it shut, and the onboard keyboard will do its job. At the same time, the screen and the body will be shielded from harm’s way.
However, using a case and keyboard combination has its limitation. For one, it’s bulky compared to its counterparts. Secondly, if you do not need the keyboard, there’s no way to take off just the keyboard. You will have to take off the entire thing, which may leave the tablet a bit susceptible to the elements.
But if you keep your iPad in a folio or a bag, you may also keep an inexpensive clear case like the ESR case as a backup. Win-win, right?
Alternatively, you can check the in-home Apple Smart Keyboard Folio.
Protect Your iPad Pro
Tablets such as iPad Pro are big, and it’s a tad difficult to hold them with your hands at all times. And the rear metal backplate doesn’t help the case, especially when your hands become sweaty.
Therefore, it’s always better to wrap it up in a case or a cover. If you do not want a landscape mode viewing, you can opt for simple cases like the MoKo or ESR. But, if you regularly use it to reference study material, it makes sense to invest in a folio case. In such a case, the Fintie case is your best bet.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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