Besides Apple’s Smart Cover, most iPad covers I see are some kind of (boring) leather or vinyl padded folio. Somehow I ended up with a few review units like that. Look, if you want a classy, professional-looking iPad case, I think we’ve covered that. Instead, I’ve been using the M-Edge Trench Runner most of the time. It is compact and functional, and a bit more fun without looking like it would be out of place in a professional setting.
The Trench Runner is good looking in a military surplus kind of way, and the leather straps that hold it shut are neat, but don’t create much of an obstacle to getting at your iPad. The hinge is also leather, and the rest of the cover is a thick gray canvas. This case feels like it will last as long as your iPad.
The ridges on the cover make for a surprisingly secure perch when you want to prop up your iPad for typing or, in at steeper angles, reading or watching videos. Speaking of typing, the Trench Runner is definitely one of the best options for typing on your lap, because it raises the device up just a bit and the cover makes a nice, solid platform on your knees. The angle is a little steep for typing on a table, though.
You can also rotate your iPad in the case to prop it up in vertical orientation. It’s a nice touch, I guess, but I’ve never felt like I wanted to do that.
I’m not sure how much impact protection the Trench Runner offers, because I’m not willing to throw my iPad around to find out. I think it is probably as good as those silicone rubber back covers, if not a bit better.
All in all, the Trench Runner is highly functional, a bit stylish, and still quite slim. I don’t think I would change a thing about it.
M-Edge Trench Runner iPad Case
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .
Summary: The M-Edge Trench Runner is compact and functional, and a bit fun without looking like it would be out of place in a professional setting.
Score: 4.5 (out of 5)