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June 11, 2014 • Reviews

Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini – Hot Protection!

I was impressed by the Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Air when I reviewed it last month. The folio case, which sports the co-branding of Element Case and Ducati, looks great, offers terrific protection and includes an integrated stand. Thanks to Element Case we also had a chance to check out the version for the iPad Mini.
At $69.95 the case is pricey but for your $70 you get a case that is both beautifully designed and superbly built. It strikes a great balance between being both rugged and refined. That’s no small accomplishment and no doubt having the Ducati name splashed across the front helps in the “rugged” department. That noted, if you don’t like using products that are clearly and obviously branded this is not the case for you.

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Element Case uses the same Soft-Tec material we’ve seen employed in other products in the design of this case as well. And while the material is synthetic, it doesn’t feel cheap or “plastic-y”. No, the Soft-Tec material looks and feels premium. Thanks to the texture of the folio it also adds a nice bit of grip when the case is closed.

The Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini features

  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Durable Tech Grip covering
  • Plush synthetic suede interior
  • Integrated stand for adjustable viewing angle
  • Easy access to buttons and jacks
  • Designed in California

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As Element Case noted:

These new protective cases for the iPad 4 and iPad mini deliver protection and functionality in a sleek folding design. The outer Tech-Grip material features a non-slip synthetic coating to ensure a firm grip and enhanced ergonomics. The inside is lined with plush synthetic suede that protects either iPad’s touchscreen. A high impact polycarbonate shell holds the device securely in place and is coated with a soft-touch finish that compliments the look and feel of your iPad or iPad mini.

Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini Video Look

I like this case a great deal. Its interior shell grabs the iPad mini and holds it fast. Its low profile means it adds little weight or bulk to the small but powerful tablet. And its built-in stand allows you to set the iPad mini on a desk and have it positioned at the perfect viewing angle. Plus… it looks cool.

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And while the Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini is a bit pricey — especially for a case that is 100% synthetic — it looks, feels and functions like the premium case it is. If you like Element Case’s approach to design, are a fan of Ducati and don’t mind your mobile accessories doubling as mini-billboards you will love this case. Even if, like me, you aren’t a biker and don’t love branded products there is a lot to like here. That’s why it has become one of my go-to cases!

Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini

You can learn more and order yours here.

MSRP: $69.95

What I Like: Well-designed and quite refined; Highly protective; Adds grip; Built in stand

What Needs Improvement: At the high-end of folio pricing

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Element Case Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Mini

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