Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro Review: Aramid Offers Protection and Functionality in a Slim Form Factor – -UPDATED

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The Lowdown

The Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro is an ultra-slim, minimalist case that protects your iPad, makes it easier to hold, and works seamlessly with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, and tightly integrates with Pitaka’s other offerings. Since the reviews sample arrived, I’ve kept it on my iPad. I love knowing the tablet is more protected than it used to be but isn’t any heavier.

Overall
4

Pros

  • Thin
  • Light
  • Cutouts perfectly positioned
  • Holds Apple Pencil securely
  • Three-pin adapter allows for pass-through charging when connected to an Apple Magic Keyboard
  • Aramid fiber doesn’t add significant weight but offers decent protection

Cons

  • Apple Pencil doesn’t always charge when placed on the case
  • Volume buttons are slightly misaligned and are difficult to activate
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I’ve used an assortment of Pitaka products with my iPhone over the years but only recently had the chance to check out some of their impressive iPad accessories. In this, the first of three Pitaka iPad accessory reviews, we’ll look at the Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro 2018/2020 and iPad Air 2020. Although priced at $69.99 on its own, the MagEZ Case 2 is only available as part of a bundle when sold with the MagEZ Stand, the MagEZ Folio, or with the MagEZ Stand and Folio.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

The Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro is minimalist, but thanks to the Aramid fiber used in its construction, it still offers a decent degree of protection.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

The company describes the case this way:

A magnetic Apple Magic Keyboard compatible case for iPad Pro 2018/2020 & iPad Air 2020. The MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro offers seamless functionality between your devices, including pass-through charging, easy port access, and Apple Pencil attachment. The ultra-thin case even allows you to close the Magic Keyboard and iPad Pro without removing it.

The case snaps onto the iPad and, thanks to small, almost invisible tabs along the upper side of the case, the iPad is held securely once inserted.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

The case is so thin that, once the iPad is in place, it all but disappears. In fact, from the front, you won’t notice it unless you look closely. It is also light enough that it doesn’t add substantially to the iPad’s weight. To my mind, that is a winning combination.

Premium Materials For a Comfortable Hold: Finely woven aramid fibers create a smooth textured surface that feels great to the touch and improves grip.

Pitaka made a name for themselves by offering smart, stylish, functional cases that offer a significant degree of protection thanks to their use of Aramid fiber. This iPad case is no different.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

While the raised sides that hold the iPad are plastic, the entire back is covered in material made from Aramid fiber. It not only looks fantastic and offers excellent protection, but the textured material also makes it easy to hold.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

Along the top of the case, there are cutouts for the speakers and microphones. Other than those, the top is completely protected. The raised material wraps around the upper and lower right corners of the iPad, offering a bit of added protection.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

The right side is uninterrupted but has a small channel in the middle. This is designed to hold and charge an Apple Pencil 2. I’ve found that the magnets hold the pencil quite securely, but the wireless charging is hit or miss. At times I’ve had to remove my iPad from the case to top off my pencil.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

The left side is left exposed except for a bit of corner protection at the top and bottom. Pitaka did this so the case would work with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and a variety of covers.

Easy Access Type-C Charging Port: The precisely cut design of the MagEZ iPad Pro Case provides easy access to all buttons and switches. The USB-C charging port cut-out’s specific shape allows Type-C hubs to fit comfortably.

The case covers the bottom of the iPad but has cutouts for the speakers and the type C USB charging port. The thinness of the case allows most iPad port hubs to connect securely to the iPad and work normally without needing to remove the tablet.

The back has a cutout for the camera array, a raised ring to minimize flash bounce, and a patented three-pin adapter that “offers seamless charging between your iPad Pro/iPad Air Case and Magic Keyboard.”

A Secure Magnetic Attachment: With strong embedded magnets, the case for iPad Pro conveniently snaps onto the Apple Magic Keyboard, our MagEZ Stand and MagEZ Folio, ensuring a secure hold while you work.

The power and volume buttons are covered. I appreciate the extra protection but found that the volume buttons are difficult to activate when using the case. It is a small annoyance but an annoyance nonetheless.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

What makes this case special isn’t just the Aramid fiber used in its construction. What really makes this case special is the use of magnets built into the back of the case. Since it is on the inside of the case, you won’t know it is there, but the functionality it provides is pretty slick.

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro with Apple Magic Keyboard

I don’t have an Apple Magic Keyboard, so I have not been able to test this out, but it certainly looks slick in the promotional pictures.

In addition, you can take one of Pitaka’s MagEZ Card Sleeve 2 and slap it on the back. The magnets will hold it securely in place, and you will be able to keep a few cards at your fingertips.

Finally, the magnets built into the MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro work perfectly with Pitaka’s MagEZ Stand for Tablets. We will be reviewing that next!

Pitaka isn’t kidding when they describe the MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro 2018/2020 and iPad Air 2020 as, “The only case for your iPad Pro that offers seamless functionality between your devices.”

Features:

  • Pass-Through Charging
  • Premium Aramid Fiber
  • Magnetic Connectivity
  • Lightweight & Thin
  • No Signal Interference
  • Camera Protection

Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro

In short, the Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro is an ultra-slim, minimalist case that protects your iPad, makes it easier to hold, and works seamlessly with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil and tightly integrates with Pitaka’s other offerings. Since the reviews sample arrived, I’ve kept it on my iPad. I love knowing the tablet is more protected than it used to be but isn’t any heavier.

The MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro strikes the right balance; it looks great and delivers exactly what it promises.

The Pitaka MagEZ Case 2 for iPad Pro retails for $143.99 as a bundle with the MagEZ Stand, $79.99 as a bundle with the MagEZ Folio, or $169.99 as a bundle with the MagEZ Stand and Folio; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Pitaka MagEX Case 2 for iPad Pro and iPad Air

What I Like: Thin; Light; Cutouts perfectly positioned; Holds Apple Pencil securely; Three-pin adapter allows for pass-through charging when connected to an Apple Magic Keyboard; Aramid fiber doesn’t add significant weight but offers decent protection

What Needs Improvement: Apple Pencil doesn’t always charge when placed on the case; Volume buttons are slightly misaligned and are difficult to activate

Update: Pitaka responded about the occasional issue of charging the Apple Pencil while it is in the MagEZ Case –

You mentioned that the Apple Pencil doesn’t always charge when placed on the case. Since the wireless transmission power of the iPad is small and sometimes is unstable, so the Apple Pencil might not be able to be charged if it is a little far away from the iPad, although we already made our case as thinnest as we can. For this situation, we suggest that you can remove the case and reinstall it to make sure the proper installation is without any gaps between the device and the corners.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.