A case to suit your Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Reviewing the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4.
When you own a premium device such as a Mircosoft Surface Pro 4 hybrid you would surly want to protected it without comprising the look, weight and function. After all it’s a product that has gone through extensively design stages to become the product it is today. While this latest Surface Pro 4 edition being relatively new at this moment, the option of protective cases are limited. So with a bit of nick-picking the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Ultra-thin Snap-on Surface Pro 4 case has been chosen one to be the life guard of my Surface Pro 4.
Unpacking the protective case:
This Incipio is packaged in a simple non fancy cardboard. On the front you have your standard selling picture and message. Flipping onto the back there a few blurbs and bullet points in multiple languages, wording “Compatible with all Surface Pro 4 kickstand angles” now that’s a big deal.
Add to that there is another four points listed:
• Micro suede lining
• Smooth matte finish
• Ultra thin, ultra strong
• Protective rigid shell.
There is a tiny one year limited warranty icon badge and on the side of the packaging you can see the Incipo logo and sub-caption, Design in Southern California. Fancy that but when you rotating the packaging to the bottom, reading the fine print make mentions made in China. Oh well just about everything is made in China these days. Though quality assured the Incipio brand does make good cases and this one seems to be top notch.
On to the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 case product:
The Incipio case took a bit of effort to snap onto the Surface Pro 4 at first, it comes with no instruction, so I was left to figure out the process. Sliding the unit together and applying some pressure with my fiddly hands did the job. Once locked in, it becomes well secured. However if you do decide to remove the casing, takes some effort but still possible. It does get easier once you get the gist of the process though how often would you consider removing it anyhow. The Incipio packaging say what it is meant to be. It’s firm, rigid with vegan leather (in other words non leather) backing which grips quite well around the hand. It has the mini vent holes open up to allow heat to escape, non frames covering the speakers and full access to the ports available on the Surface Pro 4 including the micro SD because its designed with the use of the kickstand in mind. Like Microsoft, Incipio has made further improvements and refinement with this latest case. The removal of magnets to hold the kickstand together which the previous Incipio Surface Pro 3 case used is now replaced with two tiny clips. It’s a better design solution allowing you to easily pivot the kickstand without out it slipping off. The kickstand on this case is also flexible to open at different angles with the help of two protruded tabs on either side. Though it does leave the bottom back side exposed but not a major drama if your Surface Pro is firmly planted onto solid surface.
Also unlike the previous Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 3, the keyboard attaches perfectly onto the unit in both raised or non raised position and folds edge to edge when closed. There will be occasions you will need to dig your fingers a bit deeper to active the power button and volume rocker but that’s all because there is a some protective thickness with the molded material. The Incipio feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 protective case is made with a Plextonium™ polycarbonate hard shell, and calms to offers full defense from drops and falls. I trust it though not that I would want to purposely try to have any accidental mishaps. The frame around of the display does butt out around 3mm to offer that buffering protection from the screen shattering, well certainly I hope it does so. With my Surface Pro 4 standing slanted, my case slides slightly down exposing the thinnest ever bit of the silver lining towards the top. No major dramas, just my perfectionism symptoms kicks in on every kind of details. The whinging aside, this Incipio case does offer the full functionality of what the Surface Pro 4 on the outside can do. Even the Surface Pen magnetically attaches to the display but opening and closing the kickstand with the pen attached is fiddly. In addition if you want an extra screen protective film over your display, it’s still not a problem. It just fits bounded together without perfectly.
This Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 case looks slim, simple nothing too fancy which makes it stylish. Looks like the designers at California have applied the KISS (Keep IT Simple Stupid) rule and trying to hold up to the posh Microsoft Surface Pro image. It’s Great to take it to your business meeting without the embarrassment of it looking like an elementary toy.
Like most Microsoft Surface Pro accessories the price tag is about $79.95 AUD at most retail stores. It is a bit steep for a plastic cover if you put it that way. However the added value you can get is a well mold protection that could save you a fortune in the case of accidents. Currently it comes in black or cyan, if there are more colour options that would be ideal but black just looks as appealing.
The verdict is that the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 is a worthy buy, making me less paranoid about the getting scratch marks or dents on this premium hybrid tablet device. It’s not too loud on the design and economical for my everyday requirements. If there was a better looking design with a similar function I would go for that particular protective case, but unfortunately there isn’t any thing better at this moment in the market place. If you have a the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 case or tried out any other good or bad let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Places to purchase the Incipio Feather® [Advance] Surface Pro 4 case in Australia:
Incipio Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Case