Incipio was established in 1999 by a group of gadget-obsessed designers. Continually fusing fashion with function, Incipio was founded on the premise that quality and value should go hand in hand. The company is committed to providing innovative products at the highest level of craftsmanship, while maintaining affordable prices.
The silicone case market for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is arguably the most saturated to date. There are a wide variety of silicone cases available for these devices and many of these cases are similarly, if not identically, designed. We’ve got our hands on Incipio’s 1337™ Gaming Case for iPad, and will be assessing whether or not it holds up to these aforementioned standards and criteria that Incipio insists it delivers in each and every one of their products.
- 1337™ Gaming Case
- Microfiber Cloth
- Screen Protector
- Applicator Card (for screen protector)
Incipio’s 1337™ (or “Leet”) Gaming Case is made out of thick, durable, and hypoallergenic silicone in your choice of blue steel, red, or yellow. It covers the complete back of the iPad and wraps around the four sides of the iPad. It does not cover the front bezel. The back of the case has four ergonomically-designed hand grips for added control. These grippers proved to be very handy when playing accelerometer-based games such as Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. The silicone is soft and flexible, but collects a fair amount of dust very easily. The microfiber cloth that is bundled with this case does help, but only to a limited extent. There is a 2″ × 2″ square of thinner silicone to allow for the Apple logo to be visible.
The interior of the case has a honeycomb design that allows for this case to be made of high-density silicone without the added weight. The case is indeed very lightweight, despite its rather bulky design. Plus, the thickness of the silicone helps to prevent it from tearing, particularly around the four corners of the screen.
The case has appropriate openings for the speakers, dock connector, and all other ports. The openings are well-sized and do not leave any unnecessary space uncovered. The mute button is also uncovered, but it is somewhat difficult to access because of the thick silicone that surrounds it. The volume controls and sleep/wake button are covered in form-fitting silicone that does not interfere whatsoever with the use of these buttons.
The 1337™ Gaming Case is effective at protecting against scratches, dents, drops, and other wear and tear. The case embraces the entire backside of the device and the sides of the iPad in thick, shock-absorbing silicone. The reinforced corners and gaming grippers provide extra protection against impact damage. The bundled screen protector also provides protection against scratches and nicks on the bezel and screen.
Value For Money
The 1337™ Gaming Case retails for $34.99† on Incipio’s website. This is a fairly average or standard price for most silicone cases that are made for the iPad. The differentiating factor for the 1337™ Gaming Case may be its included Vanity Kit, which includes the previously mentioned screen protector, microfiber cloth, and applicator card. It also has the unique grippers that provide an optimal gaming experience on the iPad.
If you’re an extreme gamer or not, the 1337™ Gaming Case by Incipio is still a good recommendation because of its ergonomic design and durable yet lightweight protection. If silicone isn’t your style, check out Incipio’s hard shell Feather case, premium leather Executive Folio, Underground felt sleeve, or tek-nical memory foam carrying case.
† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
Thanks to Taylor at Incipio for the review sample.