There is an abundance of iPad cases cluttering the shelves of nearly every tech-related store in the world. With the iPad, most of these cases could be placed into two categories: A book-like case with a flap that covers the screen, and a normal case that fits the form of the device. Now, ColorWare has created its own category that stands among the premium crowd –– the mile high club of iPad accessories, if you will. It does this with one of the most expensive iPad case-like accessories around, the Grip.
The Grip is a unique accessory that almost becomes one with the iPad. This is due to the fact that is is applied via 4 bolts and two metal pieces, creating an extension of the iPad.
Installing the rim is relatively easy. One simply has to put the two pieces onto the iPad and screw in the four bolts with the supplied tool. From there, it is as if the Grip has been there all along. It does not wiggle, it does not shake, it is solidly attached, and going nowhere.
Frankly, ColorWare’s Grip has a very narrow niche. It is not compatible with just about every sleeve and case designed for the iPad. Therefore, there is no real pack to carry the iPad in, aside from a rucksack or a laptop bag. Then again, you might be saying, “Hey, it has a handle! It doesn’t need a carrying pack.” Well, dear friend, you are wrong. Just because this accessory has a handle, doesn’t mean it is protected. The Grip only protects the iPad’s sides. It is not tall enough to keep the iPad up off a flat surface either, so the iPad is exposed on both the screen and back side to dirt, dings, and scratches. I, however, found a way around this issue. I use a GelaSkin on the back of my iPad which protects the back, and I use a screen protector from Moshi which covers the front. My iPad is completely covered, but this is an expensive workaround to go with an alrerady expensive accessory.
ColorWare’s Grip is in no way cheap. It is $250. There are two main reasons, in my mind, for purchasing such an expensive piece of aluminum. First and foremost, you have your choice of colors. In fact, there are thousands of color combinations that make your iPad uniquely yours. Secondly, you get premium built-quality. They are hand painted, carefully inspected, and there are no real lemons. It is a solid, well built, carefully designed product by the DaVincis in this industry. It is not suited for everyone by any means, but for those who can justify purchasing it, there will be no regrets.
I personally love ColorWare’s Grip. For the short time I have had this product to review its become one of my favorite accessories for my iPad. Now, it is headed back to ColorWare for the next fortunate reviewer. I do not recommend this product for everyone, but for those looking for a very well built, premium iPad accessory, this is it. If you are looking for something to protect your investment from the elements, this is not it. Due to this products unique place in the iPad world, I am not rating it with stars, but I am giving you the facts and my opinion. The decision of whether or not it is something worth buying is completely on you, the consumer.