Marware Eco-Vue case for iPad - accessory review

Marware Eco-Vue case brings executive leather folio look-and-feel to iPad

Make no mistake, the Marware Eco-Vue case for the iPad [$42.95 - TiPb store link] is the executive option for iPad cases. It's the leather bound Cadillac. It's the finely appointed Benz. No, I'm not writing a luxury car review, but that's kind of how this case feels. The quality is excellent -- it smells excellent. Deep black leather with crisp white stitching on the outside sandwiches your iPad providing a think layer of plush protection, softer gray microfiber swaddles it inside while still granting access to hardware buttons and ports. There's also a clear screen protector included to keep the display safe.

A thin elastic band lets you secure the Marware Eco-Vue closed or flipped back and open. There's a leather strap that folds over the top and tucks in to keep your iPad from falling out. I'm paranoid so it didn't de-stress me to the level a snap or velcro or some other form of security would have, but it's long enough and the friction is high enough that the iPad stays put. It's leather-glove tight inside either, which will annoy perfectionists but does make getting the iPad in and out far easier. Since I haven't seen a dock yet that will work with this size case, that could be a plus for those who want to take their iPad out every once and a while.

Inside the Marware Eco-Vue's front cover are a couple of highly useful extras. An elastic leather strap lets you slip one hand inside so you can carry the iPad around and tap away with the other hand without worrying it will slip and fall. A stand folds out to let you prop it up on a table to create a better typing angle. A magnet keeps it from flopping around when not in use. Smart. So smart I kind of wish a magnet was also used to keep the case closed, though the elastic is certainly more traditional.

And if you're wondering about the Eco in the name, Marware says it's made out of substances healthier for the environment and meets RoHS standards.

On the negative side, luxury comes at a price and in this case the price is bulk. The Marware Eco-Vue isn't a skin, it isn't a film, it's a fairly hefty leather bound folio. If 1.5lbs of iPad is already dragging you down, this won't help (hitting the weights might). I found the protection worth it, and didn't even use a bad with the Marware. I just closed it, secured the elastic, and carried my iPad around like a book. That way, the net total was a lighter, more portable, if somewhat Yuppy-esque solution.

I've heard some complaints that there's nowhere inside the Marware Eco-Vue to carry a paper notebook and pen. Sure. Okay. That's valid. I got an iPad so I'd never have to use pen and paper on the go again, but for those of you who want to take the old and the new with you, Marware doesn't offer that option. Nor is there a place to stick some business cards. It's also black only at the moment, so if you prefer your leather in Indiana Jones brown, you're out of luck.

Other than those gripes I've been very impressed, and I'm decidedly not the type of person who usually likes the leather fold-over case form factor. (See Sikora, Jeremy). I've actually been using it more than what's required to review it and I have a sneaky suspicion that means it's won me over.

If you're looking for a smart, sexy iPad case that offers both protection and panache, look no further -- the Marware Eco-Vue has you covered.

Check out the Marware Eco-Vue on the TiPb iPad accessory store...

Marware Eco-Vue for iPad pros

  • Excellent craftsmanship
  • Good level of protection
  • Includes hand-strap and stand

Marware Eco-Vue for iPad cons

  • Adds bulk
  • No additional pockets/slots for pens, cards, etc.

Marware Eco-Vue for iPad rating

TiPb iPad 4.5-star rated

Marware Eco-Vue for iPad video review


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Rene Ritchie

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Used a Marware case for my 3GS for just under a year now and it's been fantastic. Probably a good well built case for the iPad..

Looks cool - I wish I'd seen this Friday, I got the MacAlly microsuede one. I think I saw this one, but didnt realize it had the kick stand.

Wow! that is a nice case indeed, and great writeup/video. As for myself, I decided to go with the Taipain Sneak by Booq. It can be had for ~$20 and is a slick black and orange neoprene sleeve perfect for the student or other budget-conscious iPad owner.

Generally nice looking case, but adds too much bulk for my tastes and doesn't have a way to stand the iPad up for watching video. Looks like I'm sticking with the Apple case for now.

Actually Butch, I have this case and it does stand up for watching video. It works perfectly.
This is by far the best case for the iPad in my opinion.
P.S. - HungWell, grow up.

I just ordered another one for a backup should the original get dammaged. Its is a really nice case and very comfortable to hold and use.

Bought it and have been using it for a couple of weeks now. It is fantastic. It is solid, protects the iPad well, smooth contour and lines makes it look like a classy and elegant folio (which it is), the magnetic mini-stand worked quite well, and it impressed the heck out of my friends (oh, and it fits nicely in a Mountainsmith Tour Pack (lumbar pack) which I use extensively for travel).
Caveats: With the leather case on and the mini-stand open, you might have a bit of trouble typing in landscape mode. The leather does get somewhat in the way by not allowing you to rest your hands as close to the keyboard as possible -- hence the fingers have to reach more, and it doesn't feel as easy. I'm sure one might get used to this, but for now, it is a small inconvenience.
Oh, and Butch, I stood it up just as shown in the Marware site, flipped open, and watched a few videos that way -- easily. I expect that should also work well in the tray in the back of airline seats.
Thanks for the review!

The magnets in the care DO affect the internal compass. Test it out with a $.99 compass app. Thi will be a problem when I buy my GPS ap re directional fidelity. Anyone think differently? I live the cae but for the interference.I believe only the ipad 3g has the compass feature.