XGear Folio Carbon Fiber Case for iPad - accessory review

The XGear Folio Carbon Fiber Case for iPad is slim, strong, and sexy, with a suede interior and what feels like a darn-near bullet proof outer shell. In sharp contrast to the plush, old-world, executive leather of the Marware Eco-vue, the XGear Folio is sleek, futuristic materials and textures. It adds considerable protection against scrapes and scuffs, if not as much against shocks and drops.

The cover is double-jointed and can be folded back to prop the iPad up for easier typing or viewing in landscape mode, or to keep it standing for a portrait-mode picture frame.

You secure it closed or folded back with a little, tuck-in flange. I'm not crazy about that. It works but the sight of it when it's not tucked annoyed me. The elastic band, like the old-school moleskins, seems more elegant. Score one for retro.

There aren't any interior pockets or slots of cards or papers, but given the slim nature of the folio that's fine.

What you get with the The XGear Folio Carbon Fiber Case for iPad is no more and no less than a super-strong external shell that'll keep your iPhone safe and otherwise stay out of your way. Check out the video above and photos below, and if you like what you see, it's available now from the TiPb iPad accessory store.


  • Carbon fiber exterior
  • Slim profile for easy stowing
  • Easily propped up for typing, viewing


  • Minimal impact protection
  • Flange is annoying

TiPb review rating

TiPb iPad 4-star rated

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Rene Ritchie

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XGear Folio Carbon Fiber Case for iPad - accessory review


Looks like a solid case .. I love the carbon fiber ...
Thanks for the reveiw Rene .. Keep up the Great work !

Love the review and love the case. I'm gonna have to see where I can get one. I would love to buy it from the tipb store cause the podcast is awesome so anything to support would be cool but the $30 delivery charge means if I can get it local I could get two cases for the price of the one from the tipb store :0( only problem for me.

Rene makes better reviews than many others online..
Wish I had an iPad, but I'm buying the iP4 though. Looking forward to some case reviews for that.

There's a small error in the review, the case is NOT made of carbon fiber, it's nylon made to look like carbon fiber (the name of the case describes the look, not the material). This revelation was made to me directly from the manufacturer - I made inquiries about the case and that was the information they gave me.

How sturdy is the case when using it in the angled-open position? In other words, does the iPad bounce up-and-down at all when you type on it that way like some of the softer folio cases?