The Targus Versavu 360 Review
When I first saw the Versavu 360 iPad case from Targus, I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical regarding it’s long term performance. After personally using this case for over 4 months (the case you see in the pictures below is the actual case I have used and tested), I now have to admit that my skepticism has been shattered. I am officially a fan. This Targus Versavu case is a solid performer, and here’s why…
Model: Versavu 360 Click here for the ‘New’ iPad (3) version of the Targus Versavu
Pros: Protective, Attractive leather outer, Versatile
Cons: Exposed Apple Logo, Elastic Strap
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Practicality + Functionality
It truly is a case and a stand. Not only does this case achieve a high level of style, but it scores points for being so practical as well. The ergonomics have been very well thought out. I always felt that Apple’s smartcase’s were cool for doubling as a stand, but they leave me wanting more when it comes to actually protecting my iPad. The Targus Versavu case manages to capture the best of both worlds. This case protects your iPad from drops and scratches, while also giving you multiple options for standing and displaying your iPad. Your iPad securely snaps in to the case and quite honestly, there’s never really a need to take it out.
The case allows for two available angles with which you can stand your iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation. Targus achieves this through a circular rotating mechanism in the center of the case (which actually happens to frame the Apple logo quite nicely). In addition, you can also fold the front of the case over for a slightly angled (almost flat) display style for your iPad.
The exterior of the cover is quite resistant to scratches & scuffs, and really holds up well against normal wear and tear. It’s held shut by way of an elastic strap which stays pretty low-profile. The hard corners wrap completely around your iPad protecting it from drops and corner dings. In addition, there is a cutout for the speaker so no sound is blocked or muffled when playing from your iPad.
I feel like this is a case that could appeal to the businessman and creative director alike. It looks right at home sitting atop an executive desk, but it also maintains a sleek, clean look that the right-brained-thinkers will appreciate. Although the outer is composed of faux leather, it is still of high quality and looks/feels quite authentic; not to mention just as durable. Altogether, the case is thin, it doesn’t snag on anything, and it slides in and out of your bag or briefcase with ease. The Targus Versavue 360 maintains a highly professional appearance, and I would deem this case to be appropriate in a variety of settings.
I have been personally using this case for months, and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it’s held up. The stitching has maintained it’s integrity, along with the interior and exterior materials used for construction. All in all, there is only one part of the case that has succumbed to the rigors of daily use; the rubber/silicone lining the edge of the case corners. Around the corner the lining has come off of a very small section. It’s only on one corner, and this may have been a result of the case being dropped, but I thought it was worth mentioning in the review. When used every day, every case is eventually going to break down. As of this time, this case is still performing flawlessly, and I’m completely impressed with how well the Targus Versavu holds up.
Some users have reported a strange chemical odor (often times resulting from drying glue, bonding materials, etc). I noticed a slight chemical odor when my case was new, but it has dissipated over time, and I don’t notice anything at all anymore. A few other downsides to note would be that the Apple logo is left exposed on the back of the case. Personally, I haven’t found this to be a problem, but if you were really concerned about this, it could be remedied with a skin for your iPad (such as the GelaSkin) to attain the highest possible level of protection. In addition, some users have reported the elastic strap to be awkward, but again, I feel it’s a matter of personal preference, and it hasn’t bothered me in the slightest.
The Targus Versavu 360 iPad Case is a great choice for a variety of different applications. It incorporates style, quality construction, and sensible functionality in to one affordable package. Not only does it protect your iPad, but it doubles as a highly function stand. It is for these reasons that we’ve chosen the Targus Versavu as one of our Editor’s Choice 2011 picks.