Today in the t3chniq review lab we have a lightweight, low-profile case from Cygnett called the FlexiGel Case for iPad Mini. I love cases that add barely any heft to my iPad Mini, yet provides decent scratch and ding protection. Cygnett claims that “FlexiGel offers superior anti-scratch and impact resistant protection. Featuring raised edges for case down screen protection, FlexiGel provides access to all functions.” Does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out.
First and foremost, the FlexiGel case is intended to be a lightweight case that offers minimal protection. The FlexiGel is made of a rubber-type material that is firm yet pliable, not unlike silicone — a flexible-gel is certainly an appropriate conclusion. This material does not have the characteristic tackiness associated with silicone cases, but retains some of the flexibility that is afforded to a silicone case versus a hard plastic case. This also means that some of the (minor) shock absorbency that a silicone case would have is still present. This means that small drops are survivable, but a semi-substantial drop from hip height could prove devastating. The FlexiGel case is not really intended for those who treat their devices with some carelessness, but will certainly help eliminate any minor nicks and scratches that occur with normal daily use. Also, keep in mind that the FlexiGel neither has a way of covering the screen nor is it compatible with the smart cover, a bummer for sure, but that is the price to pay for a nice slim-fitting case.
The FlexiGel case fits amazingly. I can say with confidence that this is the best fitting soft-gel-type case I have used for any device, and quite possibly better than any hard case as well. The case conforms perfectly to all of the edges of the iPad Mini and has no noticeable weak spots that some other gel-type cases have, and the FlexiGel adds minimal thickness. Along the front (screen side) of the case is a raised edge that keeps the screen protected, and also adds some structural integrity to the rest of the case. All cutouts are very well located, providing unencumbered access to the lightning port and mute switch, and they even match the individual holes in the speaker grilles nicely. Each button is covered perfectly and can be operated with no loss in performance or additional effort, a problem that I have had quite frequently with some other cases.
At the end of the day, the Cygnett FlexiGel is one of (if not the) best fitting case I have used thus far. It provide ample protection for what I do with my iPad Mini, and even looks good while doing it.
- Great Fit
- Adequate Protection
- Thin and Light
- Limited Screen Protection
Price: $19.99 From Cygnett