- Created on 14 February 2012
The cost of tablet computers is definitely falling but that doesn't mean that they are cheap to replace and therefore the importance of a decent case to protect their screens is as important as ever. Even in the best laptop bag, there is still the possibility of accidentally putting pressure on and therefore damaging a improperly stored tablet and in our minds the best way of protecting tablets is using a custom fit tablet case designed for the specific model in use. The tablet cases on the market are many and varied, ranging from cheap pseudo leather chinese imports to more expensive luxury tablets cases. Of the latter, the custom leather cases manufactured by the french company Noreve have always been some of our favourites and when the opportunity arose to review one of the latest additions to their catalogue, a custom leather case for the Archos 101, we obviously jumped at the chance.
- Elegant case conceived in top quality handcrafted leather
- Practical thanks to its magnetic button closure
- Access to basic functions (multiple openings on the leather)
- Slim and padded design
- Protects the device in an optimal manner
- Three business card slots
- Two Micro SD card slots
- Beautiful interior lining embossed with the Noreve logo
- Possibility of holding the case in an upright position
As with previous cases we have reviewed from Noreve, the craftmanship shines through from the start, with the case packaged in a lovely logo embossed red and black heavy duty card packaging. The case itself if made from supple leather throughout (we reviewed the black version from the perpetual range) with excellent attention to detail and not a stitich out of place. The case is available in a number of variations both in terms of colours and leather finish with something to suit everyone.
The design of the case is perfectly cut to fit the Archos 101 (and also the Arnova 10 G2 which shares the same casing) with the tablet fitting into a leather "pocket". The case allows access to all of the ports of the device and doesn't mask the volume or power buttons as has been noted with other cases and even includes a cutout to allow the stand of the Archos 101 to be accessed without hindrance. Additional cutouts that specifically align with the speakers are also present and are covered with a fine stainless steel mesh that both looks stylish but also importantly doesn't muffle the audio output of the tablet. The case is fastened by a simple, yet strong, magnetic catch that stylishly keeps the case firmly closed whilst in transit. The inside of the case flap is imprinted with the Noreve company name and has three credit card slots and also room for two micro SD cards - excellent if you like to take multiples storage cards whilst on your travels.
In use, the case allows unhindered use of the tablet, whilst when closed provides excellent protection from impact to the screen. The case is cut perfectly (and we mean perfectly) to fit the screen and all ports are easy to access, meaning you don't ever need to take the tablet out of the case once installed. Usefully, especially if you use the case with a tablet model without a specific stand, the Noreve Archos 101 Tradition leather case also can act as a basic stand to hold the tablet in a vertical position - great if you want to watch films, read or listen to music without holding the tablet in your hands or on your lap!
£50.18 + P&P - (direct from Noreve or through Amazon)
4.5/5 - Although the Noreve Archos 101 Tradition leather case is priced slightly higher than the majority of mainstream tablet cases, the price itself is excellent for a full leather tablet case, expecially given the actual quality of product you get for your money. This is one tablet case that not only looks brilliant but really lives up to its' looks!