Hama Piscine Portfolio Case for 8 Inch Tablets
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Review of "Hama Piscine Portfolio Case for 8 Inch Tablets"
Thanks everyone for the R/R/Cs, still much appreciated....... Especially thanks for all the E's ... Looks like dooyoo has finally given up the ghost. Not even sending vouchers out now... shame
Hama case with packaging. There were no cut fingers with this packaging simply lift of the flap that said 'Open It', and the case was out.
Over the passed few months i've been using a rather fine and very low cost tablet that offers more or less everything that my Windows 8.1 laptop offers, as this tablet runs a full version of Windows 8.1 and runs it remarkably well. (see my Linx 8inch tablet review for details on the tablet itself... please)
But, the one snag I have come across with this tablet is getting hold of the right 'stuff' to coincide with it, such as a screen protector and, just as importantly, a case to carry it in.
well, I solved the screen protector problem with it by buying a larger size protector for a 10inch 'widescreen type tablet and trimming it down a bit, but I could not trim a 10inch case down to size, so this left me with a bit of a puzzlers.
I tried looking at many cases, with the nearest to fit being for the Samsung Galaxy tab 4 which was close, but my tablet is slightly shorter in width, which means that the bits and bobs on the case couldn't hold the edges of my tablet in place properly, which meant that it would fall out – which is not good.
So, as time went on, all hope was lost for my tablet to be safe when I carry it about.
That was until I came across the 'almost, if not perfect' tablet case for my tablet which came from the well known company called 'Hama', who make the odd but of computering bits and bobs once in a while.
And this case holds my tablet with comfort and security.....
So what does it look like …?
It's nothing that fancy, meaning that it's not like your Samsung galaxy tab version that folds up in a way that lets you use it as a stand, it is simply a protective case that looks nice.
It is about 220mm long, 144mm wide, with the actual thickness of the case being about 5mm when open, and about 20mm thick,when closed. (allowing for tablets up to 10mm thick to fit in this case snugly).
It has a black outer casing that is made of material that resembles leather, although it smells nothing like leather, or plastic. It feels a little like a thin rubber? But it's not.
The inside, however, is a thin felt type grey material that feels so soft to the touch that you know it's going to caress the tablets screen with the touch of an angels kiss.
It has stitching all around the edges, black stitching on the outside and grey on the inside. This makes the stitching look nice inside and out, so that it doesn't stand out like an Everton fan sitting in the Kop at Anfield.
On the inside, on the back section, there are four short strips of black elastic, one on each corner, with each one having a short strip of the same material as the case itself sewn to each one.
Is it easy to fit the tablet into …?
Yes, pretty much. All you do is take each elastic piece, one at a time, pull that piece back a little, then slide the appropriate edge of the tablet under the elastic, doing the same for each corner. Once done it's a matter of moving the tablet around a bit inside the elastics until it sits where you want it too. I found that it was quite difficult to move the tablet once the elastics had a grip but once done the tablet was going nowhere.
And that was it. All done. I just closed the case and the rest is …. as they say, history.
Does it do the job …?
Yes, without ha doubt it protects the tablet from accidental damage, although it's not going to be any good if you whack it with a hammer?
The thin, yet remarkably good cushioning of the tablet protects the tablets screen and the grey inner material is so soft it's like covering the screen with silk, almost.
The small pieces of elastic do exactly what they are designed to do, keep the tablet in place, without an damage to the screen at all. And with the lovely little extra pieces of material stitched to the elastic it really blends in too. These straps are well stitched into the casing, with some of the elastic going in between the two layers of casing, inner and outer, so that the straps are stitched in two places, not just one.
So, is it any good … ?
This is a cracking little case indeed and well worth the money I spent on it as it was the only one that fitting around my tablet properly.
The stitching has been done to a nice standard and, with the colours matching the inside and outside, it blends into the entire thing perfectly.
The straps are strong and are also stitch into the case with the intentions of staying put, allowing you to stretch the elastic enough to get the tablet gripping in place properly.
The elastic itself is just the right size and the small patches of material stitched to them really does add those finishing touches.
Who ever designed this case must have really though about what he, (or she), was doing as they covered all corners, practicality, looks, strength and size, (i'm guessing as all four corners are covered this was designed by a woman as if it was a man it would not look so good)As for mobility. This case is only just wider than the tablet I have inside it but does double the thickness, so I can no longer fit it onto the inside of my favourite jacket, but as the tablet is well protected now I don't mind slotting it into the laptop case along side the paper work.
Is there any downsides …?
The only downsides that I can say is that this case lacks a closing strap of some kind. There is no way of keeping this case closed, unlike many other cases, using a magnetic strap or a clasp lock or even a button of some kind. But as it has no strap on it it is not as thick as those that do.
And there's no hole in the rear of the case so that i can use the rear camera without taking the tablet from the case. But as this is for different tablets, which have different camera positions, I was not expecting the hole to be there anyway.
And the cost …?
If I said £15 i'd be robbing you yet you'd think you were getting a bargain. This case sells for less than that from any good case selling shop. I got this one for £10, which is money well spent when it comes to protecting my tablet without looking like one of those flash geezers with the half buttoned down shirt showing off a hairy chest and a gold medallion, whilst smiling to show off that sparkling diamond in one of my teeth. (and no, I have no diamond and my chest is not that hairy)
Is this worth the money...?
I would definitely have to say yes to that one. In fact, if you see this for £15 and have the right size tablet then this is well worth investing in as it will protect your tablet from accidental knocks.
Product Information : Hama Piscine Portfolio Case for 8 Inch Tablets
Manufacturer's product description
Product Type: Carrying case
Listed on Ciao since: 19/12/2014