Review: Rugged, Multi-Purpose iPad Case from Kensington

If you have an expensive and fragile iPad, you'll want to protect it, especially if it's going to be in the hands of kids. A great way to do so is with the BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad ($59.99) from Kensington. There are many thoughtful features in this case. Schools and other institutions will appreciate that an asset tag can be viewed by flipping open the kickstand.

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Kensington includes an optional screen protector, which is a nice touch. Speaking of touch, the rubber exterior is soft to the touch but thick and chunky to provide lots of protection. The case has a built-in hand strap as well as an integrated kickstand. There are port cutouts for access to the Lightning dock and camera opening. The case is a bit bulky and I'd like to see more color choices. 


  • Includes optional screen protector
  • Serious rubber and hard polymer two-piece design
  • Integrated kickstand
  • Built-in hand strap
  • Access to ports and buttons
  • Drop Test Certified to MIL-STD 810G


  • A bit bulky
  • More color choices, besides black, would be nice

Final Verdict

If you want to protect your iPad and use it in landscape mode or attached to your hand, you can do so with the BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad from Kensington. 

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