It’s not hard to find a folio case for an iPad Air, and most of them can act as a stand for the tablet. But the Logitech Turnaround is unique in that it can hold the tablet in both portrait and landscape modes.
Build and Design
The Turnaround has a very professional look. It comes in just one color – basic black – and is clearly intended for businesspeople.
This accessory is made of rigid polycarbonate plastic, and wraps completely around the iPad Air, including a flap with built-in magnets to hold the front cover closed. This makes the case moderately protective. It is capable of defending the tablet from everyday bumps and dings, but not serious accidents. Logitech makes no promises about protection from liquids, for example.
This extra safety requires adding some extra bulk as well. The iPad Air by itself is 0.29 inches (7.5mm) thick, but with the case on that become 0.75 inches (19mm). The Turnaround also adds 0.76 pounds (346g) to the tablet.
Flip the front cover around to the back and the iPad is ready to be used in either portrait or landscape mode. Magnets hold the front flap conveniently out of the way.
The Turnaround has openings for the computer’s camera; power, home, and volume buttons; power/data port; and speakers and microphones. There’s no need to take the case off once it’s on.
Turning this accessory into a stand for the iPad Air is simple: Lay the case facedown on a table, open it, and bring the bottom edge of the iPad forward to form a triangle shape.
This puts the screen in landscape mode. Switching to portrait mode involves moving the device around a rotating axel set into the case so that the home button is at the bottom.
With either orientation, a slot in the base of the stand holds the tablet quite firmly. Using this slot isn’t a requirement – the Turnaround will hold the iPad at a wide range of angles, but the slot brings extra stability in rough conditions, like during airplane turbulence.
At $60, it costs slightly more than some rival cases, but they lack the Turnaround’s ability to function as a stand in both portrait and landscape modes.