Amazon Kindle enthusiasts with a penchant for reading in the bathroom can now extend their quality time by taking it to the tub. For a precious $79, you can slip your latest generation Kindle into the waterproof M-Edge Guardian Case and splish-splash to your heart’s content without fear of drowning your device.
The bathtub is not the only place you can take the Guardian Case, though. The Guardian Case is also ideal for the lake, the beach, the Jacuzzi or the pool. But since it’s not recommended for depths beyond a meter (about three feet) just make sure you don’t take it scuba diving.
Build & Design
The Guardian Case is a one-pound (17.1 oz, actually) piece of molded plastic measuring 6.5 x 9 x 1 inches. The Kindle’s keyboard and navigation buttons are accessed through clear rubberized cutouts on the face of the Guardian that allow all the normal functionality of the device when it’s not encased. The Guardian Case is held closed by four secure latches that, when released, allow it to swing open to reveal a shallow cargo space outlined by a snug-fitting waterproof o-ring. Built for the last generation 6″ display Kindle and not the newly released “Kindl3,” it offers a perfect fit.
Once the latches are engaged, there’s absolutely no play and your Kindle’s held firmly in place. That said, there isn’t any room for interior shock absorption so my best recommendation is, if you’re going to drop it with the Kindle inside, drop it in the water – preferably sealed.
As for its aesthetic appeal, the Guardian Case isn’t ugly. But it does leave a bit to be desired. You could blame Amazon for having designed an eReader so sleek and handsome that any attempts to dress it up come off crude, but that would be passing the buck. Cosmetically, it isn’t so much a wet suit for your Kindle as it is a shallow-water submarine to keep your device dry – or maybe comparing it to one of those old cumbersome looking deep sea diving outfits would be a better description.
Either way, it gets the job done but I couldn’t help thinking that someone somewhere (maybe even technicians in white lab coats over at M-Edge HQ) must be busy right now designing a waterproof skin that’s a little sleeker and more lightweight. Once you’ve got the Kindle loaded inside, you’re carrying close to 2 pounds. Carrying it is not exactly a workout, but it’s also not paperback-light.