- Moderate protection for iPad Pro
- Very affordable
- Slot for Apple Pencil
- Doesn't interfere with Apple Smart Keyboard
- A bit slick
- Only for those with both Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
Quick TakeThe Poetic Clarity adds extra protection for the iPad Pro line without interfering with the Apple Smart Keyboard, and the slot for the Apple Pencil is a real bonus.
The Apple Smart Keyboard makes the iPad Pro into a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet, but it does little to protect this expensive computer. The Poetic Clarity is a form-fitting skincase that can be used with Apple keyboard still attached, and it includes a slot for the Apple Pencil. Best of all, it’s quite affordable.
We tried out the version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to help people decide if it should be on their device. There’s also a version for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Build and Design
The Clarity is a single sheet of flexible plastic that wraps around the back and sides of the tablet, including all four corners. There are slots so that the the Lightning port, speakers, headphone port, and camera are still usable. A cutaway leaves most of the bottom edge open so the Smart Keyboard can be attached.
This skincase is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which offers elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease, and abrasion. It brings some extra protection to the iPad, especially the corners, but this isn’t a rugged case. Its surface is much less slippery than the tablet’s metal casing, but it’s still somewhat slick. It would have been nice if Poetic had imprinted some texture on the exterior.
TPU seems robust enough to put up with regualar use. We’ve been testing this accessory for several days and it still seems brand new. That’s not proof that it will last for years, but it bodes well for the future.
The version of the Clarity for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes in at just under half a pound. That’s not a big increase in weight, but it’s enough to be noticeable. The version for the 7.9-inch iPad Pro is lighter, but then so is this tablet.
The skincase’s back and sides are quite slim, but the slot to hold the Apple Pencil adds about half an inch to the top. Still, that’s a small price to pay for a very convenient way to keep this accessory with its tablet. Even better, Poetic also included a holder to temporarily place the Pencil where it can quickly be accessed.
This case is easily removable, so it’s practical to put it on only when the iPad Pro is on the go, and otherwise left in a drawer around the home or office.
Poetic offers the Clarity in clear and grey, and even the darker version is semi-transparent so that the Apple logo is still viewable. As the case is all plastic, the look isn’t tremendously professional, but then neither is the exterior appearance of the Apple Smart Keyboard.
The Poetic Clarity holds onto the Apple Pencil quite well; it certainly does a better job than just magnets would. Over several days of testing we never had this accessory accidentally slip out, but it can be deliberately removed from its slot without significant effort. The holder to temporarily place the Pencil while taking notes or sketching is quite handy, and can be used with the tablet in either portrait or landscape mode.
This case doesn’t interfere with the Apple Smart Keyboard at all, whether it’s in Case Mode, Typing Mode, or Stand Mode. A cutaway allows Apple’s accessory to attach to the magnets around the Smart Connector, as well as this data port.
The Logitech BASE can also be used with the tablet still in the Clarity.
The version of the Clarity for the 9.7-Inch iPad Pro is just $12.95, and the one designed for the 12.9-inch model is only $14.95. Apple offers a somewhat similar case without the benefit of the built-in Apple Pencil holder for $69 and $79, respectively; that’s about five times as much money.
The Poetic Clarity adds extra protection for the iPad Pro line without interfering with the Apple Smart Keyboard, and also brings a slot to carry the Apple Pencil, all at a surprisingly low price.
Because it’s been specifically designed to be used with those two accessories however, this isn’t the best case for people who don’t have them both.