“ Brand: Powercentre / Type: Kindle 3 „
I had been looking for a new cover for my Kindle for sometime, but as I had an old style keyboard Kindle there were not any other choices other than the pricey Amazon own label ones. Spotting a review of a different, but similar cover on Dooyoo by Calypte, I left a comment saying that I had struggled to find a reasonably priced one and she kindly sent me the link to this product. Quite frankly at £2.95 it was rude not to! The reason why I think I hadn't spotted this product before was because it was in the Electronics & Photo category, rather than the Kindle section. It was sold (postage free) by an Amazon marketplace seller called Powercentre.
It arrived by second class post in a padded envelope. It was dispatched the day after I ordered it, and arrived two days after that. I did wonder if it would be real leather and it does seem to be, however the first thing I noticed was a pungent smell of treated leather that caught in the back of your throat. Eurgghhh. However this faded after two weeks.
The cover was a good fit and I easily slid my kindle in it, and no parts of the cover actually cover any of the keys, switches or ports. Instead of opening and closing like a book, as most covers seem to, this one flips over like a reporter's notebook (but without the spiral). It doesn't have any elastic to keep the cover in place whilst reading, like the official ones, but I haven't had a problem holding it closed with my hand as it isn't that thick. When closed when not in use, it has a magnet to keep the flaps together.
The Kindle can be balanced upright in a number of ways. I have got it to stand on a table but just bending the flap over into an upside down V shape, but this isn't very secure. Inside the cover are two smaller flaps. One wide and low which lifts the top end of the Kindle approx 5.5cm off the table. The other is slimmer and longer and offers a greater angle so the top end is 15cm off the table. I find this very useful as I sometimes read at my desk at lunchtime and I don't have to hold the Kindle whilst I am eating my sandwich.
It isn't of the same quality and workmanship of the Amazon covers, but I wouldn't expect that for this price. I have had it a few months now and the stitching and thin pieces of leather have all held, it has just gained a few finger marks as the cover is smooth not bumpy like the Amazon ones. All in all I think this cover is excellent value for money and recommend it to anyone looking for a cheaper cover for the Kindle keyboard.