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SD Tabletware Folio Case Cover Pouch with LED Reading Lamp
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
SD Tabletware Folio Case Cover Pouch with LED Reading Lamp
Advantages: Well made, Exceptional quality, Useful and Practical, Cheap!
Disadvantages: None for me!
Having recently become the owner of a new Kindle 4 I was eager to buy some sort of protective cover for it, I'd read previous reviews on dooyoo from Kindle owners who paid upwards of £50 for a cover and light and decided from the offset that there was no way on earth I was going to pay that sort of money for one and figured that there had to be cheaper alternatives available. A quick browse on amazon filtering the prices from the cheapest upwards soon paid off as my eyes were drawn to the cover and light shown here, the SD Folio Case Cover; Designed specifically for the Kindle 4 and supplied with a clip-on LED light it didn't take too long for me to decide to buy one, at just £6.99 and available in an array of colours it arrived through the post a few days later and has proven itself to be a fantastic buy as well as being a complete bargain at the same time.
The cover is made of a faux-leather type material and my initial reaction was that it reminded me of one of those old filo-faxes that used to be a common sight not so long ago. It's book shaped with a front and back cover and is held together by a silver metal clasp covered in the same leather-like material. Because I'm not terribly adventurous I chose Black as the colour for mine although it is available in a wide choice of colours although I should point out here that amazon's rather bizarre pricing system charges more for some colours than others with the Red and Purple options plus a few others costing £8.99 rather than the £6.99 you'd pay for the boring old Black version. Be it £6.99 or £8.99 you pay I'd still consider this to be money very well spent if you're the new owner of a Kindle 4 and are wanting a cover for it as there's absolutely nothing negative to be said about how the cover holds and protects the Kindle once it's inside.
There are 4 firmly stitched hoops located on the corners of the cover which hold the Kindle in place and once there it is held firmly without slipping or becoming loose, it's the exact dimensions of the Kindle itself so you'll find that it completely protects the device from all sides without any edges being exposed and the clasp holds firmly in place by magnet which should prevent the case from opening unless you want it to. On the opposite side to the Kindle is a handy pocket that has been stitched to the interior of the cover, this presumably could come in handy for any commuters who want to store away their train ticket or it could be used for holding a piece of paper maybe, it's not something I use myself admittedly so it's inclusion is rather redundant for me but it's still an added feature that could be beneficial to others and again gives the cover something extra that belies it's rather cheap price tag. The cover overall is very well made, the stitching is tight and carefully finished off without any snags or tears, it certainly doesn't look cheap and although it doesn't have the same feel as bonded or padded leather I can't imagine anyone feeling embarrassed about owing one as it looks a lot more expensive than a penny under £7.00.
Supplied with the cover is a clip-on LED plastic light which provides just enough illumination to gently light up the screen of the Kindle and allows for night time reading, it won't prove to be much of a distraction to a partner if you read in bed and they're wanting to go to sleep but it's bright enough to be of some use even if the light provided is a bit 'cold' looking. The clip-on structure is sturdy and again well made and easily clips onto the case and can be positioned where-ever you like to maximise the light it gives off, it has a decent length bendy 'neck' that can be adjusted to suit and takes 3 AAA batteries. In the time I've owned my Kindle I've not had cause to change the batteries in mine yet so can't really comment on how long they're likely to last, this would obviously be dependant on how often it is used and for what period of time but in the six or seven weeks I've had my Kindle the batteries in the light are still going strong so I have nothing to complain about as far as the batteries longevity is concerned and given the fact that the light emitted is quite gentle I can't see it being a battery-eater in all honesty.
Overall for £6.99 I think you get plenty for your money with this cover and light, it's a steal when compared to some other covers that offer the same protection for a higher price and for me it has definitely been money well spent. The cover is easy to hold, the Kindle slots into place without concern and is held firmly thanks to the tight stitching on the loops. The Black version of the case has a mottled leather-look and feel to it and essentially has the appearance of a leather-bound diary when it's closed up. It's withstood a fair few knocks and scrapes since I've owned mine, I've accidentally dropped it on the floor without scuffing the cover on a couple of occasions and it looks the same today as it did when I first received it through the post. Do be aware that this has been designed specifically for the Wifi/3G Kindle 4, it's not suitable for the Keyboard or Touch variations so only consider this one if you have the November 2011 release as for other models it probably wont fit. That said, anyone with a Kindle 4 who is on the look out for a protective case for their new toy should definitely consider this one as it offers exceptional value for money, it does the job perfectly and is available in a number of colour choices.
Five stars as a rating and definitely recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Cover and Light for the Kindle 4. A recommended buy.