Speck Pixekskin is a soft iPad case made from a high-quality textured silicone. The “pixel” texture of this case is a clever way to improve protection without adding a lot of bulk. Yet, one needs to keep in mind that it’s not exactly “invisible”. It also adds a “cool” factor which makes this case more appealing than plain silicone ones. The high-quality material snugly embraces the iPad while offering a firm grip to the user. Our team found it really nice and comfortable to hold the iPad while inside the Pixelskin case. One of our fears was that it would attract a lot of dust and dirt because of the pixel pattern. We didn’t find it such a big issue, because it’s really easy to take off the case and wash it. In order to get it ready fast, you can dry it with a hair dryer set on “cold”. Maybe it also works with hot air, but we didn’t want to risk spoiling the case.
With the Pixelskin case, the back of the iPad is fully protected, as well as the sides. Since the case comes without any screen protection, it wouldn’t be bad to get one yourself. One of our top recommendations is the InvisibleSHIELD from ZAGG. Unlike other iPad cases, this one covers the black bezel around the iPad screen. It doesn’t have a cut out for the Home button, but its place is clearly marked on the case, so you can’t miss it and you can press it through the case. The Power button and the volume rocker are also covered, which is not a bad thing at all, especially if you use your iPad in dusty areas.
Even though the case has openings for all ports including the docking one, it can’t be used with the Apple dock. Nonetheless, its easy to take on and off, and it’s still good that it allows charging and syncing the iPad without removing it from the case.
The Speck Pixelskin iPad case is available in three colors: black, green and indigo.