According to Pew Internet & American Life 56% of all US adults have a smartphone. Combine that with 32% of adults who have an e-reader and 42% who own a tablet computer and it all adds up to a very sizeable investment. Which is where Speck Products enter the picture. If you’re going to invest hundreds if not thousands of dollars on technology then you need to include a few more dollars to protect it. Speck Products not only protect your laptops, tablets and smart phones they also add style and aesthetic appeal that show off your individual taste.
SmartShell for MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15” The SmartShell for MacBook Pro adds a distinct splash of color and distinction. It is 30% thinner and lighter than the previous design, which preserves the beautiful slim design of this laptop. It comes in two pieces, one for the outside of the display and the other for the bottom of the laptop. They snap securely and are easily removable should you ever need to do that.
Additionally there are vents that allow the heat to disburse as well as rubber feat that add to the stability and security of the shell. There are over 2 dozen color choices to fit your fancy. It also comes in both 11” and 15” so there’s no excuse not to protect your Pro Retina MacBook. With a list price of $49.95 it’s a fraction of the cost of your $1200 + MacBook Pro with Retina display.
My college-age kids love the Speck Products PixelSkin Wink case for their iPhone 5S. It is a rugged, durable yet slim design that comfortably meshes to your smartphone. The case easily attaches and hugs the iPhone without losing any of its shape. The case has a reflective surface that glimmers in the light. The most common people have with their iPhone is dropping and cracking the screen. But with the PixelSkin HD Wink the raised edges protect the screen during a fall. All of your buttons are covered with rubber shields while keeping them fully accessible. Also your power, volume and mute buttons are fully functional while being protected at the same time. List price is around $29.95, which is a drop in the bucket for a device you take everywhere with you.
Now if it is military-grade drop protection you’re looking for then look no further. Not only is the CandyShell Inked for you, but it also comes in a variety of brilliant designs to suit every taste. This particular case states “Exceeds Military Standards” which means it should work for, well - a busy mom. How often do we see moms do a smartphone handoff to their toddler only to see it drop in slow motion and crash to the pavement? Worry no more with this great anti-scratch case with it’s patented, two-layers of protection. Backed by a one year warranty and a list price of $39.95 this is a case for moms and clumsy kids alike.
Tina Case is a photographer and writer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes reviews, tips and tricks about photography gear and other consumer technology products.
So if you're in the market for a new smartphone, laptop, tablet or e-reader, be sure to stretch that investment to include a protective case. Your money will go a lot further if you don't have to worry about costly repairs that could have been avoided if you only had the right case.