I have to admit, when I first got wind of Acase’s new Superleggera PRO case for iPhone 5, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never heard of the brand before, and didn’t exactly have high hopes. When I saw the packaging, and the “made in Taiwan” logo on the bottom, it’s fair to say that I was anticipating a truly awful experience. But, I was pleasantly surprised.
At $19.95, Acase’s “dual layer protective case” is far from being expensive. It’s a good $5-$10 cheaper than its nearest ‘big name’ competitors. The case is formed from a thin, flexible silicone sleeve and a harder, plastic outer shell. Both together, surprisingly create no real extra bulk (11.4mm thin). The silicone sleeve has dust covers for the headset jack and Lightning port, holes for the mute switch, speaker and microphones. Only the parts that absolutely have to be exposed are: the mute switch and camera. The volume and power/lock buttons are covered by the silicone layer, which has its own, inbuilt “buttons” to compensate.
One of the best things about this case is its minimalist and practical design. The shell has one color (no stripes or funky designs) which is complimented by the black inner “glove”. It has a great soft touch texture, which strikes the perfect balance between smooth and grippy. If the word ‘svelte’ was ever used to describe a $20 iPhone case, it would be this one. It’s so classy.
If there’s one issue I have, it’s a very small one. The fit is ever so slightly off. To say it was loose would be to do it an injustice. The case hugs the iPhone well, but, the case is easily pulled away from the edges of the iPhone. I’ve dropped it a few times, and its held on fine. However, with a protective case, I like to be reassured that it’s not too easy to remove. This slides off like butter off a hot knife.
Apart from that, it’s one of the best cases I’ve used of this type, and at 5 cents short of twenty dollars, it’s a bargain. The Superleggera PRO is available in Black, White, Red, Purple, Gold, Orange, Carol Blue and Hot Pink over at Acase’s online store. If Acase made it ever so slightly tighter fitting, it’d be a 10/10 case for sure.