I have previously owned a couple of Twelve South products and reviewed at least one other place, so I know their reputation well. Although I have been aware of their popular BookBook cases for many years and always found them so unique and interesting, I have owned or tried a newer one. So when someone from Twelve South contacted me to review the latest version of the iPad Pro leather case, I was immediately interested.
However, that was not the only reason I wanted to check out this case. While Twelve South has been offering a version of the BookBook for iPad Pro design in 2020 for several months, this newer version is made specifically for the combination of the iPad Pro and an Apple Keyboard. Although it is capable of holding an iPad Pro alone, it can also protect one while attached to a new Magic Keyboard.
Carrying a “case for a case”
Simple design is good design
Maybe that’s not always true, but I think that’s the case. While the original BookBook for iPad Pro is meant to hold the tablet in use and includes typical additions of cases such as a camera cutout on the back and a tripod, the BookBook cover for iPad + Keyboard does not have such things. No straps. No glue. No support mechanisms. This bookbook is simply meant to be a container to provide protection for the combination of an iPad Pro and a keyboard. As such, it is a very nice accessory.
That said, let’s take a look at how this book is constructed. Firstly, the leather’s exterior radiates very accurately the look and feel of a fine hardback with several years under the belt.
The details are all there. The spine is exactly what you expect from an older hardback, from letters to colors to the raised dividing lines between the sections.
The seams and gold trim at the front and back are also exactly what you would expect to find on a first edition. Check out the small embossed details in the corners on the front of the case.
The back of the case has a tasteful embossed Twelve South logo, of which I am a fan.
I have reviewed cases from other companies that could not resist making their brand stand out in a way that messes with the look. A discreetly embossed logo better suits the look and feel of this case, and also shows that Twelve South knows that the execution of their cases speaks for itself.
Rounding out the outside of the case, Twelve South included a durable zipper with leather studs.
Although the zipper is the only element in the BookBook’s exterior that breaks the book’s appearance, I appreciate the fact that the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard are completely and utterly secure when I wear them in this case. It’s a valuable compromise in my book.
When it comes to the interior, the fabric lining is soft and smooth, making it ideal for protecting the iPad and keyboard. There is also another embossed Twelve South logo here.
The BookBook interior also includes a pocket. This can be used for documents, cables or other small things.
The design of this case is quite perfect and I have no complaints. It looks beautiful and feels good in the hand. It’s a great mix of digital and analog.
Function follows form
When it comes to performance, BookBook does what it says and says what it does. While the leather exterior looks like a tastefully worn volume down cold, the outside is almost not as stiff as a book, but I do not see it as a problem. It will probably add a lot of extra weight to an already hefty total package, and the leather alone is enough for basic fall protection and complete coverage from scratches.
There’s not much else to say here, other than that BookBook Cover does exactly what it’s built for. It will surely keep the iPad Pro alone, or with a Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard Folio. It also easily fits an Apple Pencil 2 attached to your Pro, along with some documents and a few other odds.
Because this BookBook is designed to have only one iPad Pro, it means that it is also capable of holding something else of the same size or slightly smaller. I got the 12.9 ″ version to test with my iPad Pro, and I was able to fit a 12.9 ″ Lenovo Yoga Laptop and a Surface Pro without any problems. It should also be able to hold just about any other iPad. This versatility is a nice advantage.
If you own an iPad Pro and Apple keyboard and think you want a little extra protection when carrying the pair, you should definitely take a look at the BookBook cover. The classic look is unique and interesting, but also completely at home in a professional environment. It also provides the little extra iPad Pro protection that Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio do not.
I’ve known Twelve South for a while now from experience, and I’ve known about BookBook by reputation for almost as long. However, I have to say that seeing, feeling and using is believing after spending a couple of weeks with Cover. It’s exactly the thing I like, with a classic leather exterior, attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. I’m a sucker for a high quality leather bag, but I’m very impressed with it.
If you are looking for additional protection for iPad Pro and keyboard that can also work with the tablet, I recommend that you consider Twelve South’s BookBook Cover for iPad + Keyboard. It is one of the best options you can find that is specifically designed to handle this task.
BookBook Cover for iPad + Keyboard is available from Twelve South for $ 69.99 for 11 ″ iPad Pro and $ 89.99 for 12.9 ″ iPad Pro.
BookBook Cover for iPad + Keyboard was given for review on iPad Insight by Twelve South. For more information on the site’s review policies, see the About page.