For those of you who have yet to find the perfect iPad case, I can’t say I’m surprised. There are so many options out there, but none seem to have every benefit all together at once. Either you get a slim silhouette, or you get a kickstand. Either you have something super pretty or something really durable.

If your priorities happen to be thin, attractive, and indestructible, you’re in luck. Enter the monCarbone iPad portfolio. It works essentially like a folder for your iPad which snaps inside, nice and snugly. The bottom is made from actual handmade carbon fiber, so it’s got the smooth, shiny feel of a bike helmet or a rocket ship (seriously–same material) and evidently has more strength and durability than steel. The top however is less gearhead than that–the colorful, water-resistant cover looks like a day planner, but is velvet-y on the inside to protect your screen.

They sent me the Narcissus Green option for review and it’s not nearly as neon as the photo. More like a nice subtle sage. Great gender neutral choice.

I also love the look of the silver iPad 2 case (shown above) made with the same carbon fibers. But then, I’d need an iPad 2. Ahem.

The monCarbone portfolio really is a dandy case if you want a basic but tough portfolio that you can slide into a bag’s side pocket with almost no bulk at all. My only complaint is that while it opens up fairly flat behind the iPad when in use, it doesn’t close flat; little tab with a snap or bit of Velcro would do the trick. But it does offer such sturdy protection, that if you already keep your iPad in some sort of soft case when you’re out and about, it’s a terrific option. –Liz

For iPad 1 and 2 cases, portfolios, and iPhone accessories, check out monCarbone

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