iPad Case Review: Griffin’s Elan Passport Folio

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Gadgets and Accessories, iPad, Reviews

This is a hands-on review of Griffin Technology’s Elan Passport Folio Case for iPad.


Although there are lot of cases in fun and bright colors for the iPad, you may still want to dress it up in a tux now and then. That’s where the Elan Passport Folio Case comes in. It’s a sleek case that gives your iPad a whole new professional look. You look like a businessperson carrying it and it’s perfect for taking into the office. Another benefit is that it conceals the iPad pretty well so people would not know that you’re carrying an iPad. This is good if you don’t want your investment to have “steal me” written all over it. It looks like a daily planner or small paper notebook when closed up.

Putting your iPad into the case is easy. Insert the iPad in on the right side first. The latches on this side do not stretch. The latches on the left side are flexible; stretch them so they hold the iPad in place.

The interior of the Elan Passport Folio is made of a soft gray microsuede lining the protects your iPad from scratches. Credit cards and business cards fit nicely in the 4 pocket inserts on the left flap. There is also a side pocket where you can insert larger sheets of paper into. The portfolio case is closed securely with a strap and insert on the outer front side of the case.

Beside being a great carrying case, I also found multiple uses for it. It could also be used as a digital photo frame, a TV stand, or even a desktop calendar. If you insert the iPad in and flip the covers inside-out, it will stand up. This allows you to display the iPad on your desk. If you use it this way, I would recommend putting a book or something heavy behind the case so it doesn’t slide too far back and fall down.

The Elan Passport Folio Case for iPad by Griffin Technology is available in black (with gray interior) and can be purchased at GriffinTechnology.com for $49.99.

Disclosure: This product was sent by Griffin Technology for review purposes. This is part of Beatweek Magazine’s coverage of iPad products. Opinions expressed in this article are my own.

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  • http://www.tim-oliver.com -=TiM=-

    Oh cool. I just came from Chris Pirillo's own review of this iPad case. Looks like it's getting mad props all around. :)

    Hmm, I really want to get this one, but since I'd be carrying my iPad around in my bookbag, I'm wondering if it offers enough protection or not…

  • http://php-princess.net Daynah

    Hey Tim,

    Yup, it'll be enough protection in your bag. I tossed it in my purse a lot and it keeps the front and back of the iPad secure. If you like the folio look, you can also try looking at Marware's Eco-Vue. I'll be reviewing that soon as well. http://www.marware.com/products/iPad/Eco-Vue-fo

    Both cases are very nice. The Elan is a bit more stylish than the Marware. But Marware has more functionalities.

  • http://www.tim-oliver.com -=TiM=-

    Hey Daynah! Thanks for that!

    Oh cool okay. So the microsuede interior sounds like it works good on the iPad hardware. :)

    Hmm, my main thing was because the sides of the iPad are still a bit exposed when it's in there and the lid is shut (like if it got caught on something as you pull it out/put it into the bag). I was wondering if a bag or something that fully enclosed the iPad when I carried around would be a better idea.

    Oh woah! Thanks for that! The Eco-Vue case looks really awesome as well! And potentially a lot more sustainable too.

    Haha decisions decisions. ;D