Review: Cygnett’s Workmate case for iPad mini is bulky but protective
I didn’t test out the Workmate’s drop-protection by dropping my iPad Mini onto cement, but Cygnett does have a YouTube video that shows them drop testing a Workmate-clad mini onto concrete. While the case will probably do a good job of protecting your mini from such drops, that doesn’t mean you should invite disaster by dropping your mini on purpose. Unfortunately, the Workmate doesn’t have room to accommodate an Apple Smart Cover, so your mini’s display will be left vulnerable when not in use.
Extra bulk aside, the Workmate is a well-designed case. The case lets you access all of the mini’s ports: there are cutouts for the Lightning port, speakers, microphone, headphone jack, camera, and mute switch, and there are rubber press-through overlays over the Sleep/Wake button and the volume controls. The Sleep/Wake button is easy to press, but the volume controls can be a little difficult to press through the rubber covers.
While the Workmate may not be the most stylish case out there, it definitely feels like it will protect your mini from drops and spills. It’s also easy to put on and take off, so you don’t have to put up with the extra bulk all the time.