Customer Reviews: iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case for 11.6" Samsung XE303C12 series Chromebook (Wi-Fi or 3G) laptop (Not Compatible with Samsung Chrombook 2: XE503C12) - BLACK
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on July 19, 2013
iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case for 11.6" Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi or 3G) laptop - Black
Hey guys, I decided to do a review of the iPearl chromebook series 3 case. It's the only hard case I know of out there for the chromebook, so it's a good thing it's a good one at a reasonable price. It's thin and protective, so it's really all you need in a case.
Quality: The plastic is good quality, and it's a perfect fit on the chromebook. As you can see in the video, all ports are accessible and it doesn't intrude on the interior of the chromebook. It can obviously handle day to day tussles and bumps from being in a backpack or satchel.
Price: Compared to the hard sleeves I looked at for the chromebook, the price couldn't be better. I looked at the Google sponsored Viper 11" hard sleeve, but it was $45 dollars on Amazon. For half the price, you get a CASE, not a SLEEVE, so it protects your chromebook all the time.
Overall: It's a good case that's cheaper than a decal and more protective, and it constantly protects your chromebook, unlike sleeves. I would highly recommend this to anyone in the market for chromebook protection. It's the best $20 dollars you can spend in terms of improving your chromebook's durability. If something happened to this case, and I was in the market for another, I would definitely make the purchase again.
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on June 18, 2013
This review is based on the Black Cover for the 11.6" Samsung Chromebook- other colors of this product are available. iPearl makes a variety of custom covers for tablets and laptops.


QUALITY / 9: Remember, this IS plastic. However, it appears well made. The matte finish on the black cover does show fingerprints where it was touched - unless your fingers are super-squeaky clean. I think they might show less on the clear cover. For other offered colors, this might be a concern.

OPERATION & FUNCTION / 8: Once attached, the cover does not interfere with opening or closing the Chromebook. Since the cover functions to protect the Chromebook - I would have to give the function aspect a lower rating from what the company seems to imply on Amazon. It will protect it from scratches - my main concern, but don't expect it to protect it much if you drop your Samsung. It is not thick or padded enough to prevent the shock of a drop or damage. The company states it will protect your Chromebook and that the covers are shatterproof. If you read through it too fast, you will think it will protect it from major bumps or even a drop. The company seems to say it will protect the corners and it might protect it some from slight bumps while carrying it.

DESIGN / 9: The cover is actually in two parts. Each part was wrapped in plastic and placed in an Amazon box when it arrived - well packaged. One piece snaps onto the screen, and the other onto the keyboard. This was very easy - requires no instructions. Just don't try to force them - make sure the small snap "tags" are in the right place. I took my time. The cover adds to the weight and thickness of the Samsung, noticeably so. The feet are a little difficult to open (hard to get a good hold with your fingers) have good fingernails! I am not sure how long they will hold up but appear to be good for plastic. Covers fit tight - no looseness or gaps noted. Bottom is very well vented to dissipate heat, even though there are no vents on the Chromebook itself. Nor does the bottom block the speakers (there are cut-outs). An added bonus: It appears that the plastic cover helps reinforce the screen...and helps reduce the pressure (from possible bending) on the screen when opening.

VALUE / 9: Since the price dropped from the $20 purchase price from when I originally ordered it, I can now boost my personal rating to a "5". It does not look as cheap as I expected it would, probably due to the excellent fit and the matte look. On some colors, fingerprints might be a concern for some and they do not rub off easily. But to be honest, I am not sure how they would resolve this.

UPDATES (Reserved): After well over a year of using this product - I can honestly say I really got my money's worth. Even after I dropped my computer bag at the airport and did some case damage to the Chromebook (though it still works fine), the cover never cracked or broke - still using it as I type this. Just remember the cover is just designed to protect the finish and is not capable of doing much protection in a drop.
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on July 6, 2013
I have to say that I love this case. It absolutely transforms the look of the Chromebook to that of a much more expensive looking machine. The pictures don't do it justice; it looks much better in person. The case fits perfectly, and everything snaps into place. Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase.
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on August 18, 2013
I received mine today and like the others I love it. It makes the Chromebook sturdier and I prefer this color. I might get the blue one too just for a different flavor. I won't repeat what the others said. Just wanted to reiterate.

Also, my shipping was quite fast and I didn't pay extra. 2 day I think?
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on August 27, 2013
The snap on case for my Chromebook just arrived. It's opaque black rather than a solid color but it's opaque enough. The two halves snapped right on. The side anchor tabs appear to be adequate and aren't blocking anything. It appears to be a good product. It's a plastic cover and not much more to say about it.

After a few days there's a bit more to say about the case. It's a fingerprint magnet. The half that covers the display is snug enough and no issues there. The bottom half is quite another. It doesn't fit snug against the Chromebook case in the front corners and there's no attachment tabs near either front corner. The tabs are front center and midpoint on the right and left sides. I now have a significant creaking noise from the cover when I open it up.

Another day with the creaky iPearl case. Today I needed to finish up a document. I opened up the legs to tilt the Chromebook on the desk, rested my palms and, creeeeaaakk. Each time I put downward pressure on the palm rests the ill-fitting front corners of the lower half of the case creak loudly and this without moving the Chromebook. The source of the creak is actually plastic rubbing against plastic. The lower case right and left front corners are rubbing against the Chromebook case edge at each point. Had there been two attachment tabs, one on each side and in front next to each corner this wouldn't be an issue. Over a long term this will just wear away the Chromebook corners.

I give up. I can't stand the creaking. It's off. I'll try to fit some thin foam in the corners when I have time. Others say theirs is a perfect fit, this one isn't. Maybe mine was formed on Wednesday (old American car humor anyone over 55 might remember). I shouldn't have to call whatever tech support might be for a piece of plastic but I'll give it a try before I return it for a refund.
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on August 6, 2013
I recently bought a chromebook and needed a light hard cover. After searching many different retailers I decided to give amazon a try. I came across the iPearl hard shell with its great reviews and price so I decided to give it a try. After ordering the shipping said 2 days, which I thought was amazing for the small price of this unit and shipping. After receiving it, it was exactly as the reviews said it would be. Some people rated it at four states because it was made of plastic, bought this is what they paid for. I rated it at give stars because the plastic shell is a good hard perfect fit for my chromebook. It fits perfectly around the chromebook without blocking any ports. The shell also has two hinges in the bottom to allow the chromebook to elevate at an angle for ease of typing. Overall, I'm truly satisfied and would suggest this item to anyone interested.
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on July 19, 2013
This product was a very good purchase. My Chromebook received several scratches on the back which is why I chose to go with the black case. The black color matches to the Chromebooks colors. Although it might get a finger print now and again, the case is wonderful for my needs. I no longer have to be embarrassed because the back is scratched up. It also gives me less anxiety to carry my small laptop in my bag.
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on September 11, 2013
THE GOOD - the cover is very well made - nice and small - tight fitting - light weight - good quality - easy to install, easy to remove and it looks like it offers the protection needed for the small Chromebook - plus the price is right

THE BAD - as I used the Chromebook with the cover I noticed it became more and more difficult to use the trackpad with any accuracy - hum? - thought for sure it was the Chromebook and was ready to pack it up as defective - took the cover off to return the Chromebook and just for the heck of it I started to use the Chromebook again - Wow no problems with the trackpad - put it back on - same problems - took it off - everything works as designed
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on October 7, 2013
My chromebook is my go to, throw around, use all the time laptop, As such, it was starting to get some scratches and wear. I like this case for several reasons. It is hard plastic, not a decal or skin. It still adds no bulk to the chromebook. It comes in 2 pieces, a top and a bottom. I installed the top and put the bottom in a drawer, probably never to be used. By using just the top my chromebook looks like new, is protected, and is still thin.
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on August 9, 2013
I bought this cheap full top and bottom plastic cover just to protect my Chromebook from scratches. I bought the Matt black version from iPearl.

For what you get, I consider the price a good value. The fit on the Chromebook is perfect. No movement from the top or bottom when fitted or opening it up to use. 5 stars on QA and production.
The bottom is well vented with bi-directional slots for optimal heat dissipation. The cover protects the hinge where the upper and lower clamshell meets, which again gets 5 stars for design.

If you are looking for a simple and cost effective cover to protect your Chromebook 11.6", this is perfect.
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