Acer Tablet Portfolio Case review: Acer Tablet Portfolio Case

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.8
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Acer Portfolio Case is sharp-looking, snug-fitting case with two different kickstand levels, that easily allows access to most ports.

The Bad The tablet's kickstand collapses too frequently, the flap gets in the way of typing, and the power charge Micro-USB port is blocked when the case is closed. Also, the case's outer material gives me the willies.

The Bottom Line The Acer Portfolio is a sharp-looking case with dual kickstands, but its weird-feeling texture and lack of an opening for the power charger makes it a stopgap at best.

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While Acer's 10-inch Android tablets have always been capable devices, the company has definitely played it safe when it comes to offering something that really gets consumers excited.

Luckily, that kind of restrained philosophy has only marginally affected its tablet case design. The Portfolio case offers two different stand heights and a snug fit, but its downright weird-feeling texture and design misstep of covering the charging port makes it a less appealing and useful case than it could have been.

Design
When you first open the Portfolio, you're greeted to a large plastic strip covering an equally large adhesive. Peeling off the plastic strip reveals a sticky panel the tablet adheres to when placed in the case. There are no additional straps to lock it in place, but the adhesive has no problem holding it firm.

Take your Acer tablet and slap it on this. That's more instruction than Acer provides concerning how to attach the tablet to the case. Josh Miller/CNET

The case is compatible with all Acer 10-inch Android tablets, but I used the Iconia Tab A510 for this review. Sticking the back of the tablet to the adhesive requires that you line the edge of the tablet with the creases on the inside of the case. This took me a few tries to line up properly and unfortunately, there was no indication as to what the proper orientation of the tablet in the case should be.

Once the tablet's in the case, the opposite cover is folded over the screen and the flap from the adhesive-side cover folds over that. Now you have a sharp-looking case that resembles something you'd secure a few particularly important legal documents in.

Sharp. That's how I'd describe the Portfolio case. Sharp and important-looking. The material is also kind of skeevy-feeling. So, yeah, sharp, important-looking, and skeevy. That's it. Josh Miller/CNET

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Acer Tablet Portfolio Case

Part Number: HP.BAG11.001
MSRP: $39.99 Low Price: $29.11 See all prices