Belkin Universal Cover for 7-8-inch tablets review: A solid feel and snug fit for your midsize slate

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Belkin Universal Cover 7-8 inch (Charcoal)

(Part #: F7P224B1C01)
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3.5 stars

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The Good The Belkin Universal Cover for 7- to 8-inch tablets is lightweight with a sturdy build and comfortable feel. It securely fastens small and midsize slates, can be used as a stand, and features a flap on the rear for easy camera access.

The Bad The size works better for tablets larger than 7 inches and smudges on the exterior can be difficult to remove.

The Bottom Line The Belkin tablet case provides a firm fit and basic protection, but its design conforms better to midsize tablets than 7-inchers.

7.7 Overall
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Performance 7.0

The Belkin universal tablet case for 7- to 8-inch tablets lives up to its name; it fits every one of the 7- and 8-inch slates we tried on it. With an unadorned exterior, a rear flap for easy access to the back camera, and front flap that can fold into a stand, its design is impressively simple and functional at once.

Starting at $40, its sturdy fit, stable build, comfortable feel, and transformable design make it an inexpensive investment for those looking for a simple, but solid tablet case. It might not be the most fashionable tablet cover out there, but it's an affordable way to protect your slate.

Design

Small slates adhere to different design principles than large ones because they're usually manufactured in a native portrait orientation. The Belkin case is meant to be primarily used in portrait orientation, however the front flap can be folded into a stand for landscape viewing or typing.

The outside is made of polyurethane and its texture is soft to the touch, almost like fake leather. It comes in a two-toned purple model that Prince would certainly approve of, and a grey and sky blue version, like our review unit.

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The stretchable corners fit snug on small and midsize slates. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

On the inside, the case is lined with a microfiber-like material that protects from scratches. The right side of the interior -- where the tablet sits -- features two thick plastic corners that stretch from the center, like bungee cords making half an "X," while a small, stationary border on the opposite edge helps stabilize the slate.

The back of the case is more reinforced than the front and houses a small flap on the upper left corner that can be lowered, like a dog-eared page in a book, for easy access to the rear camera. When pulled all the way down, magnets keep the flap from obstructing your photo.

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