This article first appeared in HWM Aug 2012.
The Bizet Folio from Cooler Master is a synthetic wool felt case for the second and third-generation iPads. At first glance, the folio-style case looks like a sleeve. The flap folds over the cover, and is held down by a metal button; you can secure it further by winding a brown string around it and another button, much like a manila envelope.
Within the folio is a rubber frame that’s sewn onto the felt; this is where the iPad will sit in. Unlike most cover cases, the iPad will be on the extreme left when you open up the case fully. The holder has cutouts for all the ports, so you can still charge the iPad, or use your headphones when the tablet is in the case. To prop up the iPad when it’s in landscape orientation, just roll up the felt to form a stand.
In all, the Bizet Folio is a nice-looking case that offers very decent all-round protection for your iPad. The felt feels good to the touch, and repels water too. Our biggest gripe is that it’s difficult to use the iPad’s rear camera with the case. While there’s a camera cutout on the rubber frame, there’s no cut-out on the felt. So, we often found ourselves having to flip the felt out of the way to expose the iPad holder in order to take a shot. For those feeling adventurous enough, you might want to punch a hole on the felt to compensate for the lack of a camera cut-out.