by Brent Dirks
September 23, 2013
Easily one of my favorite rugged case options for the iPad is the Drop Tech Series from Gumdrop Cases. I got the chance to review it last year, and the case has done a great job protecting my third-generation iPad. Now Gumdrop is turning to Kickstarter to help fund a new generation of the case. The Hideaway brings all of the protective features from the Drop Tech Series and adds a built-in stand. Here’s a quick video about the project. Click here if you can’t see the video. Along with a 60-degree media viewing angle, magnets in the stand allow users to place their tablet in a 20-degree angle perfect for typing. The case also comes with a built-in screen protector in its own removable frame, which is something not usually seen with other rugged cases. Right now, with 19 days left to go in the project, more than $4,600 has been pledged on a goal of $25,000. While all of the early bird spots for the full-sized tablet case have been taken, you can still pledge $29 for an iPad mini stand in either black, orange, or blue. A $45 pledge can reserve an iPad case in one of the same colors. Estimated delivery date of the case is in October. For other recent accessory news, see: This Week In Accessories: iPhone 5s And iPhone 5c Case Madness, Part 2, First iOS 7 Game Controller Announced, and New Trent's PowerPak Xtreme Is A Waterproof Battery Built For The Outdoors.