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Quick Look: Portenzo BookCase for Google Nexus 10

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Since the release of Portenzo’s custom bookcases for the Nexus 7 tablet (review here), we have been major fans. Made from high quality materials, Portenzo cases are pretty much the definition of what I look for when I think about protecting or covering up my tablets. Once we heard they were beginning production of bookcases for the Nexus 10, we knew we would be picking one up. 

After a couple of weeks, we received our custom case for the Nexus 10 as a review sample. Options for the case seemed unlimited, as the choices between covers, colors, and engravings can basically turn your case into a pure work of hand-made art. The company uses american maple for the frames, works in a double-glued elastic band which “won’t ever come undone,” and are all made from a single sheet of premium leather right here in the U.S.

Being the minimal lover that I am, I opted for a plain black leather shell, a cutout for the tablet’s camera (an extra $5), with a lone red strap to keep the case from opening. It’s simple, gorgeous and feels fantastic.

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While the Portenzo bookcases do add some weight and girth to the Nexus 10’s slim frame, to me it is worth that sacrifice in that I now have a built-in stand for the device, as well as the added protection. To sum it up, if you are a fan of bookcases, Portenzo should be your first choice.

Pricing can get steep, so if you are not looking to spend well over $100 (no one will blame you), then you can probably start shopping for a different line. With my options, the case ran $145.00. Not the cheapest accessory, but boy does it feel great.

Check out Portenzo’s product line here.


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  • Pat Hamilton

    After waiting like 3 months for treegloo to send me my order (nexus 7 case), I gave up, called my credit card company to cancel the payment (since treegloo refuses to respond to emails) and then ordered one from Portenzo. They shipped it within a week.

  • Nick Maggiore

    I ordered mine as soon as they were released. Had it for a month or so and I love it. It’s lightweight and rock solid.

  • Linda Mitchell

    I do like the minimal design of this case. There is a bookcase for $59.99 on their site that is made of faux leather if $100.00+ is too much.

    • michael arazan

      $100 would be great if they made the botom with a bluetooth keyboard

  • Jonathan

    Exactly how thick is the case compared to the tablet itself? How is the heat dissipation (we all know how hot the Nexus 10 can get)?

    • Edward Smith

      I’ve been workhorse driving mine: GPS nav with GMaps aerial view and Pandora streaming in the background. For hours on end as I drive a long haul truck from Wa to Ca.
      Where my Droid 4 consistently gets so hot (129F°) it stops charging the battery (to wit I installed a thick copper plate through the battery door and made an auto dock out of an 80mm fan) running the same programs on my Nexus 10 it only gets noticeably warmer, not hot, on the front and back. When in the case the back gets slighty warmer (~5F°) according to my battery widget; and then only under peak load conditions.

      The thickness: closed it should be very close to the official thickness for their Nexus 7 case of 0.8″; maybe 0.85″~0.90″ depending on the choice of cover materials.
      I got the Nexus 7 8Gb within a week of release. I have big hands and I could palm it easily. The Nexus 10 is large enough to require 2 hands and my erroneous tactile perception is that the Nexus 10 is thinner than the Nexus 7.

      This leather is of a thickness and durability not seen in our century outside of pro saddle shops. This is a labor of love for these craftsmen(women) and pricing is commensurate with a functioning, usable work of art.

  • snowblind64

    Holy overpriced case Batman!

    Is it just me or does the woodwork seem sub-par for the price?

    • Edward Smith

      I got this case and the wood work is quite sturdy and gives the definite visual impression that you are carrying a book when closed.

    • Edward Smith

      Also, as I said below, this case is basically a working piece of art.
      Given how quickly I destroyed my Nexus 7 (8Gb model, dropped 2 weeks before Google came out with a case) I was determined to get something that worked when got my Nexus 10 from a local Office Max. I ended up settling on the cheapest size compatible option: a $40 tablet case for the Galaxy Tab.
      While it was functional it had a little bit of size slop and none of the holes in the right spots. I would have preferred the Otter Box Defender case but they probably won’t release one for the Nexus 10.
      Until Google just recently released the hamburger clamshell case it looked like the Alano case by Portenzo was my only option and a darn good looking one at that.
      I got the Indiana Journal version with no external holes and a matching brown elastic; it honesty looks like it should be sitting on Doctor Jones desk next to the fedora and whip before he jumps out the window to avoid his students.

      • snowblind64

        Look at the pictures of the cutouts for the buttons. They look like freehand router work from a high school woodshop project. I would expect much better craftsmanship for $145.

  • Wish Portenzo had a sale like DODOcase the other week. These cases are beautiful, but the price.. I may pull the trigger but, not sure.

    Great job on the reviews though, as always. As well as taking plenty of great pictures to see all we need to see.

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    • Casper TFG

      Those down votes were inappropriate.