Zenus Masstige Neo Classic Xperia Tablet Z case review

by XB on 28/06/2013

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews, Sony Tablet


XTZ_Zenus_26Today we have another Sony Xperia Tablet Z case review for you in the form of the Zenus Masstige Neo Classic Diary case. This is another premium case and follows our recent review of the Noreve case that we were fond of, but commanded a high price. This Zenus case has a classic look and comes in two colours Wine Red and Dark Grey, we are reviewing the latter.

GearZap is a specialist online retailer of laptop and tablet accessories and delivers products to selected countries worldwide. The Zenus Neo Classic Sony Xperia Tablet Z Case is available in both colours for £44.95 plus delivery. Click through to read our review.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The packaging for the Zenus case is not as aspirational as with the Noreve product we reviewed recently, it comes in a simple cardboard box. The front outlines some of the key attributes of the case including grip and durability, however no mention of its stand capability is a crime in our eyes especially as it’s one of its most defining features.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

However we do get the stand functionality mentioned (in the last bullet point!) Another key point mentioned is that the case is open to all controls and ports.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Whilst the front of the packaging markets the case as a ‘Premium Leather Case’, it is only when you get to the back of the case that you realise it is synthetic rather than real leather.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

This ‘Dark Grey’ Zenus case looks and feels lovely in the flesh. The synthetic leather is soft to the hand but with good grip too. It has a snap closure to ensure the case stays closed whilst travelling.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

A metallic Zenus badge is included on the bottom right, which is a nice touch. The case also has a stitched effect which adds to its classy allure.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The back of the case has a single cut out, for the tablet’s camera.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The bottom has an embossed Zenus logo.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The non-magnetic snap closure is easy to open and feels quite secure when closed, it will not open by accident which gives peace of mind if the case is inside a bag.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The inside of the case consists of the shell on the right side where the tablet side and on the left you’ll see the stand and an elasticated grip to hold the tablet.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The inside of the case is padded with premium chamude. It is soft to the touch, so you won’t scuff the tablet removing it from the case.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

On the left side of the case you will see a grip at the top along with the stand at the bottom. These two stands (one low, one high profile) tuck neatly inside when not being used.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The left side of the tablet is completely exposed, which means you have full access to the headphone port and volume rocker without being hindered. Also, the LED notification light is not obstructed like it was in the Noreve case.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

However, like the Noreve case, the micro USB charging port can only be accessed when the case is open.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The top of the case has a cutout for the infra-red sensor, so you’ll have no problems controlling your AV equipment.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

What was slightly disappointing was the camera cutout which wasn’t perfect as can be seen in the picture below. We thought it may have been down to the tablet inside the case, but despite our best efforts the tablet didn’t budge inside the case. Thankfully, it didn’t appear to have any detrimental effects on taking pictures from our testing.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The hand grip on the inside of the cover is elasticated and useful if you want to securely hold the tablet whilst reading/browsing.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The Zenus case comes with two stands, one large and one small. The large stand has what appears to be a ribbon attached to it to maximise how far it can stretch.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

When in use, the tablet stand was secure. Even when prodded the stand stood firm and didn’t topple over like other cases we’ve used in the past.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The stand doesn’t need to be fully extended, but we found it was less stable if it wasn’t.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Using the stand provides a great platform when watching media.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

The smaller stand sits inside the larger stand and works in the same way.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

It provides a shallower viewing angle for those that prefer it.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

You’ll notice that when looking at the stand on side profile that the top layer of the case doesn’t sit flat. This is down to the inclusion of the grip and stands on the inside cover.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Unlike the Noreve case, some of the edges are exposed which means if your tablet does suffer a fall they may get scratched. As you can see below, you can see the signature power button and volume rocker protruding the side of the case.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Wrap-up

Overall, we found few niggles with the Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case. Yes, the build quality isn’t on par with the Noreve case that we reviewed recently, but then again the Zenus case is over £20 cheaper. The Noreve case also offers better protection in our view, with most of the tablet’s edges covered.

However, where the Zenus case has the edge is its easy-to-use stand. The Noreve case requires the bottom of the tablet to be unclipped before it can be used in stand mode, which is cumbersome. The Zenus case requires no such effort so is useful if you don’t like messing around. Plus it comes with two sized stands, a hand grip and a secure snap closure that isn’t on the Noreve case. It also offers full access to the tablet’s ports and, unlike the Noreve case, doesn’t cover the LED notification light.

All in all, the Zenus Masstige Neo Classic diary case can be recommended. Whilst it is cheaper than the Noreve case, it’s still not a cheap case at around the £50 mark shipped. However, the premium is worth it considering all the functionality you get over similarly priced cases.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Comparison to Noreve Xperia Tablet Z case

We have included a few comparison pictures of the Zenus and Noreve Xperia Tablet Z cases side-by-side.

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case review

Thanks to Gearzap for sending us the Zenus Xperia Tablet Z case to review!

  • Herman

    I personally don’t like cases.
    It’s much better to see your devices naked.

  • AHD

    in fact the cases like dress on hot girl some time you wont see her with out or with in :)

  • xperiax10.awesome

    @XperiaBlog
    You did two reviews for Xperia Tablet Z cases and trust me both cases are pathetic.
    For a beauty like XTZ – you should check INCIPIO cases 1.) Feather Case 2.) Lexington Case
    Both are perfect for Xperia Tablet Z.

  • Hai Long Hoang

    Me too, I’ve never used case!

  • Jhonbert Magana

    Specially if it is a Sony devices. Don’t cover the beauty.

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  • Mohammad1233214

    Best Cases Company is SPIGEN without a doubt they The Ultra Capsule Vase it makes your phone so beautiful especially for the Xperia Z

  • Raiden

    What’s the point on having the slimmest tablet ever, if you are going to use an ugly case to double the profile ?

    Obviously, if you have a Sony device with such a beautiful design and look you are not going to cover it, in other words which is why you bought it right ?? To have a premium feeling gadget not a cheap piece of plastic like others…

    Peace

  • XperiaFan

    Thats true! i dont have any case on my Xperia Tablet S and looks soo nice

  • atWidget

    yes it’s like girls and clothes, dont cover the beauty XD

  • Bliff

    Some people want to protect their devices.

  • dereknobuyuki

    I have a very slim sleeve type case to protect my Xperia Tablet Z when it’s in my bag.

    While some people will want a lot of protection for their device, I agree with you.

    I no longer use a case on my smartphone because the Xperia GX is a beautifully designed device. My Xperia Tablet Z does not live inside a case when I use it and instead just easily, quickly, simply gets slipped into the sleeve. I use the cradle for the device so having a big case would also make life more difficult, make this incredibly thin device thick, and this incredibly light 476 gram device even heavier.

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  • Shimi

    Please review the new Roxfit case. It looks slim but no clear pictures of it anywhere to be found. I wonder what do they have to hide!

  • Karri

    I have a blue (probably synthetic) leather case… I prefer to use my XTZ without it, but it’s more for protection on the the go.
    Said leather case has no annoying logos or branding anywhere, has a stand-folding position, card slots and a similar grip band…
    …and was only $10.

    These ‘premium cases’ just aren’t worth it at all imo. Although I admit I’d like a bezeless case and I’d personally buy the official Elecom ultrathin plastic case if I could, because designs like those can fit into the charging dock fuss-free. Cases like these require you to remove the tablet everytime you want to charge it in the dock.

  • saywhat

    Shame this is a tablet case review and SPIGEN don’t make SONY tablet cases.

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