Sony created a dedicated case for the Xperia Z2 Tablet in the form of the Style Cover Stand SCR12. Sony only started to create its own cases last summer, when it launched the CP12 Power Cover for the Xperia Z Ultra. Other cases announced since then (excluding the QX10/QX100 camera attachment cases) include the SCR10 for the Xperia Z2 and SCR14 for the Xperia T2 Ultra.
As what typifies most Sony accessories, the SCR12 Style Cover Stand is not cheap – costing £39/€45 through the Sony Store in Europe. What you get for the money is a versatile case that can be used in various configurations, a very thin form factor, screen auto wake/sleep and a decent level of protection. Click through to read our review.
Sony SCR12 Style Cover Stand for Xperia Z2 Tablet Review
The packaging for the Sony SCR12 Style Cover Stand has a circular hole cut out so that you can feel the case’s material.
The back of the packaging gives some general information about the case…
…including the various configurations that the case can be used in. In this respect, it is one of the most flexible cases we’ve used for a tablet.
The case comes securely packaged in a plastic tray.
The front of the case has a small ridge in the middle to be used in one of the stand configurations. The front cover appears to be made out of thin textured plastic.
A SONY logo is printed in the left corner.
Another ridge can be seen on the back of the case close to the camera cut out.
The SCR12 case has a magnetic flap to keep the case closed when not in use.
Opening the case, you can see the rigid shell that the Xperia Z2 Tablet clicks into on the right.
Sony says the inside of the case has an “anti-skid surface”. It almost feels quite rubbery, which means you should be able to securely use the stand at various angles. One downside is that this texture does appear to pick up dust easily.
The rigid shell connects to a part of the rear, this design allows you to adopt various viewing angles.
The SCR12 Style Cover Stand with Xperia Z2 Tablet attached.
The tablet fits into the case via four corner plastic clips.
The magnetic latch can be folded back when the tablet is in viewing mode.
Sony has also designed the case with a wide arch cut out of the rigid shell. This design enables you to use the case with the DK39 magnetic charging dock without removing it from the case.
The camera cut out is a perfect fit for the camera and we noticed no obstructions when taking pictures.
The case is very thin and adds minimal bulk and weight.
The SCR12 Style Cover Stand weighs 278 grams. For reference, the Xperia Z2 Tablet weighs 426g (Wi-Fi models) and 439g (LTE model).
The case can be used in two pre-defined viewing modes i.e. where the ridges are. However, as the inside of the case uses an anti-skid surface, we found that you could use it at pretty much any angle.
This particular angle allows you to position the tablet so that it sits roughly one inch off the floor. It is designed specifically to use with the 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits on the bottom left of the Xperia Z2 Tablet.
Whilst it is great that headphones can be used in this viewing configuration, the stand didn’t feel at its most stable at this angle and was a bit tricky to set up correctly.
Other viewing angles that the Xperia Z2 Tablet can be used in.
Overall, we really like the flexibility that this stand offers. It can be used in a wide variety of angles, both in viewing and typing modes. The auto wake/sleep for the display is very handy and, these days, that is a prerequisite of all good cases.
The case itself didn’t feel the most sturdy, the front cover is quite thin but all four corners are covered by plastic clips. This means it should serve you will from bumps and scratches, but we’re not sure how well it would fare in a more serious fall. On the flip side, the case is very thin and light.
The minor shortcomings aren’t enough of a big deal for us to look elsewhere. We can see us using this case for a long time. However, the £39/€45 price tag seems steep to us. If the case was closer to the £30 mark, we could confidently say it was a ‘must-buy’ accessory. As it stands, if you can get past the asking price, you will be treated to a worthy companion for your Xperia Z2 Tablet.