- A Kindle 2 Case (which may or may not be leather).
- A 2 SuperBright LED Reading Light that retracts into the case. Which is a really cool feature.
- A NotePad Holder and Pen Holder.
In-Depth Look at Periscope for Kindle 2
Here’s a gigantic image to give you an idea of what it is -
Here are the main details -
- There are 4 elastic straps to secure the Kindle 2 via the corners.
- The cover is secured by a magnetic strap. You can also fold this cover behind Kindle 2 and fasten it (again with the magnetic strap) for 1 handed reading.
- The booklight has 2 Super Bright LEDs and lasts 40 hours on 3 AA batteries.
- There’s also a $15 Travel AC Adapter available.
- Have been unable to figure out whether this is real leather – although a reviewer said it’s more elegant than the pictures would indicate.
The Periscope for Kindle 1 is, as far as I can tell, identical. 2 out of the 4 reviewers talk about the Kindle not being held securely enough which is a huge red flag.
After the initial ‘Wow! The Kindle 2 Periscope is a Great Idea’, the main question that came to mind was -
Is the $49.95 Periscope a better option than buying a stand alone case and a stand alone light?
Kindle 2 Case + Kindle 2 Light Combinations
The book-light we considered for every combination is the MightyBright FlexLight 2. Its a runaway bestseller and very well reviewed. It costs $19.35.
There are 4 main covers we’ll look at (you can find them here) -
- My pick is the MEdge Go! K2 Case – It uses both the K2 Hinge System and elastic straps on the right side to secure K2. Its genuine leather, available in 5 colors, and just $29.99. And 7 out of 8 reviewers gave it 5 stars (the 8th gave it 4 stars). Finally, its nice and slim.
- M-Edge Prodigy Hinge Jacket for Kindle 2 - Genuine Leather. Uses Kindle 2′s hinge system to secure the K2. Retails for $44.99. Also available in 5 colors.
- Amazon’s Kindle 2 Leather Cover - This is a very straightforward cover. Its leather, looks alright, only in black, and retails for $29.99.
- M-Edge’s Platform Jacket for Kindle 2 - This is a synthetic leather jacket available in 5 colors. It can be set-up as a platform for no-hands reading. It uses 4 elastic straps to secure the Kindle 2. It has a pen loop and pockets.
Comparing Kindle 2 Periscope with Kindle 2 Light and Case stand-alones
Main benefits of the Periscope over stand alone combinations -
- An all-in-one device.
- Has a pad holder and a pen holder. Just 1 of the other covers have that.
- Good Price – Its the same price as some combinations, and cheaper than other combinations.
Main disadvantages of the Periscope -
- The Kindle is not held securely by Periscope’s Elastic Straps. This is actually a huge disadvantage as most of the other cases use lock-in hinges to pretty much guarantee Kindle 2 will never fall out.
- A lack of colours. Across the various cases you can find red, purple, black, green, brown and other shades. Periscope is only in black.
- The FlexLight2′s neck offers it more flexiblity and it has the option to use 1 or both of its SuperBright LEDs.
- [Open] If it turns out Periscope is not genuine leather that would be another disadvantage.
The MEdge Go! + MightyBright FlexLight 2 cost the same as the Periscope. However, they win out because -
- The Go! secures the Kindle 2 much better than the Persicope.
- FlexLight 2 has a more flexible neck, the option to use just 1 LED, and can be used with books or as a standalone.
- Go! is available in 5 colours and looks sleek and thin. Basically, it plays really well to the Kindle 2′s thinness.
- The one person whose Kindle slipped out of his Periscope scared me.