SwitchEasy CoverBuddy Pencil Holder back cover for iPad Pro 9.7-inch (compatible with Smart Keyboard, Smart Cover and Apple Pencil) (Translucent Black)

SwitchEasy CoverBuddy Pencil Holder back cover for iPad Pro 9.7-inch (compatible with Smart Keyboard, Smart Cover and Apple Pencil) (Translucent Black)
From SwitchEasy

Price: $29.99

Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Ships from and sold by SwitchEasy USA

Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 152 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #71074 in Office Product
  • Color: Translucent Black
  • Brand: SwitchEasy


  • Patent pending Apple Pencil holder to keep your Apple Pencil safe and sound.
  • CoverBuddy features an ergonomically perfect elevation for drawing with Apple Pencil. It's also great when you're using iPad's virtual keyboard!
  • Compatible with Smart Cover, Smart keyboard and other covers. CoverBuddy fits every buddy.
  • Patent-pending Pencil Holder provides nice grip when you carry your iPad Pro.
  • Interchangeable faceplate allows you to use your iPad in book mode or pencil-sketch mode.

CoverBuddy includes a patent pending interchangeable "Magic" Apple Pencil Holder which is characterized by a minimalistic design which reflects the simple aesthetics of the iPad Pro. The length of the holder is carefully measured to protect an Apple Pencil from the cap to tip. The pencil can slide either way into the holder where it remains securely in place. To release the pencil, one simply pushes the pencil through the middle opening of the holder and gently slides it to the left or right.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
5Awesome case, holds Apple Pencil securely
By Tim
Bought this case so that I could carry the Apple Pencil safely and securely. Having looked through other brands and been unsatisfied with their so-called "slim" cases, I was delighted to find this one that can hold the Apple Pencil. Other reviews here suggest that the Apple Pencil might slip out of this case, so I bought this with some anticipation. I am happy to report that the Apple Pencil fits in nice and tight - will NOT fall out (unless you shake it like a maraca, but then you probably shouldn't be holding an iPad Pro!).

- The Apple smart cover keyboard can be attached.
- The Pencil holder actually helps to grip the thin iPad Pro. If anyone has ever used a camera grip before, it reminds me of that.
- Made of plastic so adds very little weight to the overall iPad.
- Securely holds the Apple Pencil without risk of falling out. There's an opening in the middle of the holder for you to slide out the pencil when you need to take it out.
- The case is thick enough to protect the protruding back camera as shown in my side shot. When placed on table, the camera will not touch the surface.
- The Apple Pencil holder can be removed and replaced with a cover that slots in its place to convert it into a standard flat case. See my forth photo showing the removable pencil holder and slip cover. This is absolutely ingenious solution for the rare occasions when the iPad needs to be laid flat.
- The plastic is rigid and will definitely help to protect the iPad, although the case itself will probably crack when dropped due to its rigidity (as opposed to a silicon case). Having said that, if I had to choose between a silicon case and a plastic case, I prefer the plastic because silicon is a huge dust magnet.
- The case has a matte texture with very slight grain. It's really nice and helps to hold the iPad without slipping.
- The pencil holder can give you a bit of tilt when you're using the iPad.

- The replacement slip cover (which replaces the pencil holder and turns the case into a standard flat case) is a bit fiddly to insert and remove. I don't see myself swapping the pencil holder for the slip cover too often though, so it's not a big deal for me.

This is an excellent case with a very unique feature. No other case manufacturer has such a well-built way of carrying the Apple Pencil. If you use the Pencil as often as I do, then definitely get this.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Excellent case if you can deal with the bulk of the pencil on the back
By Audders
This is a really great case. It fits well on the iPad and seems to provide good protection. I do like how it holds the Apple Pencil securely in place, yet easy to slide out when desired. The frosted translucent looks good over the rose gold iPad Pro. The only thing that just doesn't quite work for me is how much the pencil part sticks out in my bag or when I want the iPad to lay flat. If that doesn't bother you then this case will work great. I'm still adjusting to the extra bulk of the smart apple keyboard which I leave attached at all times so it's all a little much for me right now. I think the case is well made and serves its purpose very well. I use my iPad primarily for work as a PA in plastic surgery practice so I am holding the iPad while seeing patients quite often. I believe this case would provide decent protection from drops and definitely from scratches, it just doesn't match my need perfectly at this time. If you know and want the extra bulk of the pencil on the back, there is absolutely nothing bad about this case at all. I'd give it 5 stars if it fit my situation better but I should have known that going in. Still would definitely recommend it though.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5This is exactly the case I didn't know I was looking for.
By Alan M. Hill
Wrangling the Pro, Pencil, and Keyboard Case can be a challenge, and this is a brilliantly simple solution.

I don't usually like enclosures for my electronics outside of placing them in a briefcase or backpack for travel, but since Apple has forgotten about MacBook Pro users in 2016 I decided to see what all the fuss was with the new iPad Pro as an art tool and decided to give it a shot as a laptop replacement with the addition of the keyboard. Seeing the benefit of a keyboard doubling as a cover protecting the screen, I decided to check out something to keep the back of the iPad from getting scratched up over time. The official sleeves from Apple are nice enough, with the material providing a bit of extra grip, but they are using the Apple Pricing Model and I just can't get behind that for something so simple. The Keyboard Case is expensive but provides unique functionality; the Apple Pencil is a tad pricey but it's a little miracle product; the $70 Silicone Case is.... not for me. And it still wouldn't address the issue of where to keep the pencil. There are larger folio cases with places for it, many of which could hold the keyboard but are too bulky for my taste. There are metal sleeves just for the pencil that I considered, with pen-style clips for keeping in a briefcase or pocket and the ability to stick magnetically to the back of the iPad, but I was warming to the idea of a back cover at that point and kept looking. There is some real innovation in this area, but stumbling upon the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy was the first time everything clicked together for me.

It's wafer-thin and feather-light. It's machined to allow access to all iPad functionality (camera, flash, buttons, Lightning port, all four speakers). I doubt it would take much punishment if I tried to break it in half on its own, but it is perfectly suited to keep the iPad free from wear.

The version of the case I selected is the Space Gray, which matches the color of the Keyboard Case beautifully. There is a CoverBuddy logo etched into the bottom, and though I'm not big on branding I see it as a fair trade to cover up the Apple logo which, with the keyboard in place, would spend most of its time at a 90-degree angle. There are translucent options available as well if you can't bear to cover the apple or if you chose a particular iPad color you want to keep visible. The matte finish on my case is lovely, though the material from which it is constructed lends itself to a fairly unique texture I have trouble finding anything with which to compare. It doesn't seem to add any frictional gripping potential other than the actual pencil compartment, which I do find myself half holding on to when carrying the iPad.

The primary draw of this product is that pencil holder, and I can't believe Apple still has no official solution for this. I also can't believe how well this product provides this range of functionality so elegantly. The pencil slides in and out with no effort, and yet it stays in place until you need it. It is manufactured with such precision that your pencil will simply not move until you want it to. I find the slight angle provided by the pencil holder when using the iPad sans keyboard on a desk or table to be more pleasant than I was expecting. It also makes the iPad much easier to pick up when it is lying down flat.

After spending over a week with the CoverBuddy, I am impressed with the myriad of everyday issues it corrects in such a tidy fashion. A wonderful product at a killer price. 5 stars.

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