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Tech21’s design has always been elegant, simple and above all: functional. They really focus on making sure mobile devices are adequately protected. The Impact Clear case for iPhone 7 is not an exception. It comes in two colors: Clear and Smokey. The one reviewed here is the clear one.
At first, I was under the impression it was a transparent case. However, it’s actually frosted, which makes it very effective concealing the small dust and paper specs/particles that always find their way between the phone and the case. Other transparent cases like the Spigen Air Cushion, show these particles within weeks of use.
There is a lip around the bezel, prominent enough to protect the device when placed on a table facing down, but not so much as to prevent swiping from edges when using the phone.
I used to have the Tech21 Evo Mesh Case with my Iphone 6, and although it offered great protection, I found it to be a bit too bulky for my taste. The Impact Case represents the perfect balance between thickness and protection as it’s rated to withstand drops from up to 1.5 mt ( 5 ft) with a fairly slim profile. Also, port openings are wide and adequately sized. I didn’t have any problems plugging one of Anker’s lightning cables, which tend to be a bit thick.
One pet peeve of mine is the transversal/vertical lines on the edges. Although they are internal, they are very noticeable and I don’t think they complement the iPhone’s elegant design.
This is where the Impact Clear shines. It’s made of a very nice TPU material that would not scratch the iPhone. Additionally, it doesn’t seem to be as prone to yellowish discoloration as the plethora of cheap clear cases that can be found on Amazon.
One downside of using such material is that buttons (volume and sleep/wake) are a bit hard to press.
The case performs as advertised. It provides adequate protection for day to day use, it’s slim, very easy to install and it doesn’t have hard surfaces that would scratch your device. As mentioned above, the stiffness of the buttons is perhaps the only thing that can be criticized.
It’s comparable in size (see below) to one of the best cases for the iPhone 7 at the time of writing, the Spigen Air Cushion. However, Tech21’s offering has better built quality and provides better protection.
This is not a cheap case. At $39.95 is perhaps one of the most expensive offerings at this time. Although you can opt for cheaper cases offered online, you would lose the excellent protection, quality material and great design this case offers.
Tech21 let me know they have had some problems with counterfeited products sold online. That’s why they have decided to sell the Impact Clear case through their website at this time. Therefore, there are no reviews of the Tech21 Impact Clear case in Amazon, Adorama or Newegg at the time of writing.