A Kindle cover needs to give your ereader protection, but in doing so, if it hinders your use then you have to say that it has failed in its purpose.
Marware has a range of cases and the EcoVue is its budget offering, though at £30 it is certainly not cheap. The EcoVue cover comes in three colours, black, brown and pink, and we have been using the rather unattractive pink version in out tests.
The Marware Eco Vue Kindle 4 cover is a book-style case and includes an integrated strap to allow for one handed reading with on-the-go. This strap is built into the interior lining and while it certainly works, it limits your ability to turn pages using just a single hand.
The exterior is finished in eco-friendly leather which is compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive meaning manufacturing processes which minimize toxic waste and runoff were used in the cover’s production. However, despite (or maybe because of) these eco credentials, the cover just doesn’t feel like leather and seems cheap and plasticky.
The interior is lined with soft microsuede to protect your Kindle’s screen and as well as the hand-strap, there is a pocket to hold your cards, money or other small and thin items. However the pocket us quite tight and we can envisage you having a bit of trouble getting things back out of it again.
Your Kindle is kept in place by four small elastic straps on the corner and while they do a perfect job of keeping the ereader in place and giving you access to the page turning buttons, they also position it so that pressing the screen lock/unlock button is not done easily, which can be very annoying while commuting and turning your Kindle on and off several times in a short space of time.
As a cover for your Kindle 4 ereader, the Marware EcoVue is certainly competent. It will offer protection from scrapes and scratches while on the move and it’s hand-strap offers the benefit of one-handed reading. However this Kindle cover feels a lot less premium than its £30 price suggests and a couple of design decisions mean it will frustrate as much as protect.