The Tech 21 Evo Mesh is one of my favourite clear cases. When I am between cases, I'll default to this case.
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Today I’m going to review the Tech 21 Evo Mesh and or Check depending on where you get it from. This is a decent case, sitting at #12 out of 78 cases that I’ve reviewed. I personally enjoy using the Tech 21 Evo Mesh but it does increase the width of the iPhone so using it on the 7 Plus might be too big for some. Tech 21 claims that the Evo Mesh has a crazy amount of drop-protection which I think is a bit fluffy and I’ll explain why.
For my Tech 21 Evo mesh and Check review, I’ve given the case a score of 4.0 Ehs out of 5. This case is currently #12 on my Top 10 list and is one of the few cases that I’d actually go and use if I’m between cases. If you’re looking for a comparable clear case, you can check out the Gear4 Picadilly, the Tech 21 Impact Clear, Ballistic Jewel. In my opinion, a great alternative to this case would be the Thule Atmos X4. More info on my website.
At Mobile Reviews Eh, we base everything we do on actual usage. Which means companies don’t like giving us stuff to review because we’ll call out their marketing fluff which usually results in lots of broken iPhones. Which puts me in a hard spot for the Tech 21 Evo Mesh because I don’t have anymore iPhones to fully break.
But from all my iPhone dropping experience, I’m pretty sure that the Tech 21 Evo Mesh isn’t going to do much for a face first drop.
For design, this is quite a thin case. It is just a tad thicker than the recently reviewed Moshi Armor but is much wider. Each sides of the case will add about 3.5 mm’s so the extra width is noticeable but is offset by the “grippiness” of the materials used. The case generally fits the iPhone 7’s quite well though it has a bit more give than other cases which might be a problem during drops.
The case won’t slide around at all and unlike other clear cases, the design on the back of the case will hide scratches and fingerprinting incredibly well. The texture of the case is awesome because of how rubbery the material is. But not rubbery enough to pull your pockets out all the time.
For protection, the Tech 21 Evo Mesh has two visible layers. The inner bumper is ribbed for the iPhone 7’s shock protection pleasure and the edges of the case are high enough to use with glass screen protectors. Despite having a bit more give than other cases, I don’t think the dust and debris will be an issue.
Tech 21 claims that this case has 9 ft drop protection which is something I’m not sold on because of how flexible the edges are. Corners drops which are most of the drops that an iPhone goes through will be fine but I don’t think it will survive a face first drop. The case isn’t rigid enough to prevent the iPhone from popping out during a face first drop.
I don’t have a free iPhone with a not cracked screen but to prove me point, I’ve got a glass screen protector on this iPhone 7 Plus and a chest height drop results in the screen protector making contact with the ground despite the clearance the edges are suppose to provide.
When it comes to accessing your iPhone inside the case, I noted that the power/sleep button was harder to press than the other buttons but in my opinion, the overall handling of the case overshadows this deficiency. I had no issues accessing the screen or ports. And one-handed usage is top notch.
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