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Tech21 Impact Trio iPhone 5/5s Case

November 17th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

4 stars
Impact Trio

The Impact Trio is a one-piece case for the iPhone 5/5s by Tech21. Armed with Tech21’s D3O polymer, the slim, slip-on case protects your iPhone while looking good.


  • Good impact protection
  • Doesn’t interfere with Touch ID
  • Slim fit
  • Buttons and ports are easy to use/access


  • Can be hard to grip when laying flat
  • Glossy finish is prone to scratching

The heart of Tech21’s cases is their D3O polymer, which provides impact protection in their cases.

Tech21 Impact Trio D3O

The plastic exterior has a glossy finish and looks great, but like most glossy plastics, is prone to scratching. Scratches on the white version of the case are less noticeable, however.

Tech21 Impact Trio back

The Impact Trio for the iPhone 5/5s uses button covers for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, which are easy to operate. The ring/silent switch is open, as is the lightning charging port, headphone port, and speakers.

The camera/flash cutout is wide enough so that it doesn’t interfere with the camera. I didn’t notice any anomalies from the photos I took with the Impact Trio on.

Tech21 Impact Trio camera

The Impact Trio also didn’t interfere with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor of the iPhone 5s.

Tech21 Impact Trio home button

The Impact Trio felt reasonably secure in my hands when holding it during use, because my thumb and fingers wrapped over the front where the rubber material is used. However, the thin and glossy plastic on the sides have no grip, which made it hard to pick up from a flat surface.

The Tech21 Impact Trio for the iPhone 5/5s offers good protection in an attractive case. Functionally, all the buttons and cutouts work well too. But, if I could change a couple of things, I would stop with the glossy finish and use either a matte or soft-touch finish. Still, if you can live with the inevitable scratches and figure out how to grip it better, the Impact Trio is a solid case for your iPhone 5/5s.

Available at the Apple Store for $34.95.

* Review samples provided by Tech21

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