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Microsoft Surface Pro4 – Incipio Feather Hybrid Case – DIY fix (sort of) to kickstand issue

This is an update to the earlier blog post “Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Incipio Feather Hybrid Case“.

While I think the Incipio Feather Hybrid case is pretty good for the SP4, I am constantly annoyed that the case will easily become detached with the kickstand every time I am trying to raise the kickstand from its close/collapse position. See the following picture. The moment I use a finger to lift off the flap, the kickstand comes detached. Very annoying indeed.

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The root of the problem is that the plastic clip attachment is just too small to grip the kickstand properly.

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This is clearly a design issue. I am disappointed that Incipio’s design team fail to see such a glaring issue before the product is being mass produced.

The kickstand in its collapsed position will sit flush within the frame and there is a thin rubber groove that secured the kickstand during transit.

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Initially I thought of filing this groove away so that it is easier to lift the kickstand but I think this would be a poor solution to the issue. The better DIY solution I have found is to use a rubber band to secure the case flap to the kickstand. Any rubber band will do. I use those ones that come with groceries shopping 🙂

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While this will work to a certain extent, it makes the SP4 feel so cheap….at least that is what it feels to me, mentally that is…

So I think if I am going to go with this solution, the least I can do is to use a slightly more respectable elastic band. I went to Spotlight and found some elastic bands that people use for clothing. The idea is to find a type that is super thin and yet elastic. I don’t know if I looked hard enough however, but I bought this one in the end. I bought 1m. Cost me Aud $4.99.

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So I measured the width of the SP4, ensuring that the elastic band is overall a lot shorter in length so that it stretches hard to secure the flap and the kickstand. This is what I get.

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The only place where the elastic band can be positioned is where there is a recessed notch in the frame itself.

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I find that while the flap will still sit flush within the frame, it will be even better of the elastic band is thinner still. The elastic band that I use is slightly thick. It is not too bad however. So I might go to Spotlight again next week to see if I can improve the DIY design.

The final DIY mod looks like this. Not too shabby I think. At least it is a lot better than using rubber band from groceries store! 🙂

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After using this for several days, I would add that this will mitigate the issue somewhat although in a non-so elegant manner. It would have to do for now.

Future improvement:

  1. Buy a thinner elastic band from Spotlight or possibly from eBay. I have not researched enough.

I hope this helps anyone currently using the Incipio Feather Hybrid case and are experiencing the same type of frustration as me.