Covertec, long known for their high-quality leather flip-cases for PDAs going back to the original days of the Palm series, has decided to enter a new market–premium screen protectors. While they have previously sold other types of screen protectors, their new line is intended to compete with the high-durability, anti-glare types sold by other accessory manufacturers.
The new line, dubbed SSPs, come in a simple mostly flat blister pack. The edges are sealed, so you’ll have to cut it open, but don’t worry about slicing into the SSPs, they’re safely contained in the central ‘box’ area. You may need to watch out for the plastic package itself, though–it’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but a cut edge could be sharp.
All that’s included in the package is two SSPs, and the cardboard insert that doubles as install instructions. The SSPs ship on a simple insert-fingernail-and-pry plastic backing to keep their cling surface free of debris. There are no protruding tabs or anything, so if you lack fingernails you may need help removing the backing.
Applying the SSPs to my Axim was surprisingly easy. With previous reusable protectors, I’d had to make multiple attempts to apply them properly. Not to mention needing multiple passes along the back with tape to remove the inevitable dust and hair that crept in after every attempt. Not so here.
The SSPs went on like lightning. I simply peeled the backing off a corner, rolled it down, lined up the edges, and removed the rest of the backing, smoothing down the surface as I went, the way one would apply a self-stick bandage. The first attempt resulted in a hair under the surface, so I removed it and tried again. The second time was the charm–it went on close to perfectly, and I don’t say that lightly. No hair, no dust, no ragged edges, no misalignments. This was unquestionably the easiest screen protector I’d ever applied.
The Covertec’s features don’t disappoint. I could detect absolutely no difference in quality between the Covertec SSPs and the competing WriteSHIELD and ClearTouch brands. This alone is very high praise, considering the reputation of these brands, and the fact that the SSPs cost half as much. The writing surface is as tough as nails, and you’d have to go out of your way to scratch it. The anti-glare material is as good as any, and it still makes me wonder why anyone would use a screen protector which doesn’t offer this level of glare reduction. Thinking of all those cheap plastic sheets makes my eyes water.
The writing texture is the same as competitors–it feels not unlike writing on paper with a ballpoint pen. I encountered none of the slipping or sticking sometimes associated with bare screens or cheap generic protectors.
I think that Covertec has a big hit here. The combination of high quality and low cost is practically unbeatable. A package of two SSPs is the same price as a package of generic soft plastic sheets, will last longer, look better, and offer more protection. Frankly, I don’t see any good reason to use ordinary screen protectors anymore.
Easy to apply
Cons? You wanted cons?
Covertec’s SSPs meet the quality of their high-end competitors, and far exceed them in value for the price.
*Covertec’s SSPs are not available in the US yet. They are for sale in Europe and many other countries through their site.