I’ve been using the Mozo Black Golf Folio (suitable with the Pro 3 and Pro 4) in combination with my Surface Pro 4 for over a month now and in this post I’d like to finally share my detailed impressions with you.
Unboxing and First Impressions
In case you haven’t seen it already, you can check out our unboxing video embedded below and find more information in our first impressions article here.
Before elaborating on my experience with the Mozo Folio, I’d like to give you a brief overview of the product’s features and specifications:
- Suitable with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and 4
- Available in Brown or Black Golf colored PU
- Wrap around design fully protects your device
- Allows access and use of all ports and cameras
- While open offers additional support to the keyboard for use in lap
- Magnetic flap closure can also be used to protect and secure your pen
- Dimensions: 22cm(H)x 29cm(W) x 1cm(D) 300g
Attaching the folio with the respective Surface Pro is conceivably easy and the whole set up process is done fairly quickly as you only have to peel of the plastic from the tape and then position your device as precisely as possible. In case your not satisfied with the preciseness of your work, you can – according to Mozo – actually remove and reattach the folio multiple times.
If you want to see the set up process in action, please feel free to check out the unboxing and first impressions video where I explain it in more detail.
Look and Feel
As I’ve already noted in my first impressions article, the Mozo Golf Surface Pro 3 & 4 Folio is a very premium-feeling and beautifully designed folio which feels both comfortable and smooth in the hand. This impression hasn’t changed at all during the last couple of weeks of intensive testing and real world usage: Although the PU material (a type of plastic) used by Mozo for this particular folio might not feel as premium as the actual Surface Pro itself, it definitely does add comfort and modest elegance to the product.
During colder periods the warmer touch to the surface might be welcomed by users in particular as the PU material doesn’t absorb coldness as quickly as the Surface Pro’s magnesium chassis.
In terms of design, Mozo opted for an interesting but nevertheless simple and unobtrusive design language as the Golf Folio is meant for business users in particular. While almost completely black, there are a few design elements which attract attention when inspecting the folio more closely: First and foremost of course, Mozo included their brand logo on both sides of the folio (although only the upper part includes the lettering) and secondly the folio is diagonally split into two ‘areas’ which feature different structures. One part just consists of a plain, structure-less black surface while the other features a golf ball look similar to the one found on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Where to put the Surface Pen?
Before having the folio as a protection for my Pro 4 I always put it in a notebook sleeve which was closed on all sides. The folio on the other hand only protects the top and the bottom (or the back and the front depending on your perspective) of the Surface Pro device and the Type Cover while the sides aren’t covered at all. This of course does make sense as you leave the folio on the device all the time and you don’t want to sacrifice access to the ports and the buttons. But when carrying the Pro 4 in the folio with a rucksack in which there were other things the pen would often fall off and ‘hide’ somewhere between the stuff in the bag leaving me worrying that I had lost my Surface Pen.
As this got more and more annoying I somehow stumbled across the fact that you can actually store your pen securely in the magnetic flap which closes the whole folio. That’s again an aspect which proves that Mozo puts a lot of thought behind their products!
While Surface Pro devices have generally been welcomed by a lot of praise and excitement, the so-called ‘lapability’ (i.e. how comfortably and successfully you can use the device on your laps) has always been a point of criticism for some. Although using the Pro 4 on my laps never has been a huge problem for me, I still appreciate the fact that the Black Golf Folio massively improves the ‘lapability’ of the Surface Pro due to an increased area which rests on your laps and therefore ameliorates the stability of the device – especially when typing.
Better protection always has its prize: In the case of this Mozo folio it’s the additional 300 grams which one has to carry around which undeniably is a massive increase in total weight. As the Surface Pro 4 is meant to be a light-weight 2-in-1 device for productivity on the go this increase in weight definitely is a huge downside in my opinion. But at the end of the day, users just seem to have to decide between great protection and maximum portability.
Although I’ve only used the folio for over a month or so, there are sadly already some signs of usage noticeable (see pictures below). Though given the fact that I carried it around in a bag with lots of different school books and so on, I think this rate of wear is quite exceptional and others should find their Black Golf Folio to look like new for a substantially longer period of time.
All in all, Mozo’s Black Golf Surface Pro 3 & 4 Folio is a good-looking, elegant and comfortable-feeling protective folio which improves both protection as well as ‘lapability’ of your Surface Pro device. Mozo even thought about such crucial things like pen storage and detachment and reattachment of the folio for multiple times. The only real downside is the increased weight which is definitely noticeable.