When it comes to geeky-looking tablet sleeves, there's no shortage of choices in the market. From sleeves decked in geeky designs to cases with uber-geeky functions, there are plenty of accessories out there to satisfy even the hardest-to-satiate appetite. The 8-Bit Tablet Sleeve, however, probably takes the cake when it comes to appearance -- the thing just looks that awesome.
Styled to look like a pixelated envelope right out of an 8-bit console game, the sleeve is downright eye-catching. While the design adds nothing of value to the sleeve's utility, that really doesn't matter. You will want to buy this for the sheer novelty value -- and the fact that everyone will be asking you where you got one.
If you like using your high-powered, high-resolution tablet to play retro 80s games, then the 8-Bit Tablet Sleeve should be the perfect accessory to house your slate. Construction of the envelope-type sleeve is synthetic leather with a matte finish, cut and colored in a black and white pixelated pattern. Inside, the material is lined with a soft fabric that will keep nicks and scratches off during transport, with a hook-and-loop strip securing the flap closure.
Thinkgeek has the 8-Bit Table Sleeve available now, priced at $29.99.
While I appreciate the functionality of a folio-type case, I really prefer to use the iPad without that much extra material getting in the way. I'll take a silicone skin to keep off scratches and a good sleeve for putting away over most other accessory any day. And the Timbuk2 Pop Up just might be my favorite sleeve right now.
Unlike many sleeves, this isn't just some soft material to cover the iPad. Instead, it's a semi-rigid pouch with internal molded attachments and high-density foam that will give added protection to your tablet. It can fit both first and second generations of Apple's tablet, even with a skin, a back cover or a Smart Cover on.
The Timbuk2 Pop Up iPad Sleeve measures 8.6 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches and weighs 0.77 lbs. The semi-rigid outer includes a a fold down flap closure that ensures the tablet stays inside the sleeve no matter how you hold it, with faux fur lining on the interior to keep accidental scratches out of your slate.
If the whole reason you want a case is because it integrates a viewing stand, well this sleeve gives you the same. A clever folding mechanism allows the sleeve to double as an instant accessory for propping the iPad up a table in both landscape and portrait orientations (only one angle, though).
Timbuk2 offers the Pop Up iPad Sleeve in a number of color combinations, so you won't be stuck with the same drab black or gray colorway that everything else always seem to come with. Price is $35.
Binders are awesome. Punch three holes onto anything and you can slip it on there, making for one convenient way to carry stacks of notes and files. And now, you can throw your iPad in there too with the BinderPad, an iPad sleeve with a flap designed to fit into standard three-ring binders.
Made by ZooGue, the accessory lets you turn any three-ring binder into a protective case for your tablet. That way, if you get bored with your Spongebob binder, you can just steal one from the office supplies stockroom and have a spanking new plain red one holding your slate. Wee.
The BinderPad won't offer any protection for your iPad on its own. In fact, it's just a lowly polyester pouch with cutout windows for the screen, buttons and ports. The fact that it has a flap with holes sized for three-ring binders, though, allows you to slip the iPad right in that binder with your notes for class or the reports you're reading for work.
Seriously, if you already use a binder for school (or work), this offers a perfect solution for carrying your iPad in literally the same accessory. Plus, if you get bored, you can hold it up and pretend like you're actually reading notes, all while actually keeping up with your Facebook and Twitter updates on the tablet. Very convenient.
You can get the ZooGue BinderPad in two finishes, black and gray, priced at $29.99.
Looking for a cute iPad sleeve to hold your precious tablet in a simple and straightforward way? The Pac Maze is as simple as sleeves get and, if you're into retro games, about as adorable as the cutest of them.
Made by Fabrix Cases, the sleeve is sized to hold both the first and second generations of the iPad. Despite the name, the chomping yellow guy is nowhere to be found on the print -- but it does have a bunch of the multi-colored enemy ghosts, interspersed against plain black circles with a white outline.
The Pac Maze features an inner pillow flap that keeps the tablet in place when you squeeze it into the sleeve. According to the product page, this unique interior fitting (an inch-long flap sewn into the inner lining) will keep it from slipping out the way it would with regular sleeve accessories.
For protection against the grind of daily use, the sleeve is lined with cushioned quilted nylon. Fit isn't exactly to size -- in fact, there's enough to room to comfortably hold your iPad even while it's decked in a slim-type folio case.
We doubt the Pac Maze is an official Pac Man product. That doesn't make it any less easy on the eyes, though. It's available now, priced at $32.90.
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When it comes to protective iPad cases, the rule is simple: the stronger, the better. The G-Form Extreme Sleeve looks to be as tough as they come, able to keep your iPad unharmed even after catching a bowling ball dropped from a three-foot height (equivalent to roughly 3,000 pounds of force).
Designed to fit both the iPad and iPad2, the sleeve looks mighty attractive, too. I mean, it looks more like a part of a molded superhero costume (or a sheet of metal from Bumblebee of the Transformers) with all those embossed parts instead of a sleeve.
The G-Form Extreme Sleeve is made using molded PORON XRD, a flexible and lightweight type of memory foam designed to spread the kinetic energy of impact at any point across the rest of the product. The material does not only protect from force, it's also durable, water-resistant and abrasion-resistant, too.
The sleeve itself looks a little beefy, but it should easily fit into a bag for more convenient handling. A zipper closure at the top keeps your tablet secure.
Currently on pre-order with a May 2 ship date, you can place an order for the G-Form Sleeve directly from the website, priced at $59.95. It's available in two colors: yellow and black.
An iPad case with a hand strap is really handy. Once you give that strap the ability to rotate the tablet, though, things gets even better. And that's exactly what they did with the US+U Swivel Pro.
Made from synthetic leather, it's not exactly the classiest iPad case on the lot. But that's something you should easily be able to get over, once you get to play with the no-slip strap in the center for single-handed tablet use. Even better, it can rotate a full 360-degrees while strapped to your hand, allowing you to use the slate in any orientation without having to take it off.
The US+U Swivel Pro is a single panel sleeve that covers both the back and sides of your iPad, with an oversized flap to keep the tablet in place and cutouts to allow access to the various ports and buttons. Inside, the case is decked in micro-suede lining to keep away nicks and scratches. It also includes an extra clear panel over the screen, giving the display added protection.
Aside from convenient one-handed use, the sleeve includes a few other fittings. There's a kickstand for typing on table, a notch for propping up the tablet for viewing, a slim pocket to keep papers in and a pen holder (in case you like working with a stylus on occasion).
US+U calls the Swivel Pro the "world's first fully rotating iPad case." While I'm not 100% sure about it being the first, the sleeve does look plenty useful. It's available now, priced at $69.99.
When it comes to stylishly elegant iPad accessories, Booq's products consistently manage to get on customers' good side. The Booq Taipan Spacesuit XS, a gorgeous-looking iPad sleeve, carries that same aesthetic to the table.
Measuring 10.6 x 8.5 x 1 inches, the accessory features a ribbed tidal wave pattern right on the body that's admittedly easy on the eyes (apart from, likely, adding extra cushion). The contrasting color combinations of the main fabric and the interior are similarly attractive, making for one excellent looking container to house the iPad in when not in use.
The Booq Taipan Spacesuit XS is made from 3mm neoprene, which the product page describes as a silky-smooth cushioned skin. Granted, that's not much of a cushion, but with the tidal patterns and the light padding, the sleeve should be good for keeping away casual bumps and scratches.
It uses high-quality YKK zippers for closure and employs a jersey knit fabric to keep the zippers from touching the slate inside. We're not sure about the interior material, but they do make a fuss about it being super-soft. Being familiar with Booq's product line, that shouldn't be in doubt.
Personally, I'm not a fan of sleeves for tablets -- even zippered ones like the Booq Taipan Spacesuit XS. Since they're intended to house the iPad when not in use, you're still exposed to the many things that can go wrong when you're handling the iPad barehanded. If it's more your thing, though, this looks like a solid purchase at $29.95 -- a good price for a good-looking accessory.
Love the vintage look of selvedge denim? Now, you can dress your iPad to match your vintage-looking jeans with the Selvedge Denim iPad Sleeve, which puts the overpriced fabric to work as your stylish tablet housing.
Why would you want to dress your iPad in selvedge? We're not really sure. Unless, of course, you want your slate looking every bit as casually handsome as you. At least, on a good day.
The Selvedge Denim iPad Sleeve uses 13.5 oz white oak cone raw selvedge denim, which the makers claim is "thick enough to maintain it's shape," all while aging beautifully. That way, you can be digging through your old stuff in 2021 and be elated to find a wonderfully-weathered denim iPad sleeve. You never know, it might be in fashion that year.
Designed as a straightforward sleeve, there are no bells and whistles here. Just an iPad sleeve with a snug fit (8 x 10 inches), good construction and a beautiful vintage-style fabric to start with. Inner lining, by the way, is 100% melton wool in a heather grey shade.
Makers MS&Co have a slew of other sleeves in the same material, so you can literally deck out your entire traveling gadget ensemble to match your favorite pair of selvedge pants. The Selvedge Denim iPad Sleeve is available now, priced at $48.
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