The Tuff-Luv Multi-View Napa Leather case is another contender in the growing range of stylish and functional iPad cases. While there are tons of accessories that offer similar features, we do like its low-key design, accented by five nubs on the outer flap.
Sized to fit the iPad perfectly, it secures your tablet from all sides, while leaving window cutouts for access to all ports and controls. Interior lining is made from non-abrasive leather to avoid scratches during insert and removal.
As the name implies, the case is made from Napa leather ("high grade and genuine," according to the retail page). It uses Tuff-Luv's Tuff-flap closure, which the company claims ensures the iPad will stay in place once loaded on the pouch. The five lined nubs on the front are actually for the multi-view stand feature, which lets you position the slate in one of five tabletop angles (from 20 to 70 degrees).
It comes in a variety of colors, including black, pink, red and a brown one that looks plenty sweet. Reviews on Amazon seem mixed, with seemingly equal doses of favorable feedback and ones that say it might be a tad overpriced for what it delivers.
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One of the things I dislike about buying iPad accessories is how expensive they can get. What about the cheapskates in the audience (hint: me)? Turns out Digitals On Demand has a 15-Item Accessory Bundle just for us.
If you've been planning to take a trip down the mall to pick up some gear for your iPad, but haven't gotten around to it, you should definitely give this set a look. It has most of the starter accessories you'll probably need, plus a few you might not have even considered otherwise.
One of the biggest value in Digitals On Demand's 15-Item Accessory Bundle has to be the cases. This comes with three of them - a black vein silicone cover (squishy with a cute design), a crystal clear case with detachable kick stand (fingerprint-resistant and comes with a hole so you can hang it on a hook) and a portfolio case with kick stand (made with premium leather with a light magnet on the closure). These three alone probably fulfill the price of purchase, so having 12 others onboard makes it seem like a really good deal.
What else will you get? There's a screen protector (not fingerprint-proof, though), a robotic reading light (we're not sure what this is for, since the iPad is LED-backlit), a white pair of in-ear headphones with mic, a stylus pen, an earphone splitter, a wall charger, a car charger, a USB sync cable, a retractable USB cable (for data only), a small fishbone cord wrap (good for headphone wires only) and a drawstring travel pouch. You probably won't use some of that stuff, but at this price, you might as well hoard them.
The Digitals On Demand 15-item Accessory Bundle is available from Amazon for as low as $39.99.
Who says all an iPad cover does is keep your tablet protected from scratches and dust? Not the case with the Kensington PowerBack, which throws in a backup battery and a kickstand to go with its iPad-casing duties.
Despite measuring a sleek 1.6 x 9.4 x 13.8 inches, the accessory manages to cram in a 4,400 mAh battery module onboard, feeding your tablet an extra 5 hours of use. It also includes a microUSB charge and sync port, allowing you to connect your iPad to a computer without requiring an extra dock.
The Kensington PowerBack case has a soft-touch finish, affording you comfortable use, while offering ample protection. A very useful kickstand can be pulled out of the rear side, which you can use to prop the iPad up at three positions - landscape viewing, portrait viewing and typing mode. Other features include LED gauges on the bottom of the case (to clue you in to how much charge is left) and a speaker deflector for unimpeded sound.
Overall, it sounds like a pretty solid all-in-one, which, somehow, manages not to bulk up your iPad the way extra batteries normally would. Price is a bit steep at $130, but the versatility should make it worth every penny.
If you're going to dress the iPad up with a back cover, you might as well get one that will afford it a literal plethora of mounting options. That's what Vogel promises with their Basecover, a sleek accessory with a special connector that allows it to work with their upcoming range of mounts and stands.
The central component of the company's Mount & Cover System, the BaseCover dresses the iPad in a slim shell with a soft, tactile coating that adds extra body to your tablet. While intended to attach to the backside, it can be slotted in reverse to protect the screen during travel, too. An aluminum connector sits right at the center, which you can use with various accessories for extending your tablet's usability.
Vogel currently has three accessories designed to work with the cover: WallMount, TableStand and CarMount. The names alone should clue you in about what they're for.
- WallMount is a cylindrical contraption that can be screwed onto any surface. Once installed, you can simply snap the BaseCover in via the connector, allowing you to set the iPad up securely. When mounted, it can freely rotate a full 360 degrees, giving you plenty of viewing options.
- TableStand adds a standing assembly to the back of the BaseCover, similar to legs from old-school picture frames.
- CarMount affixes to a car seat's headrest and, like the WallMount, allows the BaseCover to snap right in, giving backseat passengers hands-free iPad viewing.
Europe will get the BaseCover starting October, with US shipments beginning in 2011. It ships with one WallMount and is priced at 79.99 Euros (around $100). Prices for separate accessories have not yet been released.
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Like your accessories with bright colors and cheery designs? You might take a liking to Happy Covers for iPad, a line of cushy sleeves decked in bold graphics and vibrant shades.
Known for their geeky cushion covers, Luxembourg-based Happy Covers has branched out to providing protection for your iPad. In doing so, they brought the same bubbly styling from main man Daniel Kurth that has become the trademark of the colorful pillowcases.
Happy Covers for iPad sell compact and lightweight sleeves that offer light protection for scratches, dirt and dust. Made from 100% cotton, each piece is sewn together by hand to ensure maximum strength. It comes with a Velcro fastener on top so the iPad stays in when you want it to.
Sure, it has none of the extra features of other sleeves and cases. If all you're looking for is an attractive case to house your slate when you're not using it, though, this could prove to be a really fun pick. They currently offer eleven designs, namely: 3.5 Floppy Disk, Banana, Joystick, Melodies for Dreamers, Tuut and Ring Cover, Multi Diagonal Geek, Black Sheep, Blue Tilt, Multi Square Geek Nixie 7 and Photo Cell.
Pricing for the Happy Covers for iPad is €23.99 (just a tad over $30).
Sporting a design based on drawstring pouches, Slotzz makes for one stylish iPad jacket. Even better, it goes one step further in the aesthetics department, giving you options to customize a number of things about your accessory.
Created by Simon Barker and Leonie Cunnington, each jacket features a generally similar design. They all have an iPad-sized main pouch made from strong fabrics, a soft 100% cotton inner lining, outer pockets and a drawstring closure to hold your tablet in.
Each Slotzz pouch is made to order by hand, with a whole host of customizable components. You can pick between different colors of either denim or Harlequin portia for the main case fabric, as well as a variety of soft fabrics for both the jacket and pouch interiors. There are options for the front pocket configuration, the color of the thread used to sew the whole thing and the color of the drawstring.
The company claims their range of options allow for over three thousand variations in the jacket's design. If you're overwhelmed by that many choices, you can simply pick from their bestseller combinations (they have three displayed on the website right now).
Because every Slotzz iPad jacket is handmade, turnaround time from production to shipping can take up to 3 weeks. Price starts at £45.00.