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.
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.
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.
The iPad is a veritable fingerprint magnet - we doubt that's ever going to change. To keep it clean, you'll either need to quit touching it (not likely) or regularly wipe it down with a glass-safe cloth (not likely, either, because you're downright lazy). Here's something more likely to work: the iShine, an iPad sleeve made entirely from a glass-cleaning microfiber material.
Since the sleeve's fabric will take off your slate's prints and smudges, you can use it like a regular cleaning cloth, folding it and wiping everything clean. The clever trick, though, is that intentionally wiping isn't even necessary. Just put the tablet in the sleeve, close up the nylon drawstring, throw it in your bag and let the regular movement of the tablet inside the sleeve do the cleaning all on its own.
Granted, the iShine is a very simple sleeve, so there's not much to expect in terms of protection from bumps and drops (there's no padding whatsoever). The material, PMA 240g microfiber, should handily keep away scratches of any kind, though.
According to reviews I've seen, simply storing the iPad into the sleeve and rubbing it deliberately a couple of times is enough to restore it to a brand new shine. Sounds like an excellent option if you can do without the extra padded protection for your iPad.
Amazon has the iShine for $12.95.
Recently, I saw a tutorial about how to make your own corkcase iPad sleeve. I thought the finished product looked pretty swell. Since my craft skills are akin to that of a kindergarten student (oh man, you should have seen me in wood shop class), I thought it wiser to just find one for sale. Turns out Amazon had this one from Cables Unlimited.
Measuring 12 x 9 x 0.5 inches and weighing 4.3 ounces, the sleeve offers an attractive and lightweight option for housing your tablet, whether for home or mobile use. The makers claim it's as durable as leather, yet is as versatile as fabric, making for one dependable accessory.
As the name implies, the Cables Unlimited Corkcase iPad Sleeve is made from cork -- that impermeable, buoyant and fire-resistant material stripped from the bark of oak trees. The retail page goes on about the eco-friendly qualities of cork, perhaps to remind folks of the sustainability of using corkcase-based products. With that said, if a product's overall environmental footprint matters in your purchase choices, this might be one sleeve you'd like to seriously consider.
More then the green credentials, it's got plenty more going for it, too - the sleeve is waterproof and stain-resistant, apart from being able to repel dust, dirt and grease like it was nobody's business. It's also soft to the touch, making it convenient to wrap your hands around its frame when carrying your tablet.
If you want one, Amazon has the Cables Unlimited Corkcase iPad Sleeve on retail for under $45.
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.