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Company: Belkin

Website: www.belkin.com

Model: Cap Sleeve

Price: $40

Compatible: iPad (2010)

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Belkin Cap Sleeve for iPad

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Category: Cases - iPad, iPad (2010)

It's an iPad Sock! No, it's not a carbon copy of Apple's much-maligned but still available iPod Socks, but rather a larger, similar Belkin release called the Cap Sleeve for iPad ($40). Rather than selling a bunch of iPod Socks in different colors within the same package, Belkin's knit Cap Sleeve is sold one to a box in either black or purple with a second accent color, and obviously is large enough to hold the iPad bulging inside. It's the rare iPad case that could also be worn as a goofy hat, at least if you have a really small head.

On May 13, 2010, iLounge published The Complete Guide to iPad Cases and Protection, a multi-page comparison of over 70 different iPad cases and film protectors, sorted by genre. The following details were added to this piece by that comparison article; please click on the link above for additional comparative discussion of similar protective options.

We typically steer clear of recommending sleeves for iPods and iPhones, but iPad users may find that they make more sense. The concept is to totally envelop the iPad inside protective material, using a flap or zipper to open and release the device when it’s needed. In almost every one of these cases, the designs speak for themselves—you either like how they look, or don’t—so we’re sorting them by price and focusing our brief notes on fit and scope of protection, with bare opinions otherwise.

Does Cap Sleeve fit? Yes. Is everything protected? Yes, though one edge of the iPad will be exposed a little bit because the Cap Sleeve doesn’t fully close—it just comes close.

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Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

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