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Company: Essential TPE

Website: www.EssentialTPE.com

Model: Ultra Protection Sleeve

Price: $35

Compatible: iPad (2010)

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Essential TPE Ultra Protection Sleeve | Slim iPad

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Monday, March 29, 2010
Category: Cases - iPad, iPad (2010)

If you like ballistic nylon, you'll understand the appeal of Essential TPE's Ultra Protection Sleeve ($35), sold in a "Slim iPad" version. The front and back of the case use cross-weaved, resilient-feeling black nylon, with a shiny faux leather on the outer edges, and a microfiber interior. A heavy-duty nylon strap at the top opens to let the iPad out, and closes with a square faux leather and Velcro pad in the front. Due to cardboard reinforcement beneath the nylon, the case feels sturdy and tough.

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 Ultra Protection Sleeve fit? Yes. Is everything protected? No, the iPad’s top surface is exposed, as are a little of its back and front—ironic considering the case’s name.

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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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