As a continuation of the company’s similar-looking notebook computer sleeves, Essential TPE’s Puff Sleeve for iPad ($30, aka Puff | S) is designed to look like a puffy winter jacket, using soft, thin nylon atop a foam and neoprene interior lining. Twin zippers seal the case shut. Black, purple, and olive green versions are available.
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 Puff Sleeve fit? Yes, though we’re a little uncomfortable with running a zipper so close to the iPad’s side. Is everything protected? Yes.
Company and Price
Company: Essential TPE
Model: Puff Sleeve
Compatible: iPad (2010)