HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review

Summary:I like sleeve cases for short day trips to protect my gadgets, as I want them to be as thin and light while in the case. I just received the Waterfield Designs sleeve case for the TouchPad.

True gadget lovers know that getting a new device is an excuse to go shopping for accessories. That is why I was determined to check out sleeve cases for the HP TouchPad as soon as I purchased it. I like sleeve cases for short day trips to protect my gadgets, as I want them to be as thin and light while in the case. I have turned to the folks at Waterfield Designs for years and I just received the sleeve case for the TouchPad.

I prefer sleeve cases to other types for short trips as I like to carry just the device, and I want the case to add little weight or bulk to small gadgets. The Waterfield cases fit the bill nicely, and look good at the same time. They have quality materials that last forever, and protect the gadget nicely.

When a new gadget is released the folks at Waterfield don't take long to get a case for it. The sleeve cases are designed to fit the device exactly, so it is important to order the size designed for the intended device. This new sleeve case fits the TouchPad so precisely that it is difficult to use if the tablet is inside the HP case, so I use it naked in the sleeve. That's OK as the Waterfield Designs sleeve has a shield inside the case that protects the TouchPad screen, and the soft lining is designed to keep the tablet display free of smudges.

My case has a flap on the top that closes with Velcro, but no optional strap. The case is black with a brown leather strip on the bottom that looks nice. Besides the primary compartment for the TouchPad, there is a slim pocket on the back of the case for thin accessories or paper goods. I use it to carry my Samsung 4G LTE mobile hotpot to provide high-speed connectivity on the go. This pocket has no closure, and I may put Velcro at the top to keep my stuff from sliding out; I have done that with other Waterfield sleeves in the past for security.

The Waterfield Designs sleeve case for the HP TouchPad was $54 in the configuration I have. Straps and D-rings for same are extra cost options.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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