HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review

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.

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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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  • RE: HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review

    I really like Waterfield's cases as well and have similar sleevecases for my laptop and netbook and for my wife's Macbook. For the TouchPad, I wanted a case that would be big enough to also hold the HP keyboard and I also wanted to make sure it would fit the TouchPad inside of the HP case.

    I ended up getting their iPad Travel Express bag, which works just great. It is a little bit of a tight fit with the tablet in the HP case, but it does fit. Since the dimensions on the TouchPad are almost exactly the same as the iPad 1, pretty much any bag designed for that should work.
    JeffGr
    • RE: HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review

      @JeffGr Good point. The TouchPad does fit in this case in the HP case, but it's so hard to get in and out that I just use it naked. Good to hear that the Express bag fits the keyboard too, although I rarely carry the keyboard with me.
      JamesKendrick
  • RE: HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review

    what have you found out there most suitable for carrying the touchpad and the HP wireless keyboard? I've heard the iPad case is good for that but can't find one even in the apple store. other options? Thanx.
    mdgoler