I typically carry my gear around with me in the Colonel Littleton No. 1943 Navigator bag I reviewed last year. But there are those occasions where I want my iPad mini with me either totally by itself or in something like my gi/sports bag. In both situations, I do not want my tablet rattling around in whatever I am carrying it in. The Medium Tablet Sleeve from Oberon Design appeared to be an ideal candidate for protecting my iPad while on the fly. Fortunately the folks at Oberon sent me one to try out/review, so let’s see how it fairs.
Surprisingly (at least to me), I have never reviewed or even seen an Oberon Design product in person before. Being part Scottish and Welch, I always took special notice when other members of the Gadgeteer Team reviewed Oberon products, appreciating their Celtic design and Old World craftsmanship. Oberon products are handmade and crafted from high quality leather, uniquely designed with eye-catching art stamped into the surface of the leather.
The iPad mini fits nicely inside of the Oberon Medium Tablet Sleeve. It slips in and out easily, but will not come out on its own. The sleeve is leather lined to protect the tablet from being scratched. The leather is a bit stiff but in a good way; while it does not interfere with use, it does provide great protection against bumps and minor drops.
Medium Sleeve Fits:
- iPad Mini
- Nexus 7
- Kindle Fire
- Nook HD
- Nook Color / Tablet
- Kindle 3 / Keyboard
- Kindle Fire HD7 does NOT fit.
- 6″ x 9″
- 5.4 oz
The two most distinguishing features of this sleeve are the detailed designs pressed into the leather and the Oberon signature Britannia pewter strap button attaching the closure strap to the sleeve itself.
The leather closure strap folds over the top of the sleeve and is held in place by magnets. Personally, I would have used stronger magnets but the ones Oberon use work fine.
The handmade craftsmanship is top notch. The leather, while a bit stiff, is finely finished and nicely stitched.
Oberon Design creates the Medium Tablet Sleeve in 12 additional colors and designs.
“For those that like to use their Tablets without a cover (that would be me ), we’ve designed the Oberon medium sleeve with extreme portability in mind. Lighter and thinner than our Corner Covers, our sleeve fits easily into a purse, backpack or briefcase.”
Oberon Design definitely hit the mark with this statement and the design of their sleeve. It is well made from quality leather, has Old World craftsmanship, stylish design, is lightweight and protective – all that for under $65. Last, this case will long outlast whatever tablet you are currently using, growing better with age, ready for the iPad mini 3 or Nook HD 6 .