As an iPad user, I am always interested in seeing what new covers and sleeves are available. I especially like the “non-form-fitting” sleeves, so that I can use them with other covers, backing cases, etc. Such is the Lorton and Horn iPad sleeve.
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Made of buffalo leather with a simple tab and loop closure, the sleeve is lined in a beige suede-like fabric, with a layer of dense but thin padding between. It’s a simple rectangle, stiched on three sides, and edged on the top with the tab and loop each riveted to the outer leather.
Overall dimensions are 9″x11″, which is more than enough for most contemporary full-sized tablets. (The full-sized iPad gen. 1-4 is 9.5″ x 7.74″, for reference.) Even with a fairly thick case or cover, your iPad will fit in this protective cover easily.
With the thick leather and extra material on the corners, there is a nice degree of protection from bumps and such, but this is far from a ruggedized cover. I like that it takes a standard place in all of my bags, and I can slide in my iPad, no matter what case or cover I am using currently.
The price is £22, which is about $35 US, which is cheap for such a nicely made product. Shipping to the US, however, will add £15 ($24), which pushes the total toward $60. Still, even at this price, this is a premium item that will both protect your iPad and looks good in any setting, from work site to boardroom. (There are models cut to fit all iPad models, and many Kindles as well. Maybe purchase extras for gifts and save on postage…?)
The nappy finish of the leather adds such a subtle air of tradition or heirloom quality that you’ll never worry about how it looks. Should sizes of tablets rise, or you decide to use a smaller unit in the future, this will still be a great carry all. A few sheets of folded paper will never stretch it, or even show from the outside.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Lorton & Horn. Please visit http://lortonandhorn.co.uk for more info.