Inateck TPB-IA iPad Air sleeve review

inateck-TPB-IA-01So you have an iPad air and you want a sleeve case.  How about one that doubles as a tablet stand?  Check out this sleeve with a trick up it’s sleeve from Inateck.

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The Inateck TPB-IA comes in a mustard-colored plastic envelope.

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The sleeve appears to be made of some kind of felt-like material.  It doesn’t feel quite as dense as wool, but pretty close.

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This tab with the logo has special powers…  Keep reading!

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The inside is the same as the outside:  Soft, cushy felt.

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Designed for the iPad Air, the sleeve measures roughly 10″ by 7-1/4″.

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Feeding time!  My iPad Air 2 (2014) fits inside with no problem.

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Remember that flap/tab?  It’s got a magnetic snap.  In this configuration, it helps keep your iPad inside the sleeve.

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And now, the party trick:  Flip the leather tab around, and it makes a little tablet stand.

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It’s a little easier to visualize when viewed from behind.  The iPad is quite stable like this.  The base is still triangular, so I probably wouldn’t try to rest it on my lap.

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This is a closeup of the leather tab.  This keeps the iPad from slipping of.  Surprisingly, the magnet on the strap has just enough grip to keep things in place.

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And yes, if you prefer portrait mode over landscape, it works too.

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I normally use the Apple SmartCover (the one that only covers the glass) and it still fits in the sleeve, but it’s a little more sung.  Of course, having the SmartCover kind of makes the Inateck sleeve redundant, since it can be used to prop up the iPad, too.  I will say the Inateck feels more stable as a stand vs. the SmartCover in the tall (not type) mode.

The Inateck TPB-IA is a minimal, stylish sleeve case that I don’t mind carrying around for those times I need something to prop it up on.  At less than $20, it’s a good buy, too.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Inateck.  Please visit http://www.inateck.com for more info or Amazon to order.

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Product Information

Price:$18.99 MSRP, $12.99 (Amazon)
Manufacturer:Inateck
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • iPad Air or similar-sized tablet
Pros:
  • Minimal bulk
  • doubles as a stand
Cons:
  • Some cases may not fit

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