Less than an hour after the iPad was announced back in January, we began getting press releases for protective cases and sleeves for Apple’s then-unreleased tablet. We tested many of that first round of protective accessories, and these were some of the most interesting options. For its minimal weight and good overall protection, we liked the LA robe iPad Allure from be.ez best, but there are as many iPad sleeves and cases as there are ways to use an iPad. The array of iPad protection shown here covers plenty of different uses and styles, and our ratings will help you balance form with function to select the one that’s right for you.
The holy grail of laptop bag design is matching form to function—and companies that make bags with MacBooks in mind have the additional challenge of designing totes that look as good as the Apple portables they hold.