REVIEWED: Waterfield Designs EXO iPad/iPad Mini SleeveCase

Sized to fit an iPad already in an Apple Smart Case, and plenty of room for a keyboard case, too

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There are hundreds of options for iPad/iPad Mini owners wanting to protect their precious tablet, but few are big enough to wraparound an iPad already wearing an Apple Smart Cover. Step forward the EXO from San Franciso-based Waterfield Designs, the maker of some of the most stylish and functional cases available.

Bigger inside

The EXO is bigger inside than most iPad sleeves. Available for both the full-size iPad (it will fit the iPad Air 2, iPad 2 or 4) and the iPad Mini (any model), the EXO is made from ballistic nylon with soft neoprene inside, and a nice leather flourish along the bottom. It feels solid, and it looks great, but it’s the build quality that’s the clear highlight.

Customisation choices

Also impressive is the sheer number of mods and customisations available when ordering, some of which you’re likely to overlook when ordering, and later regret. The first decision is about orientation. Our review sample was the horizontal opening type, which is perfect for shoulder bags, but it’s also possible to spec a vertical opener, which would suit anyone planing to carry an iPad in a backpack.

Easy carry-on design

If you’re planning on breezing on and off planes plane clutching only an iPad, consider specc’ing the EVO with D-rings (an extras US$5) or with D-rings and a strap (add US$12).  Its all-in-one functionality is pushed further by the EVO’s stretch-pocket on one side, which is great for safely stashing cables or earphones.

Pushes productivity

Though designed to house an iPad wearing an Apple Smart Cover, the EXO is also great for anyone using an iPad as a productivity tool when travelling since it’s just big enough to house an iPad wearing the mightily impressive Logitech Ultra-thin keyboard. If that keyboard is a must-have for the business traveller, the EXO joins that list.

Great for travel

The EXO strikes a good balance between functionality and durability, and its suitability for housing iPads wearing the Apple Smart Cover or the Logitech Ultra-thin keyboard make it a great choice for travellers of all types.

Price as reviewed: US$59

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