Inatek iPad mini prop

Living a conflicted life, I am an iPhone nudist but also a hardware reviewer for iDB. As you can imagine, the struggle comes when reviewing accessories that cause the user to obfuscate the design and detail of an Apple iOS device with unnecessary appendages. I do not like bulky cases, even if their primary function is protection. I do not even like screen protectors because it stands between my finger and the glass.

When Inatek approached me about a sleeve, I jumped at the option. Sleeves are one of my favorite accessory genres because they allow the device to be used naked, while still providing protection for travel and day-to-day carry. The Inatek TPB-IM sleeve fits the bill.


The product name TPB-IM does little to explain the sleeve characteristics and should be changed from a cold string of letters to an actual name. Nomenclature aside, it is made of relatively thick, soft felt, both inside and out. The sleeve is stylishly sewn together, giving it more than a simple one wrap around plane. A magnetic tipped leather buckle holds things in place, although not particularly snugly.

TPB-IM is good looking and simple. Over several years, I developed a fondness for simple iPad carriers like this design. To say more about the sleeve is only to overly complicate the conversation. My concern with fit and finish comes with the snugness.

Inatek iPad mini front

I prefer to have sleeves tightly hug the device. Sometimes this can cause scratches when inserting and retrieving the device. However, the Inatek sleeve uses felt, preventing scratches. With a scratch resistant material, I would prefer for the sleeve to hold tightly to the device. This is not a breaking point for most purchasers. Ultimately, the device is completely covered, which is of primary importance. The leather strap keeps iPad seated properly as well as providing a little color flourish and profession appeal.

Currently $13.99 via Amazon, the Inatek TPB-IM is an easy stocking stuffer for the iPad mini enthusiast on your list. For another dollar, you can grab the full size version for iPad Air. For 15.4″ MacBook Pro Retina models a similar style is offered at a current price of 55% off, coming to $17.99. At affordable prices, the Inatek options are worth a look.

  • Agru

    20$ here in europe but still nice. Thanks Jim

  • Guest

    All 3 price links go to the same page.

  • Well priced protection for an overpriced device…

    • john diaz

      What isn’t overpriced in today’s world.

      • There are dozens of products that aren’t overpriced (e.g. the OnePlus One, the Lenovo Miix 2 10, the ASUS Zenbook UX303LN, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3). They’re expensive, but definitely justify their price tag more than the competition, thus aren’t overpriced.

      • Frank Anthony

        Alright, go buy the non overpriced product(Chinese version, I recommend) and stop ranting here. I’m so sick and tired of people like you talking bs about how other product is overpriced and sh!t.. FYI so as you think that those Microsoft Pro 3 are not overpriced, well for me it is quite opposite.. So keep this sh!t to yourself & stop noise makin

      • Haha, such immense butt hurt…go find yourself an iTardsOnlyBlog, I guarantee you won’t come across any negative talk about your herd master there…

      • You don’t think the Service Pro 3 is over priced? At $799 Its merely a good laptop with a touchscreen, and no keyboard. Its more powerful netbook with a touchscreen once you get the keyboard. Remove the keyboard and its still an over priced powerful tablet that should be priced at $399-$599.

      • At $930 ($799+$130), it performs like your regular i3 Laptop with SSD. Those go for $400 (with rotary HDDs)-$700 (with SSD). That’s just the Laptop aspect of the i3 Surface Pro 3. The Tablet aspect would cost you a separate $200-$400 (previous gen iPad Air 16GB, the current gen iPad Air outperforms the i3 Surface Pro 3), the Digitizer Drawing Board aspect (bit ly/1AWZ58u) would cost you yet another $350-$500 (for large Wacom Intuos drawing board) . So, to get the same versatility of the i3 Surface Pro 3, you’re spending $950 at least, if you desire to match the performance, you’re spending $1600 at least. In both cases, you’ll most definitely be carrying at least triple the package weight.

        Comparing to one of them cheaper gimmicky touchscreen Laptops, I discussed that before:

        First off, that’ll be coming with a capacitive touch screen, which is nothing compared to this digitizer screen:
        – No palm rejection
        – You’ll have to be using them bulky head styluses
        – No pressure sensitivity when drawing

        Second off, if you choose to use a bulky-head stylus on it, you’re going to be looking idiotic having the base of your laptop tilted up while the monitor lays on the table.

        Third, when you try using it for a continuous touch experience, a touchscreen laptop makes your arms tired and has terrible ergonomics compared to the tablet form-factor offered by the Surface Pro. Seriously, let me see you doing this (bit ly/1nbqz3U) on a Touchscreen Laptop.

        Finally, if it’s significantly cheaper than the Surface Pro, chances are, it will be significantly lagging behind the performance and quality of the Surface Pro:
        – It could be coming with an Intel Atom processor or Intel i3/i5 Y, which will get creamed by the Intel Core i5 U’s performance
        – The integrated graphics performance won’t be up to that of the Surface Pro’s
        – It most likely would be coming with a rotary HDD or an eMMC Flash Storage, which is up to 10x slower than mSATA SSD
        – It would be lacking in RAM, so, won’t be capable of multitasking as much as the Surface Pro
        – It won’t have the sharp high-resolution screen of the Surface Pro
        – It most likely would be made of flimsy plastic instead of magnesium alloy like the Surface Pro

        A cheapass touchscreen laptop is gimmicky, and it’s no alternative to a Surface Pro nor other Hybrid PCs.

      • Everything you mentioned makes it convenient for Microsoft to over price it even more, which is still exactly what they are doing. If it cost as much as a great laptop and tablet combined and want to replace a desktop, they should make it just as easy to service. your paying a ton of money and have to spend a ton more if anything happens to it. Im happy to see touchscreen laptops die slowly, wanna be tablets are a gimmick.

      • Oh right, so, ’cause you can’t service it by your self, it’s overpriced? Such strong logic you have…

      • Its overpriced because of the internals are not expensive in the first place. My logic all electronics are overpriced.