Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8"

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 2 October 2012
Category: Reviews
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Protect your small tablet or e-reader with a designer form-fitting neoprene case by Built NY. It's light, has two pockets, and is available in designer styles.

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 InchThe Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8" is a lightweight protective case for seven- to eight-inch e-readers and tablets in an "envelope" design, which means that instead of a zip on top or on the side - the typical "sleeve" design - it has a flap that folds over snugly (and closes with Velcro). The case, which was designed in New York and is manufactured in China, comprises 70% neoprene and 30% polyester and it's recommended that you hand wash it and let it drip dry. There are two pockets - one for your e-reader or tablet and a smaller zip-enclosed pocket in front of the tablet pocket, under the flap, that can hold a USB cable or a power cable if it's the type that can be disassembled and laid flat. (You can also toss personal items in there, of course, or a phone, keys, earbuds, a stylus, or emergency cash.) The front side of the tablet pocket is lined with soft, fuzzy material to keep your gadget's screen protected from dust and scratches and the outer flat folds over both pockets to keep dust out.

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 Inch

The neoprene is thick and durable although, of course, it's still not recommended that you drop the case if you have a gadget inside but it will absorb a lot of the impact. I stressed and stretched the stitching all around my review unit and I couldn't find a spot where it seemed particularly weak and would be prone to unravelling or breaking so it seems to be strong and of high quality and will likely last a long time. I am concerned about the ends of the neoprene in the corners under the flap as I suspect that over time there will be some wear and tear there and the neoprene layers will begin to split and degrade but so far that hasn't happened (I have been using the case on and off for a few months). For context, however, I have another Built neoprene case (the Cargo Travel Organizer) with internal pockets that's designed to hold a variety of gadgets. I have been using it for about three years and it still looks brand new.

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 Inch

The Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8" is available in a variety of colours and patterns. For business people the envelope with a black outer design and "concord blue" interior is ideal. For those who like a bit of colour in their lives the range includes some fun outer patterns paired with bright inner colours, such as "magenta" (it's more of a shocking pink)and bright orange.

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8 Inch

On the Built NY web site there is a full list of tablets and e-readers that are compatible with the Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8". Some of the most noteworthy devices include the Amazon Kindle Fire, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. The case is also suitable for carrying around a small portable hard drive and its cable should you need a case for one.

If you have a larger tablet a sleeve is also available for nine- or ten-inch devices and Built NY also makes sleeves (comprising one pocket, with the zip on top) with similar designs and patterns for both seven-/eight-inch tablets and nine/ten-inch tablets.

The Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8" review unit was supplied by KNR Flat Rock.

Tags: #technology

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Rating: 8/10

Key Facts: Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8"
Manufacturer: Built NY
Dimensions: 225x165x25mm (WxHxD)
Product ID: E-EE8

On The Internet
Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 7-8": Official Site
Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope 9-10": Official Site

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