This is a simple jacket that can also serve a landscape easel for the nook Color and Table from M-Edge. Review comments coming soon.
I held off on my summary of the MMP until after Alice Swift tried her iPad 2 in the sleeve.
These are the features:
- The Portfolio comes in just one color – black – and is made of MicroFiber (synthetic) Leather
- You start with the $79.99 "base unit" and then add the interchangeable device sleeve. The sleeve for the iPad 1 and 2 was used for this review. Other sleeves include ones for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, Kindle 3rd Generation, Kindle 4th Generation and Nook Color/Tablet. These are $20 each.
- The sleeve holds the e-reader or tablet with an internal compartment (the “sleeve” part) but has 4 elasticized mounting straps for holding the device while in use.
- A slate micro-suede interior featured various built-in pockets including a number for business cards (plus ID window), two for iPhone-sized devices (with magnetic closure) and for an 8.5 X 11 notepad.
- Dual zippers provide access to the devices from the top or from the bottom, allowing for charging.
- An elasticized pen loop is one the right panel of the portfolio, next to the pad holder section.
This is what I noted:
- Those who have seen the Portfolio were impressed with it. They wanted to touch both the insides and the exterior. They particularly liked how it was more than just carrying your iPad but less than having to tote a briefcase or messenger bag for office-to-office travel.
- The Portfolio itself weighs just under 20 ounces.
- We found the sleeve to be quite snug on an iPad 2 and even more so for the thicker iPad one. The instructions indicate that the tablet should be stored inside the sleeve during transport. The tight fit was more than just a concern. Alice expressed concern about possibly damaging the iPad 2 just trying to remove it from the sleeve before use.
- As snuggly as the sleeve compartment held the device (a magnetic flap that also holds the snaps allows for a closed system for transport), the elastic straps felt somewhat loose for a consistent fit. Given that the sleeve is to be used with the iPad 1 and 2, this made sense but looked better with the thicker iPad 1.
- This is not a lightweight combination. Even without a limited number of accessories (and no mobile telephone), my sample collection weighted in at a sturdy 58.2 ounces.
- As the sleeve is not meant to hold your device outside of the storage compartment during travel, you will be spending a lot of time removing it from the mounting straps, sliding into the compartment, etc. I understand the concern but it significantly reduces the long-term appeal for me.
My concern with the ultra-tight fit of the sleeve with the iPad tempers my enthusiasm for the product. I plan on revisiting this when I get a sleeve for one of the other supported devices. For illustration at a later time, I will create a recording showing the insertion and the removal of my iPad 1 from the sleeve.
In the meantime, I feel that the Modular Method Portfolio from M-Edge – accompanied by the iPad 1/2 sleeve – rates an 8.5 out of 10 or around a B+.
I have tried out this portfolio for a couple of weeks so that I could have a more rounded perspective about the product. While considerably more bulky and, therefore, heavier, than just a case plus ereader or tablet, this product allows one to have a more than a jacket but less than a briefcase or messenger bag for those trips.
The accompanying slide show features images of my setup plus the various components on a kitchen scale to show what the resulting bulk would weigh. Added was a fresh “paralegal” pad, seven (7) business cards and 5 printed sheets of paper. Certainly the portfolio could hold much more but I did just a few items for the purpose of the review.
Fashion touch glove for iphone:
- Warm and comfortable
- OEM Welcome
Fashion touch glove for iPhone, Droid, Evo, iPad and othe smartphone.
When the weather turns cold, you need a good pair of gloves that will keep you warm. When it’s cold outside, who wants to bother with pulling your gloves off every time you get a phone call.
- These gloves are lightweight, soft, warm, stretchy and slightly fuzzy knitted gloves.
- Made in China, these knitted gloves have high quality workmanship.
- Contents:60% Polyester, 36% Nylon, 3% Spandex, 1% Acrylic
I hope my colleague and fellow mobile technophile, Alice Swift, will help me with the review for a unique perspective.
Gloves are still particularly useful this very cold season…
After getting the newer “touch” eLuminator booklight from M-Edge into the Executive Jacket, I was satisfied with the anticipated output and could complete my assessment of the case.
In Part 1, I used my older eLuminator and found that its girth prevented the case from closing squarely. As with upgrades for hardware of the computing kind, some older accessories are not meant to be used with newer units. This is the case (pardon the pun) with the Executive Jacket for the nook touch and the eLuminator touch. The newer combination closed cleanly and squarely.
As I have come to expect, the Executive Jacket is well stitched and constructed. The jacket is available in two microfiber leather colors; the purple on the outside is distinctive and attractive. The slate-colored interior is supple but some may not think it is a complementary shade for the outside.
My concern is that the form-fitting cradle often takes multiple tries before all four corners are securely holding the ereader. If you review the video from Part 1 of this review, starting at approximately time position 0:02:20, you see how the nook is to snap into place. I show just the completed attempt. The cradle is sturdy enough, which is good because it takes a bit of deliberate and gentle pressure to work around to snap the nook in place. There were a couple of times I almost lost the nook to gravity because one corner was not truly secure before I picked up the setup. In the week+ that I have been living and traveling with the Executive Jacket, the practice of inserting and removing the reader from the Jacket was valuable for getting a measure of the care required to ensure a secure fit. Read the directions!
The weight of the Jacket plus the nook is not unpleasant, considering how svelte the nook touch is by itself. There will be a separate review/demonstration of the eLuminator touch but I am happy that the booklight really “completes” this setup. I can’t imagine traveling with the nook touch in the Executive Jacket without the light now.
The Jacket-based power button eliminates the need to remove the ereader from the case to access the power button on the back of the nook touch.
I think that the Executive Jacket for the nook touch is worthy of a 9 out of 10 points.
The Executive Jacket™ for B&N nook touch by M-Edge, reviewed in the purple (also available in black) microfiber leather, repeats the great lines and quality of its predecessors for the other nooks, e-readers and tablets. This type of jacket is specific to the device for which it is manufactured as the holder is a hard plastic rather than a plate with elastic loops.
The Jacket holds the nook touch e-reader with a form-fitting base on the right side of the unit. On the left side of the unit, when open, are pockets for a business card and small sheets.
There is a slot for M-Edge’s e-Luminator booklight under the device holder. The newer “touch” e-Luminator is on its way for review and my final thoughts about the Executive Jacket will be based on the fit for that. The older e-Luminator doesn’t fit as well in the Executive Jacket™ for the nook touch. Without any booklight unit, the Jacket closes firmly and the spine is square.
With the older e-Luminator, there’s just a bit too much booklight and the Jacket doesn’t close as squarely.
In any case, M-Edge has provided a screen cloth which is held temporarily by the elastic loop intended for the booklight “head” when it is not in use.
Installing the nook into the Jacket is easy, particularly when you follow the included illustrated instructions. You click the bottom of the e-reader first and then press the upper corners to secure. It took a couple of tries before the nook touch was fully clicked into position.
I’m putting the final touches on my overview video for the review of the M-Edge Executive Jacket for my Barnes & Noble Nook Touch. In addition, the Modular Method Portfolio review is underway, with this sample photograph, available so far.
The M-Edge Executive Jacket review was delayed because I also have additional M-Edge products on their way for review. One in particular – the e-Luminator Touch Booklight – will have some effect on the final review as I want to see how the newer light unit integrates with the M-Edge Executive Jacket for the Nook Simple Touch.