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+.