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OK, but should sell for about $20.
on December 23, 2011
This is a review for the TIMBUK2 plush sleeve for the Kindle Fire. It is the first kindle accessory I have purchased for my kindle fire. This is basically a padded envelope for your kindle. The flap is held closed by a couple of Velcro strips. There is foam padding in the walls of the sleeve. Not real thick (maybe 1/8"), but sufficient to provide some protection. The sleeve has a soft lining. The kindle fire slides in and out with just the right amount of resistance. Not too tight: not too loose. Overall, it appears to be well made and should hold up well. At the time I ordered it from Amazon, there were no negative reviews posted. The lowest was 4 stars.
Issues: Sleeve is way overpriced. I would say it is worth $19.95, not the $29.99 on sale price I paid. It does not serve as an easel to hold your kindle in viewing position. It does not have any extra storage space for the charging cable, earphones, stylus, a cleaning cloth, or any other extras you might want to tote around with your kindle. It does not have any kind of handle or carrying strap. I think the case will be awkward to carry when the kindle is inside. The case is slippery, and the kindle fire is heavy enough that you will probably have to hold the case underhanded or risk dropping it. This would not be an issue if you plan to always carry it inside a purse or tote bag of some kind.
One reviewer noted the cross-stitch pattern on the inside of the sleeve will transfer to your kindle, "embedded in the oils your skin leaves on it." I have not noticed this, but I use a micro-fiber cloth to wipe my kindle before I put it in the sleeve. This seems sensible to me. If your kindle is covered with skin oil when you put it in the sleeve, that oil will transfer and accumulate on the soft lining of the sleeve. Eventually, when you slide a clean kindle into the sleeve, it will come out dirty due to the accumulated oil. I like to keep the cleaning cloth handy, so that is one reason I am disappointed there is no extra storage space in this product.
This is very basic protection, but overpriced for what you get.