The 7 Best Padfolios of 2019
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Even though the modern tablet didn’t become the laptop killer that some had envisioned, the devices still rank as a must-have for a wide cross-section of professionals, sitting squarely at the spot where a phone is too small, and a computer feels like overkill. From orchestrating Power Points and reporting from the field to more comfortably browsing emails and watching immersive media, the tablet is here to stay. And so, too, are cases designed to protect those tablets. Some are full-on “padfolios,” which merge together functions like a kickstand or a keyboard along with the ability to store all the other office essentials, while others keep things a bit simpler — but since pen and paper will never be replaced, we’ve focused our round-up to include those that feature notepad storage.
In evaluating our top picks for tablet cases, we looked at models made for iPads — but most manufacturers also make similar cases custom-designed for other tablets, including Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon’s Kindle and more. And some designs also work for a variety of different tablet sizes, with easily adjustable elastic support to keep your tech safe. When evaluating the proper padfolio, consider your work and commute conditions: if bad weather is an unavoidable reality, go with something that offers bomber protection. If you’re immersed in a fashion-forward environment, all-leather designs will up the sartorial quotient. And naturally, consider what you’ll want to carry. Charging cables and writing utensils are a given, but padfolios can almost double as a mini-bag, with slots for notebooks, business and credit cards, passports, airline tickets, headphones, and….pretty much anything else you want to carry. More minimalist? Consider padfolios that keep things svelte and avoid any excess bulk. Keep reading to see the best padfolios to buy today.
Best Overall: KHOMO Executive PadFolio Case
With a sharply detailed leather exterior, the KHOMO Executive PadFolio Case looks far more expensive than its modest price tag would suggest. The sturdy exterior protects your tablet from the bumps and bruises of daily office life, with a plush microfiber interior to prevent scratches and scrapes on the screen. Inside you’ll also find places for a 5 x 8-inch notepad, business cards, and pens and pencils as well as slip pockets for important items like your passport, airline ticket or hotel room key. The whole package seals soundly via twin zippers that are designed to rest just inside the edge of the case; thin zipper pulls make it easy to open and close, while an exterior zippered pocket is ideal for storing your phone, cables, headphones and an extra battery pack.
Best Value: Cooper Bizmate Business Executive Portfolio
Designed to fit tablets with 8.9- to 9.7-inch screens, this low-cost option utilizes clear plastic tabs to hold your device securely. The soft fabric cover and YKK zippers provide some solid protection, and the faux leather interior adds a touch of class. It also comes with an A5 notepad and a pen/stylus holder, which sits on a flap adjacent to your device. Flip it over to reveal four sectional card slots, two letter document dividers, two pockets big enough for your phone and chargers and an ID pocket.
Best for Keyboards: Executive Leather Padfolio Case
If you use your tablet as your main piece of work-related tech, or simply want the ease and convenience of using a keyboard, consider the Executive Leather Padfolio Case. It comes with a Bluetooth keyboard that easily syncs to your device, and the case packs in a lot of other features, including space for a letter-sized notebook, pen loops, card slots and a cell phone pocket. It also has a mesh zippered pocket panel that angles upward into a kickstand to stand up your device in landscape mode, with the keyboard placed before the screen. The leather exterior will age beautifully, and the microfiber interior will treat your essentials with kid’s gloves.
Best for Versatility: Universal Business Leather Portfolio
Designed to accommodate any tablet measuring up to 9.5 x 12.5 inches, this model delivers the timeless aesthetic of black leather (albeit with a bit of gloss). Inside, four corners with stretches of elastic fabric that’s used to secure your tablet sit on Velcro, so you can easily move them based on tablet size. It also includes space for business and credit cards, pens/pencils, a zippered inner pocket and an exterior zippered pocket for bulkier items that won’t fit inside the zippered main compartment. It can also covert into a landscape/easel stand.
Best Retro: Vintage Crazy-Horse Portfolio Organizer
At first glance $100 may feel like a lot to spend on a portfolio, but the high-quality vintage leather materials really make it a steal if you want something more than just something to haul your kit. With contrast double stitching, silver zipper hardware, and the ability to get it engraved, it really is a stunner. On the outside, you get one wide zippered pocket for chargers and your phone. Inside the zippered case, you get…everything a professional might need, including pen loops, a stylus holder, a cell phone pocket and a slot to hold a notepad, which sits on a flap that protects your device’s screen from all the other items you’re hauling.
Best Classic: The Professional Portfolio
Much like its very literal name, this portfolio sticks with what works: sturdy protection and lots of storage wrapped inside the timeless appeal of full-grain cow leather. Beyond the zipper closer, you have a snap-down slot pocket and a second slip pocket on the outside — and that’s it. Inside, worlds of organization unfold, including space for your phone, pens and a stylus, a letter-sized notepad, a zippered inner pocket, a snap-down pocket perfect for magazines and catalogs, as well as even more space for your passport and other important documents.
Best for Artists: Wundermax Portfolio
This navy blue PU leather portfolio likely appeals more to the creative set — after all, it includes a notebook (with a deer wearing a bow tie on it!) as well as two bookmarks that each hold five sticky notes to help annotate what you're reading or mark spots on your drawings. The hand-crafted case can be configured to hold the notepad for left- or right-handed people and also includes a mesh phone pocket, a file pocket, card slots, a spot for magazines and more pockets. Unlike other padfolios on this list, however, it only comes with a tablet slot, secured by a snap closure, so you have to remove your device to use it.