Notebook Case Review: Noreve Tradition Fidelis Leather Sleeves for 15" Notebook Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Superb quality in both material and craftsmanship, perfect fit, classy and expensive looking.
What's Not: No handles or shoulder strap options.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The Tradition Fidelis Leather Sleeve series is a new line of leather sleeves from Noreve for tablets and notebooks. These leather cases use top quality leather and they are handmade to order. These cases are specifically designed for the tablet or notebook models, such as the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, iPad 3 and more. The leather sleeve cases come in 5 sizes including 8", 11", 13", 15" and 17" in different leather textures and colors. We use the Tradition Fidelis 15" Leather Sleeve for the MacBook Pro 15" in Nappa Red for this review.
The Noreve Tradition Fidelis Leather Sleeves is a very well made case with high quality leather. As with other Noreve leather cases, the Fidelis line offers Nappa leather which has very smooth leather surface, and Ambition (more grain), Exceptional (like soft suede) and Illumination (high gloss metallic) series. The Nappa leather selection has a dozen color options while other textured selections have 3-4 color options and are more expensive. The Nappa leather surface is soft and smooth, and the stitching matches the color of the case. The bottom and sides of the case are molded to add more rigidity to protect the notebook from shock damage if you bump it in the case. The edges of the case have solid stitching that keep the front and back leather exterior together and adds some extra shock absorption.
The Fidelis 15-inch leather case is top loading. The large closure flap has strong inserts just as the front and back of the case. The only part on the case that doesn't have the hard inserts is the folding part of the closure flap so that you can close the case easily. The case has three small but strong magnetic coins that shuts the cover securely. One side of the case has a lower cut than the other, and this is the only area you can see the notebook with the closure flap shut; and with the flap open, the space makes it easier for you to take out the notebook. There is a slim pocket on the back of the case that's big enough for a paper notebook or a magazine.
The Noreve Fidelis 15" leather sleeve case measures 14.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 inches and fits the MacBook Pro models including the regular model as well as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display model perfectly. If you have a 15" notebook that have similar size to the MacBook Pro notebooks, then it should fit in the Fidelis just fine. Even the wider HP Envy 15-3040nr fits, but very snuggly. For the very good protection, the case adds 1.45 lbs. to the weight of your notebook. As with most Noreve cases, the Fidelis 15" Tradition case comes in a very nice black/red gift box in a cloth pouch to protect the leather during transit.
The Noreve Fidelis 15" Leather case is a pure sleeve case, as it doesn't come with any handles or shoulder strap hooks to carry the notebook other than holding it in your hand.
If you are looking for a classy, high quality case for your expensive notebook, the Noreve Fidelis is one of the nicest cases we've seen. It uses very high quality material, shows excellent workmanship, comes in several selections in texture and color, and it's very form fitting. The case is very protective thanks the rigid inserts and strong molding. It's easy to use and opens and shuts smoothly. It's more designed to use with a business case or backpack as it doesn't come with handles or shoulder strap hooks, and it does scream "expensive" if hiding your expensive notebook is of a concern.
Price: $97.03 with Nappa leather options; and more for other textures Web site: Noreve