Best Cases and Sleeves for ThinkPad X1 Extreme Windows Central 2020

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a versatile Ultrabook that's built to take a beating. But that doesn't mean it can't benefit from a sleeve or case to keep it looking pristine. We've rounded up the best options out there right now that should have no issues fitting both the first- and second-generation X1 Extreme models.

Premium design: Waterfield Sleevecase

Editor's choice

Waterfield's products are handmade in San Francisco and come with a stellar warranty, so you can be sure this is a quality sleeve. It's made to fit precisely around the X1 Extreme, and it's available in either waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. Choose from vertical or horizontal orientation, and add a strap if you'd like to sling it over your shoulder.

From $69 at SFBags

Budget protection: Inateck sleeve

Staff budget pick

Inateck's sleeve keeps it basic, which allows for a bargain price that's pretty much unbeatable. Included is a central zippered pocket with soft fleece lining and a secondary zippered pouch on the front for your smaller accessories. Choose from three different colors to suit your style and carry it alone under an arm or in a backpack thanks to a slim profile.

$13 at Amazon

Extra drop protection: tomtoc 360

Whereas many sleeves have just a zipper around the edges and corners, Tomtoc builds its sleeve with thick padding everywhere. This adds extra drop protection, and the soft lining won't scratch your X1 Extreme. Two zippered pockets on the front of the sleeve have room for a charger and other accessories, and a handle on top makes it easy to carry around solo.

From $28 at Amazon

Handle for carrying: ProCase sleeve

ProCase sleeves last a long time, yet they come at a relatively low price. The main zippered pocket has ample padding and is soft enough not to scratch your laptop, plus there's a secondary zippered pouch on the outside for small accessories. The exterior fabric is water-resistant, and a handle on top makes it easy to carry around wherever you go.

From $19 at Amazon

Slim fit: Ceocase sleeve

If you'd like to get as snug a fit as possible for your X1 Extreme, this Ceocase sleeve is a great choice. It's built specifically for the laptop, and its faux leather exterior will fit equally well in a boardroom or coffee shop. There's not much drop protection, but the exterior repels water, and the microfiber interior protects from scratches.

$17 at Amazon

Official ThinkPad: Thinkpad sleeve

Lenovo's official ThinkPad sleeve displays the brand on the front to match your X1 Extreme, and it's outfitted with a main zippered pocket with ample padding and a secondary pocket on the front for some accessories. The handle on top is thick and sturdy, and it's light enough to carry everywhere. If you want something that looks like a briefcase, this is a great pick.

$26 at Lenovo

If we're making some suggestions

All of the above sleeves will fit Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, and they'll provide varying levels of protection and style. If you're wondering which to choose, we thoroughly recommend checking out Waterfield's Sleevecase. Each one is handmade to fit your X1 Extreme specifically, and you can choose from ballistic nylon with micro trim or waxed canvas with grizzly leather trim.

Choose from vertical or horizontal orientation for the foldover flap, and add a strap to the purchase if you'd like to carry the sleeve case over a shoulder. A pouch on the back has room for some smaller accessories. If you travel often, it's TSA-checkpoint friendly, so you don't have to take out your laptop, and enjoy a lifetime warranty that protects against damage.

The Waterfield Sleevecase is rather pricey, so if you're sticking to a budget, Inateck's sleeve is no doubt much more attractive. You get a central zippered pocket with fleece lining to protect your laptop, and a secondary zippered pouch on the outside has enough room for your smaller accessories. It's available in three colors to suit your style, and its slim build allows you to easily tuck it under your arm or slide it into a separate bag for carrying.

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