Mozo's Surface Sleeve brings a stylish look while delivering some protection too

Finland-based Mozo has been making accessories for Microsoft products for quite some time now, reaching prominence with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL's replacement back covers. Now the company is veering into the perhaps more lucrative Surface accessories business.

Mozo's first foray into Surface products are their new Surface "sneaker" Sleeves, which are now on sale. We managed to get our hands on all three variants — blue, red, and black — and here is my quick review and video tour!

The Mozo sleeves are very well built and made from a combination of canvas and PU leather (a base of leather coated with an embossed layer of polyurethane). The interior linings are entirely soft cotton canvas, and there are both interior and exterior pockets. The whole thing measures 33.5 cm x 25.5 cm x 2.5 cm.

There is no strap or strap mount with these, making them strictly sleeves to carry around your computer. You can, of course, put the sleeve in a larger bag, or just it carry under your arm. But they just look so damn good you probably won't want to slip them into another bag.

Not just for Surface

Sure, Mozo is marketing these under the Surface name, but they can take many different laptops, two-in-ones, etc. For example, I was able to put these into the sleeves with no issues:

  • Lenovo X1 Carbon (4th Gen)
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pro 4/Surface Pro 3
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S
  • Huawei MateBook

The Mozo sleeves look to be tailored made for the Surface Book, which is a good idea since it is the largest of all the Microsoft devices. Mozo says most 13-inch laptops should fit, but even the 14-inch X1 Carbon was able to squeeze in albeit tightly. Naturally, no 15-inch laptops – not even the XPS 15 with its bezel-less Infinity Display – could fit.

Since the Mozo Surface Sleeve looks to be made for the Surface Book, that means the Surface Pro 4 (or Pro 3) will have some space at the top and a bit on the sides. This space is no big deal as it just gives you a little more room to tuck in a portable mouse, magazine, or whatever.

The zippers are also really well done and of a "chunkier" style, which I find more reliable in the long run. The zipper design also plays into the whole "sneaker" aesthetic and gives them a unique appearance. For those who don't care for the red or blue variants, the all-black one is very conservative looking and more ideal for business types or those who just don't like to be flashy. The black version is also mostly leather and lacks the canvas top half.

Rounding out the bottom of the sleeve is a nice rubber foot that lets you more easily keep the sleeve positioned vertically. It's a nice touch that not only protects the bottom of the device and sleeve, but gives it more support too.

The interior is a relatively soft cotton canvas fabric that lets you easily slide in your tablet or computer while also not scratching any delicate metals. There is also an inner pocket that's big enough that you could slip in a magazine or some papers.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Mozo sleeve is quite well done. The canvas/leather combo works well, and the blue or red design is ideal for the younger crowd while the all-black one appeals to those who want something more traditional.

Mozo Surface Sleeve

Mozo sells the sleeves for around $56 USD (€49.90), which is by no means cheap. Nonetheless, between the unique design and fun little bits like the zippers and zipper handles, I can't fault the sleeve for much. They're simple, stylish, and offer moderate protection for your Surface or 13-inch Ultrabook. In the future, I wouldn't mind seeing one with a shoulder strap for easier carrying and maybe a little more space to make it more of a messenger bag instead of a sleeve. Mozo's first foray into the Surface is quite exciting, and I can't wait to see more from the company.

See Surface Sleeve at Mozo

Finally, I'm very happy to announce that Windows Central and Mozo are teaming up to offer Mozo products right here on our site. Mozo products will be coming soon to the Windows Central Shop{.nofollow}; when that happens, I'll be sure to let you know!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • does it ship worldwide?
  • From what I understand. It does.
  • Looks tremendous. believe me. Ok?
  • IMHO it looks garish, but well, someone probably will like it. I'm certainly not keen on having metallic zippers anywhere near a Surface or smartphone, but again, maybe that's just me.
  • Those are silver "plastic" molded teeth (elements) in those zippers, not metal.
  • Ah, that's good to know, at least prevents the potential for scratches.  
  • For surface 3, how is it?
  • Well if it's big for the 4, It's bigger for the 3. Simples.
  • Cool, and yay for the Mozo partnership! Hopefully we'll have some backs and such in our future!
  • The Mozo partnership! "...Windows Central will start selling Mozo products very soon...and we'll be selling these along with the Lumia cases as well..when we get those in stock you'll be able to order them and get them within two or three days..." And these are fantastic news :D
  • I am curious to know if it ships worldwide
  • This was the part of the video I played again just to make sure I understood correctly. Great news. :)
  • I prefer a snug fit for the SP4 so I would not buy this for it. Iactually have an Incipio sleeve that matches the cyan color of my keyboard quite nicely and it's a snug fit.
  • Geeking over Daniels Surface Book
  • lol, it's so awesome, not gonna lie. You can see more of it here.
  • Ok, that is freaking awesome. Thanks for posting. Where did u get the prints?
  • Ships worldwide from windowscentral shop?
  • Can't really see the point in buying a sleek and classy device...then cladding it in one of those. Ugly - and chunky!
  • So, you never put "a sleek and classy device" into any protection ever? You just carry it 24/7 with no cover, no case, no bag? Of course not, so some people like have a sleeve as lightweight protection and not needing a bag, backpack or other contraption when traveling.
  • I have a Surface 3 and use a simple neoprene case made by Samsung. Provides just as much protection - for about 1/10 the cost. & doesn't look garish either. To each their own I guess.
  • The cover for the 950 XL is much superior to cover that came with the phone
  • hey daniel, Is that the vector watch? I'm curios about how it is working after a while?
  • Didn't really say a lot about the size of the pocket. Can the case hold a surface book charger and surface book at the same time or is it too small for that?
  • I use a sleeve designed for a Macbook air 11" for my Surface Pro 4 and that's a perfect fit!