The time has come for me to review another case that has been designed for the PSP. This is definitely going to be a case to consider purchasing, and may even outrank the Logitech Playgear Pocket. The case I’m holding in my hands and am going to tell you about is called The Capdase Luxury Case.
It has a sleek clamshell design; the top half is anodized aluminum, while the bottom half is a thin rubberized plastic that feels nice to the touch. This case securely fits your PSP and seems to be just millimeters bigger then the system itself – this is definitely no bulky case that you’re going to have to tote around. Capdase has released this case in two colors: black and brushed silver.
The top is securely fastened with a metal clasp and you may find it to be little too stiff as you really have to tug on it to get the case open the first couple of times. On the other hand though, you can definitely be assured that your PSP won’t accidentally fall out. When the top half is opened and folded back you find a nice neoprene lining that will help keep your PSP from being scratched while inside the case. The addition of two memory stick cutouts in the top lining may be appreciated by those who tend to switch out their sticks often and is a nice use of what would otherwise be wasted space.
Your PSP slides into the rubberized plastic bottom, and I’ll tell you now that it’s a tight fit. In a similar style to the Playgear Pocket, Capdase has designed this case so that all the ports are accessible when the case is closed, and all the buttons can be used comfortably when the case is open.
My biggest complaint about the current crop of PSP accessories has been the designers’ apparent brain lapse on the existence of the UMD door. I’m happy to report that this case hasn’t forgotten about it – on the back of the Capdase case you have a little trap door that can be pulled down to expose the UMD door. This is actually my favorite feature on this case due to a sneaky little feature that it offers; you see, when this door is folder down you’ll notice a little notch in the end and if you place the clasp from the top case in this little notch you will have gone and turned your great little PSP case into an awesome little PSP stand for watching movies. I had used my Playgear Pocket for this for a while now, and I can tell you that the Capdase solution is much more elegant. Basically you can place your PSP in here once, and not ever have to take it out, provided that you never have to remove your battery.
Capdase has also included a leather wrist strap with this product. While I don’t use my wrist strap all that often, the strap included with this case is a much more attractive one to keep on my PSP. It was a nice bonus to find this in the package.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. There are a PILE of PSP cases out there on the market. My previous “Best of Show” case, as I mentioned previously, was the Logitech Playgear Pocket, but I think this case has de-throned it. The Capdase Luxury Case retails for $29.99, which does put it $10 more expensive then the Playgear Pocket but personally, I feel that it is an extra $10 very well spent.
UMD door is free!
Doubles as a PSP Stand for movie viewing
The tight fit and light weight
Clasp is a little hard to open.
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10