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Backstage: The U.S. arrival of Power Support

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2004
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Some people like Japanese products just because they’re Japanese. As a former exchange student and visitor to Japan, I’ve had thirteen or more years to get past that mindset. Today, the Japanese products I like are those that embody the best traits of Japanese design: elegance and an unusually high degree of attention to detail, texture, fit, and form. For these reasons, the soft launch of Power Support’s English-language, U.S.-based website is nothing short of an exciting event for me. And if you appreciate excellent design work, you’ll want to check it out immediately.

The oddly-named company has been selling awesome, decidedly Japanese accessories for iPods (and computers) through a Japan-only website for some time. Dennis and I have been hoping for many months that Power Support would export their catalog to customers outside of Japan, and finally, they have.

picThe company’s U.S. arm, Power Support USA, now has a bunch of new iPod accessories available for U.S. customers:

iPod Silicone Jacket set* (includes Crystal and Wheel Film)
iPod Crystal Film* (screen protector)
iPod Wheel Film* (protective donuts for the iPod wheel)
iPod Stand* (renamed iPod Mobile Stand for U.S., includes free Jacket and Film)
iPod Simple Stand* (likely includes free Jacket and Film)
iPod Flex Stand* (renamed iPod Swivel Fix Stand for U.S., includes free Jacket and Film)
The iPod mini gets all of the * accessories too, plus an exclusive case called the Crystal Jacket.

Japanese consumers can also buy an iPod Power Adapter, plus two other stands called the iPod Stand Universal, and iPod Flex Stand Universal, each designed to hold encased iPods. And the Japanese site supports 1G/2G iPods with a number of items, as well. If you’re a Mac lover, check out the G5 Skate and Rooftop accessories. My personal wish list includes an Ergo PowerBook stand and those PowerBook air vents. The stuff is just too cool.

Reviews of the aforementioned items (except the Simple Stand) are forthcoming, as is a review of Tunewear’s new Prie case, another cool release from the land of the rising sun. This is a great, great time to be an iPod owner.

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1

thanks for the link, cool accesories over there.

Posted by Brayeta on August 10, 2004 at 7:07 PM (PDT)

2

I wonder if the mobile stand will work with the iSkin Evo.  If it does, I’m all over it.

Hopefully you can compare Power Support’s Silicone Jacket to iSkin’s Evo in terms of size when you review the PS products.

Posted by Third on August 12, 2004 at 3:55 AM (PDT)

3

Not the evo, the exo.

Posted by coolpepper43 on August 12, 2004 at 3:28 PM (PDT)

4

Thank you very much for this link.  Will these stands work for the new 4g ipods? 
Which stand do ipodloungers recommend buying, the mobile stand, the simple stand or the swivel fix stand? 
How reliable is the swivel fix stand?  Is there a problem of it falling off the dashboard?  How reliable is the adhesive area.
Thanks for your help.

Posted by engroll918 on August 22, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT)

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