Review: dasblau The Versa2 5G iPod Case | iLounge

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BRecommended

Company: dasblau

Website: www.dasblau.com

Model: The Versa2 5G

Price: $60

Compatible: iPod 5G

dasblau The Versa2 5G iPod Case

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By Jerrod H.

Contributing Editor, iLounge
Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Category: Cases - iPods + Accessories, iPod 5G (with Video)

Pros: A handmade leather-and-fabric flip case, with a belt loop that doubles as a stand for watching video. Five varied style choices will appeal to various users.

Cons: Finish of seams around the iPod’s screen is rough, with the hole slightly mis-sized. Corners of iPod remain unprotected.

As an update to the company’s earlier The Versa case for 5G iPods, The Versa2 (also Versa2

) adds additional iPod face and screen protection to the prior leather flip-open design. Like Versa, Versa2’s flap turns into a stand to let you watch iPod videos without holding the iPod upright; a snap system shuts the flap, and a semi-hard belt loop can be popped open to hold it up for video viewing.

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Handmade in New York, the Dasblau Versa2 doesn’t have the robotic precision that more common manufactured cases have, but that’s to be expected and, for some potential buyers, is a neat little mark of character. With that said, however, there’s only one minor complaint we have with the fit and finish of the Versa2

: the finishing of the seams around the screen area is slightly rough, and the hole itself is slightly too narrow and slightly too tall. Besides this issue, the case is well constructed, and the leather material is nice. There’s also a fabric lining inside that’s soft enough to prevent scratching to an iPod.

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Like its predecessor, the Versa2

is a flip-style case, with the hinge at the bottom of the iPod, closing with a single button-snap closure at the top, between the iPod’s headphone port and its Hold switch. Therefore, these two access areas are accessible regardless of whether the case is open or closed, scoring 2 points each. The remaining key areas of the iPod - Click Wheel, screen, and Dock Connector port, are all accessible when the flap is opened, scoring one point each for usability. Since all areas are accessible in the case, the only reason you’ll need to remove the iPod is if you need to use the iPod with Universal Dock-compatible accessories.

One thing to note regarding the sewn-in screen protector: it’s soft, and a bit oversized for the hole, meaning there are waves as it covers the screen. This looks like it’d be a problem, but when the iPod’s bright screen is on, visibility isn’t really a big issue.

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The dasblau Versa2

has an integrated rigid belt loop that, when partially disconnected, can angle out from the case and anchor into the front flap to create a stand for watching video. This is a soft-case analog to the recent integrated stand feature found in Griffin’s CenterStage (iLounge rating: B), DLO’s VideoShell (iLounge rating: B-), and other hard cases.

Additionally, the Versa

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is available in 5 styles: Carrottini (orange & green), Hot Rod (black & red), Mocha Sky (brown & orange), Sherlock (brown & beige), and Testtube (black & green). Mocha Sky is pictured here.

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When in the case, an iPod is protected fairly well, with its corners and much its top surface exposed full time; the screen, Click Wheel, Dock Connector, and entire front and back surfaces are protected by the flap when closed. When the flap is open, the screen is still protected by a soft, sewn-in screen protector.

In the “handmade” case category, we’d consider the Versa2

‘s $60 to be on the upper end of ‘fair’ pricing, which would earn it a solid 5 points in the value category. However, with the case’s nice quality leather, varied color choices, and useful video stand feature, we’ve added a bonus point to bring the case up to our B-level recommendation.

As a side note, if you like the look of the Versa

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, you can almost get the same case at $35 while the company is still selling off its stock of original Versa cases at a discounted price, but this model lacks the Versa’s screen protection, and much of its protection of the iPod’s sides.

A Note From the Editors of iLounge: Though all products and services reviewed by iLounge are "final," many companies now make changes to their offerings after publication of our reviews, which may or may not be reflected above. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

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Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

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