Pros: Largely protective, chrome-like mirrored hard plastic cases for iPods and iPod nanos, each including three shells – an opaque mirrored rear shell, a translucent mirrored front shell, and a totally clear front shell – together allowing you to enjoy full or partial mirror-like reflectivity without scratching your iPod’s body. Eye-catching mirrored front plate lets you see iPod’s screen when backlight’s turned on.
Cons: Like iPods, cases’ surfaces aren’t hard to scratch. No Click Wheel cover or other pack-ins included.
Sold as three-piece sets, the Illusion/Mirror Cases for iPod ($40) and iPod nano ($30) each include two front shells – one mirrored, one clear – and one mirrored rear shell. Impressively, when the mirrored face is attached, you’ll see your reflection across its entire surface… until the iPod’s screen is activated, at which point it will shine through the housing, only modestly dimmed by the case. Black iPods are less visible through the front shell than white ones, which betray a slight outline even when turned off. Each of the 5G cases is sized to the thickness of its specific iPod model (30GB or 60GB).
Small holes in the top left corner of the 5G case, and in both top sides of the nano case, let you pass a wrist strap (optional) through for carrying. A seriously cool and unique design. Power Support advises us that the Mirror Cases will be on its website soon.
Sold as three-piece sets, Power Support’s Illusion Cases – previously named Mirror Cases – for iPod ($40) and iPod nano ($30) represent true rarities in the increasingly crowded and predictable iPod case market: well-executed, original designs. Each Illusion Case includes two front shells – one mirrored, one clear – and one mirrored rear shell. When the mirrored face is attached, you see your reflection across its entire surface… until the iPod’s screen is activated. At that point, the iPod’s screen shines through the housing, only modestly dimmed by the case.
Users of black iPods should take pleasure in the fact that their models are less visible through the front shell than white iPods, which betray a slight outline even when turned off.
The Illusion Cases score almost perfectly on build quality – as with all of the precision-made Power Support cases we’ve seen in the past, they have no issues with fit or finish out of the package: each of the 5G cases is sized to the thickness of its specific iPod model (30GB or 60GB), and the nano case fits all capacities of the nano. In each case, the iPod’s Click Wheel is properly ringed by a hole cut in the case’s face, and the iPod’s top and bottom ports are properly aligned. Additional small holes in the top left corner of the 5G case, and in both top sides of the nano case, let you pass an optional wrist strap through for carrying. The only imperfections we noted in the cases were post-purchase ones: it’s not difficult to scratch an Illusion Case’s body, leading to a one-point deduction here, though you won’t mind it anywhere near as much as you would if you’d scratched the iPod inside.
Each version of the Illusion Case provides full access to the iPod’s Click Wheel controls, Hold switch, and top and bottom ports, and though we’d normally deduct a single point because the iPod’s mirror-covered screen is dimmed a bit from its normal brightness level, Power Support’s inclusion of an alternate front shield eliminates this issue. If you want clear access to your iPod’s screen, use the clear shield. Additionally, the top and bottom ports proved easy to use even with oversized headphone and Dock Connector plugs, but don’t feel as if they’re overly generous in size.
The obvious feature that earns the Illusion Cases the bulk of their points here is Power Support’s mirrored coating – a translucent mirrored film in the front shell and an opaque mirrored surface in the rear shell, together making your iPod look entirely chromed until its screen is turned on.