Review: DLO Relaxed Leather Case
Much like the Limited Edition Case, DLO’s Relaxed Leather Case is a leather iPod case designed to protect the entire iPod while looking classy. Unlike its short-run cousin, the Relaxed Leather Case only works with fifth-generation iPods.
The $35 case comes in a few different designs, each featuring some sort of combination of leather and stitching or rivets. A strip of leather surrounds the screen A cutout on the bottom of the case allows easy access to the Dock Connector.
Relaxed Leather Case
Relaxed Leather Case (back)
Relaxed Leather Case (open)
One thing to note about this case is that it stays closed with a magnet. We’re not sure if the magnet will really hurt the iPod’s hard drive, but since Apple has been using them in their notebooks for the last 5 years, it doesn’t seem like a problem. This mechanism seems like it might be more durable than Velcro or snaps.
The screen and Click Wheel are exposed when the case is opened. A thin strip of leather surrounds the screen on the left, right, and top. It seems more for appearance than anything else. Although there is no screen or Click Wheel protection, the case covers most of the iPod when closed..
Under the cover, there is a slot for an ID card or credit card. This is somewhat handy, although you’ll only be able to carry one card.
The nonremovable belt clip is competent, and covered in leather, a nice change from the plastic or metal clips that look out of place on other cases. It does not stick out enough to be a problem when not in use.
It is a bit tough to remove the iPod from the case, but we’ve found it to get easier with use. Plus, unless you are using bottom-mounted accessories or docks, removal of the case is not particularly necessary.
DLO’s Relaxed Leather Case is an interesting take on the leather case concept—it isn’t just a black/brown leather case with a flap. It does a decent job of protecting your iPod from everyday use.
The One-Sentence Verdict™
The Relaxed Leather Case is somewhat casual, but protects fairly well and looks interesting.
Pros: Protects iPods well, interesting design, flap stays closed with magnet, belt clip matches
Cons: Dock Connector and corners of iPod exposed