Review: DLO Limited Edition Case
Within a few hours of Apple reintroducing the U2 iPod, DLO introduced the Limited Edition Case. This “cross case” (as some have called it) is similar to DLO’s own Relaxed Leather cases, except that it can be used with both fourth- and fifth-generation iPods. Besides that, it appears that the case will not be sold for very long.
The $40 Limited Edition Case is made of black leather, with a red leather interior and red cross on the outside. Cutouts on the top allow the case to be used with either iPod model. A cutout on the bottom of the case allows easy access to the Dock Connector.
Limited Edition Case
Limited Edition Case (back)
Limited Edition 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, and the actual cutout for the Click Wheel is suited for fifth-generation iPods – this means that owners of fourth-generation iPods will have a smaller surface area to use. Also, unlike many other cases, the case itself only wraps around the bottom half of the iPod—this is to keep the case more universal, although when the case is closed, the iPod will still be protected.
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.
The only real downside of the case is the price—$40 for a leather case is a bit steep, although it certainly isn’t as expensive as Apple’s leather cases.
DLO’s Limited Edition Case is unique product that is great if you want something that is a bit “different”. We’re not sure how “limited” it will be, but it does a decent job of protecting your iPod and looks good.
The One-Sentence Verdict™
If you don’t mind spending a little extra, DLO’s Limited Edition Case is a well-made, stylish case for two kinds of iPods.
Pros: Protects iPods well, interesting design, flap stays closed with magnet, belt clip matches
Cons: Dock Connector and corners of iPod exposed, a bit pricey