Accessory Review: Case Logic’s Portable Gaming Cases for DS and PSP

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Case Logic, probably the most recognizable provider of storage and origination solutions for all forms of media (I know I have at least three or four Case Logic cases lying around my house with CDs in them right now), has now entered the gaming market with a brand new line of travel cases for today’s top portables, the DS and PSP. Case Logic recently provided me with samples of the entire lineup which includes six cases total (one hard case, one soft case, and one media organizer for each device), and after putting the set to proper use over my holiday travels I’m back to fill you in on how they performed.

Hard Cases:

Let me first start with the hard cases. They are available in three attractive color schemes – black, blue or red exterior options with complimenting interiors (the blue has a bright yellow inside lining and the red has sort of an olive green lining, for example) – and feature a pretty straightforward zippered clamshell design. On the inside, the bottom half of the case holds your portable of choice, with an elastic strap stretching over the compartment to secure the device in place, and on the top half is a mesh pocket for storing any additional accessories or games. The pocket can’t hold all that much unfortunately – the AC adapters for both systems take up much if not all of the pocket, just to give you an idea of it’s capacity – but for everyday transport there’s enough room for the essentials: a couple games, stylus, screen cloth, memory sticks, etc.

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Both cases are nice and sturdy, properly armored to prevent damage from drops and other minor accidents. I do have a couple of minor caveats though. Specifically with the DS case, I noticed that the device compartment leaves a good quarter of an inch of space on all sides of the system rather than fitting snuggly right up against the system like the PSP case does. Because of this, the DS slides drastically back and forth inside the case. Another annoyance I had was in both cases there is a barcode tag that sticks out in the bottom compartment and tends to catch on the corner of the systems when I tried to put them in. Not a huge problem, but little things like this are an inconvenience.

Soft Cases:

Next up are the soft cases. These slim neoprene cases, available in either blue or black, really are a dream. They are soft, lightweight and perfectly streamlined to slip comfortably into a pocket, yet cushioned enough to give you confidence that your devices are safe and secure, slipping securely over your DS or PSP like a snug wetsuit with a fold-over lid flap ensuring that the systems won’t slide out. And it may not sound exciting, but the stitching around the edges of the case is extremely high quality, so you shouldn’t have to worry about threads popping loose or anything like that.

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Both neoprene sleeves are also equipped with a removeable media organizer plank capable of toting a few extra games on your travels (the DS organizer can hold three cartridges, the PSP organizer can hold two UMDs). The backs of the game holders also serve as screen wipes, which is a handy little bonus. Overall these are excellent cases. I really can’t recommend them enough.

Media Organizers:

Last but not least, Case Logic’s DS and PSP media organizers serve as handy companion pieces to the hard and soft device cases discussed above. The media organizers are made out of the same neoprene material as the soft cases and feature a neat clamshell design with a tough rubber band strap that tightly locks the case closed yet easily slips off when you need to open the case to get at your games. Despite their tiny size, both organizers can hold a surprisingly high quantity of games – six UMDs for the PSP and eight cartridges for the DS.

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For the most part these game sleeves are genius, but sadly the DS case does have a significant design flaw. Unlike the PSP organizer, the DS organizer comes with two storage inserts like those that come with the soft cases. Each insert is supposed to hold four cartridges, but I found that they are so tightly sewn together that it was impossible to fit the full game capacity. I could fit two cartridges easily enough, but getting a third cartridge in was a tight squeeze and getting a fourth one in was literally impossible. I tried and tried to the point where the seam was on the verge of tearing, but I couldn’t get a fourth to fit. Fortunately, the inserts aren’t required. You can take them out and simply tuck cartridges into the case pockets and it still gets the job done. However, doing it this way doesn’t provide the games with the same level of protection since they are free to shift around inside the case.

Though not without a few flaws here and there, Case Logic’s first attempt at video game storage solutions is a rousing success. My favorites are definitely the soft cases, both of which have instantly become my go-to travel totes for my DS and PSP, but the lineup as a whole is fantastic and well worth looking into if you’re in need of new carrying cases for your portable gaming systems. And you know what the best part is? The affordability. Every single case is under $20 – the hard cases are $17.99, the soft cases $14.99 and the media organizers $9.99. Style, functionality and value… Case Logic’s portable gaming line has it all!

Visit the Case Logic website to read up on additional product information.

About the Author

Matt Litten is the full-time editor and owner of VGBlogger.com. He is responsible for maintaining the day to day operation of the site, editing all staff content before it is published, and contributing regular news, reviews, previews and other articles. Matt landed his first gig in the video game review business writing for the now-defunct website BonusStage.com. After the sad and untimely close of BonusStage, the former staff went on to found VGBlogger.com. After a short stint as US Site Manager for AceGamez, Matt assumed full ownership over VGBlogger, and to this day he is dedicated to making it one of the top video game blogs in all the blogosphere. Matt is a fair-minded reviewer and lover of games of all platforms and types, big or small, hyped or niche, big-budget or indie. But that doesn't mean he will let poor games slide without a good thrashing when necessary!