In the music player industry, product cases are an often
overlooked market. First party manufacturers see it only as another way to
squeeze out some extra cash from a customer, and many times style and
quality are overlooked in favor of a low price and faster production
potential. Yet, there are a few companies such as Vaja who have taken it
upon themselves to bring high quality products to this small market.
Today, we will be taking a look at Vaja's latest addition to their luxury
MP3 product protection line: The iPod shuffle case.
As with all of Vaja's leather products, their classic
leather styled iPod shuffle case came packaged in their signature black
designer box. Aside from inserts advertising other Vaja products, there is
a Vaja product card as well as the other usual Vaja items, like a booklet
with tips on how to take care of the leather product. Then, there is the
This case is easily one of the most stylish options for
iPod Shuffle owners looking to get some extra protection for their music
player. The cracked, "classic," styled leather is as easy on the eyes as
it is to fit your shuffle into. Slipping the shuffle into it is just a
matter of flipping open the leather flap and sliding the player into the
Operation is unproblematic for the most part. There are
black etched markings indicating the various buttons, as well as a cut-out
in the back for the off/playlist/shuffle slider and an opening for your
earphones. The only problem I had with operation was the volume down
control; the leather locking flap extends down too much and sometimes
interferes with the button. It is not an issue that would drastically
decrease functionality, but its annoying when you have to slide the flap
up before you can gain full access to the button.
Also, unlike other iPod shuffle cases, Vaja's case allows
you to sync your player without having to remove the case. Simply remove
the flap before inserting the shuffle into a dock or usb port and replace
it after syncing.
Vaja has long been known as a leading manufacturer of
top-notch cases that are both aesthetically appealing and conveniently
functional. The Vaja iPod shuffle case is no exception.
SLCentral Verdict: 9