Cowon S9 Noreve Case Review

cowon s9 noreve Cowon S9 Noreve Case Review

One of the common complaints I hear about the Cowon S9 is that it feel too light and hollow. I recently found a fix for this by adding a really nice leather case, making it feel more substantial. While I don’t think that will be the main reason for someone to purchase a case for the S9, I do think the better reason is to protect your investment and keep the S9 blemish free.

Read on for pics and opinions on this case.

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What I like about the S9 case, like Noreve cases for other models, is that it fits very snug in the case with no play for the player to move around. It does a good job of becoming one with the player. You will need to take the player out to charge it or sync it since it’s covered up; though, that might not be such an issue with the long battery life of the S9. Due to the design they could only leave one of the top set of button open when the flap is down. They did make the right choice in leaving the volume buttons open. The skip and pause/play buttons are coved but accessible when the flap is opened.

The flap on the front is magnetic. It’s strong so you won’t ever find it flying open. The flap also doubles as a “kick stand” to hold it up and open to watch video in landscape mode.

The case comes with a detachable belt clip accessory where you install a “button” on which the belt clip snaps on to. If you are not using the clip, a smooth button can be installed.

I was never a big fan of cases, but Noreve is slowly turning me on to them. This is my third Noreve case and first case made from the rough textured “vintage” leather. The vintage leather sells for around an $12 premium over the standard color cases and come in 4 colors: “Dark” (black), “sandy” (brown/khaki), “passion” (dark red), and “jean” (light blue). If you prefer the standard leather, with a slight gloss comparatively, there is a gambit of colors to choose from.

The standard leather sells for $51 and the vintage sells for around $63. It might be a little steep compared to your off the shelf acrylic or silicone case, but you get what you pay for. I have found that the premium price on Noreve cases always matches the quality. You can get the S9 Case directly from Noreve USA or their global site


Binks on March 11, 2009 9:06 PM

1st comment :-) !! Looks nice, might just consider getting a case – still saving up for my S9, so i7 keeping me going till then.

alex on March 11, 2009 10:56 PM

Nice review. OT a bit, from your previous post you said that you are going to post a comparison review on S9 and P3… I sort of hope that you will wait a bit so that you can do a S9, P3 and the Sony X1000 3 way showdown. :-) Seems like they each has something that the others don’t have.

EGGO on March 12, 2009 5:39 AM

Wasn’t the S9 made of that Gorilla Glass that’s really tough? I wonder if the device would be able to still survive without a case.

Amiram on March 12, 2009 5:45 PM

Thanks for the review.Will you review the Tuff-Luv leather case too?

Mike on May 15, 2009 12:15 AM

I dunno, it seems to me the S9 will do just fine without a case. The screen IS that gorilla glass and the rest of the player seems pretty immune to scratches and normal wear and tear. As long as you’re not too reckless I don’t think a case is necessary to keep the S9 in great condition.

Robby on July 20, 2009 12:20 PM

Play/pause track ff/rw/skip is covered when case is closed… in addition to the fact that this case doubles the depth of the player. Unless you are a total spaz or you need a belt clip which carries its own risks, the S9 really does not need a case.

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Vyas Chady on December 9, 2009 7:32 AM

For me the best case, well thought of designed is this one, from Amazon.com’s like they were ment to be purchased for each other. When you open the case, you are presented with just the front of the device which already have the Gorilla glass. The rest of the body is protected with a hard shell coated with leather. It feels really good in the hand.Everything remains accessible, including the charging area, you can leave the case closed and still charge the player without having to take it out. And it looks good.

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