We have lately been taking a look at many of the new Noreve cases for some of the recent MP3 players. For those unfamiliar, Noreve makes high end leather cases for many electronic gadgets. The selection is quite extensive covering nearly all of the MP3 players featured on this site. Additionally, the product line extends to gaming devices, cameras, and even some netbooks.
The cases get pricey and fall in at the high end of the scale, but from the several Noreve cases I personally own, I feel that the price is warranted. The absence of brand price inflation is subsisted for good materials and quality craftsmanship.
A case can have great material and great craftsmanship, but fails to intelligently design the product to fit all the ports and buttons of a device. This can affect the overall functionality of a player, for instance if the transfer port is blocked you may be forced to take the player out of the case to charge it. This was the case (pun intended) for the Cowon S9. It’s the best case I have seen for the S9, but the design of the player didn’t allow for access to the transfer/charging cable.
With the Samsung P3 case (also see P3 player review), Noreve was able to engineer it so that you would never have to remove the player- all ports and buttons are available. The case lacks a kick stand for viewing video, but I found that the case will stay comfortable propped up with a slight twist of the back cover. This is sturdy enough for watching at your desk, but may fall over if you were in a car or on an airplane or on a boat.
This case is another solid case from Noreve, not surprisingly since we have given a thumbs up to all the others. However, I’ll give it an extra thumbs up to this case for making all ports available at the same time keeping the player securely in place.