The Sony X Series is recently the most expensive MP3 player reaching $400 for the 32GB version. After dropping that much money for a player you may be interested in a bit of protection. I-nique makes a few different versions of leather cases and a nice silicon case kit with a screen protector and lanyard. All of these are reasonably prices between $19 and $28.
The important thing to pay attention to in these various cases is the accessibility of the hold switch. I love that Sony made this very accessible large hold switch on the back of the player since I found it to be a much used feature while using this player on the go.
First up the Eco-nique case is made from real leather just like the rest and features a magnetic clasp and a place to screw in a belt clip. While closed you have access to the right side volume up and down plus the noise cancellation switch. Unfortunately the awkward part here is the top buttons and hold switch. The problem lies with the headphone jack not allowing the case to fully and quickly expose the top buttons and hold switch. The only way to access them would be to remove your headphones so that you can pull the lid the whole way back. The other cases below have this same issue. I like where Sony placed everything on this player, but it really put the case manufactures like i-nique in a difficult position.
Tuff Luv Case with stand
The Tuff Luv case is similar to the Eco case but has a kickstand on the back for propping it up to watch video. Granted you can easily prop the player up with the other cases by folding the back flap around, but the kick stand gives it a better angle. The same issues persist with the buttons being covered. Though, the hold switch is accessable on this case by unsnapping the stand, but you would still have to take out the headphones to get to the top buttons.
This case is my favorite leather case among these thr
ee, however, i could really do without the embossed graphic on the front. I like this case the best because of the satin leather finish and it feels like it fits the best. I also appreciate the magnetic snap that wraps around to the back as apposed to the unseen magnetic catch on the other cases. Not that there is much difference in security, its just a persona preference.
This one ended up to be my favorite case out of all 4 cases. It may offer the least amount of protection, but it is by far the most functional with the hold switch and top buttons fully exposed. Having the a lanyard, carabiner, and screen protector included makes this case a great value.