Logitech PlayGear Pocket Slim


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Cases designed to protect portable gaming systems can be bland. Sure you get the physical protection, but they lack individuality. Logitech has addressed this issue with their newest case the PlayGear Pocket Slim for the PSP 2000 series aka the PSP Slim. This case allows the user to access all the controls and connections while the PSP is housed within the PlayGear Pocket Slim.

Logitech includes a template for creating custom skins that lets one personalize the case to their style. In addition, the case can accommodate the larger 2220 mAh Extended Life Battery.


The PlayGear Pocket Slim arrives in a plastic rectangular box with a pre-perforated area on the back of the box. Thanks Logitech, no plastic package cuts today! The front of the package has a windowed area where the PlayGear Pocket Slim can be seen. There is a white cardboard surrounding the rest of the inner package. The back lists the features, contents and system requirements for the case.
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Upon opening the package we find the PlayGear Pocket Slim, a clear template and instructions. On the template are instructions on how to use it to personalize the case.
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The PlayGear Pocket Slim is a composed of clear polycarbonate shell with a snap closure which keeps the PSP from falling out of the case. Pressing on the secure snap closure opens the case. Inside the case are two removable black foam inserts to provide shock protection from any impacts. On the lower right front cover there is a white Logitech logo. The top and bottom right and left corners provide openings to allow access to the right and left triggers, the headphone jack, charging jack and the carrying strap.
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Specifications:

The Logitech PlayGear Pocket Slim offers stylish protection and customization – in transit and during play – for your PSP (2000 series).

Protection
* Polycarbonate construction: Put a shell of armor around your PSP
* Secure snap closure: Keep your PSP safe and in place while on the go.

Customization
* Template included for creating custom skins: Add your own personal style to your PSP®.

Convenience
* Fits Sony’s 2200 mAh Extended Life Battery: Lets you use the optional battery pack for extended hours of portable entertainment.
* Play-in-case design: Access all controls and connections – play without removing your PSP from the case.
Price: $14.99


Installation involves opening the snap closure, putting in the PSP into the PlayGear Pocket Slim. The back half of the case has an opening in the black foam insert and two recessed area that provides extra room for the extended life battery.
The beauty of the PlayGear Pocket Slim is that the PSP does not need to leave the case to be played. In addition, the top of the case folds down to create a stand for viewing videos. The only time you would need to remove the PSP from the PlayGear Pocket Slim is when changing games or Memory Sticks.

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The PlayGear Pocket Slim makes the PSP feel more secure and ergonomic. Since I have large hands, playing games on the PSP in the PlayGear Pocket Slim is actually more comfortable.
Customizable protection is the slogan for the PlayGear Pocket Slim and the included template provides the ability to personalize ones case. The template allows the user to cut out a picture to the size specifications of the PlayGear Pocket Slim. In addition, you can search the web for sites that have premade Playgear Pocket Skins. Just download these, cut out the shape and you insert it into the case. Installation of the skins involves removing the black foam inserts, placing the skin inside the case and reinserting the black foam.

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Here is the personalized technogog version of the PlayGear Pocket Slim.

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Using online resources I was able to create a technogog template using Photoshop.

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Here is a sample of a predesigned skin on one of the available websites.

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The PlayGear Pocket Slim is a nearly perfect case, but could be made better. Unfortunately the case does not allow the storage of UMD discs or memory sticks. Also, since the case is a clear polycarbonate, it does have the ability to get scratched, but that is better than the alternative of a broken or marred PSP.


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Conclusion:

The PlayGear Pocket Slim is a sturdy well-made case and almost exactly the same as the original PlayGear Pocket case for the PSP-1000. There are no major changes in the form or function, but since this case is modeled on one of the best PSP cases available, why mess with success; although Logitech could have added UMD and Memory Stick storage capacity.

The ability to skin the PlayGear Pocket Slim lets the user add his or her personality to the case. With the included template, the user can design their own skins or download premade ones from online resources.

Pros:
Inexpensive
Provides excellent protection
Can play PSP within the case
Personalizable

Cons:
No room for UMD, Memory Stick storage

Grades:  
Overall score-10-10
Design score-10-10
Performance score-10-10
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  • Roald Hroom

    “Using online resources I was able to create a technogog template using Photoshop.”

    Good review, but what “online resources” did you use and why did you not offer readers your template? A common complaint about this case is that the included template doesn’t really work, and yours clearly does. Besides, anyone who uses your skin is providing you with free advertising.

    Also: What were the addresses of the two “available web sites” from which you culled your two skins? You’ve decided to show their work, so it might be polite to give them credit.

    hroomaha@gurg.org

  • kristofer

    http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=psp&message.id=595874

  • kristofer

    http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=psp&message.id=475432

  • Steven

    hi, since the pocket slim is exactly the same as the playgear case for psp-1000 can you put in a psp-1000 as well in the pocket slim although it put only for 2000 & 3000?

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