Logitech PlayGear Pocket (PSP) review: Logitech PlayGear Pocket (PSP)

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MSRP: $14.99

The Good Inexpensive; doesn't add to much bulk to the PSP; helps improve ergonomics while playing games.

The Bad No room for storing UMD games.

The Bottom Line Logitech's PlayGear Pocket may be a simple, inexpensive protective case for your PSP--but it's also one of the best.

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7.5 Overall

Sure, your Sony PSP comes with a neoprene slipcover case that does an adequate job of protecting your investment. But if you're among those looking for a little more protection, you might have your eye on a hardcase option such as Logitech's inexpensive PlayGear Pocket.

This simple yet sleek case is made of hard, clear plastic, but it's lined with firm, black foam rubber, so it appears to be predominantly black. For creative types, the good news is the rubber lining slips out, allowing you to slide your own artwork between the plastic and the foam, thereby customizing the look of the case. That's why Logitech describes the product as skinnable.

Your Sony PSP fits snuggly inside the PlayGear Pocket, and because there are cutouts in the plastic, you can plug your headphones in as well as charge the unit while it remains in the case. In fact, you'll probably remove your PSP only when you're swapping in a new game (or memory card) or transferring files via the USB port. That's right: the PlayGear Pocket is designed to be attached to your PSP while you're playing games. And what's interesting is that, by essentially widening your Sony PSP, it seems to make the PSP more ergonomic, particularly when it comes to repetitive use of the shoulder buttons. Another bonus: the top of the case folds down, effectively turning the case into a stand or an easel for viewing movies or videos.

The PlayGear Pocket has only a couple of small downsides. The first is that it doesn't offer any place to store UMD games. For that, you'll have to step up to the much bulkier PlayGear Street. The other minor downside is that over time the case will get scratched up. For many, that won't matter. Bottom line: the PlayGear Pocket is an excellent option for both protecting your investment and making it more comfortable to play with.