Apple’s AirPods Pro Max are some of the divisive merchandise the tech big has launched in a number of years.
Depending on who you speak to, they’re both costly, great-sounding premium headphones, or extra over-priced trash from the world’s most beneficial firm.
I fall on the latter aspect of the spectrum; I actually just like the AirPods Pro Max and assume they sound glorious and look nice, however they’re undeniably costly at $779.
However, almost everybody agrees the AirPods Max’s included Smart Case is strange-looking. By now, you’ve doubtless seen the “it looks like a bra or a purse” jokes, however I’d argue the case’s most vital difficulty is it doesn’t really provide a lot safety, particularly if you happen to plan to take the headphones on the go.
This is the place WaterField Design’s sleek-looking AirPods Max case is available in.
On the floor, it appears identical to a standard headphone case. It encloses the AirPods Max in a stable leather-based case, there’s a small zippered pouch on the entrance that allows you to retailer cables or different equipment, and there’s a again mesh pocket that offers you much more cupboard space. There’s additionally one other pocket on the within for added accent storage.
The case itself is available in a number of completely different colors, together with the next: ‘Chocolate Leather + Waxed Canvas,’ ‘Black Leather + Black Ballistic,’ ‘Blue Leather + Black Ballistic,’ and ‘Crimson Leather + Black Ballistic.’
The specific case WaterField despatched me is the Black Leather + Black Ballistic model. The darkish color appears nice, and the premium black leather-based feels decidedly high-quality just like the AirPods Max themselves.
The within the case is generally what you’d count on, with a luxurious, barely furry lining that protects the Pro Max’s earcups and headband whereas stopping any particles which may by accident get within the case from scratching the headphones.
There’s additionally a magnetic clasp that replicates AirPods Max’s official Smart Case’s sleep performance. This is essential as a result of, with out the clasp, the headphones take a very long time to go sleep and don’t mechanically disconnect from units. It’s nonetheless perplexing Apple didn’t embrace an off change on the AirPods Max.
Most importantly, given this can be a actual case, not like the Smart Case included with the AirPods Max, it completely encloses the headphones, providing ample safety while you’re on the go.
It’s price noting the Shield Case is slightly massive, although that is extra as a result of Apple’s high-end headphones don’t fold, making them bulkier than comparable competing headsets, particularly if you happen to plan to slip it right into a backpack.
Like the AirPods Max themselves, there are a number of cheaper various case choices accessible on Amazon, however WaterField’s Shield Case appears to be top-of-the-line at present accessible. After all, if you happen to simply dropped $779 on pair of headphones, you most likely desire a case that’s equally premium to guard them.
Depending on the color and materials of the AirPods Max Shield Case, the value is both $89 USD (about $112 CAD) or $99 USD ($123).
For extra on the AirPods Max, take a look at my evaluation of the headphones.