Nintendo 3DS Silicone Protector - Black - Standard Edition
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- Officially licensed by Nintendo
- Protects outer part of your Nintendo 3DS system from dirt and scratches
- Provides comfort and better grip when playing
- Basic features and functions can be used while attached
- Can be stored into Hori's Nintendo 3DS compatible Hard Pouch or Compact Case while the silicone protector is attached (sold separately)
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Officially licensed by Nintendo. Protect the outside of your Nintendo 3DS from dirt and scratches. Silicone material provides added comfort and improved grip during game play. Designed so that you can use the camera, change Nintendo 3DS/DS game cards, insert and remove stylus, attach and detach headphones, attach wrist strap, recharge, adjust volume and more while attached. This product does not include the Nintendo 3DS system.
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1. It protects from dirt and scratches
2. It allows you to use the camera function when attached
3. When the protector is attached, you can:
* Play games
* Change game cards
* Adjust volume and wireless option
* Insert and remove your stylus
* Attach and detach headphones
* Use the L and R buttons
I found you can also store AR cards (paper versions) under the bottom half of the protector.
Here are the limitations of this product:
1. You CANNOT change out SD cards when the protector is attached
2. This product is NOT made to protect the 3DS from impact
3. The 3DS CANNOT be charged with the charging cradle while the protector is attached
The clear protector is made of thin plastic that comes in a top and bottom piece which snap on and off easily (no damage). While it looks dark in some pictures, it is transparent. Some have commented on the little spots of condensation under the protector, which don't bother me at all. I imagine these occur with any protector, but are evident in the clear ones. In terms of protection, the plastic is not going to protect against major impacts. Rather, it will prevent scratches from normal use.
The black silicone case comes in one piece and slips on and off very easily -- important because it blocks the SD card slot. It looks just like a silicone case for a phone, which is good or bad, depending on preference. I think the clear case looks better. The silicone has a nice feel, but it makes the system more difficult to slip into my pocket for Streetpass action. The silicone also covers the shoulder (top) buttons, which makes them a bit harder to push, but is good protection. These buttons are exposed with the clear protector. As with the clear protector, it only offers scratch, not impact, protection.
While both products are thin, they have enough thickness to prevent using the charging dock. I really dislike this, and it could have been remedied by including a larger dock. I can't imagine this would cost them much, since the docks are just plastic with contact pins. The clear protector can even balance precariously in the dock and work. The silicone case has a band which covers one of the dock connectors, though I'm sure it could be cut a bit to make room for the pins to connect.
A widespread complaint is that the lid of the 3DS closes too tightly, allowing the analog stick and bottom screen to make marks on the top screen. The clear protector does nothing to address this, but the silicone protector sits inside the lid a bit, adding enough extra space to fix the problem. I think this was total luck on the part of the manufacturer, but it is an elegant solution if you plan to use a protector anyway.
Overall, both protectors are very high quality, with a nice fit that is far superior to the ultra-cheap alternatives. I prefer the clear case based on aesthetics and pocketability, but the added screen protection of the silicone protector has made it the permanent solution for my 3DS.
My son and I are much happier with the silicone case, though it does cover up the cool "sheen" of the 3DS but we like to keep our pricey electronics free from scratches better.
Downside: Can't charge your 3DS in the cradle (which really isn't any different than using the included charger to plug it in the wall) but we couldn't do this with the other hard shell case either. For those who want to remove the SD card you would have to take off the silicone protector as well. We've had the 3DS since launch and haven't needed to remove it yet. Maybe in the future this will be a bigger deal but for now, we could care less.
This is my pick to protect our 3DS.
First off, the color is not a "solid" black. It's somewhat transparent, though when placed on your system, you won't be able to tell. At least, I can't with my 3DS (Cosmos Black), it may differ with the blue model. The overall build and construction of the protector is pretty good. It's a sturdy, fairly thick silicone. The one area that does seem lacking is the "hinge". They aren't as bulky as I would have preferred, but I don't foresee them breaking from normal wear and tear. If you're someone who is constantly taking the protector on and off, or have a young one who might tug on them, it could pose a problem, though.
Now, let's talk about the fit and how well the cut-outs line-up. Both the top and bottom sections of the protector are held in place by corner tabs, so putting it on is really easy. I was surprised by how snuggly it fit on my 3DS. It really grips and holds in place, which is something I can really appreciate. The cut-outs for the outer cameras line up great. The bottom half has cut-outs for the volume slider, headphone jack, wireless toggle and indicator light, battery/charge indicators, and of course the stylus and game cartridge slots. Again, all line up great.
The L and R buttons are covered by the protector, which I don't particularly care for. This seems to make the buttons somewhat less responsive and means having to push harder to get them to work. I've contemplated just using an Exacto knife and carefully cutting around those buttons, but have yet to do so, as I'm afraid of compromising the snug fit of the protector. My biggest gripe with the protector is the lack of cut-out for the SD card slot. That said, it's not like it's a huge pain to remove the protector to get at it, considering you'll only do so once in a while.
The only other con to the protector is not being able to use the charging cradle. This may be a deal breaker for some, while others (like myself) didn't plan to use the charging cradle anyways. You can still use the charging cradle if you take the bottom half of the cover loose every time you need to charge, but some may consider that a hassle, so take that into consideration before you decide to buy or not.
All in all, I really found this to be a very nice silicone protector. If you are willing to look past the price, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised and quite satisfied with what you get in return.