has long been known for their rugged PDA cases. Back in the day,
you weren’t a ‘real’ gadgeteer unless you had a Rhinoskin Titanium
case for your PDA. These days, Rhinoskin sells protective cases for
all types of small electronics. Sorry, no Titanium as far as I can
tell, but how about a combo clear plastic and aluminum case for
your Apple iPod Video? Let’s take a closer look.
This play through case is refreshingly unique. It’s not often
that you find an iPod case that doesn’t look like every other iPod
case on the market. The iPod Video Aluminum Hardcase is made
specifically for the 30gb or 60gb iPod Video. It has a clear thick
scratch resistant polycarbonate face and an equally thick brushed
silver colored 100% aluminum back.
As you can see in the image above, there are thin neoprene
strips affixed to the interior of the case. These strips keep the
iPod protected from scratches and shock, while also allowing the
iPod to fit snuggly inside the hardcase.
The aluminum backing is brushed, so that it does not attract
fingerprints. There is also a removable threaded metal belt clip
post. At the top there is a slot for the included lanyard (not
When the iPod is fully inserted, the cutout for the click wheel
matches up perfectly, allowing for easy and comfortable play
through access. Since the entire face of this case is clear, you
will have no problems viewing the iPod Video’s display.
There is a cutout on the bottom of the case that allows for
access to the sync / charge port. Connecting the USB cable is not a
problem while the iPod is in this case.
The entire top of the case is open, so access to the Hold slider
switch and earphone jack is not an issue. The only problem with the
open top is that if you put the player (while in this case) in a
gear bag with other objects, there is a potential that those
objects will come into contact with the iPod and scratch its
As you can see, this case does add some thickness to the
ordinarily thin iPod Video, but even so, the protection that it
affords is worth it. The empty case weighs in at just 2 ounces, so
it doesn’t really make the iPod seem that much heavier in my
From what I can tell, the plastic face of the case is glued to
the aluminum. I wasn’t so sure how secure it really was until I
tried to pull it off; it didn’t budge.
As you can see from the picture above, there are rubber grip
strips on each side of the case. These help prevent an accidental
Also included with the hardcase is a Stuffbak loss prevention
service label. Stuffbak is a service where you can register your
devices in case of loss. Just put the sticker on the outside (or
inside) of the case and hopefully if you lose your iPod and an
honest person finds it, they can go online and find your info to
get it back to you.
Rhinoskin’s hardcase for the iPod Video is a well made, good
looking case that provides protection from every day wear and tear
to your favorite digital audio player. If you’re looking for a play
through solution that is a bit different than all the others out
there, this one might be the one for you.