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Pelican HeadBanger Travel Case Review

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From the moment the PSP went on sale, people have been looking for a viable replacement for the soft case that came packaged with the system.

Pelican's HeadBanger Travel Case fills the need nicely.

Available alone or as part of a "starter kit," the HeadBanger is a soft, semi-rigid case that has room to hold the system, 4 games, and 2 memory sticks. That's pretty impressive when you consider that it's not much bigger than the case that comes packaged with the system (which provides NO room for games or memory sticks).

The PSP fits snugly into one side of the case, but there's enough room to leave the white wrist-strap attached. You have the option of locking the PSP into place by securing two small lycra straps around the edges of the unit, or you can put the PSP in "loose" by placing it on top of them. They're soft and spongy, so doing so doesn't pose any problems. A soft inner flap comes down to protect the PSP's screen when the case is closed. 2 game discs can be stored on the other side of the flap. 2 more game discs and 2 memory sticks can be stored on the other side of the case (opposite the flap). The disc jackets are made of nylon webbing, which isn't fanciful but does get the job done.

Once itís zipped up, the case holds everything snugly. The small size means that those of you currently carrying the standard case around in your jackets or book bags can continue to do so with the HeadBanger case. The outside of the case is semi-rigid, which means it also affords a bit more protection than the standard foam case does. The case comes with a velcro belt clip and a metal belt loop clip, so you should be able to attach it to just about any piece of clothing or luggage.

The only major drawback to this case is that it doesn't offer a place to store a pair of earbud headphones. Sony is shipping the PSP with a decent set of earbuds included, and many people are taking advantage of them (for use with games, UMD movies, or for listening to MP3s). If you buy the HeadBanger Travel Case, you'll need to carry around your earbuds separately.

Overall, Pelican has come up with a winner with the HeadBanger Travel Case (Part #HBA-115). It offers a great deal of protection and versatility in a small package. Best of all, it retails for approximately $10.

3/28/2005 Frank Provo

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