By August 10, 2005

S3/Pelican PSP Hard Case Review

Okay, hot off the heels of the leather case review is my review of the S3 P 3000 case from the folks over at PrimeCases.

I orded my case on the 2nd of August and it arrived today. I guess I’m spoiled with NewEgg and their FedEx super saver shipping, so a week seemed an awfully long time to wait for this case. I am going to be sweating bullets until the machined aircraft aluminum case arrives from China.

Anyway, onto the hard case.

I bought this case because I need something to protect the PSP when I travel. I used Bond’s Logitech case when I went to California last month, and while it did OK protecting the PSP against bumps and scratches I wasn’t impressed with its coverage, or more importantly, its CRUSH RESISTANCE. I just about peed myself when a fellow traveller started shoving his framed rolling carry-on against my Timbuk2 bag in the overhead compartment. DON’T CRUSHES THE PEE ESS PEE! I was also concerned about the coverage area of the Logitech case. The Logitech case doesn’t protect the AC adapter port or the top left and right trigger buttons. I was afraid that if the PSP laid in my bag the wrong way it would depress one of the triggers the whole flight. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt anything, but I didn’t want to take chances with my buddy’s PSP.

The P 3000 comes in a few colors, yellow, blue, black and clear. The Web site only has pictures of the yellow case, so I played it safe and ordered the black one.

This thing is supposed to be super rugged: waterproof, dustproof, it floats, and can be run over by a car without damaging the contents. I wanted to try out the last part, but my girl wouldn’t let me 🙂

The case has a cutout sized just for the PSP.

I was a little concerned that my DecalGirl skin would rub, but none of the vinyl stickers edges really make contact with the case.

The PSP fits beautifully inside the case. I definitely won’t worry about the PSP rattling around while it’s inside.

The S3/Pelican case has a neoprene seal on the inside of the case. This is to prevent water and dust from getting into the case under high pressure. The case does have a pretty tight seal all on its own, but the seal takes it up a notch.

Now that I’m looking at this photo of the latch, I guess there is some separation between the shell pieces.

I still don’t think crap would get in there, but again, the seal takes extra care of it.

The one complaint I have about the case so far is that for being so big it doesn’t have any extra carrying capacity. The leather case I reviewed yesterday had a pouch for 1 UMD and 2 memory sticks. This beast has nada. I tried to lift the foam from the bottom of the case to stash stuff in there like I do with my gun cases, but the top and bottom sections are glued tight. Looks like I’ll need a second case of some kind to truck around the AC adapter, headphone control, and games.

I haven’t given this a stress test yet, but I probably should. My girl wouldn’t let me sink it in the tub or run it over with the car, but I may have to wait until she’s gone 🙂

As a point of clarification, the case is made by Pelican, but the insert is custom made for S3. S3 rebadges and sells the hard case to PrimeCases for a pretty skimpy price of $20USD plus shipping. That’s the same price as the Logitech case Bond has.

Strong points

  • Case is tough as hell
  • Black is beautiful
  • The latches, although plastic, seem really durable. It makes you feel safe locking your PSP up in there.
  • Pretty cheap for a case that is supposedly waterproof, crushproof, dustproof, and floats!

Crappy points

  • Would have been nice to see the other colors on the Web site
  • Slow shipping
  • Too big for everyday use, but the foam liner on the inside doesn’t allow for additional storage

S3 P 3000 case, I give thee:

4 out of 5 STFU mugs!

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  1. CourtneyLickBombChop says:

    If you are intersted in seeing the whole lineup, check out Northstar Cases!

    They carry the complete line of S3 Cases, with lots of pictures.

    They have tons of waterproof cases, pistol cases, and waterproof backpacks!