The problem with most third party video game accessories these days is they all feel like cheap pieces of plastic that were made for kids. This makes little sense when close to 75% of all gamers are over the age of 18 and the average age is 35. These sensible adult gamers demand a higher quality product, and that’s where the new premium brand CM4 steps in.
CM4′s mission statement is to create a line of video game accessories that they themselves would use in their everyday lives. I’m talking high quality sophisticated accessories that not only do the job they’re designed for, but do so with style. Their first batch of products is the Catalyst line, a collection of soft cases for the WiiMote, Nintendo DSi/XL, and PSPgo.
I’ve recently gotten my hands on the PSPgo slim cover and I’m here to tell you all why this is the only case you need for wherever your travels take you.
I have to admit that when I first got my CM4 PSPgo slim cover, I didn’t think I would be using it very long. I carry my PSPgo around in an official Sony carrying case that is very safe and padded, but unfortunately a little large. I’m pretty careful when I do take my system out to play it, so I just didn’t think I would need a cover for any reason. I could not have been more wrong.
CM4 prides themselves on their “strong focus on design, function, innovation, and quality” and all their traits are immediately evident out of the box. First of all, the PSPgo slim case is extremely easy to install. There are no difficult instructions, no sticky tape, and no special plastic latches.
The case itself is composed of three separate parts which are all easy to install; a screen protector which adheres to the main display, a top cover, and a back cover which both snap quickly and painlessly into place. For something that’s made for adults, it was designed so that a child could do it. What amazes me is for something that is so simple to install, it doesn’t come off easily at all.
What’s really incredible is that the product definitely lives up to its name of being a “slim cover”. Made from a high quality aluminum frame covered in a thin layer of cloth, you can barely tell it adds any thickness to the system. Considering that the PSPgo was designed to be the lightest and most portable of the series, the case is a perfect match.
Not only is the case super slim, but it just feels and looks sexy on the system as well. The cloth exterior is extremely soft to the touch yet adds grip to the PSPgo that didn’t exist previously. What’s even more amazing is that the case covers the system like a glove without being obtrusive. All the buttons and ports are still easy to get to, and even the speaker and LED holes are aligned perfectly.
What good is a sleek looking case if it doesn’t actually protect the system from normal wear and tear like it’s supposed to? To test out how well it did this, I decided to carry my PSPgo around with me everywhere I went for a couple weeks, without the protection of my big padded Sony carrying case. It traveled to the mall, to work, to the movies, and even to the dog park. After all that, the cloth exterior still looks like new and I haven’t missed my padded carrying case one bit.
As I mentioned earlier, I originally didn’t think I had any need to own a cover for my PSPgo. After spending a month with the CM4 Catalyst slim cover, I can’t imagine my system without one. It’s truly the perfect complement to the small and sexy Go that not only protects the system, but does it with style. The cover itself comes in two different colors, Black and Onyx, and currently sells for $24.99. For more information, check out the CM4 website at www.CM4.com. Trust me, you won’t regret it.