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This Apple Watch bumper case solves a very specific problem [Review]

For the longest time, I had a particular problem with my Apple Watch. When I rode my bicycle, the watch’s Digital Crown would rub against my wrist, playing havoc with the sound coming through my AirPods. Suddenly it would get very loud, or very low. It drove me crazy.

I tried everything I could think of, including wearing my watch backward so the Digital Crown was reversed, or on the inside of my wrist. Nothing worked, so I disabled Now Playing on my Watch, which I missed because it’s great for controlling music when doing something like riding a bike.

Then I came across Elkson’s Quattro Series Bumper Case for Apple Watch. This inexpensive cover surrounds the Digital Crown and prevents it from spinning when I ride my bike. Problem solved.

Elkson Apple Watch Bumper Case review

Elkson's Apple Watch Case fits well and provides a raised edge to protect your Apple Watch's screen
Elkson’s Apple Watch Case fits well and provides a raised edge to protect your watch’s screen.
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Inexpensive protection

Costing just $10.99, Elkson’s bumper case protects your Apple Watch from bumps and scrapes, without adding any bulk. Made from soft thermoplastic polyurethane, the bumper case measures just 1 mm thick and weighs just 4 grams. It’s very unobtrusive; I barely notice it’s there, until I whack my watch against something!

The case is super-easy to install and remove, and does a great job protecting your Apple watch. It has a firm, rubbery feel, with sharp, precise cutouts for the watch’s straps, Digital Crown, microphones and speakers.

The case has a raised edge that protects the screen, and the protection even extends to the back of the watch. The raised edge also allows the case to work with most Apple Watch screen protectors. I don’t use a protector, but the raised edge has saved my Apple Watch screen from a couple of scrapes.

It’s very durable and scratch-resistant. I’ve been wearing one for weeks, and there’s nary a mark on it.

Colors and pricing

The Quattro Series Bumper Case comes in two different colors: black and white. It is compatible with most chargers and watch bands and doesn’t need to be removed to charge up.

The Quattro Series Bumper Case is available in the Cult of Mac Store for $10.99. You won’t find something as well-made as this for much less.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store

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Fantastic Watchband!

Had my eye on this watchband for a while, and finally found someone who had it in stock! Excellent fit, though a little snug (I have large wrists). Excellent quality! If you're interested in a Twist-O-Flex for your Apple Watch, definitely check it out. Only thing that would make it better is if I could add like three links to it, but again, this would be for my personal preference.

It’s beautiful

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Really nice case for my iPhone 12

This case looks and feels great -- and it fits the phone perfectly! It seems to give really good protection to the edges and corners. As another reviewer noted, the bottom is left open for the speakers and charging port....I don't see this as an issue, but your milage may vary.

I usually just carry my ID in the back pouch, but I think I could get a couple of credit cards in there, too. Overall, this is a pretty darned nice case for my phone.

Nice!

This is a birthday gift for my daughter who has an Apple Watch. I haven't given it to her yet since it's 4 months away (and I don't own one so I can't attest to how it fits) but it's really well made and looks terrific. She's an Apple-holic like me so I know she'll love it.

Looks like real MOP

The case is pretty, light weight and semi-flexible and has the visual depth, shine and appearance of real, black MOP. What you see in the picture is what you get in real life. It’s good looking, sophisticated and perfectly compliments my black iPhone 12 mini. I also like that it is a one piece design and that the edges of the case are slightly elevated around the face and camera openings so that you get a tiny bit of bumper protection (without the bulk of an actual secondary outer rim bumper) in case you drop it. I also like that it has a shiny finish so that, while it’s not “slippery,” it still slips in and out of my purse or pocket easily enough without dragging against any of my stuff that has a cotton lining, like some of the rubber or silicone cases tend to do. I don’t feel like I have to fight with it to get it into or out of a small space. Overall good looking, functional phone case. I like it!