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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.

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My Thoughts on SwitchEasy PaperLike iPad Screen Protector

Lengthy product title....Yes, I ordered this screen protector based on Cult of Mac's product description that it's like writing on paper. Bottom line...it's a far better screen protector that aids "writing" with an Apple Pencil (I have the 1st gen version), greatly reduces finger prints (always good) when using the Apple Pencil, input is immediate and precise. I'm a lefty and this screen protector allows minimal effort when writing electronically. I'm not an artist so I cannot rate how this screen protector handles an artist's desires. I will say my primitive artwork (cups, objects, etc.) drawn with my iPencil are spot on and represent my vision for my coffee cups, primitive as they may be,.

Overall, I have no buyer's regrets for this purchase. However, some caveats...the application instructions are verrry sparse (A and B on two tabs, that's it). Once on, the tactile sensation is different...it has a "pebbly" like feel when you run your finger over the screen protectors surface. It's a strange sensation that always surprises me, yet, its this "pebbly" surface that allows the user to work their magic, whether writing or drawing as well as keeping fingerprints to a minimum. For use on a iPad, it works wonderfully and will capture your vision. However, this screen protector will never feel the same as writing with a fountain pen on quality paper.

Again, no buyer's remorse...just my thoughts on a quality product that works well on an iPad.

Tom

Very nice metal strap

Looks good, quality feels good as well.

Cute, yet effective protection for my AirPods Pro

This AirPods Pro case fits pretty snugly, and seems to protect my AirPods pretty well. Wireless charging through the case works great -- and it is also easy to access the Lightning charging port on the bottom. The ring for attaching to a backpack or belt loop is fairly solid. And it looks like a tiny suitcase :) Overall, it works great for me!

DISAPPOINTED

Unfortunately, the leather is beginning crack and the color is coming off with the cracking.
I have only had this watch band a short time, so I feel this should not be happening.

Good morning, Thank you for your feedback, and I apologize that you are not satisfied with your item, but it sounds like the item you received, maybe defective. If you are able to send me an image of the item we can get this issue resolved for you. My email is adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

Awesome hold, super useful

First time I’ve used a 3M stick mount and it’s holding really well on the stick side, no sign it’s weakening. On the magnet side the phone never falls out, but it will slide off if you try to put a lightning cable in or pull one out from the phone while it’s mounted. That’s a real nitpick because otherwise it’s an awesome mount.