Hot fun in the summer, oh yah. DryCorp sent us one of their mp3 player cases to check out. It fit quite right with the Apple iPod. I’m still kickin’ it to my 3G model, hence the dated looking thing sealed and protected inside the dry case which helps it evade a nasty inevitable liquid death quite common in the summer months. You can take it in the pool, river, or the shower, the dry case is designed to keep your gear happy in the water.
DryCorp has been making cases for ages, they started off 10 years ago providing the medical industry with high-end surgical quality rubber sleeves. Naturally, they were attracted to shiny gadgets, and having access to impermeable materials they felt they could help us all out over here in the gadget world. I wonder if the first DryCase was a rubber glove tied off at the end with the headphone jack coming out of a finger? We’ll never know, but this iteration is far from that.
The DryCASE Waterproof phone, camera and music player case comes with a neoprene arm band. It’s got a plastic clamp on the top of the case, this has dual dials that spin in and lock the opening shut. Nothing is getting past this, it’s a super tight seal and the rigidity of the plastic clamp wont allow for any gaps or air pockets to be created. On the right side is this little air valve, in your Dry Case pack you get a small dust blower, you connect this to it and it acts as a vacuum sealing everything airtight. Down below is a stereo headphone microphone jack. Before opening the Dry Case I was wondering if there would be a port to allow me to plug in, or a simple passage for the waterproof headphones. DryCorp has figured out the best way to do it and I wouldn’t go any other way.
With the 3G iPod I ran into a problem. Since the click/jog wheel is recessed slightly, whenever I pulled the air out of the case completely it would stick to the click/jog wheel and render it unusable. If I let a bit of air back in, it was dandy. Newer devices with simply touchscreen shouldn’t have any problems. But beware of buttons that are recessed or external, as the suction could cause them to be activated.
The case is tested to 80 feet, the headphones to 10 feet. You can take it down to this depth if you are brave enough, but depending on the gadget you have suffocated within the case, and its ability to handle pressure, the screen could go pop.
The waterproof headphones from DryCorp actually sound really damn good. They fit snug of course, come with three different size ends depending on what fit you want. The case itself does exactly what the company claims. It is a bit larger than your actual device, if the company would release more tailored sizes to fit your specific gadget more snugly, that would be a bonus. But at the price of $39.99 for the Dry Case and $29.99 for the waterproof headphones it’s not a bad buy.