Reviewed: May 30, 2006
When I learned I was going to be doing the review for the Mad Catz PSP Stealth Case the first thing that came to mind was, “oh great, like I don’t have a hard enough time finding my PSP already”. Well, thankfully, the only thing that is “stealth” about this case is the angular design that makes it look like a piece of an F-117A chipped off. Then again, I haven’t tried bouncing radar off it yet…who knows.
I had been meaning to pick up a hard shell case ever since I got my PSP a few months ago. Until now I have been using the soft case that came with the PSP which is great for keeping scratches off the screen while it's lying around the house, but hardly enough protection if you want to take it out on the road.
One thing about the Stealth Case that is a huge improvement over the others that I have been looking at is the way the bottom half of the case is designed, allowing you access to the trigger buttons and the disk hatch, so you can actually play a game or switch discs without removing your PSP from the case.
Another excellent feature is a flip-down stand that tilts your PSP at about a 45-degree angle, perfect for watching a movie. You can even tilt the lid to block out any annoying light that might interfere with your viewing. The PSP fits snuggly into the Stealth Case so there is no danger of it falling out, even when tilted.
The final features of this case are a removable Polycarbonate screen protector and two built in slots in the upper lid for memory sticks. I’m not sure about the usefulness of the latter. How many memory sticks do most people have and how many do they take with them? I have the 32mb stick that came with my PSP and a 512mb I bought later. I only use the 512mb and it’s never out of my PSP. I would have much more preferred storage for one or two UMD’s. Now that would have been useful.
$20 seems to be the going rate for no-frills cases, and by no-frills I mean cases without back-up batteries. If all you are looking for is a means to carry around your PSP in relative safety the PSP Stealth Case is certainly one of the more stylish ways to do just that.