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iVak iPod Cases, VakWrap Earbud Cord Wraps
Vakaadoo www.vakaadoo.com

Vakaadoo is a U.K.-based company that makes innovative, puzzle-lock cases for iPods, as well as a clever little gizmo for keeping your iPod’s earbud cords under control.

The iVak cases are available for fourth and fifth generation iPods and for first and second generation iPod nanos. The hard plastic cases come in either a shiny Domino finish or an appealing liquid rubber-coated Soft Feel finish. Cases come in vivid pink, purple, yellow, blue and green, as well as more sedate white, black and silver. The nano cases include a key ring and lanyard.

The first thing that sets apart the iVak cases is the two-piece hard plastic shell design, which fits together on one side like a jigsaw puzzle then snaps securely into place. Once the case is on it feels smooth and virtually seamless. A scratch-resistant plastic window protects your iPod’s screen, and the scroll wheel, pause switch, earphone jack and docking port are all accessible without removing the case.

The second notable feature is the cases’ weight, or lack thereof. The iVak nano case is so light, I barely notice that it’s there. As an added bonus, the second generation nano case works in a regular-sized iPod dock; most cases won’t fit.
The VakWrap is a small, vaguely boomerang shaped wedge of rubber with slits at each end that let you wrap and secure excess earbud cord. It comes in an assortment of colors and actually looks stylish.

In a sea of iPod cases – Macworld Expo was awash with them in January – the simple, unobtrusive iVak cases are stand-outs. And the VakWrap is the best solution I’ve seen to taming earbud tangles.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2007 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the January/February 2007 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.