REVIEW: Griffin’s Disko iPod Case

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Griffin makes some of my favorite cases for the iPod. Centerstage is still, hands down, the best iPod case I’ve ever owned, but today I’m going to be taking a look at a new case from Griffin that’s not to be confused with the software app of the same name…Disko.

THE REVIEW

The Disko case, like previous Griffin cases we’ve reviewed, is a hard plastic case. The Video iPod version comes with two case back attachments – one for 30 gig iPods, one for 80 gig versions. The case itself is well built, easy to attach, and holds the iPod firmly and securely in place. The clear plastic over the screen doesn’t scratch too easily, but it’s still possible if you try.

The real gimmick behind this particular case, though, is the ring of flashing lights that encircles the clickwheel. This ring of red, blue, and green flashing lights will activate when you move the case around. Different movements create different patterns of light.  The case does this very well…it’s not something I’m really into as far as an iPod case goes…but if you think the idea sounds fun, you’ll enjoy it.

I do, however, have two major gripes with the case.  The first of which is that there is no off button.  I can’t imagine anyone wanting their iPod to be flashing lights every time its moved from now until the end of time.  I think if you carried the case around in your pocket all day, you’d probably end up running the batteries on this thing down pretty quick…and that brings me to the second problem I have with the case…

The watch batteries that power the case’s lights are located in a on the bottom of the case.  What that means is, you’re going to have to remove the case every time you want to dock it, sync it with iTunes, or charge the battery.  I think that could get old quick.

If you want to get a good look at how the case looke when it’s lit up, I’d recommend taking a look at Griffin’s official site.  Try as I might, I wasn’t able to get any good shots that really show off of the case looks when its working.

BOTTOM LINE 

All in all, the Disko is not a bad case if you want a fun-light up hard plastic case for your Video iPod or iPod Nano, but constantly having to remove it, and no off button are big drawbacks.

The Video iPod version of the case and the Nano version both cost $29.99 and are available now.

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