Handheld video game systems are becoming quite the small investment these days. If you are clumsy, you probably need something to protect your system. GoFanboy took a look at PDP’s NERF Armor for the DSi. At $169, the DSi costs $40 more than its predecessor, the DS Lite, and has more features. This makes it even more important to keep it safe from harm.
The NERF Armor for DSi comes in 2 color schemes (with more coming). There is a black case with red accents and a blue case with black accents. PDP provided GoFanboy with the blue case, and it looked great with the blue DSi. I was impressed that not a single detail was overlooked when designing the NERF Armor for DSi. This was especially evident with the lens cover for the external camera. My only complaint about the design is that the stylus is a bit difficult to take out.
The case, as the name implies, is made of NERF materials, so the DSi was about twice as wide with the case attached. This is definitely not a case that would be practical for carrying in your pocket, but for carrying your DSi around in your backpack, this is probably your best bet. However, by making the case bulky, the NERF materials also made the case extremely comfortable to hold. My hands are average adult-sized hands, but I imagined someone with large hands would also have an easier time playing their DSi with this case attached.
Sure, the NERF Armor for DSi looks and feels great, but how well will it protect your system? Although I do not recommend throwing your DSi at a wall, the NERF Armor protects it from the occasional drop on the floor or fumbled toss to a friend. The NERF brand is famous for its shock absorbing capabilities, so you could put your DSi in your backpack with all of your heavy textbooks and not worry about a thing. That is an exceptionally attractive feature about this case.
PDP did a great job designing a product to make your video game system kid and klutz proof, while making it aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic. When protecting your DSi is the only thing that matters, you will have a hard time finding another product that can outperform PDP’s NERF Armor for DSi, and look as good doing it. While we don't give numerical scores to hardware and peripherals like we do with games; I do have to say it's a must.