Review: Shock Express iPhone 6/6s case
Protection, functionality, fashion. This is pretty much the golden triad of iPhone case design. Some developers elect to focus only on one, most manage to cover two pretty well, and the best will address all three. Caseco’s Shock Express case comes pretty close to nailing the triad, and contains one special feature that should intrigue mobile gamers.
Caseco got pretty much everything right from the outset. The Shock Express is minimal, but has nice curves and numerous design options (metallic dark, metallic light, zebra, striped and carbon fiber) with multiple colors in each. The review unit provided to us by Caseco (pictured above) is metallic dark black, which also comes in blue, gold and silver.
Whichever color you’ll pick, the hard plastic backing (“metallic” refers to the texture, not the materials) is accented by a black, studded rubber grip around the edges. This makes it quit simple to get your phone in and out of the case without scraping against the buttons, and also provides a firm, comfortable hold—especially important to us gamers. In addition, the edges rise a bit above the screen to help prevent it from making surface contact.
The rubber edges and widened corners also help the Shock Express achieve military standard drop protection certification (it’s right there in the name, after all). All buttons are covered but remain very responsive under the markings of the rubber edges, and the mute switch is surprisingly easy to get to despite being deeply recessed in the case.
It’s the bottom area, however, that provides an interesting talking point. The headphone and Lightning port openings are cut wide enough to accommodate most accessories. You won’t be docking your phone while it’s in the Shock Express, but there’ll be no trouble charging it with your Lightning cable.
What I really like, though, is the “sound enhancer” over the iPhone speaker. This is really nothing more than an angled opening that directs the audio towards you instead of letting it shoot out to the side. It really provides nothing more than a slight volume boost, but it’s surprisingly effective.
Let’s say you’re in a public setting playing a game and the ambient noises are are making it hard to hear the audio. Your only choice is to turn it up, which also makes it louder for the people sitting next to you. With the Shock Express sound enhancer, the audio is being pushed directly at you, not at the person sitting next to you, so you’ll hear the game better without annoying those in the immediate area.
I really like Caseco’s Shock Express. The protection is great, the design is pretty slick (although the plastic does highlight fingerprint smudges, so avoid the darker, shinier options if that’s a concern), and it plays well with most accessories. At only $29.99, it’s a very easy recommendation for mobile gamers.