Earlier this week, we highlighted a couple of third-party accessories that seek to address some of the shortcomings of Apple’s AirPods Max Smart case, including a new zippered case from WaterField Designs that does a much better job of protecting headphones while not in use. .
Our videographer Dan has had a chance to try the new $ 99 leather shield bag from WaterField, and he is impressed with the quality and usefulness. However, he feels that this is the kind of thing that should have been delivered with AirPods Max in the first place instead of requiring a third party accessory purchase on top of the $ 549 price tag for AirPods Max itself.
The Shield case is absolutely bulky, but there is not much WaterField could have done considering the design of the AirPods Max which only allows the ear cups to be turned inwards and does not allow a more compact folded arrangement seen on many other earphones.
If you can live with most things, the Shield Case offers several nice features, including a zipper design that completely protects the AirPods Maxs, as opposed to Apple’s Smart Case which leaves the headband and even parts of the ear cups exposed.
In addition to the main compartment of the AirPods Max, the shield case contains three smaller pockets for cables and other accessories: a deep, padded one with a zipper on the front of the case, a mesh on the back and a small one with a velcro in the case.
One of the key benefits of Apple’s Smart Case is that it can instantly put the irAirPods Max into a power-saving mode to conserve battery power, by using magnets built into the case to trigger the mode. WaterField’s shield case does the same, thanks to what it calls the Magnetic Leather Butterfly, a leather flap with built-in magnets that not only triggers low power mode, but also helps keep the two AirPods Max earbuds in touch while on the go.
If you want to take your Smart case with the AirPods Max, the Shield case has also covered you there, as the AirPods Max / Smart Case combination fits in perfectly and the leather butterfly folds out of the way.
All in all, Shield Case from WaterField Designs is a quality product that does its job well. It’s a bit expensive at $ 99, but when you’re already willing to spend $ 549 on AirPods Max, it can be a valuable addition to protecting your purchase.
The Shield case is available in four styles: Chocolate leather and wax cloth, black leather with ballistic nylon, blue leather with ballistic nylon and Crimson Leather with ballistic nylon. Like the AirPods Max itself, the Shield Case is in short supply, with new orders to be shipped on February 19th.