A remarkable luxury accessory for AirPods.
I’ve been a fan of my AirPods since the day I got them. In fact, I spent a lot of time searching for a set because, for a long time, they weren’t readily available. And just like all my other tech gadgets, I try very hard to keep the AirPods in pristine condition. The AirPods themselves are protected from the elements because they have the awesome charging case, but what about protection for the case itself? Surprisingly enough, I’ve only seen a few protective cases for the AirPod charging case emerge from accessory designers. And not many of the ones I’ve seen have truly been both fashionable and protective at the same time. That’s where Twelve South comes in. They have just released an amazing case that’s functional and stylish at the same time — the AirSnap.
AirSnap is a full-grain leather case that is tailored to fit the AirPod Charging Case snugly. It’s designed to protect the case and help you keep them close at hand. AirSnap has a cut out on the bottom for Lightning charging port access and comes with a metal clip preinstalled. The clip is caribeaner style and has a swivel head to it so that you can easily grab your AirPods or put them away. There is a snap closure built into the leather case to keep the AirPods from falling out of the protective case. Twelve South used the same top-grain leather used to make the RelaxedLeather iPhone Case, which creates a beautiful sense of luxury. AirSnap wraps around the AirPod case and doesn’t add much weight or bulk to the portable headphones. AirSnap retails for around $30 and comes in three different colors — Deep Teal, Cognac, or Black.
The AirSnap case came in an amazing branding box from Twelve South. It may seem odd to make remarks about the packaging of such a small item, but Twelve South does a great job with their retail boxes and I always like to give their designers credit. AirSnap is preassembled and all that the user has to do is insert their AirPods into the leather sleeve. The inside of the case is soft and suede-like so the AirPod Charging Case slides right in. It’s just as easy to take out, too. That’s why I’m glad that Twelve South included a button snap on the case’s flap so that the AirPod Charging Case was always safe and secure inside.
I absolutely love the design of this leather case. When you look at it, AirSnap exudes quality and premium craftsmanship. I love that the stitching on the seams of the case ends up adding a bit more impact protection than the charging case normally has. I am also really glad that the AirSnap has a cutout for charging the AirPods and their case. While it doesn’t make the AirSnap waterproof/dustproof because of the open port, it does make it very easy for users to charge the device.
One feature I would like to see improved upon is the metal clip. While it seems to be semi heavy-duty, the opening is super small. I typically attach my AirPods to a strap on my camera backpack or a belt loop. This clip doesn’t open wide enough to make the attachment process easy. During my testing of the product, I was really only able to connect it to a keychain. I did attach it to another caribeaner, but the clip was closed and I slipped the other caribeaner through the loop rather than opening the clip. I do like that it’s articulating and you can twist the clip around easily and it’s very secure. I just don’t like how small it is.
The AirSnap is a luxury accessory for a premium Bluetooth headphone set. I’ve been very happy with its performance and really love the attention to detail that Twelve South put into this tiny product. It looks amazing and has a lot of features that not only add class to the AirPods, but also a protective layer. I can recommend AirSnap to AirPod users with the caveat that you may not be able to hook it to everything you want due to the size of the clip. That aside, AirSnap is a nice accessory.