Marware’s Sidewinder jams a lot of functionality into one case. It’s a very tough case, featuring resilient rubberized plastic. This protection comes at a price, however, as it’s significantly heavier than other cases. It also adds girth that, if you’re used to carrying your iPod in the nude, makes the Sidewinder-encased version feel more like a brick than the music player you’re used to, especially when used with a 30 GB iPod with the extra pad included for compatibility.
On the other hand, built into that extra padding is a headphone cord wrap, a stand, a door to protect the iPod’s dock-connector port, and a belt clip compatible with Marware’s existing clips. Each feature functions very well, showing attention to detail. The top panel of the case is also thoughtfully designed, with easy access to your iPod’s hold switch and a large headphone-jack opening that will accommodate all but the largest of miniplugs.
If you’re willing to add some weight and girth to your iPod, the Sidewinder offers excellent protection and many, many useful features.–Derik DeLong