Proporta GBA SP Case & Screen Protector

by PocketGoddess on July 19, 2004

You may be wondering why I’m reviewing Game Boy accessories here on the site, since the normal focus is on Palm OS handhelds, but it illustrates the fact that Proporta is much more than a standard handheld case company. They have a wide variety of products, including cases, accessories, and software for all of your mobile technology needs. Since I happen to have a GBA SP, I jumped at the chance to try out some of Proporta’s products for it.

Aluminum Case

Proporta is already well known for their rather extensive line of aluminum handheld cases, so it should come as no surprise that their design for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP is almost perfect. It gives complete coverage for the device, while still enabling you to play games without removing the GBA SP from the case. Cutouts provide access to the power and volume switches, the charging port, the shoulder buttons, and the cartridge slot. The openings line up perfectly, and even though the case does add a bit of weight and a small amount of size, it is truly a joy to hold. A hinge on the back of the device, along with a metal “flap” provide an ingenious way to actually open the case and play games while still providing good protection to the top and the hinge area.

The only downside to this case is the actual installation process. It is necessary to remove your game cartridge and then work the top of the open GBA SP under a small overhang at the top of the case, then press the bottom down into the bottom half of the case. This proved to be rather difficult, but even more disappointing is the fact that my device was scratched in the process. The interior of the case is fully lined to provide protection from scratches, but not that small overhang at the top. It’s actually quite sharp, something I didn’t notice until after the damage was done. Quite disappointing, considering the fact that my GBA SP was in perfect condition, even though I had been using it for quite some time with nothing more than a leather slip case.

Other than that, I found myself really liking the Proporta Aluminum GBA SP case. It is durable and very sharp looking, and functions very well. Just be careful and patient when inserting your device, in order to prevent cosmetic damage to the finish. It’s best if you don’t want to remove your device, and of course there’s not much reason to since you can easily change game cartridges, recharge the battery, etc. It is available in two colors, Cobalt Blue or Silver, for $34.95 at the Proporta web site.

PocketGoddess Rating for the Aluminum Case for the GBA SP: 4 out of 5

Screen Protectors

I had a lot more luck with Proporta’s screen protectors for the Game Boy Advance SP. One of the best things is that they’re slightly undersized, meaning that though they protect the entire screen of the device, they’re a little smaller than the black border that goes around the display. That makes them very easy to install and remove. I found the protectors to be of good quality, and once all of the air bubbles were squeezed out with a credit card, I could hardly tell that it was even there.

Of course it did what it’s supposed to, mainly protect the screen of my GBA SP from scratches and dirt. While it didn’t reduce glare as much as I hoped it would, it did help prevent fingerprints and such from reducing the clarity of the screen. That’s important, of course–since the GBA SP has a relatively small screen, it can be rather hard to see and dirt certainly doesn’t help matters at all. The product is reasonably priced, as well; just $8.95 for a pack of five screen protectors. You can get some for yourself at the Proporta web site.

PocketGoddess Rating for the GBA SP Screen Protector: 4.5 out of 5

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