Gamers looking to compliment their Sony PSPgo, Nintendo DSi/DSi XL or Wii controllers with a heightened sense of style and protection, look no further than CM4′s Catalyst covers. CM4 is a new third-party accessory manufacturer that really elevates game system protection to a whole new level of style and comfort, adding that finishing wow factor. CM4 recently introduced its first lineup of premium “Catalyst” covers for the Sony PSPgo, Nintendo DSi XL, DSi and covers for the Wii Remote with MotionPlus. I took a hands-on test drive of two of the Catalyst Black Onyx covers for the PSPgo and Nintendo DSi XL.
Right from the get-go of the Catalyst’s packaging, you know CM4 has spared no shortcuts to deliver a high-end designed product. The matte and embossed packaging hints at what you can expect inside. Included in the PSPgo and DSi XL package are two cover panels and screen protectors. Both the PSPgo and DSi XL covers offer protection with the machine-stamped metallic skin, enveloped in a soft to the touch interior and exterior cover. The covers are ultra slim, adding no more than a couple of millimeters to your handheld system. Installation is literally a snap. The covers will stay on snug and are molded to a perfect fit. The Catalyst cover gives you access to all the critical ports and functions of the PSPgo and DSi XL. The fabric has a very soft leather-like feel and has a subtle CM4 logo on it.
The CM4 Catalyst cover for the PSPgo is available for $24.99 from CM4.com (here). CM4′s Catalyst cover for the Nintendo DSi XL is available for $29.99 from CM4.com (here). CM4 also offers Catalyst covers for the Nintendo DSi (here) and Wii Remote with MotionPlus controllers (here). Handheld Catalyst covers are available in Black Onyx and Slate Gray colors. Wii Remote with Motion Plus covers are available in four different colored fabrics (see them here).
One thing that had always annoyed me about both the glossy PSPgo and DSi XL is the amount of fingerprint smudges they pickup. Between that and worrying about unsightly scuffs and screen scratches, I really had not found a decent cover that offered both streamlined protection with a nice design, and instant access to playing. CM4 comes through with the Catalyst, a well designed and worthwhile cover I easily recommend as the protection/cover/case of choice for the PSPgo and DSi XL. CM4 is planning on rolling out a line of premium controllers in 2011, so keep a lookout for more of their keen sense of style on other gaming peripherals and accessories. Visit CM4.com to see more details on the Catalyst line and watch for more of the high quality products!
Thanks to CM4 for providing review samples for this article.