- Size (LWH): 5.7 inches, 3.5 inches, 0.5 inches
- Weight: 0.96 ounces
Monoprice Sure Fit PC+TPU Case for iPhone 5/5s/SE - Gloss Black
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- PC outer case disperses and shock forces
- TPU inner skin absorbs remaining shock forces
- Has cutouts for connectors and covers for buttons, to keep out dust and dirt
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The primary drawback I found is that the hole for the headphone jack is narrow and neither my Etymotic nor Audio-Technica headphone plugs fit through it. One could cut the case with a utility knife to make more room, I think. Other than that, you've got a glossy black back that gets a ton of fingerprints on it, but I just scuffed mine up with sandpaper (hey, it's an inexpensive case - I didn't buy it for it's looks!).
Finally, the case does add some bulk to the iPhone because it actually extends past the bottom of the phone (it doesn't wrap flush to the bottom where the speakers are). Instead of having holes in the bottom of the case to line up with the iPhone speakers, the case goes past the bottom edge and has holes on the face to route the sound up toward the face of the phone. No idea if this is any better than other options, but it does mean there's a gap between the case and the bottom of the phone. It's not problem with the Lightning connector, however, since it plugs straight in and pulls straight out (unlike the old connector where you had to pinch the sides to release it from the phone).
I bought this case because the current Best iPhone 5 Case in the World was sold out, but I don't think I'll replace the Monoprice any time soon.
Some notes about the case itself:
+ I actually really like the dual layer case structure. You put on a tough band which sits nicely on top of your glass or screen protector and once the glossy outer shell is in place the case feels bulletproof.
+ The design of the bottom of this case filters the sound from the speakers towards you, making songs a bit louder (not better) but clearer. This is also nice when watching videos as you can more clearly understand voices and sounds even if the volume is at lower sounds so you don't have to turn it up to eleven.
- Along the lines of the bottom design, I didn't realize how bulky this case makes your phone. I've rocked the iPhone 5 previously in a snap on "barely there" case and liked the slim profile. This case makes it feel as thick or thicker as an iPhone 4 in a snap case. This can be jarring for some. Of course its smaller than an Otterbox so your opinion counts here.
Overall, I'm on the fence about this case. I'll continue to use it for a while and see how it fares, but I feel I'll most likely go back to my slimmed down snap cases.
Flaw 2) The bottom of the case extends far enough that much of the headphone or power cable's connector is concealed, so you essentially have to tug on the cable portions of these to disconnect them.
For these reasons, I removed it after a week and have enjoyed a naked iPhone5 since.
It's cheap though, and the assembly is well designed. Overall thickness is nearly identical to a naked iPhone 4/4S.
If you plan to occasionally take your iPhone out of the case, don't get this. The 2 pieces are hard to fit together well, and I feel like I'll break it every time. Also, the cutouts for the Lightning connector and headphone jack are extremely tight, meaning most 3rd party chargers won't work, and only very thin headphone cables will fit.
Unless price is a huge factor, find another case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This case is awesome. It's sleek, which is great because I can't stand bulky cases. It feels more like you are just holding the iphone as it was meant to be held. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Joshua J Eaton
I liked the price of this case and bought it because it was recommended on the wirecutter. I was surprised with the fit of this case were far better than other cheap cases. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by P. Olson
I bought this at the recommendation of thewirecutter blog, but upon seeing it after delivery I was immediately disappointed by it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by cruzmisl