“ Brand: Signalex / Type: Hard case / Recommended Use: For camera „
I'm a big fan of Poundland, and their choice of stock has grown massively over the years. One of the first areas I always head to when I visit a store is the electronics section, as more often than not there's something there that I want or need. Poundland stocks some 'name' brands from time to time, but the Signalex branded goods are always there. One such product is this camera case which I bought about a year ago.
The Signalex camera case measures approximately 7cm x 5cm x 2cm. They come in a variety of colours, but mine is black as seen in the image above. The case is covered with a mesh-like fabric and is opened/closed by means of a plastic zip which runs around three sides, the fourth being hinged. The zip can be operated by two little tags, meaning it can be closed and opened partially and at any point around the zip.
On the front of the case is a little metal plate, upon which is written "Camera-bag", and on the back is a belt loop and a little plastic ring. The case is reinforced by plastic piping, both front and back around all edges.
The case body is very light but tough and as I haven't been able to dent it with a year of hard use I presume it's made of some kind of plastic rather than a tough cardboard.
Inside, the case is covered with a soft, felt-like substance and the two parts of the case are secured with two pieces of black elastic, meaning the case is 'sprung' and, when opened fully, will snap back to near-closed as soon as it's released.
Whilst the camera case just about fits my camera, I've found many other uses for it besides protecting this piece of electronics. It's such a nice, strong, compact container I utilise it when out and about for a variety of uses. I've found it to be perfect for carrying spare batteries and memory cards for my camera, especially as I can use the belt loop on the back to attach it to my jeans. I've also used it for carrying around small change on occasion! As it's so sturdy it's ideal for carrying easily-crushed necessities like pieces of jewellery and I've used it as a makeshift jewellery box when going on holiday!
After a year's punishing use the camera case is still in very good shape with no obvious dings or worn areas on the cover. The zip is still good and the elastic straps inside haven't got worn or loose.
This is a great camera case, and whilst I haven't been able to use it for it's intended purpose it's helped me out on many occasions.
I bought this case from Poundland last year actually to keep my Tomtom in, not a camera at all. The case gets plenty of use in terms of being opened and closed and after 10 or so months, there is still no sign of wear and tear, so this is right up there with my top Poundland purchases!
The sides of the case are "hard shell" which is similar to the hardshell suitcases which are widely available - a plastic which is rigid with very little give in whatsoever, to give top-notch protection to the contents, yet still having a softish feel to the touch. There is a nobbly finish to my case, which is a bright purple shade in colour, but the cases are still available in my local Poundland and they have a range of colours as well as different patterns. The inside of the case is a slightly plush black fabric, which is gentle on whatever gadget you house in there.
The case is fastened with a zip which runs around the middle of the edge, it has two zipper tabs which is certainly helpful to my own usage, needing to slightly manoeuvre my Tomtom in each time, such is the tight fit. Once the zips are fully open, along the top and the two long sides, the case doesn't open fully out, it has two elastic restraints at either side. Again, I find this a help when putting my Tomtom away, rather than the two sides flailing about.
The other features of the case are that it comes with a neck strap and a belt loop. I no longer have my neck strap, nor would I have any need to use it, but it had plastic clips and there are loops for the clips attached to each side. The flat belt 'loop' is made of a leather-appearance material, generously sized at about 3cm wide and is quite tightly stitched to the case, it appears to me that it would be quite trusty and robust to use, although again I haven't made of use of it. The design of the belt loop is that it is mounted so that the case would sit on the belt vertically, which makes it ideal for access to your camera, and with the little elastic restraints preventing the case from dropping open, together with the two-zipper approach, it appears to be very smartly designed for safety/security.
The size of the case is a bit of a squeeze for my Tomtom, but in fairness to its description rather than my personal usage, I've tried it with both compact cameras I own and they fit in perfectly and comfortably.
Overall, this case is fantastic value for £1, being well designed, well made, offering good protection for a number of gadgets and looking tidy too.