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Best leather iPhone 11 Pro cases to protect your device in style

For some iPhone 11 Pro users, there is nothing that pairs better with their new smartphone than a leather case. The feeling in the hand of soft, organic leather meeting the outside of a device crafted from cold aluminum and rigid glass is a pairing that can only be described as absolute perfection. For our best leather cases for iPhone 11 Pro guide, we take a look at different options for every situation, whether you simply want the best or something that you can take on your next mountain trek. We’ve also thrown in a synthetic vegan leather option for those who are so inclined.

Further reading

  • The best protective iPhone cases for 2020
  • The best iPhone 11 Pro cases to protect the smallest iPhone
  • iPhone 11 Pro review: The best camera on the best phone

Best Overall: Apple Leather Case

It might not surprise you that our top pick for the best iPhone 11 Pro leather case is awarded to Apple, but in case you are wondering, we have quite a few reasons why it’s our favorite option. For starters, Apple’s own leather case fits the iPhone 11 Pro like no other; it is the absolute perfect companion, and the iPhone wears it as though it’s a finely tailored suit. The body of the case is formed from finished European leather, while the volume and power buttons are machined aluminum. The inside of Apple’s leather case features a microfiber lining to keep your new iPhone free from scratches, and the outside can be selected from a variety of colors that change seasonally. If you can spare the money, it’s a case that we know you’ll love.

Best Rugged: Nomad Rugged Case

For fans of leather cases, the Nomad brand should need no introduction, as the company has offered leather cases for Apple products for quite some time. The company’s Rugged Case design has now made its way to the iPhone 11 Pro, bringing with it a case that is not only attractive but also extremely durable. The case itself is sourced from Horween Leather Co. of Chicago, one of the country’s oldest tanneries. Following a minimal yet protective design, the Nomad Rugged case features a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) bumper that protects your phone from drops of up to 6 feet, while still keeping your device thin. If you don’t mind adding a tad bit of extra thickness to your phone, it will go a long way in protecting your new investment.

Best Wallet Folio: Apple Leather Folio Case

Before we talk about this case, we are going to say it outright — this thing is expensive. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for in the end. Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro leather folio case is gorgeous, but at well over $100, you might need to sit down and contemplate it a bit. As with Apple’s standard leather case, the Folio features finished European leather and machined aluminum buttons. What brings up the price of this case is the completely leather-bound cover that protects the screen and offers a built-in wallet for holding bills and cards. Unlike some other manufactures who choose to use a different material for the inside of their wallet cases, Apple uses finely stitched leather on both the inside and outside of this beauty.

Best Budget: Dockem Virtuosa M1 Case

The Virtuosa M1 is a genuine leather case from Dockem crafted from top-grain leather with a price tag of less than $20. An excellent pick for those looking to get their hands on a leather case without breaking the bank, the Virtuosa M1 also features metal side buttons and a back wallet pocket for a credit or ID card. The manufacturer does admit that the case should not be used by anyone prone to dropping cases, so take caution if you’ve found your previous iPhones leaping to the floor. One fascinating feature that the Virtuosa M1 sports is a metal plate that allows it to be used with the company’s lineup of magnetic mounts — and don’t worry, it is positioned so that it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging.

Best Active: Nomad Active Rugged Case

If you’re working on a construction site or enjoy hiking on the weekend, this might be the leather case for you. Featuring an almost identical design to Nomad’s standard Rugged Case, the Active uses an entirely different type of leather to help protect your device from your on-the-go lifestyle. The Nomad Active Rugged case uses Heinen leather, made in Germany, which is tanned in such a way that the surface becomes naturally water-resistant. iPhone 11 Pro users will still benefit from the company’s standard features such as 6 feet of drop protection and a wraparound TPE bumper while adding on the addition of water resistance (note that we didn’t say waterproof). The case even includes a wrist lanyard that can be used to keep your device around.

Best Synthetic: Cyrill Ciel Case

Are you looking out for the environment or not a fan of leather practices? Not a problem! Today, there are a collection of beautiful faux leather, also known as synthetic leather, products that look and feel great. For the iPhone 11 Pro, we recommend the Ciel case by Cyrill. With a look that is nearly identical to Apple’s offering, Cyrill serves up a vegan-friendly leather option that brings with it the beautiful texture and slip-resistance that users seek. The Ciel is available in a plethora of colors, including black, forest green, Meyer lemon, saddle brown, and taupe. For aesthetic reasons, some users may want to know before purchasing that the company’s branding is displayed on the bottom-back as a small yet elegant C logo; however, we do not feel it detracts from the overall styling.


Sennheiser GSP 670 headset review: premium price, subpar performance

The search for a new headset can really get frustrating. Sure, there are a million options on Amazon for under $50, but when you want something premium, where do you start? If you’re looking for the best possible audio quality, you start with the Sennheiser GSP 670 and hope you can find it on sale because these things don’t come cheap.The GSP 670 is a premium headset with sound quality and a price tag to match. Launching at $350, you’re paying for the Sennheiser name and quality. We’ve tested multiple Sennheiser headsets throughout the years and have almost always come away impressed. That’s the same story here.The first thing you may notice about this headset is just how big it is. It looks big before you pick it up and it feels big once you put it on. Coming in at just shy of 400g, it has the weight to make those extremely long gaming sessions taxing, but luckily Sennheiser included one of the best headbands I’ve seen in a headset yet. It’s big and comfortable without looking too ridiculous.The earcups are equally nice with large plus fabric cups that will keep your ears away from the driver covers. If you prefer leatherette cups you’ll want to find another option, but I did find these to be one of the most comfortable headsets to just sit and listen to music on. The clamping force is just right (although uneven; more on that later) and the earcups provide a wonderful seal to keep the noise of the world away from your ears.One the outside of the headset, there’s a small tactile wheel to adjust chat volume if you’re using a gaming console, a large volume knob, and a multifunction button that will provide audio prompts for battery level and put you into pairing mode when you hold it down. The only thing we’re missing here is a physical switch to move between Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards, and we’ll tell you why that matters in a bit.The microphone is on the left side of the headset and provides a nice tactile click when you flip it all the way up. This is how you mute your microphone and comes in handy when you need to have a quick conversation and get back to whatever you were doing before.I wish I could report that the microphone provided better audio quality but I was pretty disappointed. It’s been a struggle to find a wireless headset that really gives great performance in this area (I’m guessing there’s a bandwidth issue) and the Sennheisers fall disappointingly short. I think they sound much the same as every other headset released in the last decade, which isn’t saying a lot.Both Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards are here. Plugging the USB dongle into my computer, the headset paired almost instantly and opened up a world of opportunity to tune through the Sennheiser app. There are options to tune your EQ, how the microphone sounds, and even provide a noise gate in case you have a noisy background. I didn’t find much difference in how the microphone sounded using these options so hopefully, they continue to be tuned in future updates.The sound that comes through these headphones is a completely different story. This has been one of the best audio experiences I’ve had in my time reviewing tech. I’d put it up there with the Sony WH-1000xm3 in terms of enjoyment. Where Sony offers amazing noise cancelation, the Sennheiser GSP 670 takes the crown in terms of audio quality.I found music pleasingly bass-y without feeling like I’m slogging through the mud just to listen. Mids are very clear while highs are crisp without being piercing.I just wish I enjoyed wearing these more. I can’t overstate how heavy these things are. At just under 400g, they’re one of the heavier headsets I’ve tested and it can be exhausting during long sessions. With 16 hours of battery life, those sessions can last all night, but you’ll need breaks.Additionally, I don’t like wearing these because of how the cups sit on my head. While the cups themselves are large enough that my ear doesn’t touch anything, the clamping is uneven and annoying. You can use the sliders in the headband to adjust your clamp, but I always end up with more pressure on the bottom of the cups than at the top.Frankly, these don’t look great and certainly don’t look like something I’d pay over $300 for. They’re big and bulky with muted colors and an … aggressive? design. I’m not entirely sure what to call this design language but there are definitely better-looking options on the market. This won’t matter to some, but for those who do care, it’s a bit of a killer and makes the cost harder to justify.ConclusionThere are always trade-offs when you’re using a wireless headset. Sennheiser smartly did not skimp on the audio quality and if you’re looking for a wireless headset that sounds great, this is definitely where you want to start. I put it at the top of the list in that respect.But, where it falls apart is pretty much everywhere else. Tradeoffs become pretty obvious when you use these for more than a few hours.Yep, they’re built solidly and the plastic design means they’ll hold up to some abuse. But, these look cheaper than competing options like the Astro A50s and Arctis Pro Wireless. Plus, as I’ve said a few times, they’re heavy.It’s awesome that they have both 2.4ghz and Bluetooth standards. But there’s no way to manually switch between them and the second that your computer plays audio via the USB dongle, the Bluetooth cuts out completely. If you’re using these to take a phone call or listen to music on your phone and you accidentally click on a YouTube link on your computer, say goodbye to your audio. This would be an easy fix with a manual switch and we hope to see that in a future revision.Best over-ear headphones (spring 2020)I can’t state enough how crappy the audio from the mic is. Maybe I’m spoiled by streamers who invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars into their audio equipment, but this sounds like every headset I’ve heard the last decade of gaming and that’s pretty disappointing.If your voice quality matters to you at all, I’d suggest getting a standalone mic. But you have to ask yourself if you’re grabbing something like a Blue Yeti, is there a justification for the GSP 670 when you can buy a wireless headset for far cheaper?I know it probably looks like I hate the Sennheiser GSP 670 but I don’t. In true dad fashion, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. While they’re best in class in terms of audio quality, the things they miss on are a killer and make them harder to recommend over other competitors.After a bit of searching, I’ve found the Sennheiser GSP 670 around $300 and sometimes cheaper on sale. I think if you can find these cheaper than that, go for it. Your ears will thank you. At full price, they’re a tough sell.Buy the Sennheiser GSP 670 at Amazon

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