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The best Galaxy Note 9 cases you can buy

The Galaxy Note 9 is a premium flagship that you’d be a fool not to keep protected with a case. I love the Spigen Rugged Armor for its low-profile protection and the Speck Presidio Grip for its awesome quality, but there are so many great cases to choose from!

Slim and rugged

Spigen Rugged Armor

Staff pick


For those who don’t want to sacrifice pocket space for protection, Spigen’s Rugged Armor case is a great option. This sleek, one-piece case is rugged with carbon fiber accents that look great on all phones, but especially big phones like the Note 9. It’s made of rugged TPU material and features a matte finish.

$12 at Amazon
$12 at eBay

Best from Samsung

Samsung LED View Cover


Samsung offers five different case styles for the Note 9, but I’ll highlight the LED View case because it’s uniquely Samsung and offers the best protection with extra functionality for the Note 9 when it’s closed.

From $46 at Amazon
$52 at eBay

Most rugged

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro


The Unicorn Beetle Pro is a case you can trust no matter which phone it’s protecting. This rugged-style case is designed to keep your phone well protected with a built-in screen protector for the display. An optional belt clip holster is also included if you’re interested in that look.

From $20 at Amazon
$10 at eBay

Clearly great

Spigen Liquid Crystal


For those who are after a minimalist clear case to show off the Note 9’s design, Spigen has you covered with this ultra-thin clear case. This one-piece case is made of a flexible TPU material that will keep your phone protected from scratches and basic drops and is thin enough to support wireless charging.

$10 at Amazon
$12 at eBay

Super thin option

Spigen Thin Fit


The Note 9 is already a massive phone, so you may want a thin case to protect from scuffs, scratches, and cracks that won’t add too much bulk. Spigen’s Thin Fit case is a minimalist case that offers basic protection and is available in four colors.

From $8 at Amazon
$12 at eBay

Best wallet case

ProCase Leather Wallet


For those looking for an extra functional case, you should consider this leather wallet option from ProCase. Not only is this case designed to carry multiple debit and credit cards along with a cash pocket but it also delivers great protection for your phone. Made with genuine leather, this case screams premium design with top-notch craftsmanship.

From $18 at Amazon
$36 at eBay

Clear and rugged

VRS Design Heavy Duty


If you want a clear case to show off the design of your Note 9, but also don’t want to risk damaging a phone that’s worth over $1000, this case from VRS Design is a great option. It’s a two-piece case that combines a sturdy acrylic backing with a shock-absorbing TPU bumper and should avoid the ugly yellowing that occurs with other clear options over time.

$12 at Amazon
$20 at eBay

Best for grip

Speck Presidio Grip


One of the best ways to avoid drop damage for your phone is to avoid dropping your phone, and this grippy case from Speck is a great option. This case features a stylish pattern of raised ridges along the back and sides which feel great in hand and give this case a unique look.

From $7 at Amazon
$45 at Speck

Trusted brand

OtterBox Defender Series


OtterBox products are significantly pricier than the other options on our list, but each case is backed by superb customer service and is designed to take all the abuse of daily wear and tear. A worthwhile investment for such a premium device.

$24 at Amazon
$61 at OtterBox

Rugged for less

Encased Rebel Armor


For a rugged case that won’t break the bank, consider this option from Encased. It’s a dual-layer case that’s packed with protection for your Note 9, including a unique webbing of shock-absorbent texture on the inside and air pockets around the perimeter to help with drops.

$15 at Amazon
$15 at eBay

Multi-layered protection

Zizo Bolt Series


You’ll either love or hate Zizo’s over-the-top design choices with its Bolt Series case. If it’s right up your alley, you’re going to love the grip-friendliness and the colorful accents available. It also comes with an optional lanyard, hip holster, and a screen protector — plenty of value for a reasonable price.

From $18 at Amazon
$18 at eBay

Something different

Spigen Thin Fit 360


Spigen’s Thin Fit 360 is unlike just about anything else you’ll find. The case actually goes on in three parts, including covers for the back, top, and bottom that attach for 360-degree protection. You even get a free tempered glass screen protector included with it.

$18 at Amazon
$19 at eBay

If we had to choose

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the cases on this list? That’s fine — there’s a lot to choose from! You can’t go wrong with anything here, but with that said, we have to give our top recommendation to the Spigen Rugged Armor.

Spigen consistently makes some of the best phone cases out there, and with the Rugged Armor, you get something that offers great protection, doesn’t add too much bulk to the Note 9, and has a price no one can argue with.

If you find yourself needing more durability, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro is another excellent choice, especially since it comes with a built-in screen protector. Should you prefer a case with a bit more class, we also really like the ProCase Leather Wallet.


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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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