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Your Galaxy S20+ deserves only the best leather cases

In the constantly growing world of Android flagships, one of the most noteworthy right now is the Galaxy S20+. It’s a phone that has a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 865 processor, and an impressive array of rear cameras. All of that is to say that it’s a darn good phone. However, without the right case, it’s susceptible to severe damage. A leather case will ensure this doesn’t happen, while simultaneously giving your S20+ a touch of elegance.

Keep it official

Samsung Leather Cover

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Staff Pick

Samsung makes only one leather case for the S20+, and lucky for us, it’s darn good. Before you scoff at the Leather Cover’s high price, consider everything it’s bringing to the table. Not only is there genuine leather on the outside, but Samsung also has a microfiber lining on the interior to give your S20+ a soft place to call home. The buttons are made of aluminum, there are six colors, and it’s one of the least bulky leather cases out there.

$50 at Samsung
$50 at Best Buy

Customizable buttons

CYRILL Ciel Leather Brick Series

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Right off the bat, the CYRILL Ciel Leather Brick Series impresses with its clean, minimalistic design. The two-tone finish is eye-catching without being overbearing, with the synthetic leather back adding a touch of elegance. A TPU bumper protects the S20+ from daily wear and tear, along with the occasional drop. The case is even customizable, with CYRILL including an extra set of swappable button covers.

From $17 at Amazon
$31 at eBay

Slick as a snake

Snakehive Genuine Leather Wallet

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Year after year, Snakehive continues to impress with its genuine European Nubuck leather cases. The company is continuing its legacy with the Galaxy S20+, and it’s just as good as ever. Snakehive’s leather is insanely good and looks better with age as time goes on. You can use the case as a kickstand, there’s storage for credit cards and cash, and it gives you 360-degree protection. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?

$38 at Amazon
$56 at eBay

Dual functionality

FYY Magnetic Detachable Wallet Case

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There are a ton of great leather cases out there for the Galaxy S20+, but one of the best ones is FYY’s Magnetic Detachable Wallet Case. On its own, this is a protective case that offers excellent durability with a stylish PU leather back. The back also happens to be magnetic, which allows it to attach to the included wallet portion that gives you card slots, a cash pocket, and coverage for the front of the phone.

From $22 at Amazon
$36 at eBay

Discrete storage

Venoro PU Leather Wallet Case

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Feeling a little intimidated by FYY’s case? No worries. Another leather option we recommend is this one from Venoro. The wallet portion of this case is permanently attached, but we like how it’s positioned on the back of the S20+ rather than the front. This helps keep your cards discrete, along with always keeping the display accessible. You’re also getting impressive durability and premium PU leather.

$14 at Amazon
$26 at eBay

As real as it gets

FYY Luxury Cowhide Genuine Leather Case

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PU leather is great and all, but if you want a case that’s made out of legit cowhide, FYY once again has something for you. This particular case is made out of genuine leather, giving you that look and feel PU leather just can’t match. It’s available in two colors (Black and Wine Red), has RFID blocking technology, and can store up to three credit cards along with spare cash. It’s expensive but worth every penny.

From $26 at Amazon
$25 at eBay

Slim and lightweight

Olixar Faux Leather Flip Cover

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Olixar Faux Leather Flip Cover. This is one of the most affordable cases on our list, and as you might expect, achieves this by using PU leather. Olixar’s PU leather does look and feel quite good, and this case also gives you two credit card slots, a built-in kickstand function, and comes with a two-year warranty to cover your purchase. For the price, it’s a great offer.

$13 at Amazon
$17 at eBay

A color for everyone

OCASE PU Leather Flip Case

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By design, leather cases almost always look great. The natural browns and blacks often found here are lovely, but what if you want to go beyond that? Enter the OCASE PU Leather Flip Case. This is a leather wallet case that’s available in Black, Blue, Brown, Burgundy, and Red — all of which look fantastic. The case also gives you three card slots, a money pocket, RFID blocking, and a built-in kickstand.

$19 at Amazon
$33 at eBay

So soft

DUX DUCIS Genuine Leather Wallet Case

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One of the reasons leather cases are so popular is that they feel nice. A soothing leather texture is much more enjoyable than cold glass, and it’s something DUX DUCIS understands better than anyone. In addition to being made out of genuine leather, this case features a layer of sponge underneath it that creates an ultra-soft feeling we can’t get enough of. Seriously — it’s that good.

$17 at Amazon
$19 at eBay

Get only the best leather case for your Galaxy S20+

The Galaxy S20+ is a fine phone on its own, but with a leather case, you can keep it safe throughout your daily use without compromising its good looks. Overall, we think the case that does this the best is the Samsung Leather Cover.

Yes, Samsung’s official case is expensive, but the quality being offered here is top-notch. The genuine leather is good enough on its own, but Samsung matches that with aluminum buttons and a microfiber lining. We also love how little bulk the case adds to the S20+, which is good considering it’s already a fairly large phone.

If you prefer wallet-style cases over traditional ones, you can’t go wrong by picking up the Snakehive Genuine Leather Wallet. This is among the nicest leather you’ll find for a Galaxy S20+ case, and on top of that, you get all of the benefits that come with a wallet case. You can use it to hold credit cards/cash, turn it into a kickstand to prop up your phone, and get all-around protection when the cover is closed.

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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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