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Protect your Apple AirPods investment with this stylish $20 case

If you're the sort who sells off your old Apple gear when new stuff is released, this Nomad Sports Case can pay for itself in AirPod resale value alone.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Nomad's Sports Case for the AirPods Pro

Nomad's Sports Case for the AirPods and AirPods Pro

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I like my AirPods Pro.

A lot.

But I don't like the fact that the case gets all scratched up. I've had my 2nd-gen AirPods Pro for less than a year, and the plastic case is scratched up quite badly. It doesn't affect the functionality of the AirPods in any way, but they do look awful. 

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If you want to protect your AirPods or AirPods Pro, I suggest putting them in a case. If they're already been tumbled in a pocket for ages and now look terrible, a case will give them a new lease of life.

One case I've been road-testing lately is made by Nomad. Regular readers will know that Nomad recently re-released their line of keychain cables, one of my all-time favorite accessories, but there's more to Nomad than keychain cables.

For example, take Nomad's new Sports Case for the AirPods and AirPods Pro.   

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Nomad Sports Case features

  • High-gloss, grippy body with TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) bumper
  • Two-piece construction
  • Integrated light pipe for LED charging indicator
  • Precise speaker and lanyard cutouts
  • Protective microfiber lining
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Designed for AirPods 3rd gen, and AirPods Pro 2nd gen 

This case ticks all the boxes for me.

First, it's a great fit. It's perfect. You don't have to use force to get the AirPods case into and out of the case, and the microfiber lining does an amazing job of cushioning the case.

The cutouts for the speakers and lanyard are perfect, and you can even see the charging LED.

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The other thing I look for in a case is whether it actually protects the AirPods, and this one does. It's not big and bulky like some cases, but it offers more than enough protection.

The surface of the case offers enough protection and grip to do its job, without being overkill. 

The microfiber lining offers great protection

The microfiber lining offers great protection

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Finally, these Nomad cases look good, fitting nicely into that Apple aesthetic. You can choose between Lunar Grey (which doesn't look all that dissimilar to the white case), Ash Green, or Marine Blue.

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The price is also right -- $20. If you're the sort of person that sells off your old Apple gear when new stuff is released, this Nomad Sports Case can pay for itself in AirPod resale value alone. 

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