Well, they’ve done it again. The fine folks at WaterField Designs have crafted another superb case for a handheld gaming console. The Steam Deck CitySlicker case is very similar in shape and design to the Nintendo Switch case (check out my review for that here), just a bit larger to accommodate the chonky Steam Deck.
Here’s the thing: would I recommend buying this for only the Steam Deck? Maybe. Coming in at $129 (same price regardless of material selection — Waxed Canvas / Grizzly Leather, Waxed Canvas / Chocolate Leather, Grizzly Leather, Chocolate Leather, Black Leather, Blue Leather, White Leather, and Crimson Leather) it is certainly a premium option, and the case that Valve includes with each Steam Deck is just about the same size and offers great protection (for free…ish).
Do you own a Nintendo Switch? Kill two birds with one stone and pick up this case instead. I’ve found that I prefer playing my Switch OLED in handheld mode with a Satisfye ZenGrip Pro, which fits comfortably inside the Steam Deck CitySlicker. I was initially concerned about how tight the Steam Deck is inside the case, mostly because the thumb sticks are so tall, but after having taken it on several flights, I have come to the conclusion that it’s simply not an issue.
That said, the case is quite large, so if you want to keep your Switch more portable I recommend picking up both CitySlicker cases (or check out their slimmer Steam Deck Pouch).
These comparison photos were provided by WaterField Designs:
WaterField Designs provided me with this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
Andrew has been a nerd his whole life. He built his first computer when he was 8, started working in the IT industry at 15, and played competitive Counter-Strike at 16. His interest in amiibo started before their release but didn’t really take off until after the new year. He doesn’t like to admit it but Little Mac and WFT are among the amiibo that he had pre-ordered from Amazon but cancelled before their release. Little did he know a few months later he’d help start Amiibo Alerts. Gaming has always been his passion. He grew up with an NES, Sega Genesis, and PS2 before realizing that PCs truly are better than consoles.
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