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Slappa d2i Hardbody CD Storage Review

by April 03, 2007
  • Product Name: d2i
  • Manufacturer: Slappa
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: April 03, 2007 10:42
  • MSRP: $19.99 - $199.99

All

  • xEVA Duro-Shock exterior
  • Heavy duty handle (on applicable models)
  • EZ grip zipper pulls
  • Patented d2i pockets
  • Velvet lined interior
  • Disc cleaning cloth

Pro CD Crate (additional features)

  • Honeycomb frame for structural reinforcement
  • Removable zip-away lid
  • Removable inner storage boxes
  • Exterior storage pouches
  • Zippered interior storage compartment
  • Heavy duty retractable carrying handle
  • Removable shoulder strap
  • Industrial strength zippers

Pros

  • Rock solid build quality
  • Unbeatable flexibility
  • Gorgeous aesthetics

Cons

  • Even the smallest is too thick to put under some car seats
  • Top storage compartment hard to unzip on the 420 CD
  • “Velvet” exterior easily dirtied

Introduction

At what point do you decide you need a storage solution for your CDs? After you buy 10? 20? Maybe it is when you buy your first car with a CD player (I’m showing my age)? If you’re smart, and you really like your CDs, you’ll want to start protecting them after your first purchase. Well, Slappa's new d2i line of HardBody cases combines the convenience of a sleeve-based solution with the flexibility of jewel cases. With the d2i system, the sleeve moves in and out – not the disc. With the d2i (i=interlocking) each sleeve has a male and a female interlocking slide that allows the sleeve to be connected to the spine of each case or to another sleeve. Just slide out the sleeve with the CD you want and slide it in to the other case. No more handling of CDs (with the possibilities of scratching/dropping). No more fumbling with locations – just grab and go. Slappa has always provided the looks, with the d2i system; they’ve taken functionality to a whole new level.
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Recent Forum Posts:

mango posts on April 04, 2007 16:25
Slappa website confusing

I went to Slappa's website via the link in jcPanny's post and checked out the d2i 240. What's confusing me is that they say right under “Features” that it will store 120 covers + 120 discs, or 240 discs. It seems like the whole point of the design of the pockets is that they require the use of the covers, which is a good thing in my estimation. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to see the disc that was on the inside, and the outside disc wouldn't benefit from the double-sided protection. Also I couldn't find a schematic on their site showing a 5-layered pocket like in Tom's review, just a 3-layered pocket. Maybe they need to update the website? I would actually prefer a single CD per pocket design because it would eliminate the need for pairing CDs that Tom talks about in the review. I love the idea of building the pages any way you want, but only a one pocket/one CD design lets you insert a single CD into an alphabetically arranged collection without removing a single CD or having empty pockets throughout.
stratman posts on April 03, 2007 23:35
gene, post: 260514
Such a good idea for a caveman. Too bad I didn't think of that as my last CD case damaged 1/4 of my CD collection from being exposed to the florida heat in my car for long durations of time.

What? You really think all we talk about is car insurance? I've got some stuff that's so rare it's taken years (literally) to track down and in some cases overpaid to get. Florida heat is unforgiving.
gene posts on April 03, 2007 18:12
My Cds are my “masters” so they don't see the light of day, as some are rare and out of print. My solution has always been to burn two duplicates, one for the car, one for home ( my four year old thinks they're frisbees) stereo just in case junior wants to play. I keep the “masters” in their original case in a custom made storage rack, out of reach of prying little hands (and big ones too.)

Such a good idea for a caveman. Too bad I didn't think of that as my last CD case damaged 1/4 of my CD collection from being exposed to the florida heat in my car for long durations of time.
stratman posts on April 03, 2007 16:05
My Cds are my “masters” so they don't see the light of day, as some are rare and out of print. My solution has always been to burn two duplicates, one for the car, one for home ( my four year old thinks they're frisbees) stereo just in case junior wants to play. I keep the “masters” in their original case in a custom made storage rack, out of reach of prying little hands (and big ones too.)
jcPanny posts on April 03, 2007 15:36
Slappa sleaves

Tom,
Good review. Looks like you can buy extra sleaves seperately, 100 for $20.
http://www.slappa.com/site/d2i-replacements-100.html
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