When it comes to classy and stylish bags for tech, it's hard to top the quality that Waterfield Designs offers. They have bags and cases for laptops, phones, cameras, and yes, even the Nintendo Switch.
We've reviewed their Arcade Case for the Nintendo Switch before, and we're big fans. But what if you want something that's more compact and designed for everyday carry? Then the CitySlicker is the case you want.
The everyday carry for Switch
Bottom line: Waterfield Designs' CitySlicker for Nintendo Switch is a fairly slim and lightweight case that protects your Nintendo Switch console. It has enough space for a battery pack, cables, and extra game cards, and you can carry it with a strap attachment (sold separately).
- Compact and lightweight
- High-quality materials
- Snug fit
- Magnetic clasps
- Inner pockets for accessories
- Outer mesh pocket for accessories
- Microfiber lining inside
- Optional attachments make carrying easier
- Accessories sold separately
- Must align magnetic clasps
CitySlicker Case: What I like
I'm a big fan of Waterfield Designs because their products are always made of high-quality materials and handmade in San Francisco. The CitySlicker is no exception. They use leather and ballistic nylon materials, and the leather is genuine, not cheap "pleather." The leather also comes in four different colors (black, grizzly, crimson, and blue) so there's a hue for everyone.
Inside the CitySlicker are two pocket compartments (enough space for a nice large capacity battery pack), and the interior features a soft, plush material that won't scratch your Switch. The red lining on the outer interior pocket is made from Ultrasuede, which helps clean and protect your Switch's screen. Two padded stiffeners can be found along the interior sides, and the purpose of these is to keep the analog sticks in a neutral position while the Switch is inside.
Underneath the double leather flap are five slots that you can store your Nintendo Switch game cards (or more microSDs) in. The cards fit snugly into these slots, and you can get them out quickly by pushing the bottom up with your thumb.
The back side of the case has a mesh exterior pocket that stays closed with a self-locking zipper. This pocket is great for other accessories, like cables, earbuds, or additional game cards.
With the CitySlicker, you can customize how you want to carry it, though these accessories are sold separately. Personally, I like the 3/8" Heavy Duty Shoulder Strap, which is made of nylon and has heavy metal swiveling snap loops on the ends to attach to the case's small nylon loops. The strap itself extends up to 54" in length. It essentially turns my CitySlicker Case into a purse (with no room for other stuff though).
The other accessories you can choose from include: two carabiner options or a leather wrist loop. The prices for these optional accessories start at $3 for the basic carabiner and go up to $20 for the shoulder strap.
CitySlicker Case: What I don't like
The only thing about the CitySlicker that I don't particularly care for is how the magnetic clasps work. On the flap it's more like a little button with the clasp on the game card storage strip, so you need to align it before the magnets pull together and snap shut.
Honestly, I wish the magnets were heavier and sewn away in the case so that it would close by itself. Sometimes it takes me a bit longer to get my Switch back into the case and securely close it because of the current iteration.
The bottom line
If you're looking for a high quality, stylish, compact and lightweight everyday carrying case for your Nintendo Switch, then you should consider the CitySlicker. The materials are of incredible quality and it's durable—I've had mine for over a year now and it's kept my Switch safe! It has enough room for the bare necessities, like a battery pack, charging cable, earbuds, and some extra games, which is all you need. But if you need more, we'd recommend the Arcade Case.
Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.