Review: Sony Vaio UX leather case

The official leather case (VGP-CCUX1) for the Sony Vaio UX series made its debut here in October, and now it’s back for a full review.


Here’s what Sony says about it: "Designed specifically for the VAIO® UX Series Micro PC, the VGP-CCUX1 case securely holds your UX computer and battery in place while protecting it from scratches. Ideal for the commuter or constant traveler, this stylish case is available in black and constructed of genuine leather to provide extra protection."

And here’s my take.

Atypical of Sony, the VAIO Leather Protection Case (as it’s officially called) is packaged as though it’s destined for a bin at the flea market.


The clear plastic bag leaves little to the imagination, but I bet you didn’t expect all this.


In addition to the leather case, Sony includes a limited lifetime warranty through Targus, a personal contact information card (to give to a new friend?), and a packet of desiccate. Good thing I don’t award points in reviews because Sony would get a big zero here.

Design: Exterior
What the case lacks in presentation, it makes up for in build quality and general appearance.





Here are some extreme close-up shots to give you a better idea of its construction. You can see that all of the stitches are even and aligned and that the grain of the cushioned leather is pretty nice.



The bottom edges of the leather are a bit rough though, giving the case a bit of an unfinished look.



Design: Interior
People say it’s what’s on the inside that counts.


Velvet, "Made in China" tag, and no inner pockets. Sony is clearly all about appearances.


The magnetic strips that keep the case closed are very visible. They’re strong and thick, too, which is why they’re easily detectable on the front of the case as well.

When I first put my UX180P into the case, I was positive it didn’t fit. The sides are stretchy to accommodate the extended battery, so length wasn’t the problem.


The tubular Wi-Fi antenna running along the top of the UX seemed to be in the way.




Only after a bit of stuffing did I manage to get the case closed. You can see how the antenna curves the top of the case.


The leather will likely stretch out a bit over time, but for now, the antenna leaves a slight indentation on the velvet.



Other than that, the UX fits securely in the case.


Here are a few comparison shots of the case and the UX.




The soft carrying case included with the UX is thicker than and not as sleek as the leather case, but I think the "dimples" created by the magnets slightly diminishes the former’s appeal.






Sony’s VGP-CCUX1 leather UX case is well made and well suited for executives in business meetings (where the ripping sound of the included case’s Velcro closure may not be welcome), but I’m not sure that there’s any compelling reason (other than aesthetics) for anyone to buy it. I got mine as a requested birthday gift, but only because I love cases like nobody’s business.


I haven’t tested it out, of course, but I don’t think this case offers any more protection than the case already bundled with the UX. It certainly doesn’t offer any added functionality. In fact, it takes some away. The other case has a belt loop and metal ring for attaching various straps and clasps; this case must be tucked into a larger bag or held in your hand.


It’s still rather nice to look at (despite it pocketless-ness) and reasonably priced through Amazonir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here for about $30 (MSRP $49.99).

Thanks, Chris and Aaron!

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8 thoughts on “Review: Sony Vaio UX leather case

  • Nice review Thank you

  • I went ahead and order one. Mine came without the dimples! I also put my UX upside down so the case does not have a bump on the top. Overall, I like the case. I may have to “superglue” a little pouch on the inside to store the extra memory cards. It’s a trick I learned from my sister with her PSP case.

  • You get everything, Penny! First the UX280P that comes with a stand, and now a dimple-free case. It never ends for you :)

  • :)

    Another thing I noticed, the case does not fit the the extended battery too well for me. Although the side is flexible enough to contain the extended battery, but the depth of the battery causes some problem when closing the flap…

  • Thanks for the info, Penny.

    It’s rather misleading of Sony to advertise compatibility with the extended battery if the case doesn’t REALLY accommodate it.

    Did you add the little pouch yet?

  • Avatar of abdul rahman

    hey there i want bettry for vaio ux and other goood acceries mean wirless key board and netcable etc

  • How about a simply perfect case for your Vaio for $20?

    One that also holds the Think Outside keyboard, extra cables, and both the regular and extended battery?

    Shhh, don’t tell anyone else. It’s the Verge Medium Digital Camera Case (VMEDIUMFAM) from Circuit City available at

    It’s a perfect fit with the regular battery. The extended battery fits behind the Vaio UX. The front pocket holds the keyboard.

    I works so well, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t designed for the UX! You can’t beat the price… Sony would charge $100 for the same thing.

    Only negative; I wouldn’t trust the velcro to hold the belt loop. A few stitches might help…



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