I must admit I am a bit clumsy when it comes to handling electronic equipment. Usually if I get a new phone my screen will have a crack in it within about 3 months! Which is why when I was purchasing the Zoom H4n I was interested in what case it came with. Unfortunately there were not many good reviews of the case that came with it – my favourite comments were found in this forum!
Whilst there are a number of Zoom H4n cases available on Amazon.com, I wanted to see what the plastic case was like that shipped with the product. Well, I’ll be honest, I had to chose between a 2nd microphone and a new case – and my new Audio-Technica Dynamic Microphone
won out in the end!
The standard case has not been too bad so far. It is good enough to protect the Zoom H4n recorder from small knocks and bumps. It certainly isn’t water proof, and it wont survive a drop from a great height – but for some minor protection from the elements the voice recorder may face in a back pack or satchel, it does the job.
Unlike other reviews which suggested the tab on the case breaks easily, I haven’t seen that happen yet. But I can imagine due to the amount of use my Zoom is getting at the moment that the clip will break sometime soon.
So – should you invest in a 3rd party case or storage solution for your Zoom H4n? To be honest, if you are nice to your equipment and are not traveling around much with it, you don’t need to make the additional investment. But who am I kidding!!! If you are buying the Zoom H4n voice recorder you are out on the street doing vox pops, you are podcasting from your friends garage (or a bar, or a sports field), you are in weird and wonderful places recording interviews for your research, in the office doing a new voice over, or you are recording sounds in the middle of a wildlife reserve. A sturdier case that can hold your Zoom, as well as your other accessories like your microphones, wind shields and XLR cables is important.
I’ll be buying one soon, and I am sure you will see a review about it as soon as I can post one.