Review: Casetify's $70 Apple Watch Bands Can Be Customized With Any Design

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Casetify, a company that makes customizable iPhone, iPad, and MacBook cases, has also begun selling Apple Watch bands, which can be printed with any design. Available for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watches and in two finishes, bands can be customized with photographs or artwork or ordered from Casetify's pre-designed artist collection.



    Casetify's Apple Watch bands are made from polycarbonate and are closest in nature to the Apple Watch Sport bands. I've been wearing a 38mm Casetify Apple Watch band for just over a week and while it is comfortable, the material of the band is not as soft, flexible, or as thin as the fluoroelastomer the Apple Watch Sport bands are constructed from.


    Bands come in two sizes, one for each watch. The 38mm band fits wrists sized 140 to 200mm, while the 42mm band fits wrists sized 150 to 210mm. The underside of each band is ridged, with the Casetify logo printed on each side.


    At about an eighth of an inch thick, Casetify's bands seem to be approximately a third thicker than the Apple Watch Sport (there's maybe about a millimeter of difference between the two). That's not a huge thickness disparity, but it is noticeable when wearing the Casetify band after wearing a Sport band, especially on a small wrist.

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  2. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Overpriced for what it is. You can get a third party leather band for $25. And the buckle is ugly.
  3. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Designing your own is a really neat idea, and of course costs more than an off-the-shelf stocked model.

    But I don't like that clear plastic ring/loop. A black option might look better.
  4. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yeah. I actually disliked that too, but I couldn't think of something that would be better for all of the possible designs. Maybe one that's thinner would look better. A wrap under design like the sport band would work too.
  5. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    I find these straps rather fun.

    However, I don't have an Apple Watch, so they're lost on me.
  6. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    Which everyone was complaining about that it cost $3 to make, and selling for $50.

    I do like the idea, but to get my attention, if they can sell them for $39, I'd definitely be interested. I think this is the paperclip question...

    "Would you rather sell 1 paper clip for $1,000,000, or 100,000,000 paperclips for $0.01?"

    Sure, your revenue would be the same, but the odds of finding a person willing to pay $1M for a paper clip is much harder.

    (OK, comedy time... It's easy if you put an Apple Logo on it! ba-dum-dum!)
  7. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Thank you for the review. You told me everything I had wanted to know about the Casetify bands.
  8. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    To switch out bands on your own, you will need a Wiha P2 screwdriver to undo the pentalobe screws holding the adapter together.
  9. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
  10. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
  11. mkeeley macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
  12. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    The biggest problem I see with their printing is they only do the top surface. When the band is laying flat on a table, it doesn't look too bad, but when you wrap it around your wrist, you've got the two white unprinted ends of the band (the part that wraps around the adapters) staring up at you from right next to either side of the watch. The unprinted sides can be excused, but the unprinted ends scream "we couldn't be bothered to think this all the way through."
  13. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    The bucke
  14. ipadpro macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2015
    those band very fit with apple watch ,,, both look together somewhat cheap and fun ,,,,,,
  15. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    At least you can save $20 through StackSocial. Purchase the $70 credit here for $50, then redeem the generated coupon code over to them and make your band.
  16. inscrewtable macrumors 68000


    Oct 9, 2010
    Wow, they're craptastic. I can't imagine anyone who would put such a badly matched product on an Apple item that is famed for it's fit and finish. What the hell is the point of making a product like this if they aren't going to have the lugs fit as well as an original Apple band, unless they were selling for $10.
  17. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Honestly, I wouldn't even wear it if it was given to me for free.
  18. aduteau macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
  19. sb22 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2012
    Well I for one am looking forward to mine, although I got mine at 40usd preorder. Wouldn't touch it for 70 though
  20. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    well for just an additional $395, you could rectify this problem. :D
  21. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Agreed. This product is so ******, just by looking at it you can almost hear the company thinking aloud, "Hey, let's take the most basic band design and cheapest materials possible and price it at extortion levels because it has something to do with Apple."
  22. sb22 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2012
    So I got mine, and well, its alright, novelty - but no-one, i repeat NO-ONE should shell out 70 dollars for it. Even the packaging for customs stated it was worth under £8 lol
  23. xqz5199 macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2015
    The thought of a designed band for you is actually inviting. Casetify has really done the right thing by customizing on a pre-existing gap in Apple by designing the bands that can be able to suit the needs of the customers. As an Apple loyal customer, I will definitely get a designed band for myself. Great development!

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