My Vaja case for the HD5 just arrived today. As expected (and hoped for), my initial impressions are very positive. Here are some observations that might not be obvious from the pix and info on the website. I picked up the wine-red (single-color) case for my silver HD5, no clip or customization. The overall fit and finish are really superb. The other leather cases (Sony and the fliptop) look very cheap in comparison. (Then again, they do cost a fair bit less!) The Vaja fits it like a tight glove, giving the appearance of a single leatherized unit rather than a case plus a player. The case gives the HD5 nice rounded edges. No raw edges are visible anywhere, as the borders are all turned-in rounded leather on all sides. The interior is covered by black material that has a subtle repeating Vaja logo on it. The fit is very tight, and the HD5 is hard to remove once inserted. Not that you need to--the only reason would be to access the battery. The case is very firm and well-padded. It feels like it has a springy metal plate or the like inside. It seems to offer a lot of protection, even if it were dropped accidentally. The case brings the total thickness to about 2.2 cm (about 0.9"). It doesn't seem as tiny as the bare HD5 but it doesn't seem big or feel heavy either. The leather feels soft and smells good too! Very high-quality leather, as with most Vaja products. The cutout in front (and the top edges too) is perfectly contoured to the HD5, leaving aboiut 1mm of the HD5 face exposed at the screen edges and widening a bit around the button edges. Set into the front of the case is a heavy plastic screen protector, slightly flexible, that extends just to the top of the button area. It also surrounds the button area cutout with an exposed clear border about 2mm wide (extending inward from the leather edges of the cutout area). Even here, the leather edges are smoothly rounded and turned in over the plastic protector. When operating the corner buttons, the edge of your finger will contach the edge of the plastic protector. This isn't a problem and feels pretty comfortable. Just send your fingertip to the corner of the cutout and press. The plastic over the screen and around the buttons is raised slightly from the front of the HD5, maybe just under 2mm away from the front. Overall, it looks like my HD5 grew a smoothly-rounded leather skin, whch appears to fit better than a glove. It really looks to be part of the player itself and not just a cover or holder. And the quality is readily apparent. I don't think I will be taking it off the HD5 anytime soon. I know it is a fairly expensive cover, but even so I think it is worth the price. It gives the 'cold' HD5 a smoother look, kind of like a quality accessory as opposed to a hi-tech gadget. It's a bit hard to explain but I'm trying... To summarize, I do really like the Vaja case. I will report back on how it wears. I usually keep the HD5 in my pocket and use the 35SLK (or whatever) remote clipped to my shirt pocket.