I’ve tried and tested a variety of aluminium bumpers for the past two generations of the iPhone and in my experience, each bumper is different from the other, both ergonomically and functionally. Draco Vfor iPhone 5, the latest iteration of aluminium bumpers from Draco Design USA and Deff Corp. Japan, capitalizes on the same ergonomic design of its predecessors i.e Draco IV and Draco IV EVO for iPhone 4/4S, but with a slightily different construction. Let’s take a look!
As you can see in the photos, the Draco V looks pretty cool when paired with a 3D DomeSkin. Like all previous versions, this one also features a two-piece chassis. Installation is also similar to the iPhone 4/4S models. The first noticeable difference in Draco V is however the replacement of rounded volume metal buttons with a volume rocker, that offers pretty decent tactile feedback. At the top, you’ll notice that the power button now sits completely flush with the curved body of the Draco V. Once again, the button has a really good tactile response.
Another noticeably improvement is the much wider bottom cutout, that can easily accommodate a slightly thicker 3.5mm headphone. The Lightning port, mic and speaker are all clearly visible. There is also a nano-SIM port cutout on the side, which quite frankly, is unnecessary. Apart from that, Draco V fully lives up to its predecessors in terms of comfortable ergonomics and premium anodized finish.
Last but not the least is the aluminium bumper’s impact on iPhone 5′s reception. I’m pleased to report that I’ve noticed no deterioration in signal whatsoever during my two weeks of usage. It’s commendable how the company has solved the age-old reception problem with a bumper that is solely made up of metal. Full marks to Draco!
I can safely conclude by saying that Draco V is the best looking iPhone 5 aluminium bumper I’ve come across so far. It is available in 6 different colours and is currently selling for US $89.99 online.