If you've shopped around for a case for your PlayStation Vita, you probably know that they can get pretty pricey. In fact, I recently wrote about WaterField Designs' Vita cases, which are sweet but retail for upward of $50.
Shifting gears, I decided to go the budget route and checked out Monoprice's $5.28 Brushed Aluminum Clamshell case in silver (alas, that price doesn't include shipping, which brings the total up to $7.82).
Very solid. It looks good, is pretty lightweight, and seems quite protective. The only downside is that after you put the case on, some of the buttons end up being a little recessed (the Start button, for example).
But that's not a big deal. Note: I'm not sure why Monoprice calls it the Clamshell case because it doesn't open and shut -- once the Vita's enclosed in the case it stays in the case.
This case comes in a few different colors and for some colors the price jumps to a whopping $7 and change.
Monoprice also has a $4.25 slim rubber Vita case called the TPU PlayStation Vita case that I tested out. That case is also decent for the price, but it isn't as quite form-fitting as it should be; the top border section doesn't quite sit flush against the front of the Vita. A small annoyance, but not a total dealbreaker.