Aluminum Travel Hardcase
You don't have to be on a trip to want to give your Palm V or Vx some added protection. The iBiz Aluminum Travel Hardcase is made of aircraft aluminum with a thin layer of closed-cell padding inside. It will certainly protect your Palm from scratches and other small accidents but how well it does in the event of a major catastrophe like dropping it on concrete I can't say. iBiz doesn't publish any data on this and I decided to not test it on my own Palm because I can't afford to buy another one.
The Hardcase is quite lightweight, possibly an ounce. The review copy I had is the metal version, which is good-looking, matching the V series' sleek metallic look. It also comes in black. The package includes a plastic sleeve to hold business cards inside the case.
iBiz seems to intend for your Palm to live permanently inside the case. At the hinge there is what is basically a permanently attached stylus that can be slid into the channel slot on one side of your Palm to hold it in the case at all times, even when in use. Because the V series has channel slots on either side, left-handed people can attach the case the other way and still easily use the Palm. You can't fold the case all the way around 360 degrees; the most it will go is slightly more than 180 degrees.
The Hardcase has openings at the top to allow the infrared port to be used and to remove the stylus even when the case is closed. This is handy but means the case isn't even a little bit water proof.
A spokesperson for iBiz assured me that this Hardcase would work with both the upcoming m500 and m505. Naturally, this isn't true with either the Travel Cradle or the 9V Charger as Palm has redesigned the serial port for the m500 series. iBiz is developing versions of both of these that will work with these models.