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Rhinoskin m500/m505 Molded Aluminum Hardcase Review
By Ed Hardy
The Rhinoskin Molded Hardcase is made from anodized aluminum and has the traditional book-type shape. It is 4.75 by 3.5 by .75 inches and weighs only 2.5 ounces.
While a more protective case is a good thing, these ridges do make the case a bit thicker than it would otherwise be. On the outside, the case looks kind of industrial. The Rhinoskin logo has been stamped into it in raised letters.
When the case closes, it makes a fairly good seal though I wouldn't call it water-proof by any stretch of the imagination. The top edge of the case has been shaped so that the infrared port can be used and the stylus can be removed relatively easily.
The cover of the case doesn't fold all the way around to the back. It goes just a bit past open flat.
I know someone will ask so I tried putting an m505 in with the Vx adapters on and using the right channel slot. It fit but not very well. I wouldn't recommend it as a permanent solution. Besides, that would leave you with no place in the case to put your stylus.
I know some people who had the original version of the V series molded hardcase complained that because the rail fit so tightly, it stretched out the stylus slot to the point where it was unsuitable for other uses. The rail seems to fit tightly into the m505 but not any more tightly than the other cases I've used with it.
Because it has been designed for three different sized handhelds, it fits none of them perfectly. (Don't forget there is a size difference even within the m500 series.) The m505 doesn't rattle around or anything but there's some extra space inside the case.
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