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Metal Deluxe Case

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  • $30
The Pros:
  • Great case at a great price
  • Good protection
  • Scratch resistant

The Cons:
  • m500 must be removed from case to HotSync
  • Hinge pin is plastic
  • Palm can slide off hinge

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USB HotSync Recharge Cable

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  • $19
The Pros:
  • Everyone needs a USB Sync/Charge cable!
  • Cable works with no additional software
  • Excellent job at keeping batteries topped off

The Cons:
  • Fit is not snug, can slip off (this is an issue with the connector design)

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InnoPocket Palm m500 Products Review
By Robert Zach
11/07/2001


InnoPocket recently announced two very useful products for the Palm m500 series of handhelds. These two products are the m500 USB HotSync/Charge Cable and the m500 Aluminum Hard Case.

Let's start with the hard case. The m505 has recently become my new best friend. I have forsaken my long trusty Palm Vx for the m505. I had always said once color was available in the V series form factor I'd be in. Yes, I'd like a screen as bright as my Prism, but the m505 is still one sleek and solidly made machine. I love it.

Well, such a fine handheld needs some great protection for its beauty. Enter the InnoPocket m500 hard case. This case is the most recent advancement in InnoPocket's line of aluminum hard cases.

The "Metal Deluxe Case for Palm m500" series handheld is made of 100% aircraft aluminum with a thin neoprene lining. The lining has cutouts for the buttons and provides some shock and scratch protection while holding your Palm securely in place. The aluminum is 'extruded'; meaning it is not folded anywhere like other cases (it's pressed out of a single piece of aluminum) which adds to its rigidity. This case is amazing light at only 45g - no sense in ruining that svelte Palm m505 body. Finally, the case is anodized (an aluminum hard coating process) black; this hard coloring adds strength to the finish to avoid scratches to the aluminum - and it looks good.

The case also has a nice cutout in the back which allows access to the SD/MMC slot. I personally would rather do without this slot (and avoid the dust infiltration), but I can see if SDIO cards become available (such as the Palm announced Bluetooth card) this cutout will be very welcome as it will allow such extended length cards to remain in the Palm while in the case.

The case also includes a cutout for access to the stylus as well as an integrated closure mechanism; both are very welcome and well constructed features.

The only two concerns I had with the case are around the hinge mechanism. In past cases this was an aluminum rod that slid into the left-hand rail on the Palm V series cases. For the m500 series it's a skinny (thanks to the unequal diameter rails in the m500) plastic rail. The way it is made it also serves as the hinge pin for the case. I have found that the stylus rail is very tight and sometimes in pushing up on the stylus to release it, the left rail will slide off the case. Maybe a more snug fit can be fashioned for the case's rail.

I am also concerned about the longevity of the hinge mechanism with it being plastic. So far these really aren't issues for me at all, but I thought I'd point them out in case you were expecting an aluminum rail/hinge as in other cases.

The next new product is the m500 series USB (there's a serial version too) HotSync/ReCharge cable. I can't imagine life without this cable. I job requires that I travel regularly and am therefore away from the cradle for long terms. With this cable, who cares!

I now use SyncWizard and this cable to drop files directly to SD and perform application installs. All the while, the Palm is getting a 'top off' re-charge. What could be more convenient? I now have put the original cradle back in the box and in storage.

This cable is just wonderful; fast, reliable, and no additional software to operate thanks to Desktop 4. I didn't test the full recharge time for the cable because I don't think that's the intended use. I see this as more of a sustained charging device.

About the only issue I have with the cable really has more to do with Palm's design of the "Universal Connector" than InnoPocket. The cable simply snaps on to the connector by two tiny metal clips that fit into two small holes in the connector. This is hard to explain, so look closely at your Palm's connector and notice the two square holes alongside the actual connector pads. I have found that if the cable connector has any pressure from the back it can easily lose contact with the HotSync pins. I usually just lie the Palm face down and I never have this issue.

In short, these are two excellent products that I highly recommend. And the price, once again from InnoPocket, is just terrific!

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Did you try standing on it? :)

scat_sweeney @ 11/7/2001 4:50:19 PM #
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RE: Did you try standing on it? :)
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 6:13:47 PM #
I just the case this on Friday and it is the best so far, I wish that it had the same type hinge that is on the Kennsenington (oophs spelling) I have that case too! I keeping both of the cases. I returned the Rhino Skin and the one from Franklin Covey! I guess one has to shop around.

morningstar1844@hotmail.com

US Distributor for InnoPocket m500 Hardshell Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/30/2001 7:16:51 AM #
Don't want to wait for shipment from Hong Kong? Now you can order from the US distributor www.galenworldwide.com

Go to www.galenworldwide.com and check out their m505 molded solid aluminum hardshell case. It's the best on the market and comes in two colors (black and titanium).

Plus, if you mention you're a PIC member, they'll give you a 10% rebate on your order. They also carry other great gear for the Palm as well.

Does it squeak?!

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 5:13:01 PM #
I've seen some of these metal cases. The hinges sometimes squeak horribly. What about this one?

And how much weight does it add?

RE: Does it squeak?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 6:09:19 PM #
DIRECT QUOTE:

"This case is amazing light at only 45g"

Do you guys even read the reviews?!? You just might be surprise that your squeeking question is answered as well. Or not..

jeez.. =)

RE: Does it squeak?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 2:40:53 PM #
I received mine today, and it squeked after five minutes. I wonder if using teflon (for bycicles) is a good way to keep it silent?

RE: Does it squeak?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 3:21:18 PM #
It does not squeak and it is very light!

morningstar1844@hotmail.com

Love Mine in Titanium

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 10:29:30 PM #
I recieved my Innopocket case yesterday and I love it. The best hard case I've seen for the 505. Mine is the Titanium color model, which is an exact color match to the 505. Looks great. Oh, and no squeeking.

Highly recommended.

Titanium Finish Hardshell Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/30/2001 7:21:47 AM #
Don't want to wait for shipment from Hong Kong? Now you can order from the US distributor www.galenworldwide.com

Go to www.galenworldwide.com and check out their m505 molded solid aluminum hardshell case. It's the best on the market and comes in two colors (black and titanium).

Plus, if you mention you're a PIC member, they'll give you a 10% rebate on your order. They also carry other great gear for the Palm as well.

Just got my m505 case for $25!

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 11:17:21 PM #
Hey All,

I just got my m505 Titanium color case for $25 at http://www.gethightech.com. They also have the black one.

J.D.

RE: Just got my m505 case for $25!
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/10/2001 8:43:46 AM #
The links bad!! Send me the link!! I've got my 25 clams ready!!

Try this link
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/30/2001 7:23:21 AM #
Don't want to wait for shipment from Hong Kong? Now you can order from the US distributor www.galenworldwide.com

Go to www.galenworldwide.com and check out their m505 molded solid aluminum hardshell case. It's the best on the market and comes in two colors (black and titanium).

Plus, if you mention you're a PIC member, they'll give you a 10% rebate on your order. They also carry other great gear for the Palm as well.

Grammar police

I.M. Anonymous @ 11/7/2001 11:30:17 PM #
"I usually just lie the palm down"

We all know that you can't lie an object, the verb is almost always intransative. Lay is the correct choice in this instance.

RE: Grammar police
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 12:04:41 PM #
Hey.
We all know "intransative" is not the correct spelling but "intransitive" is!! :)

best aluminum case out there

crimewave @ 11/8/2001 1:13:07 AM #
I've tried the Rhinoskin, Franklin Covey and Innopocket aluminum cases, and this one, in my opinion is the best. Weighing practically nothing, and only adding fractions of inches to all sides, its exactly what I've been looking for. No sqeaking from mine, but it is brand new. And it can even beam when the case is closed! My only concern is the same as the reviewer of the pin not being tight enough to hold my palm in, but other than that, its great.


RE: best aluminum case out there
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 9:17:38 AM #
I don't think you can say this one is the best untill you have tried the top opening style Kensington case.

I'm not saying you are wrong, because I have not tried this innopocket. But I have had several book style opening cases and I won't go back to that after having this Kensington.

RE: best aluminum case out there
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 3:22:56 PM #
I have both the Innopocket and the flip case from Kennsington, both great cases! morningstar1844@hotmail.com

Congratulations InnoPocket!

Joao @ 11/8/2001 6:04:41 AM #
I have both products and agreed completed with ED:

"In short, these are two excellent products that I highly recommend. And the price, once again from InnoPocket, is just terrific!"

RE: Congratulations InnoPocket!
Ed @ 11/8/2001 7:22:39 AM #
Sorry, you'll have to agree with Robert Zach, who wrote this review. I've never seen one of these cases.

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RE: Congratulations InnoPocket!
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 10:36:45 AM #
I hope the USB travel cable works better than the serial version by InnoPocket. Mine will perform the Hotsync fine but it won't make the serial connection to my mobile phone the way the serial cradle does. That was my reason for buying the travel cable in the first place. (The travel cable for my Vx works great with the phone.) InnoPockets response was that it was only designed for hotsyncing. Why cripple the cable and limit functionality. It doesn't make sense.

RE: Congratulations InnoPocket!
Altema @ 11/8/2001 4:06:05 PM #
Yours may be defective, as they are supposed to be wired the same as the serial cradle. I use my InnoPocket serial cable to connect to my phone and network switches. For the phone, I use a null modem adaptor for the cable AND the cradle. However the wiring was defective in my cable, and I fixed the bad connection myself rather than send it back. If you want to check the wiring, peel back the sticker and undo the two screws. This will void the cable warranty, but it will reveal any problems... unless they changed the design and removed some wires.

Concerning the "hold it in place so it does not fall off" connector: They could have designed a lock tab for the connector. A simple sliding tab to close the gap between the front edge of the Palm and the front of the connector would have done the job nicely. An alternate design would be to have two clips that attach to the back of the Palm. It would make the connector housing bigger, but would be secure enough to have your Palm bungee jump!

Innopocket Hard Case

PalmPowered @ 11/8/2001 8:09:36 AM #
I have been using the Innopocket m500 series hardcase on my m505 for about a month now. I must admit, I was desperate for a hardcase after having waited for the past six months on Palm to develop one similar to the old V series hardcase that I used to have. It is a nice case but the two things I have noticed, which have already been mentioned in some other postings, is:

A. The stylus-type rod that holds it in place does sometimes slip out of place when you are trying to slide the palm off the rail. You have to make sure that as you are trying to push the palm down the rail that you are holding on to it so it doesn't fall.

B. The hinge squeaks worse than the Walton's screen door. I don't really want to oil it as I would risk getting oil in my Palm but I do wish they could engineer the squeak out of it.

My only regret now is that I didn't get the IBM c505 instead of the m505-that cool black hardcase would look awesome wrapped around the black formfactor of the c505 series.

MB

Power Up!

RE: Innopocket Hard Case
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 9:00:31 AM #
"I was desperate for a hardcase after having waited for the past six months on Palm to develop one similar to the old V series hardcase that I used to have."

I don't know if this was your intention but this sounds a lot like alot of complaints I've heard from others: "Why doesn't Palm hurry up and release a hardcase?!" I'd like to ask a very different question: "Why should Palm release a case at all?" Palm makes handhelds. Rhinoskin, Innopocket, and others make cases, and damn good ones at that. The strength of the Palm Economy is that everything good doesn't have to come from Palm itself. When you want tires for your car, do you complain because GM doesn't make them? No, you buy them from a tire company. The same applies to your Palm.

RE: Hinge squeaking
Follower @ 11/8/2001 2:56:00 PM #
You could spray the hinge with WD-40, preferably out of the tiny red straw attachment on the can, then leave the case to set without the Palm in it for an hour or so. It would basically become a solid so that very little got on the Palm, and would take care of the squeaking.

The color
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 4:36:16 PM #
Matching the color of the case to the color of the Palm is what makes the Titanium colored InnoPocket case so cool. Maybe someone on the board (or eBay) will buy your black case from you and you could get the Titanium Inno case.

Squeaky Hinge
Guppy @ 11/9/2001 12:44:08 PM #
Instead of WD-40, which can weaken some plastics, I'd recommend a silicone-based lubricant. You can probably find it at most hardware stores.

Other cases

Coyote67 @ 11/8/2001 11:04:24 AM #
For my visor deluxe, I use a body glove soft case. I wonder why no one mentions it. Its actually a great case, I've dropped my visor many times, once down a flight of stairs and watched it fall in horror, later when I opened it up....its fine. Realisticly, how much better protection do we need? You guys plan on taking your pda and tossing it out of a plane? Anyone here a ranger or paratrooper? :)

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Two questions on this case...

ETF @ 11/8/2001 3:36:23 PM #
1. Can you hotsync in the cradle while the Palm stays in it's case?

2. How far round does the opening fold? i.e. can it fold all the way round to the back similar to the leather "flap" that comes with the Palm?

Answers:
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/8/2001 4:34:41 PM #
1. Yes, but you won't be able to seen the Palm's screen during the hotsync. No biggie for me.

2. it opens a bit more than 190 degrees.

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