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Palm V Molded Hard case
Robert Zach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are reading this site, you may be somewhat of a Palm Addict like me. I take my Palm Vx everywhere and as a result it really takes a beating. What I really needed was a sturdy case for my Palm V that didn't reduce the size benefit of having a V series in the first place.
The RhinoSkin Palm V molded hard case is a excellent solution!
As the name implies, this is a molded case (it may even be stamped - but that's just semantics) meaning that it conforms tightly to the Palm V dimensions. The material is aluminum, which means thin and light!
The "molding" process leaves the case with very nicely rounded corners as opposed to some of the other "fold and rivet" processes that I have seen. This makes the case easy to slip in and out of pockets. The ribbed panels also add to the strength and the "executive" appeal of the Palm V's already sleek lines.
The closure mechanism is a dimple catch type, which actually works very well and is quite secure. The case also has cutouts for access to the stylus as well as the IR port. Inside are foam pads that adhere to both halves of the case. This keeps the Palm from rattling in the case. The palm itself slides into the case on the rail system. The rail RhinoSkin provides is part of the hinge system (like the Palm plastic hard case works) and due to a small loop on top of the rail, holds very snugly! Nice!
As much as I think this is the most elegant solution for a V series hard case, I did find some exceptions with my sample.
The first thing I noticed is that while there are nice rounded corners, thin aluminum does leave sharp edges. RhinoSkin has eased all the edges on the case, and I probably would have never noticed, except for the stylus access. The cutout for the stylus access is just not quite large enough. In order to get out the stylus and not slide my thumb across the edge, I have to use my left thumb to lift the Palm out of the back half of the case a little and then catch the stylus with my right thumb. Without doing this, my right thumbnail scrapes along the edge of the case. Simply making this cutout 1-2mm wider would fix this entirely.
The next thing I noticed is that my Palm did rattle in the case somewhat. This could be solved with slightly thicker padding (which may even protect the contents that much better) or, as can be seen in the photos, it appears that the case could be even tighter on the Palm. There is a noticeable gap on the bottom between the case and Palm that could be taken in, and the unit could be slimmed to take away the rattle.
Others have commented on the scratching of the case. Yes mine has done that as well. I feel about this as I do about the sharp edges - it's aluminum, it's characteristic. This is a SOFT metal. I was wondering though how a clear enamel coating or even powder coating in colors (people seem to like that colored Palm thing) might help this. For me, it's not important, and adds to the character of the case.
If the price could come down $30-$35 it would be perfect, and I could overlook these small items. Despite the comments, this is simply the best hard case solution on the market.
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