"The Future of Palm Protection"
is what they say on their web site about the new ShockSuit SportCase by RhinoSkin. I don’t know about
that, but this new PalmPilot/PalmIII case sure looks futuristic. And although it is light
in weight, it looks like you could punt it across the room and not damage your Palm PDA.
(But please don’t test me on this). I love the design, which is simple, yet engineered to
be a very protective case. It completely envelopes my PalmPilot.
The ShockSuit SportCase is made of sturdy nylon
coated foam rubber, with reinforced sides, corners, and bottom. The top 4 corners
are connected by a plastic bracket, or "frame", that stiffens the entire case.
This frame is one of the most important features, because it is designed just the right
size to allow almost the entire front of either PalmPilot or PalmIII to be accessed. (The
only thing that you cant access is the contrast wheel on the side, but I never adjust
mine.) Yet it holds the Palm in place very securely. The right side of this frame has 2
clips that hold your stylus securely in place.
The cover is connected to the case below where the location of
the IR port on the PalmIII would be. This is a good feature, not only so you can use
the IR port while it’s in the case, but so the cover can be flipped behind the case while
you enter data on the screen. The inside surface of the cover is lined with a soft felt to
protect the screen from scratches. It secures to the frame to close the case using Velcro.
The foam back and cover have rigid inserts that are similar in
design to what you would find in a knee brace. (Although in the knee brace, they are metal
rods). But the design concept is similar and this offers great protection while not adding
much to the case in bulk or weight. At the weight of only 2 oz. and the size of 5" x
3.5" x 1", it’s not much larger than the Palm itself, and about as big as most
of the other cases reviewed on this web site. That said, I only have a few shirts that
have pockets large enough to fit this case especially since the belt clip button sticks
out of the back of the case. But if you use the belt clip, that’s not an issue. And
speaking of the belt clip…
The ShockSuit SportCase comes with a handy belt
clip, which has a easy quick release button to remove the case from your belt. The
case snaps in and out effortlessly. The location of the belt clip button on the case
enables the case to pivot while you are sitting down with it on. And it doesn’t swing too
much when walking.
There is an opening in the bottom of the case so you can HotSync
using The Bridge or one of
the HotSync cables. This is another great feature. It gets to be a pain if you have
to remove the Palm from the case every time you want to HotSync. But beware,
although The Bridge will work with this case using the Palm III, it will only work in the PalmPilot Pro cradle.
The "curved" Palm III cradle does not allow this case and The Bridge to be used
I really like this case a lot. I seems to have everything that
most of look for in a case. The ShockSuit SportCase is versatile
with it’s access to the IR port and the HotSync opening, offers great protection, is light
in weight, has a belt clip, and is very cool looking!
Price: $34.95 – available in black, blue
and gray colors
Superior protective design.
Light in weight.
Can’t access the side contrast wheel.
May be too large to fit in a shirt pocket.