Case Techworks Treo Case Review

Product Requirements:
Device:
Handspring Treo 180

I love cases, so when Julie asked me to write a review for the Handspring Treo case I
couldn’t resist. I believe in protecting my investment and I spend a lot of time
tracking down just the right case. I, of course, purchased the Handspring Action
Pack for the Treo and quickly sold it on eBay, it just didn’t pack the punch
that I needed it to. I certainly didn’t like facing the Treo, what I considered,
(backwards) in the case and the material didn’t seem elegant enough for me.

Then I received the Case Techworks Treo™ II Convertible Flip Case to review. My first impression was that it is truly a skin-type case, one that will not
add extra bulk, something I appreciate since the all-in-one aspect was a selling
point for me and now it’s protected too.

As I began the task of putting on the case, I noticed that it was quite a
snug fit. It was my hope that it would stretch in time and I have been using it
for over a week now and can attest to the fact that it has nestled in just
fine.

I was glad that it didn’t have Velcro, but wondered what is with the 2 snaps?
More on that later.

The case is in two pieces. One half of the case covers the flip part of the
Treo and is snapped to the back of the case with those two snaps. All it took
was one freeze up on the Treo to realize that when resetting the Treo, you know,
using the small pin at the back where the SIM card goes, you will have to take
off only one part of the case. The snap design works great when this happens as
you just snap off the button piece and reset then snap it back on.

One of my worries was whether or not the top panel would be accessible. This
design by Case Techworks is outstanding, all important switches are easily used
and not obstructed in any way. I did read another review where another owner of
this case talked about the leather above the hinge bunching up when the lid is
open. I noticed this too, but it hasn’t hindered my usage any, but worth
mentioning.

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There is a small loop of leather that can be used if you just want to have
the back of the Treo protected. The small loop of leather slides over the
antenna which then snaps onto the left snap at the back of the case. I did not
prefer this method of use. I liked having both pieces securely in place
protecting as much of the Treo as possible.

There is a clear plastic piece that covers the application buttons on the
bottom (those 4 small buttons) and there is a plastic strip that goes across the
front of the Treo just above the QWERTY keyboard. This design works well and
does not obstruct the use of the keys at all.

The case has an opening that allows the use of the HotSync cable while the
Treo is still in the case. This works well at home and with my car charger. I do
not own the HotSync cradle so could not test it with that accessory.

I especially liked the extra leather added (a lip it might be called) at the two
sides of the flip cover. It gave me a little extra surface to grab when opening
the Treo.

I have only one small complaint. The top left and right corners are not
protected. I don’t really know how the case could be modified to accommodate
this, but I do fear that a drop on the top corner would result in a scratch.
This is mere speculation as I did not want to test this out 😉
 

Price: $24.95 ($29.95 with belt clip)

Pros:
Access to top panel of Treo
Keeps the Treo light and compact
No Velcro
Affordable
Choice of color combinations – Black, Forest/Tan, Navy/Tan, Cream/Tan
Graffiti version available for $29.95 in black w/clip.

Cons:
Minimal protection on top corners
Belt clip button not in the best position
Won’t work with HotSync cradle

 

Product Information

Price:24.95
Manufacturer:Case Techworks
Pros:
  • Access to top panel of Treo
  • Keeps the Treo light and compact
  • No Velcro
  • Affordable
  • Choice of color combinations – Black, Forest/Tan, Navy/Tan, Cream/Tan
  • Graffiti version available for $29.95 in black w/clip.
Cons:
  • Minimal protection on top corners
  • Belt clip button not in the best position
  • Won't work with HotSync cradle
10 comments… add one
  • Julie September 27, 2003, 12:32 am

    Post your comments here on the USB to IrDA Mini Adapter Review.

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/usb2ir-miniadapter-review.html

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • eichin September 27, 2003, 4:29 am

    ooh, tiny. anyone know if this works under Mac OS X?

  • Julie September 28, 2003, 12:36 am

    I just looked at the packaging and it says:
    Supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and other most popular OS
    Is OSX a most popular OS? 😉

  • questionfear September 29, 2003, 1:56 am

    Originally posted by Julie
    [B]I just looked at the packaging and it says:
    Supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and other most popular OS
    Is OSX a most popular OS? 😉 [/B]

    well it would depend on who you polled…personally i’d love to see someone draft a complaint that they consider windows 3.1 to be a popular os and they cant seem to get it to work under that.
    –carly

  • Ben S September 30, 2003, 1:26 am

    Assuming it presents itself to the OS as a standard USB-serial device, it ought to work on OS X (and more importantly, Linux

  • ). Of course, since I don’t have one, I can’t say for certain.
  • more important to me, anyway 🙂
  • Dave Beauvais September 30, 2003, 6:11 am

    I just wanted to make a quick note that may cast ActiveSync in a slightly better light. I don’t use this particular IrDA dongle, but I do have another brand, the guts of which I’m sure are quite similar to the one you reviewed. (The one I use is the model that Outpost.com recently had for free after rebate.) I should also note that I’m running WinXP as that may make a difference. I ignored the CD that came with the dongle and just plugged it into the PC. WinXP loaded its default drivers for an “IrDA bridge device” and that was it.

    I enabled “Serial or Ir” connections in ActiveSync on the PC then in ActiveSync on the Pocket PC I selected the “Connect via IR…” option on the Tools menu. No funky network connections to setup or anything. I just pointed my iPAQ in the general direction of the Ir dongle, tapped Connect via IR… and successfully completed an ActiveSyne on the first try.

    I wanted to let you know that it may not have required quite as much work as you put into it! 🙂

    Dave (Long time reader, first time poster.)
    Pocket PC Thoughts Review Team

  • Julie September 30, 2003, 12:31 pm

    I didn’t install a driver either. The funny thing was that as soon as I put my Pocket PC close to the IR dongle, it would sense it and pop open a file transfer window on my PC. I could easily move files to the PPC. But, ActiveSync would not work until I made the special network connection…

  • rsnzwg July 27, 2004, 6:47 am

    Hi,
    I got the gudget, but by mistake I got rid of the included cd.
    Now when I try to install on Win2k (proffessional) it looks for drivres, but can’t find them.
    Where can I locate a driver for the Mini IRda USB Adapter ????
    Thanks,
    rsnzwg

  • Vitalik October 13, 2004, 12:50 am

    can i use USB IrDA Mini Adapter with a tv remote control to contril my PC

  • Julie October 13, 2004, 1:28 am

    Vitalik:

    Possibly with the right software…

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