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Old 09-23-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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Pseudo-poll: Best hardshell or protective case?

This isn't really a poll, because I don't have a list of cases to vote on, but I was wondering what people have found to be the best protective case for the Sony 505?

I've read a lot of threads about DIY cases made out of various things. I'm not opposed to a DIY solution, but I'd like to see what people think are the best ones (aesthetically, functionally, and cost-wise).

What I'm really looking for is something that will truly protect the reader--primarily from injury that might occur in one or more of the following situations: throwing it in my work bag with a bunch of other stuff (books, notebooks, etc.), getting stepped on by my 18lb cat, or just my own ineptness (I've already stepped on the reader once, popped the screen, and had to get a replacement). I like the idea of a hardshell case, but I'd also entertain something made of ballistic nylon or cordura that had extra padding for screen protection.

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Old 09-23-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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I'm pretty happy with my DIY case made from a DVD security case. I think it's fine for the first two requirements, but I suspect that there's enough 'give' in the case that a full step onto it would be more than it could take, but as long as I don't leave it on the floor, that should be enough.
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throwing it in my work bag with a bunch of other stuff (books, notebooks, etc.), getting stepped on by my 18lb cat, or just my own ineptness (I've already stepped on the reader once, popped the screen, and had to get a replacement).
Honestly, if you are prone to stepping on your reader, you might want to entertain the idea of thick foam wrapped in a big fat metal case

I DIY'ed a dummy book into a hardshell reader case along with several other folks on this forum. The cost in both materials and time spent were low. It probably won't survive me stepping on it (and I am not going to try), but for most other situations it would be fine. Additionally the thought of carrying a library around in a single book appeals to me, and if you don't like the aesthetics of books you should be locked up
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:09 PM   #4
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Thanks, acidzebra!

As far as my stepping on it, I'm really optimistic that I'm not prone to it. It was a confluence of events that led to the stepping on it--I had put it on the floor while I was cleaning off the bed, and a couple of magazines got put on top of it.

I stepped down on the magazines without thinking, forgetting the reader was under there, immediately remembered when I felt it, but by then, *pop* went the screen. I don't think I need something that will bear the full weight of stepping, but just be strong enough to hold off a little pressure from an accidental step (or something akin to that). I'm confident that had the reader been in a case when I did the stepping, I would have been able to avoid the screen popping (I let up on the step well before I had applied the full pressure of my foot).

Anyway, I've seen several threads on how to DIY the dummy book as a case, and I'll revisit them. In the meantime, if you get a chance, let me know how you keep it closed. Did you make a latch of some sort?

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I've been pretty happy with a DVD anti-theft case as described here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11420
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Hi BobVA,

Quick question--I just bought the integrated light/cover that Sony offers for the 505. It adds about 1/2 inch to the spine thickness, and is slightly bigger than the OEM cover. Do you think the reader would fit in the DVD anti-theft case with the cover/light on?

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Do you think the reader would fit in the DVD anti-theft case with the cover/light on?
That's the case I've also got & no it wouldn't, is my guess. There's just enough room for the two strips of weather seal, but they're about 4mm each, whereas 1/2" would need ~12mm.

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