Tuffcase has been crafting their rubber PDA slipcovers for a long time. I don’t have a full company history but, looking at their model line it’s pretty obvious. Their only current model fits the Handspring Visor (non-Edge) and Palm III lines. Fear not though, Tuffcase is stepping it up with new models coming soon!
PDAs are often found outside the office. Industrial users love bar code options and other atypical uses. For the cost and the computing power, there really is no equal. But let’s not be silly, who wants to spend a few hundred dollars to have it shatter on impact when it falls to the cement floor? So the options are to buy a ruggedized PDA for more than $1000 or an impact resistant cover like this.
We used a test model on a good old Visor Deluxe. The cover was a very nice fit and protected well. We purposely dropped the Deluxe from 3 feet onto a deskthe case didn’t flinch. The only risk is the screen, but don’t worry, Tuffcase has a solution for that problem on the way.
While it’s doubtful that many of you have a qualifying PDA to buy a Tuffcase, I thought it appropriate to let you know where they are going in the next few months:
- A polycarbonate cover will be available with all models. This is essentially a very strong clear cover that will protect your screen from damage.
- A new unit will be available this Summer for the Palm Zire.
- After that release they will consider making a Treo or various Clie models based on consumer input.
At this point Tuffcase makes a great product, it just doesn’t serve many users. However, they are listening. Drop them an email and tell them what you want. This is a great opportunity to be heard, while helping out fellow Axim, Clie or other users.
Should the Tuffcase meet your needs now, they’re cheap at $12.95. Tuffcase also offers belt clip and lanyard options for $5.99 and $2.95 respecively. Visit their site to order.