ShockSuit SportCase Review


I currently have a graphite-colored Handspring Visor Deluxe. It came with 8-Mb ram. I purchased the 8-Mb ram module along with a backup module. I primarily use my Visor as a personal organizer and reference tool, but have also used it as a data collection device. I synch with both work and home computers.

Reviewed Case

Rhinoskin manufactured the case I tested, called the ShockSuit SportCase. It is designed to house PalmPilots/Palm III/IIIx, the Handspring Visor and Visor Deluxe and comes in two colors, black or blue. Rhinoskin's product description is as follows: This ultra-light, form-fitting case is constructed from polyethylene foam, which gives the case its shock absorbent qualities. The plastic frame provides rigidity and contributes to the case's overall superior protection. A nylon layer covers the inner material and provides weather resistance. A flip-up cover offers screen protection and convenient screen access, and the case has a two-piece detachable clip on the backside. A hot-sync cable port is on the bottom of the case for convenient connectivity. Size: (5" x 3.5" x 1"). Weight: approx. 2 oz.


The case is well built, sturdy, yet light. In addition, it is well padded. I can attest to this because I accidentally dropped my Visor at home. Granted, the floor is carpeted. However, I did drop it from about 2 feet with no ill effects. In another instance, I tossed my briefcase, which contained my Visor in the Rhino case, into my car without any damage.

On the down side, the case does not have an IR port for Visors. And, while there is a cut-away in the base of the case for synching, I still had difficulty synching my Visor. I had to remove my Visor from the case to synch. Lastly, the case does not have the capability to carry items like business cards, paper money, or credit cards. The case is bulky and noticeable. However, I would imagine that, over time, one would eventually not notice it.


Overall, the case does perform as advertised. It is a protective device and functions well in that capacity. This is especially useful for healthcare providers in clinical environments like an operating room, critical care unit, or the home care where jostling and the threat of 'collision' is always there. However, if you are looking for something a little more chic with a bit more functionality, then this may not be the case for you.

Priced at $34.95 you can buy it direct from Rhinoskin

William Scott Erdley, DNS, RN


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