Protecting the EeePC's Skin -- EDITED
I'm considering casing the EeePC in some sort of a protective leather sleeve like the one shown below, and leaving that on it when it sits in the dash.
I see some advantages:
- it will eliminate any glare from the very shiny "Fine Ebony" surface in front of the keyboard;
- it will make it even more ready to pop out and carry around with me;
- it will stabilize it laterally in the bay;
- it might save the Eee's life if I drop it.
I don't plan to drop the Eee. But I've never planned to drop my phones, either, and they seem to jump out of my hand once in a while. I dropped my early Palm Treo straight from my ear to the concrete; it hit so hard it did invisible internal damage, and the extended warranty replaced it. But I didn't buy an extended warranty for the Eee, and I need to keep it safe if I'm going to cart it around with me.
Actually, I have a case, but it's just too big for the little EeePC 901. I need to find one that fits. There are several vendors making sleeves that cover EeePCs, and I'll be looking for the one that offers the most protection while leaving the ports accessible. The PDair seems to be the classiest, and several others appear to be PDair knockoffs. None of the cases I've seen protect the left hinge corner, and the tops are just flaps over the system; they don't protect the screen corners at all. I consider those serious shortcomings; I want padding at all the corners for impact protection. I'll keep looking.
One option -- and certainly one I'd consider -- is to make my own. Some heavy tooling leather would be excellent for the outside, and the inside panels could be lighter. I'd hand-stitch the seams, or find a local leatherworker with a leather sewing machine. Every sleeve I've seen has tight, finely done corners, like a purse. I want the corners heavy, like a briefcase, so they extend far enough to protect the Eee if I manage to do a drop test. I want it to look good, but I'm after protection more than loveliness.
I don't think I've done any leatherwork since I was a Scout, when I made a wallet for my Dad. On that project, the most time-consuming part was tooling his initials into it. I'll skip the tooling.
Still, if I can find a good one to buy, I'd rather do that. The leatherwork would be a distraction, and I have a lot of plastic welding to do on my dash bezel.
EDIT: *** Just got off the phone; the case may get a somewhat lower priority. My friend who just bought the EeePC 1000H offered to swap cases: she has one that's that's small for the 1000H, and I have the one I mentioned that's too big for the 901. We may both come out in good shape. While this is just a carry case, not the protective sleeve I'd rather have, I'll see how good a job it does, and what potential there may be for adding protective modifications.***
EDIT#2 *** I made the case swap. It isn't a perfect fit, but this case does have some space for extra padding, and I'll see what I can do with it. It's actually a leather book cover with a zipper opening, and not a laptop case. But a quick look on the web shows that there are other similar book cases that might fit nicely -- we're looking for something that fits 9" x 6.5" x 1.5". A good example is this Bible case
on Amazon; the Regular size is 9" x 6.5" x 2", for $14.95; it might allow up to 1/4" of heavy foam to be inserted in the lining on each side for added impact resistance. ***