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bluedevils
post Nov 1 2005, 12:57 PM
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Hi All,

What are piel frama owner's opinions on the transparent plastic over the keyboard? Does it get all cloudy or dirty? Does it hinder your typing skills? Does the Z close reasonably enough? I'm debating whether to get one.
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post Nov 1 2005, 06:42 PM
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get one its great, not cloudy, dirty yes, but just clean it ever now and again.
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post Nov 1 2005, 11:46 PM
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Thanks Bam,

oh and also I'd be interested in what colour people chose.
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post Nov 2 2005, 01:47 AM
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Bluedevils,
QUOTE(bluedevils @ Nov 2 2005, 08:46 AM)
oh and also I'd be interested in what colour people chose.

easy answer, because it's always the same preferences since
the first cases for the SL-5500 series:

>90% choose black
7-8% choose bicolor (black / tan)
<1% choose special versions (like the one crocodile case a year).

All time favorite is still the black version for all models.

///TRIsoft

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post Nov 2 2005, 03:26 AM
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I chose tan, scratches wont show as easy. Although the bi-color looks really nice.
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post Nov 2 2005, 04:30 AM
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It figures bam,

tan works well with the gobi desert...



Thanks Marc,

I'm usually part of that 90%, That does help me alot, although
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post Nov 2 2005, 08:20 AM
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QUOTE(bluedevils @ Nov 1 2005, 03:57 PM)
Hi All,

What are piel frama owner's opinions on the transparent plastic over the keyboard?  Does it get all cloudy or dirty?  Does it hinder your typing skills?  Does the Z close reasonably enough?  I'm debating whether to get one.
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I have bought this case - and returned immediately, as I found it useless.

I find one of the great features of the C3100 is the excellent keyboard. The transparent plastic turns that excellent keyboard into a really really bad one. ( Try to stretch a thick sheet protector over a laptop keyboard to have an idea how it feels). I could not use the unit, with the plastic covering the keyboard. You totally loose the feel of the keys. It is really bad.

In addition, due to the plastic, the unit cannot fully close any more - as the plastic is in the way.

I have returned the case to Piel Frama, with these comments, and they said that they will redesign the case ( I got a full refund by the way), and I bought a new PdAir case ( since the one I had before I already sold, in expectation of the Piel Frama case).
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post Nov 2 2005, 09:44 AM
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yes it is your orignal post concerning this that prompted me to post this thread. I hope more people chime in to give more weight one way or another.
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post Nov 2 2005, 11:24 PM
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bam, marc or stephen,

could it be normal operation to easily and consistantly take the Z out of the case? I mean, for simple jots or pim entries, keep it in the case. For playing doom or long scripting, take it out of the case. That might ease some of my concerns with the plastic cover. Or is that more wear and tear than it's worth.
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post Nov 4 2005, 05:10 PM
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Hey Bluedevils,
Im not sure when gadgetguy got his piel frama case however I do know we sent a shipment back for a few reasons when they first came out besides his issue I have not had any complaints on the case.

As far as taking it in and out of the case I dont see an issue with the case but if you did a lot of it I am not sure how well the plastic on the keyboard would hold up. Maybe some others can respond on how theres is holding up.
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post Nov 5 2005, 09:53 AM
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QUOTE(Streamline @ Nov 4 2005, 08:10 PM)
Hey Bluedevils,
Im not sure when gadgetguy got his piel frama case
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I got my case about a month and a half ago.

And PielFrama understood, that there is a problem. They told me, that they will redesign the case - and they will keep me posted. No news since...
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post Nov 5 2005, 10:25 AM
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I will speak to them thanks for the info.
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post Nov 5 2005, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE(GadgetGuy @ Nov 5 2005, 05:53 PM)
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And PielFrama understood, that there is a problem...

I remember when the case was still being designed. It was discussed here on the forum. I can't remember which company got involved with Piel Frama and the design decisions, but I remember the plastic cover coming up as an issue. I never understood why the final design came out as such, considering the amount of criticism of the plastic cover.

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post Nov 5 2005, 05:09 PM
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the plastick cover is not an issue, its a thumb-board, so its alway hunt and peck. i dont use the stylus that much, maybe 30% of the time, for launching file moving etc.. most of my time is spent on keyboard. only one small concern to the rear of the CF slot the material is awful thin(not that wide) they could have increased the width say 70% more. Maybe they can offer a separate model that clips on like the pdair case, that way they can do away with the plastic cover, wich also btw is splitting "just a littlebit" on one of the corners.(not really a major deal), looks like it quit splitting after some use, the split is maybe 1/16" to 3/32" long)
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post Nov 5 2005, 06:59 PM
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Actually one of the things that drew me to the piel over the pdair, xigma and etreme limit cases is the leather surrounding the base. I feel more at ease with the sides of the case less exposed. In fact I would have liked all sides enclosed to keep pocket lint out.

As things workout, I have been given the opportunity to make the purchase with the guarantee that I could return with full refund. I have to wait a couple weeks to get it, but I will try to post my impressions,
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