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"Perfect" case with a fatal flaw
on November 8, 2010
I purchased this case for my new Toshiba Portege R705. Except for one thing, it's perfect. It fits the laptop's widescreen proportions exactly, with a little leeway so you don't have to struggle to get the computer in and out. It's extremely lightweight (9.6 ounces, which is important when the computer itself only weighs 3.1 pounds). The handles are comfortably padded without being bulky or heavy. It fits into my regular briefcase. I would have loved to keep the case and use it.
What is the fatal flaw? It stinks! Literally. The side and bottom edges are made of rubberized material that reeks to high heaven. It smells worse than a tire store (perhaps the rubber gives off its smell even more easily than a new tire because it's soft). I was hoping that the odor would dissipate once the case was out of the shipping box, but I have had it hanging up in an open area in my house for three days and I can still smell it 6 feet away. If I put it inside my regular briefcase it imparts its smell to the briefcase and everything in it.
Toshiba brags about this rubberized edge, saying it affords extra cushioning. I fail to see that it does; a slightly thicker neoprene would have worked better for that purpose, and in any case the seams themselves provide some extra protection at the corners. The rubber edge also makes it harder to slide the case into and out of my briefcase.
Perhaps other users are not as nauseated by a strong rubber odor as I am, but this case is unusable by me, and it's going back. That's a shame, when it has so many virtues.