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Review: C.E.O. Newton Case
by Julie Strietelmeier
Last date revised: 03/23/99
The C.E.O. (Classic, Elegant, One-of-a-kind) case by MarWare is a leather play-through type case that comes in black or burgundy. This case earns instant points from me because it doesn't require you to put Velcro on the body of your Newton! Your MP2xk is held in place by two elastic bands and by sliding the screen cover of the MP into a leather sleeve. Because of this sleeve, you really only need to use one of the elastic bands. It's best to use the band on the bottom so that you won't cover up the power switch with the one on top. The MP can be put into the case in either orientation for left handed users. I am left handed, but either way didn't really make a difference to me. The instructions that come with the C.E.O. say to remove the screen cover from the MP before inserting or removing the MP to avoid damaging it. I personally did not do this (children, don't try that at home...).
The C.E.O. has lots of room for 'stuff'. It has 10 separate credit / business card slots. 3 separate pcmcia card slots,1 large slot for papers or a checkbook and a holder for your stylus. The section with the pcmcia slots folds over and lays against the Newton's screen when the case is closed. You can also fold that part of the case under the MP so that holding it is more comfortable while using it.
Because of all the storage compartments in the C.E.O., the case can get a little bulky. Thankfully, the case has two snaps that be used depending on how full the case is. If you look at the pictures below, the image on the left is of an empty (except for the MP) case. The other picture is a totally full C.E.O. It's hard to tell from the picture, but when the case is full, it is more bulky.
The C.E.O. case really reminds me of a Day Timer or Franklin Planner that you see the suits carrying around. It has a more business like look to it so your average Joe Schmoe might not appreciate. The case is nicely padded all over and I think it would fully protect the MP in case of a short fall. The snaps, and stitching were both of very good quality. The leather is very soft and supple. Because of this, it makes me worry just a little about the potential for punctures. Other than this, I think that the C.E.O. is a quality leather case for your MessagePad 2000 or 2100. One other nice feature of this case is that the pcmcia slots, serial port and ac port are all accessible while the MP is in the case.
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