|HP-35s -- Reversible Case with its Repositionable Logo|
Message #1 Posted by Paul Brogger on 11 Sept 2007, 11:39 a.m.
O.k., so a few days ago I noticed the logo on my 35s' case was slightly askew. Today I tried rotating the calculator and inserting it under the second elastic band, so that the case opens on the left, and my Post-It pad is on the right, ready for some right-handed writing without obscuring the calculator.
I like that better, but when I close the case, the logo is upside-down. (And crooked!)
I recall someone's suggestion that the logo might have been placed on the cover with its long dimension parallel to that of the case, to avoid this upside-down-ness when the case is used in its alternate mode.
Then, like a good experimenter, I took my Swiss Army knife, inserted the blade beneath the right edge of the logo on the case, and lifted gently . . .
The brushed-aluminum logo piece popped off cleanly, complete with its sticky back. I simply rotated it 180 degrees and stuck it back in the little depression (aligned much more nicely than as delivered, thank you very much) and voila! A correctly-oriented logo near the bottom of the case front, when the case opens from the left.
Better yet, I popped it off again, flipped the case over (so it opens from the right, but now with the calculator banded to the inside "front" cover), and stuck the logo back on what used to be the back, in a position analogous to the original.
The logo is no longer in the little rectangular depression (and that depression is now on the lower back side), but I've got a case opening on the right, with the logo correctly positioned and aligned on the front, and the calculator attached to the left side when open.
The logo is not quite so securely "set" (being out of the depression intended for it) and feels vulnerable to being accidentally scraped off. I think my next stage will be to try to reproduce the rectangular depression (maybe with a small hammer and a piece of hardwood) and then glue the logo back on with something a bit more tenacious than whatever H-P has chosen to use.
In any case, I hope I've made my case that the 35s' case is highly configurable.
(Just in case you wish to do something similar . . . )
Edited: 11 Sept 2007, 12:17 p.m.