[HOW TO] Modify the Asus Transformer Sleeve to stay on while docked Video & Pictures
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damage you do to your case or Transformer attempting this. Proceed with caution. If you are willing to possibly ruin an over priced $40 case, then go for it.
So like many of you, I was annoyed about having to take the official Asus Transformer case on and off when wanting to dock the Transformer. I took some time to look at the hinge on the keyboard dock and decided that there is no way the front of the case could go down in the hinge and the dock to happen. There is just no room. So I decided the best way was to allow the front and back of the case in the front of the Transformer that docks in the hinge to slide over the hinge.
In order to do this, I needed to cut more material out of the flap that has the cut out for the power port. The flap that folds up underneath the Transformer into the case. I cut it a little longer than the width of the hinge on the docking station. This leaves about an inch of leather on the corners to hold the Transformer in.
At first it was hard to get to dock. Mostly because it was hard to tell where the hooks and connector were. Over time, the case got a few pinches in the flap where the hinge ended on each side so it actually gave me markers to where I should press down to dock.
Positives about this mod: Allows you to keep your sleeve/case on while docking.
Negatives about this mod: It is not the most elegant looking. The front bezel of the case will bulge a little over the hinge. You are permanently modifying the case so you cant return it. You may be weakening the case in the area where it pinches at the hinge.
After using this for a day, I am positive another case manufacturer will develop a case that is a better solution to stay on while docking. If the bezel part of the case, especially at the bottom, was made of material more pliable, maybe neoprene, there wouldn't really be a bulge like there is on the stiffer bezel on this case.
If you really get annoyed, like me, about having to take the sleeve on and off, then go ahead and try this. Keep in mind it is not a permanent solution and eventually the case will wear out. But, the good news is the case is still perfectly fine by itself if you decide you don't want to dock it anymore.
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