I bought a Fujitsu U810 UMPC a couple of months ago and while the device closes like a laptop to protect the display I wanted a case to protect the entire device. I searched online and the only case I found that was really made for the Fujitsu U810 was the Fujitsu leather portfolio case, but I was really just interested in a slip case design and didn't think I wanted the Fujitsu model. I have a Waterfield Designs cargo bag that I have been using for a couple of years and it looks as good as the first day it arrived. I contacted Waterfield Designs directly since I could not find a case size for the U810 on their site. I thought the Asus EeePC case looked about the closest in size, but my contact at Waterfield Designs recommended taking a look at the Amazon Kindle slip case. I purchased the Amazon Kindle one (I have the SMALL case and there is now a LARGE Kindle case as well) and after it arrived I ordered the Asus EeePC one so I could compare them directly (check out my image gallery) and if one worked better than the other I was told I could return it and get refunded for the one I returned. It turns out that I will be keeping both cases and you can read below to find out why.
|Image Gallery: Check out the U810 and Celio REDFLY in the Waterfield Designs cases in my image gallery.|
The small sized Amazon Kindle case (there is also a large model available) arrived first so I opened the flap and slipped my Fujitsu U810 into the case. The case is a perfect fit for thickness and width so the U810 felt tight and snug in the case. However, the U810 comes with the extended battery as a standard issue and this battery sticks out the back about an inch or so, which is just about exactly how much more room is needed to make the case perfect. However, the flap has a long enough Velcro strap to overlap the Velcro band about 3/4 of an inch and keep the U810 securely in place in the case. I think if the U810 had a standard battery in place, the Amazon Kindle case would be perfect all around.
I then received the Asus EeePC SleeveCase that I ordered and tried it out with the Fujitsu U810. It slipped in easily and was a good fit for the thickness, but the case is a bit too wide (about 1 to 1.5 inches) and too deep (about an inch or so). I was able to put the Fujitsu U810 into the case and also place my extra extended battery in the case so if you want to carry the U810 in the case with extra accessories or you just want it completely surrounded then the Asus EeePC case may work for you. Personally, I find the Amazon Kindle case to be great for my needs and I have adopted it as my Fujitsu U810 carrying case for my daily commute and business trips.
I was thinking of saving the Asus EeePC case for the future in case I actually purchased an Asus device or just use it when I wanted a bit more room with the Fujitsu U810. I then thought about the Celio REDFLY and how its dimensions are so similar to the Asus EeePC. I pulled out the Waterfield Designs Asus EeePC case and the REDFLY Mobile Companion fit into the case perfectly. I am planning to buy a REDFLY as soon as they become available and now it looks like I will have a case to keep my investment protected in my gear bag.
The SleeveCase for the Kindle with horizontal flap is available for US$39. The size 18-13 SleeveCase for the Asus EeePC is available for US$38 and there are options to add a flap and a shoulder strap, but I added neither to mine.
UPDATE: Please note there are now two sizes of SleeveCases for the Kindle and the one I bought was the small size case. The large case measures 0.7 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller so the large case may allow you to strap the U810 a bit tighter over the top. However, it may move a bit back and forth on the sides.