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Necessitated by Mr Ives's fashion over function approach.
on 14 June 2013
Ok, I fully accept that it is my fault for not checking beforehand, but it came as a surprise to me when I discovered that the MBPR that I purchased didn't have a Kensington slot. The reason, apparently, is due to there not being sufficient physical space within the aluminium frame to fit one. To my mind this is somewhat akin to finding out that a car you've purchased doesn't have any door locks because the designers chose to omit them in order to save weight and keep the lines of the car clean.
I appreciate that the MBPR and Apple products in general are meant to be all about the looks and the engineering but, if you ever happen to be reading this Mr Ives, there has to be a sensible limit to how far you go in some areas. Perhaps at Apple headquarters in Cupertino it's always safe to leave your expensive laptop unattended and physically unsecured when you pop to the toilet or out for a sandwich but I don't always work in such an environment.
Anyway, rant over, on to the review.
I wouldn't say that my research was exhaustive, but I did look into a number of other products - including the, ahem, plastic case and latest Retina lock from Maclocks - and decided that I didn't want to increase the weight of the MBPR or have to remove/fix screws or otherwise mess around with the construction of the MBPR. This lead me to choosing the PNY ThinkSafe as being the least intrusive option for deterring an *opportunist* thief. I put the emphasis on opportunist because none of the products that I looked (including the PNY ThinkSafe) will stop a determined and prepared thief with the time or brazenness to take your laptop.
First impressions are good. The PNY ThinkSafe comes in a box with a carry case, 2 styles of bracket (one for a MB Air and one for an MBP) and an adaptor for a normal Kensington slot as well. It all looks well constructed and of good quality.
The brackets are, at the end of the day, just a strip of stainless steel that hooks through the gap in the hinge at the back of your Macbook. They have a near 90 degree bend near one end and a slot for the combination lock at the other end. The near 90 degree bend is what the bracket relies upon to secure your laptop as you cannot manoeuvre the 90 degree bend through the laptop hinge.
Whilst the PNY ThinkSafe is not made of heavy gauge stainless steel - it is perhaps 0.5 - 0.75mm thick, similar to the gauge of steel you'd find on the jaws of a bulldog clip - I am reasonably certain that it would be extremely difficult to bend it sufficiently enough to remove it using just your fingers and the available leverage from pushing against the frame of the laptop. You'd need a pair or pliers to remove it with any degree of ease.
The custom combination lock that is supplied loops through the slot is larger than your average Kensington lock but not overly so. When fitted, the proximity of the combination lock to the lid of the laptop does prevent you from leaning the screen all the way back but I don't have my screen leaning way back anyway and neither do most other people in my experience unless they are keen on seeing reflected ceiling lighting! With regards to closing the lid of the MBPR, you cannot close the lid completely when the lock is fitted but you can close it to the point that the machine goes to sleep - around a gap of 1cm. To prevent someone in your absence trying to be helpful by pushing it further closed and possibly damaging the hinge you'd need to put a piece of rubber or such on the leading edge of the keyboard.
Overall I'm happy with my purchase of the PNY ThinkSafe; the very presence of it will deter some opportunists and other unprepared thieves would, at the very least, be delayed for a good while as they set to the task of bending it; hopefully long enough for me to get back and confront them. A determined, prepared thief with a pair of pliers could probably flatten the angled hinge in a matter of seconds and walk away without attracting too much attention.
So, all in all, a well spent £15-odd in my opinion.