Laptop Lock

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lukin, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. lukin macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Now that I have my new MBP on the way, I'm looking at accessories and have everything I need but the lock. Anyone use a lock and have some recommendations?
  2. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    I have a Kensington lock that uses a key. I've heard that some of the combination locks are prone to jamming and then need to be broken off. Mine has been serving me well for six years now. I particularly like that it has a nice long cable.
  3. lukin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    I see some on the online store and the reviews say you have to have it about a foot away from what you lock it to. I would like a longer chord...that could wrap around the top of a desk. I like the key idea, as compared to a combo.
  4. iamfudge macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2008
    In the middle of the Pacific

    Along with that lock, a nice program is iAlertU, which can be activated with an apple remote, and is fun to use when sitting at a Starbucks, or other public place, where you would stand up and grab a cup of coffee, just having a little more security.
  5. claimed4all macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
  6. phuong macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    you'll be disappointed when seeing these locks being picked in less than 5 seconds on youtube
  7. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    Round-key locks can be picked with parts from a plastic pen. Get a combination lock, but get a good one. (Any crappy lock can jam.)
  8. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    Honestly, I see very little difference between the "normal" locks that cost nearly $40 and the cheap one that I got on ebay for $2. I used it extensively in the dorms and had no problems with it jamming. It has a 5 foot cord, roughly, and is a 4-digit combination. There is also one available that is a 3-digit that has a retractable cable, although I feel that that one could be more easily broken.
    The point is though, if some one wants your laptop, not even a $200 cable will keep them from getting it. That cable is just enough to keep the amateur criminals at bay for a while.
  9. MacsBestFriend macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2008
    upstate ny (purgatory)
    Yup... I can break one with a strand of hair:p

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