Pelican 1080

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by .JahJahwarrior., Jun 28, 2007.

  1. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    So, I'm thinking about college and my MB again. I was going to buy a good bag for the MB and my camera gear, but I found a good deal on a camera bag that works great for me. Then I started to think of other ways to do it all, and thought maybe a case for the computer, thrown into a regular backpack, might do the trick.

    Never one to be satisfied with simple neoprene and cushioning, I have been looking at Pelican cases, Otterboxes and something called a "Jack Box" made by a photographer, found on some forum somewhere.

    The Pelican 1080 is cheap and seems like it might work, but I'm not sure the laptop will fit. I can also get a ruler out, but I thought it'd be great if someone here had one and could tell me, and would share their thoughts on the case.

    I don't want a pelican or otterbox briefcase style thing, just something to carry the computer. And protect it from water, falls, tanks, nuclear fallout, etc. And for less than $100 :)
  2. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    I recommend Tom Bihn's products (, and more specifically the Brain Cell for the laptop. A Pelican hardback case to carry around everyday for college seems a tad bit overkill to me.
  3. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Well I purchased the Pelican 1490 hard case and it survived a year in Iraq. They're certainly well made and provide more then ample protection although slightly heavier than other cases. A little cumbersome but if you demand the ultimate protection, then by all means.

    Edit: Well just saw the specifications for the 1080 and it's 12.8"L x 9.8"W x 1.7"H (Lid: 0.85" - Base: 0.85") inside. The MB's dimensions are Height: 1.08 inches (2.75 cm) Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm) Depth: 8.92 inches (22.7 cm). It would seem that the MB would fit inside although it would seem Apple and Pelican have differing views of what is length, width, and height. With that in mind, it doesn't look like you'll be able to fit in say a power adapter or really anything else inside besides your MB.
  4. .JahJahwarrior. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    Just to clarify, this is the case I was thinking of:
    Pelican 1080

    It's not much bigger than the computer, it's not like their camera cases or anything :)
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I have lots of Pelican cases. Some quite large with wheels and some small ones too. These are great because I can toss exprensive and breakable gear into the back of a stake bed truck, have other gear, waights and scuba tanks and lugage stacked on top and then have it rather roughly unloaded onto concrete. One I had a load of video equipment take a tomble in white water. We swam it all out. The gear does fine. The cases have a lifetime warenty too and you will never haveto replace it. I live near the factory in California (yes they are made here not in China) and they will replace anything on the spot no questions.

    Question: Do you need this. The case literally weighs more then the notebook. One of those neoprene socks would do you well put it around the computer than tos the computer into a normal backpack. As ong as you are handling the computer and not some bagage handler you don't need the case.

    I would suggest a pelican case for any checked baggage.

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