MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

Summary: Prove it! Drop it from 500 feet in the air!

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DAMMIT! Can't they just break it? I wanna see it break. Just a little teensy, eensy wittle kwack?

Oh I gotta get me one of these.

While I might suggest that "Soft and Floppy, Extreme Protection" is probably a mantra that is best suited for a joint venture between Cialis and Trojan, I posit that the laptop carrying case market has probably just been spun on its head.

As with the Extreme Sleeve for iPad, which is shipping shortly, G-Form is now introducing a Laptop case for 11", 13" and 15" standard notebook sizes made out of the high-tech shock-resistant PORON XRD material.

The new product will most likely satisfy everyone with the latest crop of Android Tablets as well, since the 10.1" form factor devices should slip in the 11" size quite nicely.

The Extreme Sleeve™ for Laptops is now available for preorder for $69.95 at www.gform.com shipping May 31st and is offered in both Yellow and Black PORON XRD material.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

    Nice. I'd like to see it dropped on an edge though.
    LBean
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @LBean Yep. We've seen it dropped on its flat side. I too would like to see it dropped on its edge.
      Droid.Incredible
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @LBean ,,, When I was managing a compliance shop, one of the UL tests was a drop on all 6 surfaces (all on same unit) and 4 corner drops (all on one more unit) from 36". All the product had to do was remain functional with no exposed electrical connections carrying xx volts ac and DC. I think it was 42V DC & whatever the equivalent of that in ac would be; I forget now.
      It was pretty surprising to see how many handheld products lived through it. In contrast: Larger, heavy equipment only simulated dropping flat on its bottom and lifting/dropping each of the 4 corners 6 inches.
      If we were doing earthquake tests we actually got to keep going with the vibration & drop/tip over tests until the unit no longer functioned! Fun stuff.
      tom@...
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @LBean <br>Not only that, but also on a harder surface, the soil surely act as cushion too, and absorbs some of the energy gained during the fall.
      yanickn
  • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

    This stuff looks interesting. I wonder how far hay can actually drop it before it breaks?
    Rick_K
    • I was wondering as well

      Just how high would you need to be to break something in one of these cases?
      Mac Hosehead
    • It is interesting. It's not more impact absorbing then other materials

      @Rick_K <br>it's that it's comperable to other foams while being more flexible and lightweight.<br><br>It should respond prrtty much the same way results wise as other materials in terms of protection.
      Bill Pharaoh
  • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

    There is approximately zero chance that a laptop will be dropped so as to land on its side, as in this contrived demo, and approximately 100% chance that it will land on a corner. A real test will have it land on a corner.
    steve.ro
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @steve.ro
      Funny I have seen a few notebooks fall and land flat. Landing on a corner is usually due tot he power cord being yanked. Only problem with yanking a Macbook power cord is it just pops off with no damage.
      Rick_K
      • But what about the others that fall on the edge

        @Rick_K
        it would be nice to see that demo because you know it happens alot.

        Even cats don't land on their feet all the time.
        Bill Pharaoh
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @steve.ro "approximately 100%"?
      JB2317
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @steve.ro I wouldn't say 100%. But you make a valid point, laptops often end on corners and edges.
      snoop0x7b
  • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

    I'm with everyone else... I've actually dropped two laptops myself and have seen countless other ones dropped and they always land on a corner or side, never flat...
    jmholmesjr1967
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @jmholmesjr1967 You're dropping it wrong.
      jgm@...
      • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

        @jgm@... It -could- stll be useful data if there were other comparson drops of competiting product. Not as good as most have noticed, but what good is data without somethinig to compare it to? If 85% of mfg competitors meet the same test, then it's really no big deal. You must have a control point and a comparison point for such tests to be meaningful.
        tom@...
      • Dropping it wrong... lol

        @jgm@... Nice one - one of the best comments I've read in a while.
        naibeeru
  • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

    I'm also not terribly surprised that he chose to use a MacBook Pro, one of the sturdiest computers built, as opposed to a cheap plastic Windows laptop... I am not sure it would fare quite as well in a fall, even flat...
    jmholmesjr1967
    • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

      @jmholmesjr1967

      That was cold. Grin.
      kenosha77a
      • RE: MacBook Pro dropped from 20 feet, G-Form saves the day. AGAIN.

        @kenosha7777

        Honestly, it's not cold. It's pure hard fact. I have a Dell Latitude E5510 for work and I own a 2011 15" MacBook Pro personally. If you tried that test with this Dell, it would most likely not come out nearly as well in the fall...
        jmholmesjr1967
    • Don't tell that to my old Inspiron

      @jmholmesjr1967
      it's been dropped a couple of times without a case, and it still survives to this day.

      Not that it gets used alot anymore, it's just a Celeron :)
      Bill Pharaoh