Product Information

EasyLock

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November 01, 2003
Vendor:

Flexguard

Product:

EasyLock (Mobile Security group test)

Website:

http://www.flexguard.com

Price

$27.95

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QUICK READ

  • Strengths:

    A lightweight and easy to use cable system with different flavors of locking available.

  • Weaknesses:

    Failed to deliver on the cable cutting test and could use a bit more gusto.

  • Verdict:

    Provided an easy to use, simple to store and carry cable device that would serve as a good deterrent to the snatch-and-grab thief.

The fact remains, like them or loathe them, security cables do serve a purpose, even if only as a deterrent. Of course, any determined thief will make light work of most cables if they are armed with stealth, surprise and a pair of bolt cutters but, without them, hardware is a target for the snatch-and-grab variety.

Cables may all look the same but, if they were, the only choice would be where to purchase them. Although they do all offer a similar service, they differ in design and allow for personal choice when it comes to the question of keyed or combination locking facilities.

The EasyLock provides several choices, including a Master Key Control for corporate users so that all company laptop cables can be opened as and when required by a company official.

The cable comes in a six-foot black vinyl coated steel construction, three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter. Looped at one end it can be secured to any suitable solid object at the click of a button.

As with most cables, it uses the universal security slot found on nearly all laptops and many peripherals. It can be neatly stored away courtesy of a small Velcro strap, which means no unruly cable unraveling in the users laptop case while on the move.

Whichever EasyLock you choose, keyed or combination locked, it will perform as a deterrent and slow down any attempt to dislodge it at speed.

It has a simple but effective design, and it is also light weight and practical.

When using the keyed version, the keys are small and can be attached to any key-ring, making life that little bit easier. For those who prefer the combination lock, a good memory is needed as writing it down is never a good idea.

The lock seems sturdy enough and is made of steel with a rubber buffer secured to the area that comes into contact with the laptop to prevent scuffing and provide a snug fit.

Fitting only requires depression of the lock button; release the key or combination. However, the cable itself can be cut with a light duty implement, so its use is primarily as a good deterrent.

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