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Radiator: Take Your MacBook Outdoors

by Juan on May 21st, 2008

Together with the Air Manila sleeve, I was also loaned a Radiator case for the MacBook by a friend of mine who just bought these two. I borrowed both cases from him to do a mini-review. The review of the Air Manila can be found here.

When I found out that I was going to have a chance to look at both products I must admit I was more excited to see the Radiator than the Air Manila. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes and no.

Yes because it looks as nice in person as it is in pictures. Like the Air Manila, the Radiator is also well made and uses high quality materials. It’s rugged and offers protection for your MacBook. Although I’m not convinced it’s padded enough. It kinda also reminds me of the Panasonic Toughbook with the way it looks. It just looks tough and rugged. It’s not as big as I thought it was going to be and that’s a plus.

Another thing I liked about it was the fact that you could strap it around your neck and actually use the computer standing up. That’s cool. I tried it but after awhile it does get heavy around the neck. Still, for people who are on the field a lot and need to bring their laptops this is a great feature.

The suction cups on the inside of the case secure the top lid of the MacBook in place. When you open up the case the MacBook’s lid sticks to the case making it easier to use coz the lid doesn’t fall back.

Here comes the no part… There are some things I don’t like about it. I’m uneasy about the fact that it opens from the bottom going to the top. This is fine when you place it on the table or horizontally. I know it’s designed this way so that you can open it up going away from you when you’re using it in the standing position. However it just makes me uneasy that the zipper might open suddenly and the MacBook might fall to the ground. I know there are ways you can zip it so that it lessens the risk but then again, I don’t want to always be thinking about that.

Another thing I don’t like about it is that it’s too small. It will fit the MacBook and remote.. That’s it. nothing else. No space for the power adaptor or other accessories. It was ok for the Air Manila because it’s just a sleeve. But the Radiator is a case.

Granted there are things I don’t like about it, overall it’s still a pretty decent case. It looks really well with the black MacBook. For $57, it’s reasonable.

Check it out at the Civilian Lab web site.

[Images courtesy of Civilian Lab]

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