PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB)

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PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB)

PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB)

  • 6ft High Carbon Steel Cable with combination lock
  • 3 Links, 2 Hardened Stainless Steel Hinge-Links, 1 Cast Steel Slot-Link
  • Includes Travel Pouch

The ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System by PNY safely secures your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac via your device’s hinge or built-in slot. The patented hinge-locking and patent-pending slot-locking designs utilize Hinge-Link and Slot-Link technology, providing a secure and universal fit. Plus, the factory installed 4-digit combination code grants the ultimate in security.

List Price: $ 39.95

Price: $ 39.95

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  1. 24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Zero Security – combination can be cracked in less than 30 secs, August 18, 2013
    This review is from: PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB) (Personal Computers)
    1. You cannot use this with a Mac Air because it requires considerable force to insert it between the hinge and screen distorting the hinge and probably voiding any warranty claims relating to the hinge.
    2. When you do manage to get it inserted, it does not allow your Mac to sit flat anymore, it actually raises it by approx 1cm so now your Mac wobbles from side to side.
    3. The first two are annoying but bearable, but the 3rd issue is you can you crack the combination whilst blindfold in less than 30 secs. Simply squeeze the locked lock and rotate the numbers starting with the first digit. It is obvious when you get the right digit. Then repeat for the remaining digits, with the 3rd and 4th often ‘clicking’ into place audibly!!!

    Wat is the point of a lock which may void your warranty, makes your laptop unusable, and can be cracked in less than 30 secs



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  2. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not elegant, but does the job, February 26, 2013
    fdlbt “fdlbt” (NH, United States) –

    This review is from: PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB) (Personal Computers)

    The only cable lock solution available (that I could find) for MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display.

    Includes velcro ties and good quality carrying pouch for storage / transport.

    Includes adapter for use with standard Kensington slot devices.


    More tedious to setup than standard Kensington slot lock (although Apple bears the brunt of the blame here)

    Will require most people to use tools to fit the metal plate to their laptop hinge mechanism before first use.

    Will cause nicks and scratches to the laptop unless tape is applied to the part that rubs against the lid.


    This lock is a good idea in theory. I practice, at the very least it provides the equivalent security that any Kensington-slot based cable would provide, which is to say it’s fine as a deterrent for opportunity thieves. In many situations it is still much better than using nothing at all, but it won’t prevent an experienced and prepared thief from taking your laptop if no one is watching it for long enough.

    The little metal plates looked flimsy on pictures, but now that I’ve seen the real thing, I’m fairly confident that someone would need to be carrying the right tools to break through the lock without causing major damage to the laptop. (Or know some way to “crack” a combination lock, which I’m sure exists too)

    It’s also the only option I could find that provides the same portability and flexibility as any other cable lock but works with a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display.

    Unfortunately, the unusual design comes with new problems you don’t usually run into with cable locks.

    First, when used on a MacBook Air (I don’t own a MacBook Pro Retina but I suspect the same issue would apply [EDIT: According to another user’s comment below, this issue _doesn’t_ apply to the MBP Retina. Thank you g.p. for the info!]), the metal plate that goes through the hinge sticks out below the laptop and effectively creates a “third leg” that raises the back of the laptop by about 1/4″ and makes it rather wobbly when set down on a flat surface. The workaround for me is to rest my MacBook Air on top of the sleeve that I carry it in, allowing the metal plate to hang above the main surface that I’m using it on.

    Second, even with the problem above, the metal plate going through the hinge is short enough that the main lock mechanism is held very close against the back of the laptop. The mechanism is all-metal, so it will inevitably leave nicks and scratches on the laptop lid. I’ve remedied this by applying a small piece of gaffer’s tape to the area that rubs against the laptop, but the tape wears out with use and needs to be replaced regularly, so this is obviously only a “band-aid” solution.

    Lastly, out of the box the metal plate designated for use with Apple laptops had the wrong curve and didn’t fit through the hinge. With the use of rubber-tipped pliers I was able to give the plate the right amount of curve and now it fits fine. Still, probably not something everyone wants to have to deal with. [EDIT: Again, this doesn’t apply to MacBook Pro Retina, see comments below.]

    Overall, I’m glad I have something to lock down my laptop so I can walk away from it for a few minutes at a time in low-traffic areas. It’s just disappointing that the solution has to be such a big compromise. I don’t pretend to know how it could be made better, but hopefully better options become available over time, or Apple puts the Kensington slot back into future laptop designs.


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  3. 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a good idea to lock macbook air and the new macbook pros with retina display, December 25, 2012
    Beiyan Nan

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    This review is from: PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System (P-TSAL1-RB) (Personal Computers)
    I believe that this is a better idea than a case added onto the computer. And for this good price, I have to say, this product does a good enough job. I’m trying to lock my 15” mackbook pro with retina display. the only issue is that the angle of the link is a little bit awkward. When I put the computer directly on my desk, I found it very likely that the lip of the link will scratch my computer. In order to prevent this from happening, I wrapped the lip with 3M magic tape and I feel safe now. Since I put the computer on a stand most of the time, it is not a big problem for me. But I really hope the manufacturer could find a even better solution in the future versions. And the manufacture made the code of the lock unchangeable, a design I don’t really appreciate. Another thing is that the lock itself could be made smaller. At present, it’s a little bulky.
    Anyway, I think this is the best lock for now if you don’t want to add an additional plastic dock.


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