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G-Form unveils Extreme Sleeve for notebook computers

updated 02:00 am EDT, Fri May 6, 2011

Casing offers repeated protection against impact

As proof that their new Extreme Sleeve for laptop computers is rugged and dependable, athletic gear company G-Form dropped a 13-inch MacBook Pro from a 20-foot balcony to demonstrate its durability. The case is designed for notebook "road warriors" who carry their laptop everywhere with them, and thus offers maximum protection against the drops, dings and other shocks that mobile computers are subjected to on a routine basis -- but can also guard the computer in case of a disastrous event.

The company's own Extreme Sleeve for iPad sustained a 500-foot drop from an airplane and the shock of a 12-pound bowling ball in other videos (the MacBook Pro demonstration is seen below). The company uses Reactive Protection Technology, which is a combination of Poron XRD and proprietary G-Form technology that causes the case to instantly stiffen on impact, absorbing over 90 percent of the energy involved in a drop. The case is also designed to be water-resistant.

The Extreme Sleeve for Laptops is now available for pre-order, selling for $70. It is expected to arrive June 1st, and will later become available through retail channels as well as the company's website. The Extreme Sleeve is available in either yellow or black.

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  1. SunSeeker

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    What about if you drop it on a corner?

  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001


    So you can continue playing video games :/

    I'd like to see them do *real world* tests like:
    1. Make it slip off a desk and land on a corner like @SunSeeker said
    2. Walk in the street and have it fall out of your backpack
    3. Jog thru an airport terminal and have it fall out of your briefcase
    4. Have it fall out of your backpack or "slip" out of your hand as your'e going up/down stairs

    Of course it's going to give the most protection landing flat. Pressure=Force/Area. Big area=Least pressure=least damage (assuming hard drives' heads are parked and components inside are amenable to those forces). Edge=small area and things aren't usually built as strong with forces from *all* directions taken into the consideration. (I.E. Drop any piece of electronics on its edge and assuming the edge is fine, there's probably something that cracked off and is now rattling. Drop the same thing on its front or back and that same little piece wouldn't have cracked off.)

  1. tortenteufel

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    Joined: Jul 2007



    when it drops out of your backpack while you are passing road works and a road roller drives over it by accident just at the moment your macbook is not lying flat on the ground but is still spinning on a corner......

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    I would love

    To throw someone's MacBook of the top of a building. Perhaps some of you iTards here on Electronista want to hand over your crApBook Pros to me? You know... for product testing.


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