I moved last week – a whopping 3 miles away from my old house. But from the way that I panicked over the general safety and transport of my laptop, you’d think I was about to go base jumping with the thing strapped to my back. In answer to what you’re probably asking yourself right now, no, I didn’t have the foresight to purchase, say, a laptop case when I got the computer, so the 5-minute drive through some of the tamest streets in the continental US started looking like the thrill rides I so desperately avoid.
I ended up packing the darn thing in the exact middle of an oversized laundry basket full of clean, folded clothes. But I wouldn’t surrender it to the boys who were tossing the rest of our stuff into the back of a pickup truck – instead, I gave the laptop-padding laundry basket the passenger seat of my car, and then personally carried it into the new digs and unloaded it myself. Ridiculous, I know, but how would you feel if your notebook computer was destroyed?
Luckily, apart from moving, it stays home and doesn’t travel, but I’m starting to feel for people who have to regularly fly with a laptop, or even multiple laptops. That has to be a little stressful – plenty of businesspeople have their entire lives (or careers, at least) stored in their notebooks. Luckily, the designers at Gator know a thing or two about electronics transportation, and have come up with the perfect solution: the Roto-Molded rolling laptop case.
Granted, the since the Gator Rolling laptop case can accommodate up to 8 laptops, it’s more than most solo business travelers need, but it’s perfect for government and military transport, or for traveling to trade shows with multiple company-owned laptops. The rotationally-molded polyethylene outer shell is super tough, and the case’s interior is lined with dense foam that’s compartmentalized for 8 laptops, as well as accessories. And just because they knew that these cases will most likely be flying, Gator has equipped them with built-in release valves, which equalize internal and external air pressure during altitude changes. Pretty smart.
How do you move a flat panel display from one place to another? Very carefully. I know, I know – we just got started, and you’re already rolling your eyes, thinking “Wokka wokka wokka – where did she get that come from, a Laffy Taffy wrapper?!” For your information, the answer is no, I did not (how could you think that?). And just for the record, it wasn’t a joke – even though it did sound like one. A really, really bad one.
But down to business. I wasn’t kidding about that “very carefully” stuff – moving plasma and LCD screens can get pretty tricky, and if you make even one wrong move, it can turn out to be expensive, too. Replacing broken screens can really set you back, so if you ever have to move one, do the following: cast all thoughts of cardboard boxes, packing peanuts and moving blankets out of your head. You heard me – no flimsy packing materials. I’m usually a pretty frugal person, but this is one area in which I will loudly school anyone who attempts to take the cheapskate route.
That said, I happily recommend Gator’s G-Tour LCD and Plasma Road Cases to anyone who regularly travels from job to job with an LCD screen in tow. I’m not going to say that they aren’t a bit of an investment, but when it comes to sparing the lives of large, expensive electronics, I think a little preventive spending is in line, don’t you?
I really like these cases, because they’re both good looking and functional, inside and out. Based on what meets the eye, they’re like sleek, modern, low-profile steamer trunks for your HD display – but instead of sailing up the Nile, they’re better for getting booth display screens to that tradeshow in Atlanta and back. That’s all because of the cases’ less-obvious inner appointments, which include shock-absorbing polyethylene foam lining, and configurable foam wedges that allow you to custom-fit the case to your screen. Talk about traveling in luxury – it’s like going cross-country in a Tempur-Pedic® bed.
The entire line of G-Tour cases meets ATA specifications for transport cases, so you don’t need to worry about running into any unusual luggage difficulties – just check the case at Point A, and retrieve your unscathed Plasma or LCD at the other end of the line. Too easy.
Okay, this is one of those rare blog posts that don’t involve me talking directly to professional network installers, home DIY’ers, or gadget-obsessed tech fans. Today, it’s time for the working musicians to listen up. Yes, I’m talking to all of you guys (and girls) who pack up your gear and instruments, stuff them into the backs of your cars and vans, and set it all up someplace else, so that you can rock the worlds of music-loving followers who pack into bars, live music venues, and outdoor festivals every weekend.
While I can’t do anything to reduce the wear and tear that you might feel from taking your show on the road, I can recommend something that will make travel a little less painful (and dangerous) for your power conditioners, equalizers, rack tuners, and patchbays: Shock Rack Cases from Gator. These aren’t your standard polyethylene road cases – they have rubber shock absorbers in each corner to cradle your electronics, and absorb the impact of drops, jolts, and plain old road vibration.
One of the really great features of Gator’s polyethylene Shock Rack Cases is that they’re ATA compliant, so that even if you have to fly with your rack mounted gear, you can relax during the flight, because you’ll know that the equipment will stay safe on the plane, and be stage-ready as soon as you land. Shock Rack Cases also have locking lids to keep things secure, and their recessed side handles make them easy to pick up when you need to move your gear around.