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Targus adds LCD protection to notebook cases
January 8, 2005; 11:10 a.m.
Targus Dome Protection System Cases
Targus has engineered new notebook cases designed to protect computers' LCDs, which are commonly one of the costliest and most easily damaged components of portable computers. The technology, dubbed Dome Protection System, adds padding to the sides to protect the display and targets corporate users with large-screen notebooks.
The padding consists of concentric, layered circles that are built into the case wall to distribute the force of impact to the notebooks' edges, where the chassis is sturdier. Targus says the new protection system provides up to 350 percent more sidewall protection. The case will retain Targus's air-protection technology on the cases' sides and corners.
Bags employing Dome technology should be available in April. Targus will offer a variety of models, including a deluxe case, a roller-bag model, an overnighter, and a backpack version. A version of the new case is currently sold by HP as the Evolution Ultra Portable Leather Notebook Case. The $79.99 model is available through authorized HP resellers or direct from HP. Targus also plans to make the cases available on its own Web site.
The price: From $79 to $149.
The prospects: The Dome Protection System offers plenty of padding, but this results in bags that are a bit puffy. However, for frequent travelers who want the ultimate in protection for their notebooks and a solidly constructed case, the Dome bags should be a safe bet.
By Rik Fairlie, editor, Computer Shopper
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