Now that you just
bought that sparkling and shiny new Powerbook, what will you do to protect it? A
laptop case is fine when it is packed away, but what about when you are just carrying
the Powerbook by itself. Portable devices are often subject to dings, scratches and
marks, but having your Powerbook scratched is like having your brand new car keyed.
RadTech created the Sleevz, an inexpensive way to protect your Powerbook or iBook.
The Sleevz is a protective form-fitting sleeve that hugs and protects your Powerbook
or iBook. To compliment the Sleevz, RadTech also offers ScreensavRz, a protective
cloth that rests on your keyboard, protecting your screen while the computer is not
form-fitting protective sleeve.
from our exclusive Optex fabric.
yet repels liquids.
your 'Book like a glove.
your grip when carrying.
"PowerBook" or "iBook" logo on one side. Even get your own custom
notebook LCD's from oils, dirt and abrasions.
designed to clean and polish LCD Displays (cleans CDs/DVDs, too).
prior LCD screen abrasion (keycap marks).
and light cloth lasts for years.
and economical screen cleaning solution.
your entire notebook - especially good for iBooks.
for all brands of notebooks.
oily residue or shedding like leather.
with Wildeepz Display Cushions for maximum
protection on all PowerBook G4s and Dual-USB iBooks.
a splash with stunning colors and logos (including your own custom logo).
Sleevz: $24.95 - $29.95
ScreensavRz: $14.95 - $19.95
As soon as I slid
my Powerbook into one of these Sleevz, I knew my Powerbook was safer. The Optex material
is very rugged, and the tight fit meant no wiggle room. This sleeve offers very decent
protection from everyday minor incidents. For the big drops, like dropping it on
cement, you'll still want your Powerbook protected by a rugged padded case. The Sleevz
is not a replacement for the case, but it is a very nice compliment.
The Sleevz are colored to match the silver "aluminum" color of the Powerbook,
and includes a nice "Powerbook" logo on both sides (or "iBook"
for iBooks). In addition to protecting the Powerbook from incidental scratches, it
also makes the Powerbook a lot nicer to carry around. I never really liked the cold
steely feel of my Powerbook when carrying it, as it always seemed icey to the touch.
The Powerbooks are designed to be this way to keep them cool, but for human hands,
it's less than desireable. With the Sleevz on the Powerbook, the Powerbook is no
longer cold to the touch. The Optex material is it made of is a chamois-like material,
soft to the touch. It also provides a lot better grip for your Powerbook, making
it less likely that it might slip out of your hands.
The only cumbersome thing about the Sleevz is that because of it's tight fit, it
is not the easiest thing to remove. It's kind of like peeling off a very tight pair
of jeans. The Powerbook doesn't just slip out - it needs to be jiggled and finessed
out. As advertised, it does stretch over a few weeks, making it simpler to slide
off. However, it still requires some effort to remove it even after "relaxed".
The fit may vary across different notebook type, but I would rather have it fit
tight requiring a little effort versus being lose to the point of sliding off when
you don't want it to come off. The protection it provides far outweighs the effort
serves a dual purpose. For storing your Powerbook, these cloths lay over your keyboard
protecting it from oily build-up and serving as a protective cushion between the
keyboard and the screen. The cloth also doubles as a screen wipe. Like the Sleevz,
it is made of a soft chamois-like material, Optex, that picks up oil and dirt, but
doesn't scratch your display.
The ScreensvRz come in a variety of styles: silver "Powerbook" theme, aqua
blue "Powerbook" theme, black "X" theme, and a Jaguar pattern
theme (referred to as "Shagwire"). It looks good sitting on the keyboard,
but more importantly, it is protecting your keyboard and display, providing piece
of mind to Powerbook and iBook owners.
For a simplistic piece of cloth, some may question whether they need to spend the
$15 to $20. Afterall, if you're already careful about keeping your computer closed
and covered when not in use, it's not likely to have a lot of problems. On the other
hand, standard wear and tear includes dirt and oily build-up, and I think this cloth
really helps in combatting those elements and maintaining your Powerbook. It's a
long lasting durable cloth that will most likely outlast the life of your computer.
One of the reasons for the cost is that Optex is a very expensive material. It contains
the highest fiber count of any material known to man, coming in at 1.5 million fibers
per square inch. It can remove abrasions and key cap scuffing from an LCD surface,
while not scratching it.
I only wish that RadTech offered a discount when purchasing the Sleevz and ScreensvRz
The RadTech Sleevz
provide a very elegant and inexpensive way to both protect your Powerbook and iBook,
as well as providing a much better grip and feel. You may struggle a bit with removing
the tightly fitting Sleevz from your Powerbook, but the tight fit also serves as
a sturdy protective wrap, and the extra effort is worth the piece of mind. Note,
also, that the tightness will relax somewhat after a few weeks.
The RadTech ScreensvRz is an excellent compliment to the Sleevz, providing a variety
of designs and colors to protect and clean your Powerbook's display and keyboard.
Not everyone may understand the value in a single piece of cloth separating the keyboard
from the display, but given the durability of the Optex material that it's made of,
and the build-up of dirty and oil over time, this cloth does an excellent and unmatched
job of keeping your Powerbook and iBook clean and oil-free without scratching your
keys or display. The Sleevz and ScreensvRz together provide a dynamic duo of protective
material prolonging the health of your Powerbook and iBook.
- Sleevz: Protective wrap
for Powerbook and iBook
- Sleevz: Softer and better
grip for carrying Powerbook and iBook
- ScreensvRz: Protects
screen and keyboard from oil build-up and from each other
- ScreensvRz: Variety of
colors and styles
- Sleevz can be a chore
removing from the laptop due to tight fit
- $15 may seem a little
high to some for a single cloth
- No package discount offered
for purchasing both items together
4 out of 5 Mice