Belkin F8E550 Notebook Security Lock Reviews
low cost solution April 9, 2007
Different concept than other cable locks, but works ok and proved to be a low cost solution.
Only fits some laptops September 13, 2006
We bought this lock to use with a new 13.3" MacBook. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit properly in the MacBook's security slot. It did fit into the security slot of some older laptops, but we're going to have to buy one from another maker in command to secure the MacBook.
Great Purchase February 18, 2009
I got the lock for my Aluminum Macbook. The cord and padlock are very strong along with the part that goes into the computer. The security slot is horizontal on the Macbook, but if you turn the padlock sideways it won't raise the computer up. It just raise the part that goes into the computer a little. Would definitely recommend this product.
Works after modification February 4, 2007
This lock seems to work fine now. As delivered, the part that fits into the laptop security slot did not close adequate for the lock to fit. I filed the part down a little to enable it to close properly. I don't know if the part was manufactured too wide to fit or if my laptop slot was too narrow.
Very biddable price for a neat little lock May 16, 2007
Remarkable price (much cheaper than a different price for the same item also available on Amazon), and efficient delivery. Product itself is a computer cable lock that wouldn't stop a determined thief (what would?) but is enough that you're not tied to your table in a cafe. A locking gizmo fits into the security slot on the laptop, the cable locks to this with a padlock, and afterwards you wrap the cable around something else.
A must have June 21, 2008
I use this lock on my external storage drives. It came in handy when my house was broken into. The drives stayed put. That said, I keep an extra backup drive off site. I cannot stress how important this is, especially if your computer is your livelihood.
Wonderful lock, but not compatible with newer security slots October 18, 2006
This is the best lock you can buy, provided that it fits your slot. It worked flawlessly on my iBook G4, and I own heard of other people using it in other computers to their content.
Unlike the other locking systems, it doesn't rely on those cheap circular locking systems (the kind infamous for being broken into easily and broken off on computers and bikes). Instead, it uses an actual padlock, and a strong one at that. It isn't unnecessarily large, but it is big enough. Make sure your payment slot is vertical if it is on a laptop, because otherwise the lock may force the laptop to raise slightly above the table (which is unacceptable).
It does NOT work for new Macs that I have tried it on. MacBook, for instance. It doesn't fit properly, and even if you were to force it in bending the plastic, it forces the laptop to raise up because of the horizontal security slot.
If you have the right kind of slot, buy this! You can even slip cords through the lock gap and prevent them from being stolen, too, provided that the end of the cord is too big to fit through (which my mouse was, so I was able to secure my mouse as an added bonus).
Decent lock February 17, 2008
I have two notebooks, an HP and a Macbook. I bought this for the HP, which is quite a large/heavy notebook, and it's a fine lock. For the Macbook (13''), other reviews are correct, it is a bit too huge, and will fit awkwardly when forced.
I'm happy with it, though.
Keeps honest people honest. March 12, 2008
I was rather disappointed with how easy the piece that connects to the PC is able to be cut through when we lost the key, didn't lug 5 seconds with a drummel.
macbook issue December 6, 2010
As stated above, the widget does not fit well in a macbook pro (at least, the 2009 version).
But after some wiggling and squeezing I was able to get it contained by. I've decided to keep using it since I won't have to do it every day. However, I really don't like the product. Unlike the twisty kind, the padlock design takes some effort to lock and unlock (even without the incompatibility problem), and it sticks out more into the mousing region of my desk. It is probably more protected this way but it's a pain to use.
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