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Pelican1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Rugged (10)
  • Good protection (9)
  • Weather proof (8)
  • Lots of pockets and features (7)
  • Strong construction (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Heavy duty protection (10)
    • Travel (10)
    • Protecting gear (7)
    • Commuting (6)
    • Transporting gear (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (12), Pro photographer (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

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    5.0

    perfect for 15" MBP

    By jim

    from northern VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • Very Protective
    • Well Padded

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

      we put the MBP in this and on a truck and send it all over the country and don't have to worry about it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good Case for MacBook Pro

      By Bryan

      from Springfield, MO

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Rugged
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Strap

      Best Uses

      • Heavy Duty Protection

      Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

      This Pelican case is very solid. The larger folder pocket on the lid works well for files, but the other pockets are clumsy and less useful. My MacBook Pro Late 2011 with a Speck case barely fits within the tray, but doesn't shift when used with the internal straps. The weight of the case plus a laptop makes the strap uncomfortable.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Only product I use

      By alp

      from Norfolk, VA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Rugged
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • Light Protection
        • Travel

        Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

        I go on boats, etc and am on the water quite often not to mention rough consruction sites and with my Pelican I can rest assured my laptop is being protected.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Exactly what I was looking for!

        By GGM

        from Northern Westchester, NY

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • Travel

        Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

        After reviewing available cases, I decided that the Pelican 1490CC1 would meet my need for a strong, shockproof, watertight case. It meets it exactly.

        Not shown in the product pictures was a central ridge in the tray directly beneath the strap used to secure the contents. This means that there is not a single piece of foam material beneath any device secured in the case but rather two divided by a soft plastic ridge. I don't think this makes any difference in the level of protection afforded.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Pelican Computer Case

        By RC

        from Hollywood, MD

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Heavy Duty Protection

          Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

          If you want a rugged and well sealed case this should do it.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Case!

          By Alan

          from Miami

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Protection
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
          • Rugged
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable Strap

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Heavy Duty Protection
          • Travel

          Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

          Works very well with my Macbook Air 13". I had to modify the foam a bit with a sharp knife and Gorilla glue. This would be perfect for any 15" and maybe a bit to small for any 17" laptop. The pick and pluck foam areas are great for storing an external harddrive or anything else you may need.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent computer brief case!

          By ej

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Bargain Hunter, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Good Protection
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
          • Rugged
          • Stylish
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Heavy Duty Protection
            • Travel

            Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

            With the lid organizer and tray, this is perfect for carrying your computer and all electronic accessories. It also comes with foam to cradle smaller computers. The only thing I don't like about it is its weight and it's slightly large...but that's the price you pay for heavy duty protection!

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Very adaptable! Can be easily customized

            By Matt the Lighting Designer

            from Upstate NY

            About Me Practical, Problem-Solver, Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Strap
            • Good Protection
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Rugged
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Heavy Duty Protection
              • Touring
              • Travel

              Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

              I use my laptop primarily as a mobile office but also as a mobile theatrical lighting controller. I wanted a case that would allow me to customize my laptop's configuration, along with its accessories, in such a way that I could operate it without removing it from the case. After watching an online video of a photographer that customized one of these cases for on-location photo shoots I thought it would work well for my application.

              Though I wasn't initially looking to spend so much money on a case, the peace-of-mind at having my laptop and all its accessories in a very well protected and secure case has been worth it. Prior to purchasing this case I transported my laptop in the laptop compartment of a backpack, with all its accessories stored in various other compartments. This worked okay but it definitely did not provide much protection and it took a lot of time to set up and tear down the computer every time I changed locations.

              I would definitely recommend the laptop tray and organizer with this case. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite m640 and it fits nicely into the main tray space (it was a little small for the space but the included foam strips were easily modified to keep the laptop from sliding around). The compartment next to the main tray space works well to store my power adapter and the USB device I use to connect to theatrical lighting systems. I made a cutout in the right side of the main tray space that allows me to access all of my video ports, headphone port, power connector, and one USB port without removing the laptop from the case. I purchased a couple right-angled USB cable extenders to make the USB ports on the left side of the laptop accessible without removing it from the case. There are a couple smaller spaces beneath the main tray space with diced foam that are perfect for mounting accessories. I chose to mount an external hard drive in one of the spaces and to use the other for storage of miscellaneous accessory cables. The lid organizer works perfectly to hold my external optical mouse, a couple CD's and software documents, a voice recorder, a thumb drive, and a miniature external keyboard. I also mounted a USB hub in the lid organizer and routed its cable down beneath the laptop so it would always be plugged in as long as the computer is in the case.

              My biggest complaint would have to be that because my computer is on the thicker side (it has an extended battery that sticks out the bottom and causes the computer to sit at an angle) I can't put too much in the lid organizer or it will put pressure on the LCD when I try to close the case (there is even a warning card about this in the case when you first buy it). When there is too much in the lid organizer it can be a little hard to open the case (I have to hold the lid down as I undo the latches). Once you have worked out a system for how much you can put in and where this isn't a huge problem, you just have to be careful when you are first experimenting with the setup of your case.

              Possibly because of my particular laptop design I have not had any issues with overheating while running the laptop in the case. My extended battery provides a little more air room beneath the computer that otherwise would not be there and the inlet and outlet cooling vents are not significantly blocked by any of the foam or tray parts (especially after making the cutout in the side of the main tray space for access to my ports). I also chose to leave a good portion of the diced foam out from beneath the laptop for storage of accessory cables and also for improved air flow.

              The construction of the case itself is great, it makes you feel like it is going to last and it is going to protect your computer no matter what. Just make sure that whenever you go to pick up the case that you double-check that the laptop Velcro strap is secured and the lid latches are closed, otherwise it might open up when you pick it up, dumping your now unprotected computer onto the floor!

              The lid latches include keyed locks that are very durable but if that isn't enough security for you there is a spot to attach your own padlocks to the case (which is especially handy if you want to use a security cable to anchor the case to an immovable object). Since it is the size of a typical briefcase it feels comfortable to hold the case by the handle for shorter periods and by the shoulder strap for longer periods. My case, fully loaded as described, weighs approximately 17 pounds.

              Overall, I would recommend this case to anyone who is serious about protecting their laptop while keeping it mobile. If you want to be able to get your laptop up and running with minimal setup (open the case and push the power button) the customizable nature of the laptop tray and lid organizer is the way to go. If you have no intention of ever running your laptop within the case (basically you need a storage case versus a briefcase) you could go for the version of the case that is filled with diced foam, rather than the laptop tray. If your goal is to run your laptop without removing it from the case be sure to consider the placement of your cooling fans and various ports; be prepared to have to make cutouts in the laptop tray or purchase cable extenders. You will also most likely want to have an external mouse and a compact external keyboard as resting your arms on the edge of the case to operate the computer can be pretty uncomfortable. I would also suggest ensuring that your laptop can be removed from the case with relative ease for those times that you want to just sit it on your lap and work directly with the computer outside of the case.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great case for the latest MBP 15"

              By Modkoko

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Protection
              • Lots Of Pockets And Features
              • Rugged
              • Stylish
              • Weatherproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Heavy Duty Protection
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                I usually transport my laptop in the back of my SUV with my photo gears, so this is a great case to protect my MacBook Pro. 15" MBP (late 2011 version) fits really tight on the width, so I had to remove the entire side piece, but kept the top piece. MBP 15" snuggly fit inside the tray. I also can fit my G-Tech 750 GB mini drive, MBP power cables and 3 different types of G-Tech cable, mouse, file folders, etc. IMPORTANT: The description does not include the shoulder strap and the web page recommends shoulder strap, but it comes it with the case, so do not order separately. I ordered separately thinking that it does not come with it. Now I will have to return it... Overall, very satisfied with the case.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Nothing Better

                By Roll Camera

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me High-End Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Configurable
                • Proffesional
                • Tough

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Location Work
                • Travel

                Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                Use this case while I'm filming on location, nothing works better. Fits a 15" MacBook Pro perfectly and has plenty of room for supplies/accessories. Total protection for your equipment, no matter where you go or go through. It is heavier than normal laptop cases, but in the real world, it's never been an issue.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Great case

                By WPG

                from Deerfield, IL

                About Me Bargain Hunter, High-End Shopper, Practical, Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Good Protection
                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Rugged
                • Stylish
                • Weatherproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Heavy Duty Protection
                  • Travel

                  Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                  Very sturdy case for taking your laptop on location. I converted mine to fit a 17" Macbook Pro with a razor blade and hot glue. My laptops will never get dented corners again. Only downside is that the case and computer together are a bit heavy. I recommend this case for photographers!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  1490CC1 Computer Case

                  By None

                  from Perth, Western Australia

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • On the heavy side

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Heavy Duty Protection
                  • Travel

                  Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                  I use this case for air travel for my 14" laptop, It's okay, and overall I am very happy with the unit. It's a bit on the heavy side.

                  Locking latches are good enough quality and the case is very rugged looking.

                  I'm sure I won't be having any problems.

                  If given the same opportunity to purchase again I would seriously look at carbon fibre alternatives.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  perfect

                  By aldorado

                  from vt

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Stylish
                  • Very Protective
                  • Well Padded

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                    great case for a macbook

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A great piece of kit!

                    By Digby Brown

                    from NSW, Australia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction
                    • Very Protective

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear

                      Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                      This was a great buy and I purchased it from Australia. [...] It fits a 15 inch MACBOOK PRO perfectly and after having a few computers damaged before,I now know it won't happen again.Worth purchasing when compare to replacing a computer!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Every techy needs one, lol!

                      By Buck

                      from Calgary, AB. Canada

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Stylish
                      • Very Protective
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                      • Cramped space

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                      Really well made, intelligently thought out and nice sizing for a tablet sized computer, a little cramped for some extra peripherals, but I might carry too much sometimes. Excellent locking and seals perfectly with ease every closing.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great protection

                      By Kanjigator

                      from Baltimore MD

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Stylish
                      • Very Protective
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Storing Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                        Use this case for location photo shoots. This case protects my computer. Enough room for mouse, cables, memory flash cards, external drives, etc.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great protection

                        By Kanjigator

                        from Batlimore MD

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Stylish
                        • Very Protective

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Storing Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                          I put my laptop comuter for location photo shoots.
                          This case protects my computer. Strong case. Highly recommended.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great case

                          By clnelson

                          from Kansas

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lockable
                          • Solid build
                          • Strong stap

                          Cons

                          • Small side compartment

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Desert Tan):

                            I have destroyed 2 laptops using other bags in acidental situations. I work in sometimes extreme situations as a pro photographer. I bought this case to protect a new machine and gave up on laptop camera combos. I have used it on several trips and it has been beneficial. The only drawback is the side compartment won't fit my macbook pro power supply, but my Dell XPS fits perfectly.

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Case for Location work

                            By Josh McCulloch

                            from Victoria, BC, Canada

                            About Me Commercial Photographer, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lots of Compartments
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Waterproof
                            • Well Padded

                            Cons

                            • Not exactly inconspicuous

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                            I'm a commercial photographer that does a lot of location work, and was looking for a laptop case for this purpose. After watching Chase Jarvis' laptop case video (see youtube!), I was inspired to replicate his solution which is based on the 1490 CC1 case. I certainly wasn't disappointed. I can fit a 15" MacBook Pro, with two LaCie Rugged Hard drives stored underneath the laptop, and have room for a spare battery, power adapter, card reader and more stored in the top flap. Highly recommended for those that travel off the beaten track and need to pack a laptop.

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                            5.0

                            Another quality Pelican case!

                            By MarkInSTL

                            from St. Louis, MO

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Value
                            • High Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 1490CC1 Computer Case with Lid Organizer and Tray (Black):

                                I'm using this with an OCZ DIY Notebook and it fits like a glove. The case is very well designed and the parts mate well. This is my third Pelican case purchased from B&H. [...]

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