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Pelican 1490 Laptop Case
Name: Pelican 1490 Laptop Case
Essential Sale 1-10
1 = I almost never use this thing.
10 = You had better own this, like yesterday.
Essential Scale: 5

It’s a laptop case with locks and is completely dustproof and watertight. You can lock it around something so nobody can steal it from you and avoid damage and thievery.


This Watertight, crushproof and dustproof case will carry notebooks 17.3″L X 11W X 3.3D. It features a lid organizer, Pick n’ Pluck Foam and shoulder strap.

Technical Details

  • Pelican 1490CC2 Case is watertight, crushproof, and dust proof.
  • Pelican 1490CC2 is built with automatic Pressure Equalization Valve.
  • Easy open Double Throw latches.
  • Fits notebook computers up to 17.3″ L x 11.0″ W x 3.3″ D
  • Double safety locking latches with keys
  • Interior Dimensions (inches): 17.75 x 11.37 x 4.12


The Pelican 1490 Laptop Case will strike fear into your enemies eyes. If your enemies happen to be water, dust, and crushing.

Personal Experience

I really love this thing. I know it is just a laptop case, and it is completely plastic, but it is awesome.

It is not made of cheap plastic you fear will crush or rip, it is made of some awesome super plastic that I am pretty sure they mine on another planet. Here is a post of a guy who drove over his pelican case with his truck. I am not the only weird one who thinks these cases are great.

I feel a little like a yuppy driving a Hummer talking about how extreme this case is, the last extreme thing I have done was make chili with two three Jalepenos. I just like that if I ever was in a situation in which my gear might be in jeopardy, that this case would make it through. This case is also waterproof which is a draw, I have done some traveling over water and would have freaked out if my gear wasn’t sealed up tight. I use a larger Pelican 1620 Case for the rest of my gear.

This case is way more than overkill if you are just bringing your laptop to and from work every day, but people will look at you like you mean business.

Unexpected Advantages

  • Chair – I have spent a lot of time waiting in airports with limited seating, and that is usually the time I have my case with me. This case is sturdy enough to sit on.
  • Safe – Because the case has locks on it, and because it is so robust, I chain it to grounded objects at events and lock it up. No worries about someone stealing my gear.

The Goods

  • Sturdy – This thing will not break, I have tried.
  • Padded Inserts – Comes with compartments for your laptop and other documents. Beneath the laptop is Pick-n-Pluck Foam. It is the perfect place to put Hard Drives and more.
  • Self Standing – This case will not fall over. Place it on the ground with the handle up and it will stay.
  • 15 Inch Macbook PRO – Fits very well.

The Bads

  • Heavy – Remember how I told you this was made out of awesome super thick alien plastic? Well it comes at a cost, the case weighs 7lbs empty.
  • Secret Agent – Most people will assume that you are one when they see this. Note: This could also be listed under GOOD

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