Well the New Year is upon us and I’m all moved into my new home, but with new construction comes the lack of services like High Speed Internet unfortunately, so it’s really making it difficult for me to pump out the reviews. Luckily, over the past few weeks some companies have sent me some hardware for me to review for you instead.
Known for their amazing cases for military and law enforcement equipment, as well as specialized laptop storage and rack-mounting solutions, Pelican contacted me after seeing some of my game reviews, and wanted to know if I’d like to test out one of their new cases as it applies to home consumer electronics – in this case, video game consoles.
Pelican sent me over one of their 1560 watertight, crush-proof and dust proof cases. Now, I’m no expert by any means on storage solutions or what these cases were really designed for, so I headed over to Pelican.com and checked out a bunch of their videos to see how the cases were constructed and what kind of torture tests they put them through. Watching them chuck these cases off of buildings only to reveal undamaged glass vases inside was really entertaining. I obviously wasn’t able to perform these types of tests, but I was fortunate enough to have received my case a few weeks prior to moving into my new home. So low and behold I filled the thing with my Xbox 360 and some of its gear.
Right away you can tell this thing is a freaking beast, weighing a whopping 20lbs and measuring 22” long by 18” wide by 10.5” deep, this case means serious business. The exterior of the case comes in a variety of colors and is made of a polypropylene co-polymer material that is lightweight, durable and highly chemical resistant. On top of that, the case can withstand temperatures ranging from -10F all the way up to 210F.
Taking a look at the exterior, we see that it’s got a retractable handle and polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings, making the case easy to travel with and giving it a look that is quite a bit more bad-ass than your standard piece of luggage. All of the hardware on the case is stainless steel and it has padlock protectors on the front so you can lock up your precious cargo. An O-Ring seal combines with an Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve to ensure that the case may remain watertight in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Flipping open the Double Throw Latches takes a bit of effort reinforcing the idea that you’ve got a solid product here that is going to protect your gear. My 1560 came with the Pick N Pluck Foam, but can also be equipped with optional padded dividers. The Pick N Pluck Foam is actually a series of connected blocks of foam that allow for easy carving to give your equipment a snug fit, well, assuming you’re handy with a blade and take the time to carve it out properly. I’m not all that great with tools, but was still able to get my Xbox, Power Adapters and Cables to fit in there nice and snug.
But all of these statistics are really meaningless if the product doesn’t really do anything right? While I take great care of my electronics, during my move I got a little careless with the 1560, just to see what would happen with the content inside. Well after beating on this thing profusely, I can say my Xbox was working perfectly and had no blemishes beyond what had been there in the first place. These cases are pretty hardcore and when they retail from anywhere between $150 and $200, there really is a niche market for these things, especially as it relates to home consumer electronics and video game consoles. Regardless, if you travel a lot and have a need to carry your electronics with you, the cases by Pelican, specifically the 1560, could be a good option for you if you’ve got the dough to drop on it – and you can’t go wrong with the product’s lifetime guarantee!
Product: 1560 Case
Retail Price: $150-$200
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