OWC Laptop Screen Protector

Laptop Screen Protector, Other World Computing.

The Other World Computing booth was mobbed for the entire course of the January Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The hottest sellers were iPod cases, which I scouted for my brother Peter. What caught my eye, however, were the Laptop Screen Protectors.

Recent Mac laptops (Wallstreet, circa 1998, and newer) have had problems with their keyboards coming in close contact with the LCD screens, marring the display with finger oils and sometimes leaving marks that can’t be removed. I’d already begun to notice marks on the screen of my TiBook.

Other World’s Laptop Screen Protectors are made from 100% top grain vegetable tanned cowhide, and are designed to keep the laptop keyboard from touching the LCD display. TiBooks are extremely tightly engineered and I was concerned that the 1-2 mm thickness of the leather might strain the hinges of my computer. Fortunately my worries were unfounded; the leather fits precisely and the latch and hinges are unaffected.

I use the screen protector when I close my computer, but I also keep it in place when I have it open but am not typing. This confers the added bonus of keeping floating dust and cat hairs from getting into the keyboard. I chose the special large size designed to cover the entire keyboard and palm rest area of the Titanium PowerBook G4.; smaller sizes that cover the keyboard area of Powerbooks and iBooks are also available.
The Laptop Screen Protectors ship with a set of Klear Screen Polish wipes to safely clean your LCD screen and keys.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the March 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.