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Radtech's OmniCleanz, Protectorz, Sleevz, Notebook ScreensavRz

RadTech www.radtech.us

Radtech makes a wide range of gear for Macs and iPods, from luggage and backpacks to Bluetooth mice to specialized Mac repair tools. Highlighting the product line are items made from Optex, a Radtech-exclusive fabric that’s formulated for optical-grade polishing.

The Optex material is ultra-soft, rather like suede, and is designed to clean and polish LCD screens like those on iBooks, Powerbooks and iPods, and even to buff away minor scuffs and marks without scratching. Radtech sells Optex laptop screen protectors, protective sleeves for laptop Macs and iPods, and polishing cloths for their Opticleanz screen cleaner and Ice Creme notebook and iPod finish repair kit. Most dirt and gunk will shake or brush right off, but I’m happy to report that the Optex fabric is also washable (machine or hand wash, dry on low or no heat).

Sleevz
$24.95-$29.95
Sleevz are snug-fitting, slightly stretchy protective sleeves for iBooks and Powerbooks. Made of heavy-grade Optex fabric, they’re non-bulky and should fit easily inside most any carrying case, protecting against scratches from zippers, keys, pens, and all those other unexpected sharp things that seem to make a bee-line for your laptop computer. Available in any color, as long as it’s grey.

Notebook ScreensavRz
$14.95-$19.95
Rectangles of Optex fabric sized to fit laptop Macs from 12” iBooks and Powerbooks to the 17” Powerbook, the Notebook ScreensavRz come in grey, turquoise blue, black and “shagwire” a jaguar print. A lot of money to spend on a screen protector? Perhaps. But unlike other screen protectors, ScreensavRz don’t shed or fray, and they’re thin enough not to damage your notebook’s hinges. For me, a screen protector that doubles as a cleaning cloth is the height of convenience.

Protectorz
$5.95-$23.95
Made from flexible high polymer silicone, the Protectorz port covers are custom fitted to cover ports on iPods, iBooks, Aluminum Powerbooks and Airport Express mobile base stations, keeping out dust, dirt and spills. The multi-port covers for iBooks, Powerbooks and the Airport Express can be flexed back to gain access to some ports while covering others. Protectorz are easily removed and can be cut apart to protect only certain ports if you so desire. I found lining up the port covers with the ports on my 15” Powerbook to be a little fiddly at first, but once I got the knack they were easy to get in and out. The port covers are low profile and do a good job of staying put. I recommend then highly to anyone whose laptop or iPod tends to be out of its case.

Omnicleanz
$6.95 - $14.95
Omnicleanz is a high tech spray cleaner that can be used on LCD screens, keyboards, plasma TV screens, camera lenses and even glasses. According to Radtech, Omnicleanz “employs a revolutionary formula that uses an ionic suspension composition to sever atomic bonds at the molecular level to instantly release soiling and contaminants from surfaces...nothing larger than 1 micron remains on treated substrates - bacterias and most virii are also eliminated. Furthermore, cleaned surfaces are left with an electrically neutral charge so dust and dirt are not attracted.”

The spray is non-conductive, solvent-free, non-flammable and odor-free, and is completely Bio, environmental and child safe. Best of all, it doesn’t leave a residue or streaks on your computer screen. In testing on my own and some seriously gunky computer clients’ Macs, I can tell you that this stuff really, really works. Omnicleanz comes in 1 oz. and 4 oz. spray bottles, with and without Optex cleaning cloths. Very highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2005 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the October 2005 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.