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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
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I bought one of these, which seemed nice. Then I bought another.

I read in the instructions about the risk of accidentally resetting the combination, and the manufacturer cautioned that there was no remedy for this. I didn't worry, cause I thought, "Only a dummy would do that, and I'm no dummy." Well guess what? Like some other posters, I accidentally reset my combination while normally applying the lock, and now I have to cut it off my computer.

By design, the combination is intended to be reset by twisting the cable in the lock body to enter reset mode, setting the tumblers to the desired numerals, then untwisting the cable. That seems sensible until you consider that, to engage the lock in the computer's slot, you must twist the lock body WITHOUT TWISTING THE CABLE. If the cable is resting on the table with the computer then there's not much risk. But if the cable is hanging off the table, then the cable's weight may be enough to hold the cable stationary while the lock body twists around it. If that happens, then you can accidentally reset the combination to an unknown value in a matter of seconds. I never noticed it until I tried to unlock, then I was horrified to discover what I'd done. Now I have to go after it with either a hack saw or a dremel.

This lock is a trap waiting to spring on you. I'd never recommend it or use it again without a pair of cutters on hand to cut the cable. Definitely wouldn't give it to my kids or anybody else. It seems to have nice workmanship, but the design is ridiculous.

Perhaps the only way to avoid this is to have two combinations in mind, so you'd have one combination that opens the lock, and a second combination that you set it to when it's locked to your computer, instead of randomly spinning the dials. In that way, I think if you did accidentally change the combination, you'd change it to your second set of numbers. The problem comes when you're unknowingly in reset mode, and you carelessly spin the dials to random numbers, which then become your new combination. So when you return, and spin the dials to your expected combination, you'll lose your new (undesired) combination for ever. Or else you could get in the habit of always noting the dialed numbers before you start dialing them to your expected combination, just in case the first set of numbers has accidentally become your actual combination.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
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An earlier reviewer from last week (same week I bought my lock) hit the nail on the head. My husband and I are fairly savvy with this type of thing and this lock is very difficult to engage in two ways: 1) setting the initial combination from the factory default was challenging to say the least. The instructions leave a lot to be desired and 2) After several days of using the lock with no issue (with my own combination) I was having trouble engaging the lock this morning - it would not lock, it kept unlocking, despite scrambling the numbers as I had done previously and I think I inadvertenly changed my combination and now I can't get the damn thing off my laptop AT ALL!!!! Now I have to figure out how to cut this thing off my laptop. DO NOT BUY THIS!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
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I'd give this, apparently well engineered, bargain basement lock 5 stars but after a trip I re-attached it and now it doesn't recognize my combination. It's not impossible that I accidentally changed it but I don't think so. Thus my nightmarish experience resembles that of several other posters. Now where did I put those wire cutters?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
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After reading the reviews about resetting the combination by mistake, I was confident I could avoid that problem. But in the middle of trying to get the lock on or off, my actions pushed the cable in and twisted it and reset the code!!! Fortunately, I had not changed all the numbers and after about 45 minutes, hit on the "right" combination. But I was using it at the office and just knew I had permanently attached the cable to my employer's laptop. I am replacing it right away -- never again. The way of setting the combination is a design flaw. Don't try this product.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
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When I first got the package, I was immediately alarmed because the instructions were wrriten by someone who clearly lacked a basic understanding of the English language. When I tried to set the lock, nothing happened. I couldn't get it out of the unlocked position. This is useless to me if I can't open it.

I'm buying a higher quality product...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
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Their universal cable "tip" on the combo end worked in two of the four laptops I tried. Unfortunately, it didn't work in the Dell or HP that I wanted to use it with.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
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Bought this for daughter going to college. Doesn't fit into Macbook Pro so NOT universal! Be prepared to send back, so save the packaging, I did not!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
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Great inexpensive laptop lock bought one to secure laptop and buying another to secure external HD. No need for keys, combination is great and easy to set.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
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This lock is well made but so poorly designed that I believe it should not be sold.
When you are attaching it to your computer, if you accidentally push on the cable itself, it resets the combination, and locks. So the 1st time I tried to put it on my computer, I had to cut it off. And many other people have had the same experience - even those who were pre-warned! Scroll down in the reviews and you'll see what I mean. I only read the 1st few so I didn't know how bad this lock is.
Seriously, this lock is a waste of money. DO NOT BUY IT! I'm really sorry I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
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Awesome. Typical theft-deterrent lock. Wouldn't help if someone intended to slice through the cable, but for basic theft-deterrent, the lock's great.
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