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Targus DEFCON 1 Ultra Notebook Computer Security System (PA400U)

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  • Easily attaches to your carrying cases, luggage, or laptops equipped with a security lock slot
  • Retractable steel cable retracts into plastic housing at the press of a button
  • Re-settable 4-digit combination lock- up to one of 10,000 unique combinations available
  • Alarm is activated when cable is severed or when motion sensor is armed and triggered
  • Kevlar reinforced cable offers greater resistance to the more determined thief
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The fastest growing fear among mobile professionals today is laptop theft - help protect your laptop with the Targus DEFCON 1 Ultra. You can now relax in airports, restaurants, and other public places with the DEFCON 1 on guard. This system combines a stainless steel cable, motion sensor technology, and a 95dB alarm to create a combination locking alarm system that easily attaches to your laptop or carrying case in any setting. The DEFCON 1 Ultra features a four-digit re-settable combination lock with up to 10,000 unique combinations. A second level of security is provided by the high decibel alarm that is triggered if the cable is severed or the motion sensor is activated. So now security can be simple!

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Product Manual [133kb PDF]| Data Sheet [81kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 2.2 x 4.8 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00000J3UJ
  • Item model number: PA400U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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56 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2001
Let me start by saying what I like about this device: it is relatively light, and works flawlessly both as security against and as a deterrent to anyone trying to walk off with your notebook. With this device, I feel safe leaving my $3000+ Sony Vaio sitting in the library for an hour while I go grab lunch. It takes 20 seconds to lock, and 20 seconds to unlock, and has been compatible with every notebook I've tried it on.
That said, the device is not without its problems. Firstly, the device is HYPER-sensitive to motion. If one puts the device into motion-detection mode, it is very difficult to disarm (i.e. to rotate the combination dial) without setting off the alarm. What's worse yet is the 110db warning beep it lets out every time it detects even the slightest bit of motion, meaning that even if you are skilled enough not to set off the full alarm, you are going to have a rather embarassing time disarming it should be in any sort of quiet setting. In short, it is virtually impossible to use the motion detector feature in anywhere you might want it, like a library, since your neighbors will not likely be receptive to a series of 110db warning beeps. Another problem with the device is that there are only 1000 possible combinations. While this sounds like a petty complaint, it is significant -- if you plan to leave your notebook unattended for an hour or two, it is not difficult for your local sticky-fingers to run through all possible combinations before you get back. Let us hope no one is this daring, however. My final complaint about the device is a minor one -- I don't need a 110db beep to let me know the device is on.
Basically, Targus could fix most of the problems by having two volume levels for various warning beeps; instead, though, we have to suffer through these things at the same ear-piercing volume as the alarm.
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32 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Prof on June 14, 2005
Let me begin by saying that I don't do many product reviews at all, but I felt after buying and trying this product, I should. Mainly because it would suffice for some and not for others. I feel that's when product reviews are most important. Since there are only 5 reviews up to this time, I'll consolidate those and annotate some comments on top as well.

Pros:
1. Manageable (5"x2"x1.5" and doesn't weigh alot)
2. Compatible with many if not all recent laptops
3. Very easy to lock and unlock, especially if you leave the dial just a few digits away from your combination
4. While the motion-sensing warning beeps are distinct, they are by no means 110dB like what this other user mentioned, so they wouldn't bother somebody across a large room. If a normal conversation is 60dB, these warning chirps are around 45dB, and VERY brief at that.
5. There are 4 digits to the combination, which means a full 10000 combinations. The '999' combinations the other user mentioned relates to a previous model, not the PA400U.
6. One user mentioned that there was a 110db beep to let him know the device is on. That's b.s. There are a couple chirps, and then a red 'status' LED blinks to let you know the alarm is activated.
7. The alarm is distinctly louder than the chirps, so people around should figure out that it's an alarm.
8. Alarm goes off if cable is cut.
9. Movement of the device sets off 'warning chirps' and there is a red LED light that gives thieves the correct idea that it's an alarm. (In fact, because the LED flashes if the device is locked even if the alarm itself is not set, it's feasible to place the device just on top of the computer, that alone maybe deterring a couple would-be thieves.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on December 5, 2011
I have used this nearly every day for about 18 months at work, on the road, at parks and sometimes at home to secure my laptop. It has worked well for me. I have had no trouble with the combination changing as others on Amazon report. It can be a little sensitive to go off while you are typing, so you want the cable to be fairly loose between the laptop and alarm so vibrations aren't transferred through the cable. But I don't consider this a problem. My company accepts this as an alternative to physically securing (anchoring) the laptop to a piece of furniture which is often impractical when on the road or in many other situations. The cable is not long enough to physically anchor in most cases so you have to trust the alarm mechanism, but it works very well. The rubber/plastic cover for the Activate motion alarm button cracked but the button still works fine.

If your company requires you to secure your laptop from theft at all times this is a more practical approach than trying to find physical anchor spots in meeting rooms, hotels, outdoors etc. See if your IT group will approve this device. It makes laptop physical security a lot easier and therefore more likely to be followed consistently.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Collier on April 8, 2014
When will Amazon wise up and allow NO stars for a rating?

This is so cheaply made it is worthless. The battery compartment is "held in place" by a tiny plastic bar. Broke almost immediately on my unit making the thing totally useless; with out the battery compartment locked in place it simply doesn't work. They might as well have made the cable out of a piece of string!

Don't waste your money
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