Maclocks Wedge Lock Bracket: A Retina MacBook Pro Lock Apple Would Be Proud Of [Review]

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A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the Maclocks Lockable Cover for Retina MacBook Pro, and although I had a lot of praise for it, I mentioned it my verdict that there was another Maclocks lock I preferred. That’s the Wedge Lock Bracket, which is the closest you’ll get to an integrated lock for your Retina MacBook Pro.

Wedge Lock Bracket by Maclocks
Category: Locks
Works With: Retina MacBook Pro
Price: $59.95

Older MacBook Pros — those that don’t have a Retina display — have a Kensington lock built-in, but in an effort to save space and make the new models really thin, Apple did away with that, as well as things like FireWire, traditional hard-disk drives, and the optical drive.

That poses a security risk. If you work in a public place, or you frequent to Starbucks to get stuff done while on a caffeine high, then you need a way to prevent your MacBook Pro from being stolen when you leave it unattended.

And I think the Wedge Lock Bracket, which screws into the bottom of your MacBook Pro and almost looks like it’s a part of it, is the best and most elegant solution.

The Good

Installing the Wedge Lock Bracket is a piece of cake; simply pull out the pentalobe screwdriver (included) and take out the four screws that sit along the back edge of your MacBook Pro. Then place the Wedge Lock Bracket over them and use four slightly longer screws (also included) to secure it in place.

Hardly even noticeable.

Hardly even noticeable.

But while it may take just a couple of minutes to apply, the Bracket is incredibly secure. Once your MacBook Pro is locked at your desk or on a table, the only ways to take it away would be to unlock it or remove the four screws securing the Bracket to your device.

Pentalobe screwdrivers aren’t exactly all that common, but even if the Starbucks snatcher is carrying one, they won’t have time to remove the bracket and get away with your machine before you or someone else spots them.

There’s no chance of them breaking the Bracket, either, because the high-grade aerospace aluminum it’s made out of is incredible robust.

The Wedge Lock Bracket looks terrific.

Another great thing about the Wedge Lock is that it looks terrific; I don’t think you’ll find a MacBook Pro lock that looks this good when it’s at work. Because it’s made of aluminum, it almost looks like it has always been a part of your machine, and its footprint is so small it’s hardly noticeable while your notebook is flat on your desk.

The Bracket is just 1mm thick, so it adds very little bulk — certainly not enough that it will no longer fit in your back or case — and it weighs less than 0.1 pounds. It also comes with a 6-foot security cable with two keys.

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The Bracket does elevate your MacBook Pro ever so slightly at the back, but this is a pro rather than a con. It makes typing that little bit more comfortable, and it provides better ventilation for the underside of your machine.

The Bad

Um… You need to be able to use a screwdriver?

The Verdict

Unless you want protection for your Retina MacBook Pro as well as a lock — in which case you should go for the Maclocks Lockable Cover — I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to buy the Wedge Lock Bracket.

Close-up.

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Its design is perfectly suited to the MacBook Pro, it’s thin and light and it won’t get in your way, and it’s excellent at doing the job it’s intended to do — providing your machine with a built-in security lock that will prevent it from being stolen. If Apple made an add-on security lock, I imagine it would be very similar to this one.

I’ve been using it for several months, and I can’t think of anything bad to say about it. You might argue that its $59.95 price tag is a little steep, but really that’s a small fee to pay to keep your expensive MacBook Pro safe.

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The Good: Looks terrific; slim and light; strong and secure.
The Bad: Won’t make you coffee.
The Verdict: The security lock your Retina MacBook Pro deserves. Go buy one.
Buy from: Maclocks



Cult of Mac rating: Excellent

  • ErinsDad

    Will the Genii @ the Genius Bar determine screwing with the screws voids the warranty? This looks like a winning solution, but…

    • jameskatt

      It completely does not break the warranty. It comes with longer screws to replace the existing MacBook screws. When you want to take it in for service simy remove it and put the original screws back.

  • kvetchr

    I have this lock; it doesn’t really inspire confidence. It will deter thefts of opportunity, but not a determined thief with a couple minutes to work. The lock can probably be snapped off; it can certainly be bent enough with two hands to cause disfunction. And a thief could also just unscrew the bracket. (The bracket’s screws should come with a threadlock or glue? for higher security mounting, but the savvy user should do this themselves.)

    • jameskatt

      Any Kensington style lock can be cut off. This type of lock is designed to prevent the most common type of loss – theft by opportunity. As such it does a great job. It cannot be snapped off. Trying to pry it off would seriously damage the bottom of the MacBook’s case.

  • pluriversal

    I am convinced about the clever design and it being secure enough (after all, most of the anchors I lock my machine too will be removable too with some kind of tool be it a screwdriver or a saw) – but my main issue is with the extra height added to the back of the laptop. This reviewer says that little tilt is a pro not a con, but for me it’s a con – I don’t want my keyboard to slope up as I find this causes more not less strain on my hands when typing (main reason I can’t stand the Macbook Air form factor). Can anyone confirm that we’re really only talking about a single mm of extra height there? If so then this is probably negligible in terms of slope impact, but I’m having a hard time believing the bracket is truly that thin!

  • jameskatt

    This lock was is made by Noble Licks and is resold by MacLocks. Someone commented in Amazon in the Noble Lock version that he Dremel’ed the slot to accept a Kensington lock. Such a modification would make this lock even more versatile.

  • strawbot

    I needed some way of locking my macbook pro retina to my desk because of IT policy. There is no slot to plug a lock into so I looked over the field of options and settled on MacLock new wedge lock technology solution. It works great until things get hot. I was in Vancouver on vacation and toted around my MacBook. At some point I noticed that the rubber feet on the bottom of the MacLock device were no longer in the right spot! One was missing and the other one was in the middle of the bottom of the laptop! Not very good engineering by MacLock. The Apple feet stayed put as expected. Apple builds quality products. While the device is a good solution for locking a MBP, the quality of the glue holding the rubber feet on is well below par. Not impressed. I emailed them to see if they would take care of me, but they said they cannot help me. They didn’t even acknowledge the product defect and did not say they would address it in the future. Shame.

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