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Introduction

Awhile back, I got a new monitor, the Samtron 76E, a 17 incher to replace my dying cheap-ass 17" Likom. I managed to find a shop which would buy my old monitor off me for about RM 300 ( USD 79 ). Carrying the monitor from the boot of a friend's car to the shop some 100-200 metres away was hell. I'd practically forgotten how it felt to lug around this big-ass monitor. Heavy. My back ached. I'm no strongman, but I had to take periodic rest breaks carrying the thing from the basement parking lot nearby all the way to the shop. The Samtron 76E was no lighter. Yeah, 17" monitors are practically light compared to 19" monitors, but it isn't the weight that bothers me, its the bulkiness of the monitors concerned. Even worse was the fact that I have to move back to campus at the start of the next semester, and my new dorm room was on the top floor, the 5th floor. No elevators either. Ouch in advance.

While surfing the Net one day, I came across reviews of a device used to carry monitors, a strappy thing called the GearGrap - CRT by CaseAce. Intrigued, and impressed by the product, I fired off an email to their sales department. Within a few weeks, a package containing the CaseAce GearGrip - CRT arrived at my door.

The package

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Basically, the GearGrip - CRT consists of a rubber handle, a set of buckles and bunch of tough (nylon?) straps arranged in such a way that it supports the monitor, and allows you to carry the monitor by way of holding onto the handle itself. It's designed for Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors only, and will not fit on LCD type monitors. Besides, the intention for the product is to allow users to easily transport their CRT monitors around. CRT monitors are much bulkier and heavier then their LCD counterparts which are small and light enough to fit under your arm and bring around. The GearGrip can be used with monitors up to 21" in size. Its design also allows for monitors with or without a foot, otherwise known as the swivel-stand/base of the monitor.

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The GearGrip comes nicely bundled and wrapped in a couple of sturdy rubber bands, along with a Quick Setup Guide, basically a piece of paper detailing the correct mothod of how to attach the GearGrip to your monitor. Notice how the GearGrip looks like a HUGE jockstrap when spread out on the floor in the second pic. I guess that way of thinking would also lead me to conclude that my monitor is a big set of gonads? Heh. In the second pic, you can see how long the provided straps are. I guess this explains the capability for the GearGrip to accomodate 21" monitors. This would also mean that if you were to use it on smaller monitors, e.g. 14" or 15", you would have a significant length of extra strapping material, which can be tidied up whichever way you want to. The buckles are nice and big, and provide more than sufficient strength to hold the whole mess of straps together.

Near the handle is a small velcro strap, aptly named the CableGrip by CaseAce, used to hold the cables of your monitor in one place. Neat.

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