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Desktop Computer Carrying Harness
Carrying Desktop Computers and Monitors
Transporting a laptop is easy: they were made for carrying around, plus there are thousands of classy bags made specifically for this purpose. But what if you need to move your PC somewhere, perhaps even using public transport? Most desktop computer towers are just smooth metal boxes with no built-in handles or an easy way to grab them. This is where a harness made for moving desktop PCs comes in handy. These things will help you carry your computer case easily and get it over to a friend's house for a LAN party, or wherever else you need. Technicians who do repairs on site might appreciate them as well.
There also are special bags for carrying LCD monitors which will protect the screen from scratches and bumps, and help you haul them from place to place easier. Combine one of these with a computer carrying harness, and you can transport your whole setup in one go.
Harnesses for Carrying Desktop Computers
GearGrip from CaseAce is a well-known brand of LAN party harnesses. The "Lite" one (displayed on the right) is basic, inexpensive, and can be left on even when computer is in use. According to the manufacturer, it will fit most desktop towers (up to 152 cm in circumference and 32 kg in weight).
The "Pro" version will fit not only your computer, but also accessories like keyboard, headphones, various cables, and so on. You can carry it by the handle just like the "Lite" version, or use the shoulder strap for even more convenience. Highly useful if you have to lug your PC for extended distances.
Both GearGrip products are adjustable in size and feature aluminum-stiffened structure, sturdy plastic buckles, and comfortable, soft handles.
Bags for Carrying LCD Displays
Even large LCD monitors tend to be light, so weight isn't usually an issue; ensuring your display is well-protected during transport is. This CaseAce LCD case is tough, comfortable to carry around, and provides three layers of protection for your widescreen monitor. The "Large" version shown on the right is suitable for most 20" to 24" displays.
If you're looking for something a little fancier, gaming gear manufacturer Roccat has you covered. Their Roccat Tusko flatscreen monitor bag not only has an integrated plastic plate to protect the screen from shocks and damage, but also includes a convenient carrying strap, a keyboard holder, and several pockets for minor accessories. While a little pricier, this product will certainly appeal to LAN party goers thanks to the extra features it offers.
Why Use a Desktop Computer Tower Harness
As someone who has been using computers for over a decade, I know from experience how inconvenient it is to lug a large tower case without a harness such as described above. I'm not even talking about those old fashioned CRT monitors - hauling them anywhere further than the next room without using a carrying strap used to be a real pain. As for LCD monitors, I'd be hesitant to bring them on public transport in fear they would be scratched. As such, I've found GearGrip, iLugger, and other similar products made for carrying desktop PCs and monitors rather useful. I'm sure you can think of many other cases where they will come in handy:
- Carrying your PC on the mass transit such as train, bus, or the subway
- Moving your computer from one dorm to another as a student
- Transporting computers from one office to another in your workplace
- Getting it over to your friend's house for some gaming or a LAN party
Finally, if your apartment is on fire, you can always pack up your most prized possession - the computer - quickly and save it (but let's hope you never have to do that)!