ShieldZone Invisible Shield installation
In an effort to thwart any further discoloration on my white MacBook, I decided to give ShieldZone’s Invisible Shield a try. This is a recollection of my experiences, initial thoughts, and a primer of sorts for future Invisible Shield users. View the ShieldZone set on Flickr.
Similar to the 3M film that many luxury car owners apply to the front-end of their vehicles, the Invisible Shield is a clear protective film which when applied, creates a clear, scratch-resistant, protective layer between your computer and the dangers of the mobile computing world. ShieldZone backs their products with a 30-day money back & lifetime guarantee. Proof enough that the Utah based company is serious about assisting to protect your electronics.
Having opted for the Standard shield ($39.95), the package included two separate sheets of film. One giant sheet for the top, and an additional sheet containing the palm rests, touchpad, and trackpad button film. Additional package contents included the Application Solution, instructions, and a Shieldzone squeegee.
The time consuming application
Contrary to what your initial beliefs may be, this film is not like your average vinyl sticker. After having toiled nearly an hour applying & aligning the top film, I have a new found respect for auto window tinters. My personal tip concerning the application of the top film? Patience and swiftness.
As much as you saturate the film with the included Application Solution, the thing begins to stick within seconds. Either opt instead to use a diluted dish washing soap solution, or attempt to convince one to two other individuals to assist in aligning the film on all four sides. Additionally, work in a clean room. Make every attempt to eliminate any items which may leave lint underneath the film. Clear film matted against a white MacBook with colored lint between? Instant mini heart attack as you notice the lint just as the sides begin to align.
Fit & finish
ShieldZone has gone to great lengths to provide an accurate fit for its Invisible Shield sets. If positioned correctly, the sides of the top film align evenly on all four sides with approximately 1mm of space between the bottom lip and the edges of the film. Paul and I both agreed that it would have been nice if the palm rest film covered the entire bottom portion of the inner shell. As-is, the set leaves minute gaps below the keys and various areas around the trackpad.
What you should know
The following list will be updated as I notice details worth noting:
- Air bubles that you may have missed during the initial application will magically dissappear.
- Individuals who opt to apply the trackpad button shield will notice that the screen sticks to the film in the closed position. Imagine someone spreading a thing layer of molasses on your trackpad then shutting the screen. I guess it’s time to think about a fabric screen protector?