Kensington celebrates 30 years of leadership in physical hardware security

Burlingame, California – () – for three decades, Kensington®the global leader in desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT professionals, business, home office and professionals’ choice, and has maintained its role as an industry leader in developing innovative solutions physical security Solutions for laptops, peripherals and mobile devices. Kensington, the inventor of the laptop lock slot, has maintained its market leadership by solving the security challenges posed by the rapid development of mobile devices with innovative solutions that set the standard for strength and reliability. device security.

Providing protection and peace of mind for three decades

since the invention Kensington Security Slot And launch the original MicroSaver® Lock In 1992, more than 30 million Kensington locks were sold worldwide. The company’s portfolio of industry-leading locking solutions combined with technology devices has evolved over the past three decades to provide robust, industry-standard anti-theft protection that’s compatible with 99 percent of laptops, projectors, printers, and monitors with security lock slots.

To meet the challenge of securing a new generation of embedded devices from technology leaders including HP, Lenovo, ASUS, and others, Kensington has created the Nano Security Slot, which is 70% smaller than a traditional slot, to secure ultra-thin and lightweight desktop accessories. It is fast becoming the new physical security standard for the next generation hardware, Kensington’s Slim NanoSaver® 2.0 Keyed Locks, winner of the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2022, features an innovative cable head design that enables ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptops to lie flat and firmly on the surface for robust anti-theft protection without lifting the device off the surface or blocking ports .

The strongest and most reliable locks on the market

While a lock sight can provide an effective visual deterrent, enterprise-grade security requires a designed and tested end-to-end, cable-to-lock head solution to eliminate vulnerabilities and earn a reputation for being the industry’s strongest and most reliable locks. Verified to exceed industry standards, all Kensington keyed and combination locks, covered by an industry-leading five-year warranty, undergo rigorous testing in a controlled environment by an external organization with emphasis on multiple samples of each lock until points of failure are not identified.

Kensington cables are made of twisted carbon steel and sheathed to protect work surfaces from scratches. To ensure that the cable cannot be easily cut or separated, a third-party tensile tester applies a pull pressure to measure the strength of the cable, and the cable is subjected to a minimum shear cutting test of 1,000 pounds of force.

Kensington lock cable type





(number of threads x number of wires)

Minimum tensile strength (pounds)


The most widely used cable lock for laptops and tablets



7 x 7

7 x 19


Desktop Peripherals Suite

Lock multiple peripherals (monitor, desktop computer, wired keyboard, wired mouse)


7 x 7



Superior strength, thick carbon steel cable


6 x 7

3 x 7



Travel / Portable Locks


7 x 7


Equally important to the strength of the cable is the ability of the lock head to stay engaged in the device’s safety slot when pulled. Kensington locks are designed and tested to withstand a minimum of 200lbs of straight pull and 400lbs side pull. The test involves pulls from the right and left sides, up and down, until the lock is damaged. Kensington conducts tests to ensure the cosmetic integrity of its locks over time. Kensington locks are designed and tested to withstand extreme temperatures from -22 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit, cable and lock tip rotations up to 8000 cycles, repeated drops from five feet, repeated impacts from more than three feet, vibration testing, and many additional tests on heads Locked and combination lock.

Relationships with technology leaders ensure optimal fit and functionality

Kensington has worked closely with hardware manufacturers for three decades to design robust, reliable locking solutions for an ever-evolving range of business and consumer laptops, peripherals, and mobile devices. By working closely with these technology leaders, Kensington is able to design lock solutions that set industry standards to protect against device theft while maintaining full functionality and ease of use for devices in the office and on the road.

Not all locks are created equal: Kensington’s commitment to innovation

Since the invention of the laptop security slot, Kensington’s commitment to innovation has enabled the company to offer end users lock solutions that provide the highest levels of security while maintaining the full usability and functionality of their mobile devices and peripherals.

Unique to Kensington keyed locks, the company’s patented Hidden Pin™ technology is an anti-pick feature that ensures the lock cannot be tampered with. Kensington NanoSaver laptop locks use unique Cleat™ Locking technology that works similar to bicycle cleats to securely grip the inner walls of the device’s Nano Slot, creating a strong connection between the device frame and the lock to resist and deter theft. The Kensington NanoSaver’s slim nano lock head rotates locks to enable ultra-thin devices to lie flat on a surface for ease of use without blocking ports.

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About Kensington

Kensington is a leading provider of desktop and mobile accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business, and home office professionals worldwide for over 40 years. Kensington strives to anticipate the needs and challenges of an ever-evolving workplace and craft award-winning, professional solutions for organizations committed to providing outstanding professionals with the tools they need to succeed. The company prides itself on being the “Professional’s Choice”, and on its core values ​​of design, quality and support.

In office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides confidence SafetyAnd the desktop productivity innovations Professional video conferencingAnd the relaxing well-being.

Headquartered in Burlingame, California, Kensington is the inventor and world leader in the portable computer field. safety locks. Kensington is a division of ACCO Brands, the home of great brands created by Great People, which designs, manufactures and markets consumer and end-user products that help people work, learn, play and thrive. In addition to Kensington®, ACCO Brands’ widely recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Five Star®, Leitz®, Mead®, PowerA®, Swingline®, Tilibra and many more. More information about ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ACCO) can be found at

Kensington, MicroSaver and NanoSaver are registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. Cleat, Hidden Pin and Kensington The Professionals Choice are all trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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