As computers get thinner, the familiar Kensington Security Slot finds itself homeless. When computers were heavy, a little extra reinforcement outweighed the cost and the weight with its value add. Now, there simply isn’t enough space in the frame to create a secure enough location—and the value add has migrated from securing the computer to making it more portable.
But in many situations, people still want to lock down there ultra laptop computers and Kensington now offers a solution: the Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0.
There isn’t really much to evaluate in core use for the Laptop Locking Station 2.0. The thoughtfully scratch adverse latches lock over the top of a MacBook Pro, or other ultrabooks, and the accompanying lock, wrapped around the edges, creates a nearly immovable (or barely moveable) object. The Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0 does its job effectively and without much fuss. The arms on the latches adjust horizontally to accommodate 11”-15.6” laptops. Smooth, well-honed brushed aluminum with bumpers to take care of its cargo…
A few caveats
…but the Laptop Locking Station 2.0 requires a few caveats. It is not a mobile solution. Although I have carried it in a bag on a plane (it’s certainly small enough) the weight would become untenable trip-after-trip. Laptop Locking Station 2.0 works best as a anchor for a home or work laptop that you worry might skip out without restraints.
The other issue comes in the form of the Kensington lock assumptions. Not only have some laptops eliminated the security slot, some desk designs have eliminated legs. When I did take the Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0 on a trip to DoubleTree Hotel (by Hilton) I found no place to attach the cable. I went to dinner with the cable wrapped around the desk chair. Not that secure as a staffer could wheel the chair out, but they would probably at least attract attention.
If all you need is a way to keep an ultrabook out of the hands of thieves at work, and your desk still has legs, the Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0 will do the trick. If you’re looking for a mobile solution, a dock that does nothing more than secure a laptop with a metal base that weighs more than the laptop, this isn’t the solution for you — I highly recommend you just take the laptop with you to dinner. If it doesn’t have a security slot it’s probably light enough to tuck under an arm on the way to pizza.
Daniel W. Rasmus
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.