updated 05:35 pm EDT, Mon June 16, 2008
Kensington's laptop gear
Kensington today introduced 24 notebook accessories in its Power It, Control It, Carry It, Secure It, Optimize It and Connect It product lines. The offerings range from wrist rests and laptop locks to Bluetooth mice and USB hubs. To provide a more comfortable environment while reducing eye and neck strain, the company announced the release of its Column Mount Monitor Arm with SmartFit System, priced at $150. It sports dual pivot points for easy adjustment, and can hold notebooks and additional monitors, and is also available in an extended version ($180) or with dual arms ($260).
The Optimize line also sees wrist rests for mice and keyboards, which are double sided to offer either hard or soft surfaces. The mice rests are priced at $10, while the Versatile Wrist Rest for Keyboards can be had in black or green for $19. They feature an interlocking design so they can be combined for added comfort.
The company's Connect It line-up features the addition of ShareCentral USB hubs that allow wireless and quick sharing of USB devices between two computers without constant plugging and unplugging. The ShareCentral hubs are available with one ($40), two ($60), or five ($80) USB ports and feature plug and play connectivity.
Two new wireless mice join the Control It line, including the SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter Mouse ($60) that does double duty as a laser mouse and a presenter. It connects via Bluetooth, and battery life is extended thanks to its keeping track of the notebook's sleep and wake states. The other new mouse is the compact Ci95m Wireless Mouse ($40) that connects via a tiny Nano Receiver using 2.4Ghz wireless technology. Either mice is both PC and Mac compatible.
The Secure It line gets ComboSaver Combination Notebook locks compatible with nearly all notebooks on the market. Kicking off with the ComboSaver Combination Portable Notebook Lock ($25) available in grey or red, the line also includes the new ComboSaver Combination Notebook Lock ($30) that sports a keyless 4-wheel combination lock and 3.5mm steel cable anchors. The ComboSaver Ultra Notebook Lock ($40) is the strongest in the range, thanks to its ultra thick carbon tempered steel cable.
The Power It range receives Kensington's Portable Power Outlet ($25), which features wall outlets on both sides and contains two USB power ports.
Finally, there is a range of laptop carrying bags, all capable of swallowing laptops with screens sized up to 15.4 inches. The SP100 Classic Roller ($80) features dual bar handles and an exterior storage compartment. The SP80 Deluxe Case ($50) keeps its contents protected and its rubber feet mean it can be placed on the ground without fear of dirtying it up. The SP40 Classic Case ($40) has a roller bag attachment strap for air travel. The SP30 Case ($30) is padded and has external pockets. The SP20 Classic Backpack ($30) is a basic travelling bag. The SP15 Neoprene Sleeve ($25) is the simplest, meant to carry documents and other gear in its easy-to-organize pockets.
All of these new Kensington products will be available online and in stores by the end of June.
Kensington Column Mount Notebook Monitor Dual Arm with SmartFit System
Versatile Wrist Rest for Keyboards
Kensington ShareCentral 5
Kensington SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter mouse
Kensington ComboSaver Notebook Lock Ultra
Kensington Portable Power Outlet
Kensington SP15 Neoprene Sleeve notebook bag