Kensington ClickSafe: Does anyone lock a laptop?

A new easier-to-lock mechanism on the Kensington ClickSafe aims to make locking laptops the default.

Kensington's ClickSafe laptop lock: snaps to lock.
Kensington's ClickSafe: doesn't need a key to fasten your laptop. Unfastening is another story. Kensington

I remember 1997. I always brought my Kensington cable lock with me to tie down my PowerBook at the grad school library. Honestly, I don't think I've used a laptop lock since.

I'm not alone, apparently. Kensington's new ClickSafe locking system aims to somehow make the process easier. Well, at least half of the process: the new ClickSafe lock automatically snaps onto your laptop without a key, but it still requires a key to unlock--not a surprise, since a lock that could be unlocked without a key doesn't sound very safe at all.

The Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock costs $49.99, and doesn't look any different from previous locks, with the exception of its click-to-lock mechanism. The new cable lock works with the Kensington lock anchors that are on nearly every modern laptop (bet you probably don't even know where), but requires a new protruding knob that's fastened to your laptop with an included Allen wrench.

At this point, you might be considering skipping the process altogether. I can't say I blame you, since I don't use a laptop lock either, but Kensington promises that 9 out of 10 organizations suffer laptop theft in "epidemic proportions." Would an easy-to-lock lock make the process any less annoying, or would it make us suddenly fear snapping our MacBook to a Starbucks table and realizing we hadn't brought the keys?

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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