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Kensington celebrates 40 years of innovation

Kensington, the desktop computing accessories company, is 40 years old this month (November). From its first product launched in 1982 – the SystemSaver, a cooling and surge protection solution for the then- fanless Apple Macintosh computer – Kensington has focused on making computers, laptops and mobile devices easier to use, more comfortable and more secure whether in the office, at home or anywhere in-between. Highlights include:

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  • The first trackball mouse – the Turbo Mouse for Macintosh, launched in 1986, and the Expert Mouse for PC in 1989;
  • Vertical trackballs and mice that are more natural and comfortable to use and reduce wrist movements that can cause repetitive motion injuries; 
  • The first laptop lock – since launching the original MicroSaver lock in 1992, Kensington has sold more than 38 million security locks worldwide and seen Kensington Security Slots built into most laptops, projectors, monitors and printers. 
  • The first-of-its-kind VeriMark Fingerprint Key, a CES Innovations 2018 honoree, combining superior biometric performance and 360-degree readability with anti- spoofing technologies for secure login to laptops, desktops and applications such as Windows Hello. 
  • Multiple docking stations, since its first in 1996. These include the SD7000 Surface Pro Docking Station, launched in 2018, which turns the Surface Pro into a Mini Surface Studio, with a choice of eye- level desktop display mode or ‘studio mode’ for drawing on-screen; the StudioDock iPad Docking Station, a 2021 CES Innovation Award Honoree and recipient of eight Best of CES 2021 awards, which turns the iPad into a desktop workstation with the addition of an external monitor, while also providing wireless charging for the entire Apple ecosystem; and, also in 2021, the SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Dual 4K Docking Station, the industry’s first fully-powered Thunderbolt 4 laptop docking station, which enables users to experience the full performance and capabilities of Intel’s new connectivity technology. 
  • Ergonomic desktop accessories, including monitor arms and monitor stands, most recently the UVStand Monitor Stand with UVC Sanitisation Compartment, a CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree, which combines the ergonomic benefits of a monitor/laptop stand with a sanitisation compartment for eliminating viruses and bacteria from devices such as keyboards, mice, trackballs and mobile phones. 

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