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Kensington® Car Audio Accessories Put Music Lovers in the Driver’s Seat

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1/7/2008

New Car Charger and LiquidAUX™ Auxiliary Car Kits Get the Most out of iPhone™, iPod®, and Music Phones on the Road

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in delivering Smart Made Simple™ computing accessories for the mobile consumer, today introduced LiquidAUX, a line of car audio kits that use the auxiliary or AUX port, now standard on most new cars, to deliver pure sound from an iPhone, iPod or music phone through the car stereo. Also released was a new car charger for the iPhone and iPod along with a Bluetooth® stereo headset for people to enjoy the wireless freedom of Bluetooth technology for their music and phone conversations.

In 2007, over 170 car models in the US from 34 domestic and foreign brands offered auxiliary ports (source: Telematics Research Group – 2007). In 2008, nearly all top 10 selling car models in the US will offer auxiliary ports as a standard feature and nearly half of all cars on the road will feature an auxiliary port before the end of 2010.This prevalent feature allows drivers to connect external music players directly to the car stereo to get static-free, high-fidelity sound. Kensington’s new LiquidAUX line of car accessories let drivers take full advantage of this audio connection and seamlessly integrate their iPhone, iPod or music-enabled cell phone into their car environment.

Kensington LiquidAUX Auxiliary Car Kits with Remote

The Kensington LiquidAUX line offers pure sound in a clean and simple form that puts control at your fingertips.

Each product uses an auxiliary port connection to get the clearest and highest-quality audio signal from an iPhone, iPod or music phone through the car stereo, while avoiding a mess of cords and wires. Also included is a remote control that attaches to the car’s steering wheel to let drivers keep their eyes on the road, while still maintaining control over what they’re listening to. “With LiquidAUX, music fans now enjoy crystal clear stereo audio with the added safety of a remote for playback controls on their iPhone or iPod. They can even enjoy hands-free calling from their music phone,” said Kevin Ngo, Global Product Manager at Kensington.

Key features of the line include:

  • Auxiliary (AUX) Port Connection – simply play tunes from your iPhone, iPod or music phone by connecting directly to the car stereo for clear, crisp fidelity.
  • Remote Control – spend more time looking at the road and less time fumbling with your iPhone, iPod or phone by using the wireless remote that lets you change tracks, pause/play your music and even answer your phone calls.
  • Car Charger – charge your iPhone, iPod or music phone while listening to your tunes.
  • Organized – purpose-built pockets provide dedicated storage for accessories and separates smaller items from larger ones, making it easy to find that lipstick or power supply when the need arises.
  • Less Clutter – no more messy cords. The products are designed specifically for vehicles with auxiliary ports in the center console or in-dash.

“We design all of our products to deliver a Smart Made Simple user experience,” said Ngo. “In the car environment, this means keeping your eyes on the road. Not only do our products deliver pure audio from an iPhone or iPod through the car stereo, but we also give consumers the ability to have full playback control of their tunes, all at their fingertips. And music phone owners gain this same experience with the addition of hands-free talking at the touch of a button. Imagine never having to take your phone out of your pocket or purse!”

LiquidAUX continues Kensington’s tradition of delivering the highest-quality solutions for enjoying iPhone/iPod music in the car. “Whether you own an iPhone, iPod or car with an auxiliary port—we’re constantly innovating to let you get the most out of the latest technology” adds Ngo.

The LiquidAUX Collection from Kensington Includes:

  • Kensington Contour™ Balance Case - OnyxKensington LiquidAUX™ for iPhone and iPod (K33429US): Get superior sound quality from a simple auxiliary port connection and charge your iPhone or iPod at the same time. The wireless remote ensures that your hands never have to leave the steering wheel. A smart audio sensor turns off the device to conserve car battery power. Designed for vehicles with auxiliary ports in the center console. Suggested retail price: $79.99.

  • Kensington Contour™ Balance BackpackKensington LiquidAUX™ Deluxe for iPhone and iPod (K33430US): Control your music with the wireless remote and give your iPhone or iPod a home in the car with our adjustable cradle. A flexible arm allows you to maneuver it to your hearts desire while an auxiliary port connection ensures pure sound quality from your iPod. Designed specifically for vehicles with in-dash auxiliary ports. Suggested retail price: $99.99.

  • Kensington Contour™ Balance RollerKensington LiquidAUX™ Bluetooth® Car Kit (K33428US): Enjoy hands-free calling and crystal-clear music¹ from your music phone through your car’s stereo. Bluetooth 2.0 technology with enhanced data rate, a built-in microphone with noise and echo-canceling technology makes for clear conversations on the road. Simply press the phone icon on the remote to automatically mute your music and take a call over your car’s stereo. Or, use your phone’s supported voice activation to make calls without ever accessing it directly. A USB charging port ensures that your phone stays charged. This is the ideal alternative to installing Bluetooth in your car. Suggested retail price: $99.99.

    ¹A2DP protocol required for wireless music streaming

  • Kensington Contour™ Balance BackpackKensington Car Charger Deluxe for iPhone and iPod (K33433US): The adjustable dock adapts to securely fit an iPod or iPhone with or without a case, while a flexible arm adjusts to ensure the optimal position. Put your iPhone in speaker mode and now you’ve got a hands-free cradle. Charges iPod models with dock connector² and iPhone. Suggested retail price: $49.99

    ²Exluding 3rd Generation iPod



  • Kensington Contour™ Balance RollerKensington Bluetooth® Stereo Headphones with Microphone (K33436US): A comfortable behind-the-head design offers a stylish way to listen to music or conversations, while Bluetooth technology provides the freedom of wireless compatibility with music phones or laptops. Easy-to-access buttons on the headphones control audio playback and volume while also allowing users to answer calls with the push of a button. Skype® compatible. Suggested retail price: $79.99.

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington's mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Kensington Computer Products Group, headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ABD), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

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