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Kensington’s SlimBlade Mice and Notebook Set Reinvent the Computer Interface

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9/17/2007

New Collection Meets Innovative Technology, Design Needs of Mobile Professionals

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in delivering smart made simple computing accessories for the mobile consumer, today unveiled the SlimBlade™ Lifestyle Collection, a line of input devices uniquely tailored to the tech-savvy mobile professional. Combining a unique feature set with unrivaled simplicity, each product is designed to work flawlessly and intuitively to fit its user lifestyle.

The SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection is the embodiment of Kensington’s Smart Made Simple™ philosophy that focuses on simplifying a consumer’s experience with computing technology and designing stylish accessories that look as good and function as well in the home or car as they do in the office. The SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection also features a sleek, modern design, with products offered in timeless, classic colors like deep wine, graphite, and ice blue that allow mobile consumers to personalize their computing devices to better fit their personal preferences and lifestyles.

“With SlimBlade, we set out to create the perfect computing accessories for traveling executives,” said Juan Ernesto Rodriguez, Senior Global Product Manager, Kensington. “So, we started from scratch and focused on their needs and lifestyle.”

“Traveling executives need to get the most out of their computers in all the settings that comprise a full mobile experience—be it an office desk, an airport seat, a hotel room, or their sofa at home,” added Rodriguez. “SlimBlade features the first mobile trackball, which allows road warriors to ‘mouse’ on literally any surface. Our media and presenter mice give them the essential controls to take charge of their work and their lifestyle. The modular laptop set gives them the flexibility to use only the components that they need, separately or in tandem. And yet all of these unique solutions are unified by elegant shapes and intuitive controls that supports the multiple layers of technology that are built into each product.”

Kensington distilled mobile executives’ needs into three product pillars:

  • Thin design – a slim profile (up to 25-35% thinner than a standard laptop mouse) and sleek appearance
  • Layers of functionality – the elegant convergence of technologies and features arranged in a smart hierarchy that is simple to use
  • Any terrain – optimized for the mobile lifestyle, with access to all features in any environment

At the core of Kensington’s SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection is sleek, thin design with low profiles designed for easy packing, functionality and the kind of design statements that users want to project, wherever they are working ” said Rodriquez. “This line is inspired by the duality of executives’ work-hard/play-hard lifestyle. Kensington understands that people ultimately want a product that makes their lives easier while fitting easily into their lifestyle. Mobile professionals need simple and elegant solutions without compromise. With the SlimBlade collection, we’ve created a line of products that is as unique as they are.”

SlimBlade™ Lifestyle Collection from Kensington

The SlimBlade Lifestyle Collection from Kensington Includes:

Kensington SlimBlade™ Presenter Mouse (SKU K72283US, ice blue, and SKU K72285US, deep blue): Take your presentations on the road and give them in style with the Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Mouse. Its sleek, ultra-thin design slips easily into a pocket and feels great in your hand. And with a laser sensor, the mouse delivers exceptional tracking on almost any surface. Suggested retail price $49.99.

Kensington SlimBlade™ Media Mouse (SKU K72282US): This mouse does a whole lot more than just control your cursor. Offered in a deep wine color, the Kensington SlimBlade Media Mouse combines a mouse and media controller into one slim, sleek device that fits your hand as well as your home space. Suggested retail price $59.99.

Kensington SlimBlade™ Presenter Media Mouse (SKU K72280US): The mouse, presenter and media controller all converge into one slim, sleek unit that slips into your pocket. Outfitted in a sophisticated pewter finish, the Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Media Mouse goes beyond your expectations of what a mouse can do and how it can look. Suggested retail price $79.99.

Kensington SlimBlade™ Trackball Mouse (SKU K72283US): The Kensington SlimBlade Trackball Mouse works where other travel mice can’t. The trackball gives you control even when there’s no room to move a mouse, and switches back to mouse mode with the push of a button. Bluetooth® connectivity offers up to 30 feet of range and doesn’t use up a USB port. The cool, graphite-colored surface exudes an understated elegance. Suggested retail price $99.99.

Kensington SlimBlade™ Media Notebook Set (SKU K72279US): The innovative Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set can be instantly rearranged into whatever combination you need by swapping the magnetically-attached modules on the left or right side of the keyboard. The set includes a wireless keyboard, 17-key keypad and laser mouse. The result is total control of your media and home workspace. Each component features a graphite finish. Suggested retail price $129.99. A matching media remote control is available exclusively at Kensington.com for an additional $19.99.

The Kensington SlimBlade™ Presenter Mouse (SKU K72283US, K72285US), Kensington SlimBlade Media Mouse (SKU K72282US), Kensington SlimBlade Presenter Media Mouse (SKU K72280US), Kensington SlimBlade Trackball Mouse (SKU K72283US), Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set (SKU K72279US) will be available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Kensington.com starting on September 17, 2007 and other major retailers in late September.

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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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