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Kensington Rugged Case with CAC Reader Receives Microsoft Product of the Year Award

Kensington Rugged Case named Product of the Year on a wooden desk.TAA-Compliant BlackBelt™ Rugged Case with Integrated Smart Card Reader (CAC) & HDMI for Surface Pro 9 Provides Military-Grade Protection and Next-Level Professional Features for Increased Security, Privacy, and Productivity.

BURLINGAME, Calif. – February 27, 2024 – Kensington, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business, and home office professionals, today announced the BlackBelt™ Rugged Case with Integrated Smart Card Reader (CAC) & HDMI® for Surface™ Pro 9 (K62539WW) has been named winner of the “Product of the Year Award” in Microsoft’s Designed for Surface Partner Awards. The annual award program recognizes Microsoft manufacturing partners who demonstrate exceptional customer engagement, customer experience, and innovation in support of Surface products.  

Designed exclusively for Surface™ Pro, the BlackBelt™ Rugged Case is ideal for use in government institutions and other organizations that require secure common access card (CAC) solutions. In addition to providing military-grade drop and wipe-down protection for the Surface Pro device, the BlackBelt Rugged Case incorporates a TAA-compliant Smart Card reader with read-only memory (ROM) that supports class A, B, and C cards to protect data and provide secure access to the network. Designed to provide unhindered access to all Surface Pro ports, the case features a USB-C® port that provides up to 60W power pass-through and an HDMI® port that supports Dual 4K.

To provide further protection for the Surface Pro device and its data, the BlackBelt™ Rugged Case is compatible with the Kensington MagPro™ Elite Magnetic Privacy Screen for Surface Pro 9 (K51700WW) to reduce the chance of data compromise by “shoulder surfers.” The case also supports Kensington’s Keyed Cable Lock for Surface Pro (K68134WW) and Combination Lock for Surface Pro (K68130WW) to deter device theft.

“We’re excited and honored to have one of our innovative DfS products recognized by Microsoft as Product of the Year for the second year in a row,” explained Giovanni Sena, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Kensington. “This award is particularly special to our team because it not only recognizes the strong partnership with the Microsoft Designed for Surface team and the innovative design of the BlackBelt™ Rugged Case, but also validates our ongoing efforts to deliver best-in-class customer experience and engagement.”

“As one of our valued Designed for Surface partners, Kensington continues to develop products and solutions that extend  the capabilities of Surface,” said Allison Cargill, Accessories Product Lead at Microsoft. “The BlackBelt™ Rugged Case enhances the productivity of our customers who require a CAC reader and protective case solution.”

The Kensington BlackBelt™ Rugged Case with Integrated Smart Card Reader (CAC) & HDMI® for Surface™ Pro 9 (K62539WW) is covered by a two-year limited warranty and professional support and is available in North America through the Kensington Store and its partner sites. 


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About Kensington

Kensington is a leading provider of desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business, and home office professionals around the world for more than 40 years. Kensington strives to anticipate the needs and challenges of the ever-evolving workplace and craft professional-tier award-winning solutions for organizations committed to providing peak professionals the tools they need to thrive. The company prides itself as the professionals’ choice, and on its core values surrounding design, quality and support.

In office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provide trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, professional video conferencing, and ergonomic well-being.

Headquartered in Burlingame, California, Kensington is the inventor and a worldwide leader in laptop security locks. Kensington is a division of ACCO Brands, the Home of Great Brands Built by Great People, which designs, manufactures and markets consumer and end-user products that help people work, learn, and play.  In addition to Kensington®, ACCO Brands’ widely recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Five Star®, Leitz®, Mead®, PowerA®, Swingline®, Tilibra and many others.  More information about ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO) can be found at

Kensington®, BlackBelt™, and MagPro™ are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Ken Hagihara, APR, Fellow PRSA, MCM
Integrity Public Relations, Inc.
949-768-4423 ext. 101