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Kensington Maximizes Notebook User Productivity This Tax Season

  • January 08, 2007

A faster, more convenient way to enter numbers while traveling

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in mobile computing accessories, announced today new keypads that make number crunching when you are mobile as easy as it is when you are at your desk.

Kensington's wireless laptop keypad and wireless optical mouse set provides a faster way for mobile users to key in numbers. Unlike other devices on the market, it features a smart two-in-one keypad which can be used as a stand-alone calculator or full numeric keypad. The new Kensington's wired laptop keypad also doubles as a stand-alone calculator and contains two USB ports to accommodate extra accessories.

"These product line additions offer design enhancements that provide significant benefits to laptop users," said Eleanor Sales, Kensington Senior Product Marketing Manager. "Our objective is to maximize your productivity, wherever you are. These are the ultimate productivity tools for number crunchers." Typical applications include tax preparation and catalog numeric data entry. "Because the devices make full keypad use possible, they are particularly well suited for accounting and spreadsheet applications," Sales added.

With the introduction of these products, Kensington continues to address the needs of the growing laptop computing market. According to industry analysts, US sales of laptop PCs now exceed those of desktop PCs, with the laptop PC market expected to grow some 30% this year. Notebook computer users want the functionality and ease-of-use associated with desktop computing solutions but with the added benefits of a mobile computing solution.

"Our new keypad and keypad/mouse set are designed to provide laptop users with the ability to enter numerical data quickly and reliably. With these tools, users no longer have to struggle with those awkward laptop number keys along the top row," Sales said.

Wireless Notebook Keypad/Calculator and Mouse Set

The Kensington® Wireless Notebook Keypad/Calculator and Mouse Set (SKU 72273) is a wireless keypad and calculator with a wireless optical mouse connected to a single receiver. Because it is totally wireless and connects to one receiver, it provides a "tangle-free" workspace, a requirement of the traveling user. A convenient mode switch feature lets the user easily switch from calculations to data entry. While in keypad use, numbers can get quickly inserted into excel files straight from the keypad. In addition, with a convenient mode button, the keypad can be used as a stand-alone calculator. The unique LCD screen allows users to view calculations, making the keypad just like a traditional calculator. Suggested retail price: $59.99.

Notebook Keypad with Two USB Hubs

The Kensington® Notebook Keypad/Calculator with USB (SKU 72274) is a single smart device that features a three-in-one design, providing a fully functional calculator, a 19-key keypad for data entry and an integrated USB hub with two high-speed 2.0 USB ports for plugging in extra accessories with ease. The full 19-key pad enables quick data entry, while switching to stand-alone calculator mode allows the user to easily make and enter calculations. In addition, it's clear LCD display works in a variety of lighting conditions. Suggested retail price: $29.99.

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 35 years. Kensington products empower people to dynamically interact with content, creating a better working experience for productive performance. In both office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support make Kensington The Professionals’ Choice.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products, sold in more than 100 countries across the globe.

Kensington is the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions.

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