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Kensington Announces a New Generation of Notebook Power Adapters That Combines Ultimate Convenience with ENERGY STAR® Energy Efficiency

Ultra-thin, All-in-One Adapters Offer Best "Packability" Paired with the Most Energy Efficient Solution Available for Green-Minded On the Go Professionals

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in mobile computing accessories, today announced its new line of Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapters for the ultimate in traveling light with non-stop device power whether on the ground or in the air. Kensington's smart made simple™ design has combined the best size/power performance - the adapter is 33% thinner than a traditional power adapter - with maximum energy savings - it uses 33% less energy than other adapters, in standby mode - all in one light, sleek package that slips effortlessly into any size computer bag.

These new products are the first Kensington laptop power adapters to receive the ENERGY STAR qualification. The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that power adapters are one of the greatest energy wasters - each person now has an average of 5 electronic devices and the energy needed to power them is about 6% of the national electric bill. If all manufacturers adopt its guidelines as Kensington has, this would result in the U.S. saving more than 5 billion kWh of energy and prevent the release of more than 4 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually - the equivalent of taking 800,000 cars off the road.

With a small physical and carbon footprint, Kensington Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapters make the perfect secondary adapter to keep with you at all times. They work with more than 90% of top-selling laptops and have a built-in USB power port to simultaneously charge other mobile devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players or PDAs, via a USB charging cable. The Wall/Air version includes a travel pack containing a pouch, an airline powering cable, and a mini-USB cable for the all-in-one power-to-go solution.

"We consider our 33% reduction of both the physical and the carbon footprint in this new product to be Kensington's smart made simple design working at its very best," said Nica Graziotto, Global Product Manager, Kensington. "We're always looking to make every detail of our busy user's lives a bit easier for them, but it's especially rewarding when our products can have a positive environmental impact, as well."

Key Features of the Kensington Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter Line Includes:

Environmentally Conscious - The Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapters are ENERGY STAR qualified and use 33% less energy than other adapters, in stand by mode.

Home and Travel Friendly- Kensington's Wall Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter brings home an AC cable for use in any standard wall outlet. The Wall/Air Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter is designed for the ultimate traveler with its airline powering cable (Empower®) which enables charging with standard airline outlets.

Easy, Convenient and Reliable - Both adapters are compatible with the top-selling laptop brands (Acer®, Asus®, Compaq®, Dell®, Gateway®, HP®, IBM®/Lenovo™, Sony® and Toshiba®) and include color-coded laptop power tips for quick and easy set-up.

All in One Solution - These slim, sleek power adapters not only charge your laptop but also simultaneously charge your mobile phone, RIM® Blackberry, PDA, iPod®, and more via the built-in USB power port (Kensington USB power tips with retractable USB cables sold separately). The adapters offer up to 90 Watts of output power.

Safe - The Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapters provide built-in over-current protection, short-circuit protection, and over temperature protection for ultimate safety.

Reduces Clutter - Cord management still gives you 6 feet of overall cable, but Kensington has made a shorter wall cable so there are fewer cords to wind up. The Ultra Thin Power Adapters are 33% thinner and 22% lighter than traditional power adapters, creating less bulk in your bag to make it easier to pack for a quick trip to the café or for long-distance travel. These compact devices' dimensions are 5.9" x 2.4" x 0.8" and each weighs less than a pound.

Kensington Thin Notebook Power Adapter Family of Products:

 

 

Kensington Wall/Air Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter (SKU K38031US): Whether you're on the ground or in the air, the ENERGY STAR qualified Kensington Wall/Air Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter has the power to charge your laptop and mobile devices. Suggested Retail Price: $139.99

 

 

Kensington Wall Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter (SKU K38030US): You've got the power to travel light and charge your laptop from any wall outlet. Kensington's ENERGY STAR qualified Wall Ultra Thin Notebook Power Adapter has a low-profile design that packs easily and saves space. Suggested Retail Price: $119.99

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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 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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